Cheryl Lyon, C.P.C.
Certified Professional Life Coach
Founder, Winged Life Coaching
Meditation and Visualization leader
Author, At Home Retreat Kit
Cheryl is a graduate of Cornell University and worked as a corporate paralegal for many years. She has completed more than 140 hours of coach training, including a rigorous certification program accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is also a writer specializing in travel, personal development and spiritual topics, and enjoys coaching would-be writers as well as women who are seeking to lighten up their lives and solo-preneurs looking to grow their businesses without giving up their lives.
Cheryl enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and biking, travel, and the arts. Cheryl and her husband celebrated their 25th anniversary last year (in the Swiss Alps!) and are preparing to give wings to their teenage daughter.
Cheryl is a member of the International Coaching Federation and subscribes to its Professional Code of Ethics.
Education and Training:
B.S. with distinction, Cornell University, College of Human Ecology
Certified Professional Coach, International Coaching Academy (ICF accredited)
Coaching Wellness – Coach Training Alliance
What I Offer
Simple little practices to calm your body, quiet your mind, and nourish your spirit. Deep listening on both an analytical and intuitive level. Validation, encouragement, and clarity. Techniques to help you be still and know yourself - and know your connection to God and the Universe. Tools to help you become the relaxed, focused, creative, productive person you were created to be.
A few years ago, I found myself feeling burned-out, numb, and dissatisfied despite having attained most of my professional and personal goals. I wasn't depressed, but I had lost my "spark." I was so busy "doing it all" that I wasn't truly living my life. Sound familiar?
Like many women, I was caught up in the "do it all" mentality. I was supposed to excel at work, be the perfect wife and mother, and be fit, attractive, fascinating, and sexy. In short - be everything to everybody all the time. Talk about stress! Over the years I tried all kinds of stress-reduction and spiritual techniques, including yoga, tai-chi, meditation, massage, reiki, and traditional church worship services. I also took some creativity classes in drawing, quilting and fiber art techniques.
Some of these things "stuck" and some did not. But I started to see a common thread - when I focused my mind on the precise movements of yoga or tai-chi or a prayer or a visualization or truly seeing the shape of an object or all of the colors woven into a piece of fabric, the stress of my life faded away for an hour or so, and I found incredible focus, peace and productivity. I lost my sense of time - the minutes and hours flew by. And I was happy. Not in a giddy, infatuated way - rather, I knew contentment. In those moments, I felt connected to everything in the universe and close to God. It was addicting and I wanted to string more and more of those moments together.
To my surprise, coaching helped me do that.
I had been a self-help aficionado most of my life (see "Confessions of a Self-Help Junkie") but after joining a coaching group, I saw that my "self-help" had often been more talk (or reading.) than action. The accountability, support and perspective of a coach and coaching group made a huge difference in getting myself unstuck. Coaching challenged me to focus as much on who I wanted to be and what sort of life I wanted to live as on what I wanted to do and accomplish. I found myself getting more done with less stress and more fun!
I was so enthused about the power of coaching that I enrolled in a professional coach training program and became a coach myself. I also started leading meditations and visualizations, and incorporating them into my coaching sessions (when requested and appropriate) to help others find that place of center. I am having fun again, living life in full color, and I want to share that with my clients. My clients tell me that I provide a "safe space" in which they can explore both their frustrations and their dreams. I also provide a listening ear, an outside perspective, and support when you need to move outside your comfort zone to get to where you really want to be.
I have been there. I know from personal experience how hard it can be to break out of a rut in your life. When the going gets tough, I will hold your vision and values when you lose sight of them and help you navigate over, under, around or through the obstacles.
Life doesn't have to be so hard - let go of expectation and perfection, and let yourself live!