Gail Armatys is one of the coaches that we found this month and we did a little interview with her. She impressed us with her intuition and dedication to help people find their calling. Her approach is aimed to help people with big and small questions, from what to do with their life to what to do next in their life. She is giving her clients direction and a roadmap to guide them as they follow their true calling. Here is what she said.
Meet Life Coach Gail Armatys:
Name: Gail Armatys
Pillar: The Spirit
Who is this coach for: Christian Women who want to find out their true calling in life.
How they can help: Through conversation and various strength and personality assessments that come unique to each client, also using the Masterpiece Journey roadmap.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these Pandemic times?
My family and I are great and thankful… thank you for asking!
Most of us have had the virus and made it through well. We are learning resilience!
How does the coronavirus pandemic affect your clients? Did it affect you at all?
The coronavirus pandemic slowed people down for awhile. I think because of fear and uncertainty of what would come next.
But in reality, fears and questions are always out there, aren’t they?
Now, people have increased interest in being more discerning to spend their time working in areas that best fit who they are and also their dreams.
For Christians, this means being more intentional to seek to know and answer God’s call for their lives.
And since we each spend so many hours of our lives working, approx. 90,000, I think more people have come to the understanding that they want to do work, whether at home or in the marketplace, where they can make a real and meaningful contribution to the lives of others.
What are the biggest lessons that you learned in this pandemic?
The biggest lessons I learned in this pandemic is that people are hurting more than ever before.
The fear of sickness, the isolation, the loss, the confusion… all of it can leave us feeling hopeless.
But what I want people to know more than anything is that they are loved and God has a purpose for their lives.
In a more personal way, it became clear to me with my adult kids that I didn’t get to set their rules and boundaries with regarding to mask wearing, get togethers, and those sorts of things.
FaceTime, texts, zoom meetings, and phone calls helped bridge the gap. There was always a way to stay connected with family, friends, and clients!
Tell us about you, your career, how you started with your coaching career?
I am a follower of Christ. My work is as a speaker, writer, and coach, focused on coaching and guiding women to know their calling and find their path so they can experience their most meaningful and impactful life.
Prior to this work I spent over 30 years in the private college sector with 27 of those years leading students to successful paralegal careers with my co-founding partner.
I am an encourager and enjoy guiding others to their greatest meaning, success, and happiness in their work at home and in the marketplace.
I knew I was being called to something different several years ago and so I left the college and watched as God opened doors for me to do what I’m doing now, taking action on the desires of my heart.
Outside of having a loving family, my dream has always been to help people find and live theirs. But I didn’t always know or acknowledge that.
After many years of work and growth at the college, I came to the realization that I couldn’t live someone else’s dream. The college was my partner’s dream, not really mine.
But where I found my sweet spot was in helping him uncover and build his dream. Ultimately, it became clear it was time for me to move on and do what God created and called me to do.
I work from a life purpose and Christian faith based perspective. Today, I help women discern their calling and begin living it by speaking, writing, and coaching.
What was your biggest obstacle that you had to overcome in your life that made you who you are today?
The biggest obstacle I had to overcome in my life that made me who I am today is the experience of divorce.
Having your husband tell you he doesn’t love you any more isn’t just a death of a marriage but it comes with rejection as well.
But God used this tragic experience to draw me near to him. So as many would agree, quite often our worst experience is also our best.
Getting through this loss all those years ago with a new business, a two year old, and a new home with a huge mortgage where I thought we’d live happily ever after was life changing.
And it’s when I began to focus on doing things God’s way and not my own. He had a calling, a new path for me.
The Coaching Style:
How do you innovate with coaching your clients?
The key to new ideas and innovative next steps for clients is for me to listen and, of course, ask thoughtful questions.
I focus on drawing out what lies deep in a person’s heart. It’s a uniquely personal experience for each woman.
We begin to discover hopes, lessons, attributes, and direction they often don’t otherwise realize or accept until they speak them out loud.
I have a process I work through that helps clients capture and embrace who they truly are and make sense of their story.
It gives them new life perspective and hope. We look at where they are now, their boundaries, and who and what’s around them.
We discern their heart’s dreams and desires, their life message, opportunities before them, and finally work toward making a committed leap… or at least a small step in the pursuit of their calling.
It’s exciting and satisfying for both my clients and me to walk this journey of discovery together.
What’s unique about your coaching approach?
My coaching approach is unique in that it answers big questions about things like one’s calling as well as everyday questions about what to do next and how best to respond in context of a person’s uniqueness, faith, and life purpose.
What benefits do your clients get after working with you?
Clients come away with clarity and understanding of who they are, what’s holding them back, and why they’re here. When they leave me, clients have direction, and a roadmap to guide them as they pursue their calling.
Do you use any specific tools to be efficient with your clients?
I use various personalty and strength assessments. They may vary depending on the person and her unique needs.
We talk about priorities and values, and spend time working on mindset shifts as well as using the Masterpiece Journey roadmap I’ve created that helps guide each client on her path.
If you had a super megaphone that, when you speak into, the whole world will hear your message, what would you say?
This is my message: Through Christ…
You are good enough and loved no matter what.
You can breakthrough what holds you back.
You are here for a purpose and God has a plan for you to live it.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned in your life?
My greatest life lesson? I’ve had so many lessons… and have had to repeat some from time to time.
I think my greatest life lesson is that I am loved no matter what.
There aren’t many people that would die for me, but Jesus did. And as he did he even spoke forgiving words of love over those who killed him.
So I know no matter the bad choices I’ve made and things I’ve done that have hurt his heart, he has forgiven me and loves me.
Knowing this makes everything else make sense to me. And knowing that with him there is a ‘happily ever after’ makes me love him, want to do life with him, and do it according to his calling and plan for me.
Your final thoughts?
These are definitely interesting times, yet as Christians, we know we were born to be here where we are at this time in history for a reason.
Our job is to seek God, know and share him as we live our calling in our given way each day. Knowing this, our purpose, gives meaning to our lives. Lives we’re meant to enjoy, work hard at, and find deep satisfaction in.
So many people are discouraged and in pain, but everyone has good work to do and can do it.
It’s just that sometimes we need some guidance.
I want to help people know and experience the truth of this.
Where Can You Find Gail Armatys?
If you liked this interview and you would love too find your true calling in life, go to https://www.gailarmatys.com/ where you will find how Gail can help you.
If you want to connect with her personally, best way to do that is through her LinkedIn. If you want to peak a glimpse of her coaching, make sure to follow her Facebook and Instagram accounts. It was an honor having this interview with her.