Pam Tibbs, Your Coach
From the time I was young, my mother always told me how sweet I was and reminded me how sweet I used to be when I became a teenager! I also had a very curious nature and would always be asking “Why?” I believe I brought these two characteristics with me from the other side when I was born and I also believe they have served me my whole life.
It seemed a natural path for me to get a degree in Psychology at the University of Kansas and to continue my education at the University of Missouri Kansas City in Counseling Psychology. I truly enjoyed learning all the theories, but what really grabbed me were the one on one experiences and the group sessions. I loved being with the people, watching the changes they went through with my support and encouragement. I even watched as a young teenage girl came back from the brink of suicide to live a healthy happy life. Years later, I saw her mother at a restaurant where I worked and she couldn’t have thanked me enough for helping to save her daughter. Maybe someone else would have helped her just as much. I believe she had it in her all along, but it was a good feeling to hear that I had made a difference.
For most of my teenage into adult life, I worked, at some capacity, in food service (as most of us do!). I began to really connect with people in the restaurant industry as we would go through our daily shifts together and feel as if we were in the “trenches”! There was lots of fun and lots of bonding. These two paths (restaurant work and counseling) were starting to lead into one, as I saw it, and I began to use much of my counseling and listening skills with my coworkers and bosses. Really, anyone who wanted to talk, I would listen and support.
I decided to push forward with the restaurant career path. I felt this tug of family and life and experience there that I had never really felt before and just couldn’t ignore or let go of. I worked my way to my dream job as General Manager of a café in a modern art museum where several of my friends worked. It was a blast! We put on fabulous events, had the most amazing food, and the camaraderie was just what I needed and wanted.
When that experience ended, I took a restaurant break, as many of us do in this tough industry. But I found myself back in it almost as fast as I got out of it, or so it seemed at the time! This was a searching period for me, testing the waters with catering companies, nightclubs, even the possibility of owning my own restaurant. I struggled somewhat and found myself a bit stuck in a rut. So, when a position as a restaurant manager at a prestigious restaurant presented itself, I bit. I went full in, excited, ready to recommit to an industry and career I had tried to leave several times.
While I did thrive in this position and feel that I continued to have an impact on my employees, coworkers and bosses, there was something unfulfilled inside me. Not to mention my damn knees were giving out! As I managed to continue on, I was again presented with an opportunity to come back to a general manager position and I thought, oh surely this is what is missing. I will be the boss in charge and it will be great. I took the leap but not really that surprising, I fell short in my fulfillment journey.
And as I searched the job market and my soul, I discovered that maybe I could get back to my counseling roots through a coaching path. I, of course, got coached myself on this, and after not too much time, I went all in. I say not too much time because my heart knew this was what it wanted. My brain was a little skeptical (still is sometimes) but my heart won out.
Trust me, I’m still super curious about EVERYTHING, but now, after all I’ve seen and been through, I know there are people out there, maybe even you, who are hurting and struggling, and if there had been someone like me as a coach back then, maybe I wouldn’t have struggled as much as I did at times.
My Mission: Help YOU discover the life you crave!
And now we come to today. I have completed a year of spectacular learning and growth and I have been coaching my peers and even some restaurant friends. I am ready to dive in and help take you and/or your company to the next level of success and peace and find the life you crave!