Local career counselor leaves profession of 25+ years to pursue her dream of Coachingthruart, a business that combines her two passions: coaching and art.
Renée Louise Taylor is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation, as well as a Seattle artist and founder of CoachingthruArt. Her vision is to create a fun, supportive environment where participants call on their inner artists as a catalyst to explore themselves from different perspectives.
Have you ever taken an assessment inventory in which you answered multiple choice questions about your preference for a variety of job tasks and in the end, you received a list of possible career choices?
Throughout her counseling profession, Taylor administered a variety of these assessments as a tool to help her clients make appropriate career choices. When she took the assessments, it repeatedly suggested the same professions: professional service and professional art. Therefore, it was no small coincidence that Taylor started her career as a secondary school art teacher.
As her career evolved from art education to the field of career counseling, she primarily explored her inner artist on her own time.
“I felt passionate about both the work I was doing in direct service and the art I was doing on my own,” she said “I was pleased too, by the attention my artwork was receiving.”
Taylor has been fortunate to have had many opportunities to follow her calling to professional service in roles such as: Program Director for the Indochinese Women’s Program (one of the first refugee woman’s programs in the US); Staff Developer in a refugee camp in Thailand; Education Director of a crisis residential center for teens; Family Coach for airport employees; and Volunteer Builder in housing programs in Cambodia and Nicaragua.
Taylor admits, she has “a bit of a travel bug” and enjoys volunteering, exploring other cultures, and gathering inspiration for her art.”
Taylor has gone to the extremes in pursuit of her passion for the arts. “The lion’s share of my professional career was in the area of career planning, skills training and job placement,” she said. “except for the ‘survival job’ I had dressed as a mermaid in a green lame’ body suit delivering singing telegrams.”
She realized that she needed more skills to work with clients who had challenging life situations; as a result she pursued an MA in Mental Health Counseling.
“Even though I knew I did not want to be a therapist, per se, the counseling skills I learned helped me to be more effective to support others in making wiser life choices, she said. “While I gained useful skills, I later realized what I was really looking for was called COACHING. I had always thought coaching was a bit ‘woo woo’, but trust me; it can change your life.”
In 2012 she became an Associate Certified Coach.
Most recently, Taylor has combined her two passions to develop a series of “CreateDates” for everyone’s inner artist called CoachingthruArt. She invites you to bring more art-filled play into your life as you explore your true being.