Hello, I’m Vickie Townson
founder of Life’s New Chapter Coaching
I work with women who have experienced a midlife divorce and are ready to create a new life that they love. To see my training and credentials, they’re at the bottom of this page.
It’s daunting to start a new chapter in your life at any age, but especially at midlife. Let me help you write your new chapter and fill it with a vision you love, a sense of adventure, and an openness to new possibilities.
I’ve had three life-changing new chapters: one unplanned, one unexpected, and one I chose.
My unplanned chapter was my divorce, of course. (Aren’t they all unplanned?) What an emotional roller-coaster! I felt unsure of myself and of the future, overwhelmed with all the decisions I faced, afraid of making mistakes, worried about my job (the divorce was distracting me at work) and worried about my finances. At times I felt lonely and wondered if I could manage on my own.
But life goes on and mine did, too. After the divorce was settled I was ready to figure out what I wanted next. That’s when I was hit by a tough realization: during my marriage I had stopped being true to myself. I had compromised my own values and lost touch with what was important to me. I became determined to find myself again.
It took a lot of time and effort but I did learn to believe in myself again and trust myself. I finally let go of the past and focused on my future. I got to know me and unearthed what is important to me. I discovered an inner strength I didn’t know I had and felt strong and capable again.
And gradually, I stopped feeling lonely. I spent more time with close friends. I explored new activities and made new friends along the way. To my amazement I discovered that life can be good after divorce. Really!
The transformation I experienced took a long while to evolve. I didn’t have the benefit and support of a life coach. But you do. With my help, you can quickly move into your new chapter and create a life you will absolutely love.
As for relationships, I was not in a hurry to get involved again, so I was really surprised when it happened! That leads me to my Unexpected Chapter.
Meeting Bill and getting married again was an unexpected new chapter and a delightful one. We met on a ski hill. Taking ski lessons was one of my “new chapter” activities and Bill was in my ski class. Having a shared interest made getting to know one another easier. We let the friendship unfold, enjoying each other’s company before we started officially dating.
I learned from my first marriage that a shared interest isn’t enough for a lasting relationship. What is key is having shared values. For me, it was essential that my new partner be kind, considerate, and thoughtful. That’s Bill (with a touch of romance).
Our blended family now includes Bill’s two daughters, six grandchildren, my daughter, Jennifer, and her husband, Will. We still have fun with our favourite activities – skiing, golfing, and travelling.
Helping you identify your core values is an important part of my coaching program Thriving After Your Midlife Divorce. Knowing your core values is the foundation of creating the life that you love.
The chapter I chose was to change careers and become a professional life coach. It began when I had one of those moments of wondering: “Is this it?”
At the time I worked at a law firm on Wills and Estates. I enjoyed the “people part” of the job but there was something missing. It would have been easy to let the idea of changing careers drift into wishful thinking and become a “some day” thing. But I learned to pay attention to my inner guidance.
I knew if I didn’t at least explore other possibilities, I would always regret it. I wanted a career that would make a difference in peoples’ lives. It took eight months of research but when I found life coaching, I knew it was for me.
I’ve been coaching for over 15 years and specialize in working with women who’ve experienced a midlife divorce. I help them live a life that that expresses who they are and what they love – their best life.
I graduated from the pre-eminent Coaches Training Institute in California and its certification course (CPCC). I earned the designation of Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF). The ICF sets the standards and Code of Ethics for the coaching profession. I am a member of the ICF and its Ottawa Chapter.
I am also a member of the Collaborative Practice Ottawa (CPO) and on its Board of Directors. CPO, also known s Collaborative Family Law, helps couples bring a peaceful and equitable conclusion to their relationship without resorting to the court system.
If you are a woman who is ready to move on after the upheaval of a midlife divorce, I can help. Contact me to schedule a FREE Re-Write Your Life Session - and get started on your life’s new chapter now.