Why and how Marian starting coaching.

Updated: Jan 17

At the beginning of 2018 I was feeling a little stuck in life following a serious car accident two years previously and I felt that I needed something new in my life. I was struggling with a little anxiety, my self-confidence had dipped and deep inside I knew that something new was in the pipeline for me. Sitting in the middle of a motorway waiting for emergency services following the accident taught me to enjoy every single day and to appreciate life and all of its interesting experiences.

Worms Hole, Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Galway, Ireland
Marian visiting "Poill na bPéist / The Worm Hole" on Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Galway, Ireland.

I was always the type of person to say I was OK but of course I was struggling with all the trauma that followed such a serious event. My first thought during that roller coaster of a ride was “I will survive” and I continue to remind myself daily that life is full of hope, joy and love and its OK to say “I am not OK”.

In January 2018, two years following my life changing experience I was visiting a friend on the beautiful Aran Islands.

She mentioned seeing a life coach and something triggered an interest. I started sessions within a very short time. During those coaching sessions I learned so much about myself, my values, what was really important to me, how to implement boundaries at work and in my personal life.

I felt vulnerable and my confidence was affected following two years of recovery. During the sessions my coach mentioned the coaching course and within a few months I signed up. What a journey it’s been, the course was absolutely life changing. It was so wonderful to spend time with such beautiful peers and the instructors were incredibly inspiring.

My goal during the course was to build self-confidence, be true to myself and focus on using all the experience I gained to start my own life coaching business. I started my diploma in “Executive and Life Coaching” in October 2018 and completed the course in April 2019. As we finished, I’ll always remember one of the facilitators saying to me “take some time now to absorb all the information and let it all sink in”.

I set up “Thrive with Marian” at the beginning of March 2020 just as the Covid-19 pandemic hit Ireland. I have spent months getting organised and I’m so delighted to be coaching clients and helping people make positive changes to maintain a healthy

work-life balance. I love supporting people while they learn about themselves and what’s really important to them.

I’ll always remember a client saying “I never realised how much freedom meant to me until now”with a very big smile on her face or from another client “I’m so grateful for the way you listen to me”.

Of course life coaching is a challenging and ongoing process as we ask challenging questions, it’s a safe space for the client to share their biggest fears and challenges.

I am so grateful for this experience and my journey. I am so grateful to all my clients, family and friends for all the support along the way.


My inspiration in life is to keep thriving and keep others thriving.


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