I’m Liz Goodchild and I’m here to help you live boldly.
From feeling less stuck to making decisions that feel good, it’s all about doing the things you think you can’t—with me by your side and new confidence in your shiny red sidecar.
After all, I know what your nagging little whispers say, speaking up in the back of your mind when the world goes quiet. “I need to change something. It’s time to show up. But where do I start? Can I start? Should I? I mean, things are fine. And fine is fine. Right? Juuuuuuust fine.”
The mediocrity is sucking out your damn life force (likely with a bendy straw.)
But through life coaching, I’ve learned how the heck to turn fine into fantastic.
I’ve been a certified coach since 2012, running a full-time coaching practice via Skype from my lovely home office in Germany. I’ve worked with hundreds of people over this time, from all walks of life, helping them to make changes in their lives and understand themselves more. I believe wholeheartedly in coaching, and I feel very lucky to work with people who want to feel happier, excited, confident and fulfilled in life, and are ready to make it happen. I get frustrated that we live in a world where asking for help and reaching out for support, or admitting we haven’t got it all figured out, is seen as self-indulgent or fucked up, when in fact, I know the exact opposite to be true. And it’s this belief that forms the foundation of my writing and coaching approach. I’m honest and say it as it is. With kindness and a dash of kick-up-the-ass.
I work with both women and men. I’m a certified coach, and yet beyond the qualifications nailed to my wall, I’ve learned how to help other people lead better lives through the lessons I’ve learned by living my own. From wanting to stick pencils in my eyes while sitting at the desk of my 9-5 in a corporate career that stifled me, to running ultra-marathons, to moving to a country I didn’t speak the language of—with a 4 month old baby in tow—I know that daily life can be fucking hard.
But I also know that we can do hard things.
My mum died when I was 18. She chose to end her life and her death was a huge wake-up call for me. It hit me—square in the heart—that we all get to choose who we are and how we live. As for me? I choose to live simply and brave, gravitating towards everything that nudges me towards personal and physical growth, and most importantly, that lets me just be me.
When I’m not coaching, I find myself walking my talk and signing up for physical challenges such as open water swimming races despite having an all-out fear of open water (if you want to find out more about the daft and mildly terrifying things I’m up to, you can always find me on Facebook or read some more of my writing right here.) I am a complete introvert. Small talk and parties make my head hurt and yet I love public speaking and hosting workshops. I’m scared of birds. Especially big, dead ones. I’m scared of a lot of things, in fact. And yet, I’ve taught myself, and continue to teach myself, that the only way through is to act in spite of my fears. To move forward when I’m the most uncertain and scared. To challenge myself to do the things the voice in my head tells me I can’t. This is why I am a good coach. I’m very familiar with the hurdles that my clients come up against—because I’ve been there myself—and so I teach what I know from a place of deep personal experience and understanding.
I believe that I can do anything I put my mind to. And I believe that my clients can do anything they put their mind to, too. This mindset has changed my life. In so many ways.
The bottom line is that you can change your life for the better. It’s totally within your reach, even if it feels just about as likely as winning the lottery. All you need is the right amount of help to get you moving with momentum.
Spoiler alert: This will make you unstoppable.
I’m in your corner. Let’s do this.
Advanced Certificate in Counselling:
Kingston College, London
Diploma in Transformational Coaching:
Animas Institute, London
Certificate in Group Coaching & Facilitation
Animas Institute, London
Certificate in Existential Coaching under the teaching of Yannick Jacob
Animas Institute, London
Communication Series igolu
Workshop coach for EnergiseYou
A FEW MORE FACTS ABOUT ME
I grow chillies and tomatoes in the summer. I don’t use plant-food or follow any fancy gardening tips. I just put them in sunlight and water them daily. I believe we should treat our bodies in the same way.
After years of trying to meditate, and not being very good at it, I now meditate every day, for 10 minutes. Sometimes, during these 10 minutes, I want to rip my head off. Other times, it feels like a massage for my mind and has changed the way I think about things. You can read more about how I finally created the habit of daily meditation here.
I eat mostly plant-based food (this means no animal products at all). No, I don’t miss bacon. Yes, I really miss cheese.
E.T. terrifies me. I wrote a blog post about it in 2011 and unknowingly created an online hub for people from all over the world to connect and share their own fear of E.T.
I used to run ultra-marathons, but then, well, there was a trampoline and a very swollen, injured ankle and ultra marathon running has been off the table ever since. And so I taught myself to swim (after spending 20 years telling myself and anyone who’d listen that I hated swimming). In 2016, I trained for, and completed a 5-mile lake swim and now genuinely love swimming. My big life lesson: Try new things.
I love all kinds of music, but Brandi Carlile is my favourite singer of all time. Whenever I need to know where my soul is, I listen to this.
I believe in saying yes more and doing things even though I’m scared.
When I see lots of feathers on the ground, I feel sad. It’s like I’ve stepped into an FBI bird murder scene.
I’m glad you found your way here.
My favourite poet, Mary Oliver, once wrote, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
And I’m wondering what your answer is.