About Tania Potter
I'm a Personal Development Life Coach who specialises in L.I.F.E (Living Into your Fullest Expression). Based in Richards Bay, on the East Coast of South Africa, I live with my long-suffering husband, (his description!), two much-loved dogs and care for my elderly father who has Alzheimer's.
Bachelor of Commerce Degree
Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Learning
New Insights Certified Life Coach
Daily meditation practice
In my early twenties, while half-way through an Honours degree in Financial Management, I woke up one morning knowing with absolute certainty that I did not want to be a Financial Manager. It was a pivotal moment but unfortunately the part about what I did want to be, wasn't clear. The amazing thing about being in a place of uncertainty and confusion, is that IF (and this is no small task), but if you can get past the initial fear and urge to hang on to the first thing that passes by, you discover a spacious openness, filled with possibilities.
Instead of being quite so certain of things, the curious part of me started to wonder, is this really how it has to be? Is this truly how I want to live? Over time I made some changes. After quitting Financial Management, I started meditating, volunteered at Hospice, became a strict vegetarian, qualified in Reflexology and Aromatherapy and met a fabulous man who I married and am living happily ever after with.
While running training courses for Hospice Caregivers, I discovered a lifelong passion for learning that is still with me today. Human behaviour is fascinating and wanting to know more, I signed up for a Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Education. It was an intriguing three years, and studying the ins and outs of adult learning equipped me with a comprehensive set of both teaching and life skills. Shortly after qualifying, I had the good fortune to come across New Insights Life Coaching. I found the platform I was looking for and Soul Sense Coaching was born.
Unfortunately, it was not the end of the fairy tale for me. In my early thirties I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroditis, an auto-immune disease of the thyroid. Autoimmune disease means that cells in your immune system don't recognize, and therefore attack, your own body. It raised the interesting question, why is my body eating itself? I discovered that the ‘healthy choices’ I had been making were the likely cause of my illness. Who knew I was allergic to soya!
It was such a wake up call and not knowing what else to do, I stopped the world and got off! Heading to Scotland, I ensconced myself on a tiny island off the coast of Arran, and spent three months on a meditation retreat. There was no miracle cure. I still have Hashimoto's which I manage homoeopathically, like many women of my age, I struggle to keep my weight stable, get tired and grumpy (occasionally honestly!) and I eventually had to face the anxiety I was going to great lengths to avoid.
Through this personal process of self-discovery, the philosophies and beliefs in which Soul Sense Life Coaching is grounded, developed:
- Self-awareness is the key to making change possible.
- Before you can help others, you have to learn to help yourself.
- Most people are doing their best. We are not broken and we do not need fixing.
- Small changes have a big impact.
- We have more choice than we realise.
- There are reasons we do what we do and uncovering those reasons creates choice.
- We are our greatest resource, (once we stop being our worst enemy).
- Living authentically and with congruency, brings meaning to your life.
If you are interested in working with me to bring change to your own life click here