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Fiona Reith: Staying calm in uncertain times

Life Sprint speaks to… Fiona Reith

We’ve been admirers of Fiona for a while, and for good reason! Fiona is the UK’s first accredited design-your-life coach, and refers to herself as a recovering overachiever!

Fiona was won over by the Life Design methodology after applying it to herself. After a career in both the private and public sectors, she was seeking to balance her life as a working mum, and needed some frameworks to help her figure out her direction. She trained in the US, and has since worked with numerous clients in 1-1 sessions, as well as in group and company contexts.

Check out the audio recording here:

We adore Fiona’s uplifting and insightful LinkedIn presence, which is why we invited her to be a guest on the first-ever “Life Sprint speaks to...” event, one which would focus on how to find grounding during the quarantine. 

Along with 15 of you, we joined Fiona via Zoom, to pose questions and pick her brain! Enjoy the talk, we certainly did.

Our key takeaways:

1. Tackle things step by step

You don’t need to have everything figured out right now, just take baby steps in the direction that makes you feel happy.

2. Schedule blank time

This is essential, especially at the moment, as it will help block out external noise. You need this for your sanity, and to help you be more focused on what you want.

3. You already know what you need

In 99% of cases, all the answers you need are already within you. Sometimes you just need help pulling them out: don’t be afraid to ask for help.

4. Journal

Writing thoughts down is a powerful way to take control, plus you can use these notes to re-write and reframe things that have been holding you back in your head.

5. Network, network, network

Personal connections are powerful, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Connect with people on LinkedIn and invite them for virtual coffees! People will be happy to not have “productivity” Zoom calls!

Further reading

Fiona is full of book recommendations, and she references a few during our talk, including:


About Fiona Reith
Fiona is a career coach, based in the UK, who offers early and mid-career development coaching via on-line 1:1 sessions as well as group coaching. She helps her clients take a creative approach to exploring their strengths and their options before supporting them to take the first steps to improve their work-life. Previous experience leading transition programmes between education and work means she is well-placed to understand the changing face of modern work and the challenges and opportunities this brings

About Life Sprint

Life Sprint is a four-week process for tackling career stuckness. Inspired by design thinking and coaching theory, Life Sprint has been designed to help reframe career challenge, identify obstacles and take small but powerful steps toward a better life. Check out upcoming sprints here.

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