Fran GourdetΒ takes time out of her busy day job to help out with an ABIDE telephone support group on Sunday mornings at 8AM EST (Call 712-770-4010 and punch in 305624#.). She attended the ABIDE Helper training put on by Jennifer Schwirzer, LPC and works part time as a life coach.

What leads you to be a coach?
I want to help others avoid the mistakes I’ve made due to lack of guidance.

What do you like best about it?
It helps others develop self-awareness. For people of faith, it enables them to learn to listen to that still, small voice of God.

How do you recharge on your day off?
Days “off” are hard to come by. those are the days I have no immediate obligations for work, business or school. I do something really social–have a meal with a neighbor, spend time with family, or work on some crafting project such as knitting, crocheting or sewing. I might even spend time learning a new skill.

What are your three favorite things?
I love learning, teaching, and researching. More tangibly, I like being with family, friends, and other like-minded individuals. I like ice cream, chips and sci-fi movies with great special effects but I have learned those things aren’t the best for my brain, so I avoid them πŸ™‚