This week’s momma-inspo comes from life coach and founder of Life Coach Please, Roxy Anning. Inspired by her own experiences of motherhood and returning to work, Roxy has launched a workshop designed to support mums who are worried about going back to work. Originally from Poland, Roxy came to the UK twelve and a half years ago and, like any momma far away from family, misses her ‘village’ like crazy.
Roxy is momma to Tomas.
WHAT IS // LIFE COACH PLEASE:
Life Coach Please is for those wanting to improve their confidence and motivation or needing a bit of career reinvention. It’s for those who maybe have lost their mojo or are searching for something more. I help them with that, and since becoming a mum I’ve been helping mums who are dealing with the prospect of returning to work.
I’m Roksana (but most people call me Roxy) and I’m a coach and trainer and the CEO, CFO, CTO and cleaner at Life Coach Please 🙂 I live in Surbiton with my husband and our son, Tomas.
HOW DID // LIFE COACH PLEASE COME TO BE?
I fell into coaching by accident really. At the time I was working with long term unemployed people, helping them to get back into work. I was often coaching people without realising it. My clients were progressing and gaining confidence in themselves and their abilities that they had previously lost. They were rebuilding their identity, motivation and courage to go for what mattered to them. I noticed that I was making a positive difference and this was giving me a great sense of achievement and a real buzz. I decided to study and learn about coaching and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and the rest is history.
BEST THING // ABOUT BEING LIFE COACH PLEASE?
The real sense of satisfaction and happiness when I see that I have positively contributed to someone else’s life. It is very empowering to witness my clients making changes towards the way they want to live their life and being the person they want to be.
WHO WHAT // INSPIRES YOU?
My grandma! She has had a pretty tough life and despite some hugely hard challenges and traumas, her infectious enthusiasm and positive energy never leaves her. She is nuts but I love her for that!
YOUR FASHION STYLE: It depends on my mood and the occasion. Most of the time I like being comfortable, so jeans, t-shirt and Converse is a perfect combo. I also like looking smart, so you can spot me wearing a dress or a suit every now and again.
YOUR PARENTING STYLE: I don’t think I follow a specific style. One thing I do though is encourage independence in my son. I grew up being encouraged to try things and to be courageous. Thanks to that I have done things I would have never done if I was afraid of failing. What I want for my son is to be happy, not be afraid to go for what he wants in life and not being afraid of making mistakes. I try to base my parenting style on these principles. .
BRANDS: I love All Saints (but that is a rare treat) Zara, Mango, Mint Velvet and H&M are also my favourite.
BEAUTY PRODUCT: DiorSkin Forever Foundation and False Lash Effect Mascara form MaxFactor.
HOLIDAY DESTINATION: I love going to Greece. My mum lives in Athens so from very early childhood I used to go Greece for long, summer holidays every year. I love the climate, the language but most of all the Greek food!
BOOK OR FILM: My all time favourite film is Dirty Dancing. I must have seen it thousands of times and although I know it pretty much by heart, I watch it every time with excitement and anticipation. “One Day” by David Nicholls would be one of my favourite books.
WAY TO RELAX: A bubble bath with candles, chillout music and red wine in my hand.
WHAT // CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
Family, friends, music and food.
WHAT // IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?
If plan A doesn’t work, there is always plan B.
FAIL: Potty training! I think Tomas was not ready enough when we started potty training him. It has taken a long time to crack it. We are still not there yet.
FABULOUS: My boy is brave and independent, but at the same time he is gentle and loving. He loves waving at people and blowing kisses. Sometimes he hugs random kids in the park. It makes me so happy to see him grow into this lovely and kind little person.
GUILTY PLEASURE //
Watching Nashville and eating Double Caramel Magnum ice cream at the same time. Hmmm, heaven!