“Living with a disability as a mother I understand how easy it is to lose yourself. As a life coach I don’t want to walk in front of my clients to lead them to a better life. I walk along the side of them to reach the life they desire. We are a team. We are in this together.”
— Valerie Lawrence
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Life Coach Valerie Lawrence is smiling wearing three tier circle link earrings, a black long sleeve shirt with a button in the middle of shirt.
Hi, my name is Valerie. I live with a condition known as Cerebral Palsy. I am a child of God, a wife, a mother of 3, founder of our charity Thriving with CP 501c3, life coach, and a licensed real estate agent. As we know, life with a disability can have its roadblocks. I can proudly say I have beat the odds in every aspect of my life every day. Many people doubted me about everything I have ever done or wanted to do. I didn’t let anyone stop me when it came or comes to my life and my dreams. Being told, I will never have children. Here I stand proud and strong with not one but three beautiful children and a wonderfully supportive husband. Oh yeah, they also said I would never be able to work. I have to laugh out loud about that one.
I am a life coach and founder of our nonprofit charity, Thriving with CP Inc. I help others with clarity, commitment, visioning their success to living confident, independent lives. There’s a good chance I’ve gone through the same things you’re experiencing despite my disability. I can relate to people on many levels. I have gone through a lot as many of us have, including domestic violence, failed marriages, self-doubt, insecurities, and more. I love what I do. There’s no better feeling in the world than knowing you have helped change someone’s life for the better.
Why is disability inclusion important in the life coaching industry?
Living with a disability as a mother I understand how easy it is to lose yourself. As a life coach I don’t want to walk in front of my clients to lead them to a better life. I walk along the side of them to reach the life they desire. We are a team. We are in this together. We live in a world where I fear for my family walking out the door. I fear that they may not be returning due to the color of their skin. I have always received discrimination about having Cerebral Palsy.
People had still shot me down when it came to me becoming a mother or working in the real estate field, but being black is something I have never dealt with within my life. Yes, my children and husband are black but, I can’t say I understand even as their mother and my husband’s wife the life of black Americans. I have never left the house, and someone fears me because I can’t walk. My husband, who is beyond fantastic walks out the door to provide for us and has to live in fear of losing his life just for being black. I want to help people celebrate disabled, black, white, green, blue, especially in the workplace. We are all human beings and deserve a safe, happy life. The silver lining in all of this madness is the opportunity of doing everything virtually. I love coaching not only disabled clients but, anyone. We have a lot more in common than we realize.
When I say I take CP; CP doesn’t make me. I think the best way I can put it into words, or my perspective is by saying this; This life is a dance, and in a dance, we naturally let someone lead. In my life dance, my partner, other than God of course and my husband, is CP. Unfortunately, I have been allowing CP to lead my dancing for the majority of my life. I realize CP had two left feet. CP has caused me to go in circles and step on myself most of my life. CP was in my way for many years, allowing me to feel defeated, insecure, unworthy, and pure darkness. When I decided I will no longer allow CP to lead this dance called life, my entire presentation and confidence looked and feels entirely different. I want every client that I coach to find who or what experience is their two left feet in their dance.
Do not allow that person or exposure to lead your dance any longer. Do not let that drug addict ex-husband have control of your life still. Do not let that disability stop you from conducting your life or dance. If you cannot get rid of your two left feet partner like in my situation, then you must choose from this point on that you will lead, and it will follow.
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