Meet Lee Atherton, your Professional Officiant and End-of-Life Coach
16 Jun 2020
Meet Lee Atherton
Current life (Title)
Professional Officiant and End-of-Life Coach
Tell us about your business/occupation & how you ended up where you are today.
CoachRev is the merging of two passions - life coaching and hospice chaplaincy. When I was ordained in 2003 hospice was the furthest thing from my mind. When I covered for a colleague on vacation I fell in love. For the next 10 years I kept hospice (end of life) and coaching (creating what's next) apart thinking they were two very divergent endeavors. In 2016 the two came together under the umbrella of CoachRev @the CrossRoads. At that time officiating weddings and relationship coaching were a vital part of my ministry as well. I recently make end of life my primary focus as I am most fulfilled when I meet people in this phase of their life.
compassion, empathy, and a can-do attitude
Loves to talk about
My partner, my three adult children, and my service dog Shadow. I also love to tell a couple of unique stories in my life journey, my experiences in supporting First Responders, and my work as a chaplain.
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Describe your typical workday?
Never the same two days in a row! Always includes some level of continuing ed or training, finding ways to improve my marketing, gardening in the warmer months, coaching and officiating as scheduled, connecting with my children, working for and hanging out with my life partner, and when time allows, curling up with a good book!
What is the biggest challenge you face in your business/job & how do you overcome it?
Marketing and Social Media!!! I just keep plugging along - you know the phrase "If at first you don't succeed, try try again."
How do you keep yourself motivated?
My passion for helping others; planning retirement; supporting my children; and spoiling my grandchildren when they arrive!!!
"Go to" quote or mantra?
"It is only when there is chaos within that you can give birth to a shining star." Nietzsche
What inspires you?
The awe and beauty of nature, wanting to be the best I can be, knowing I can make a positive difference for people, and my daughter at age 11 comparing my growth to the words of a song she had just sung at her great-grandfather's funeral.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Although it was spoken more as a parental command at the time and not advice, the day my mother said (with an angry voice!) "You'll take that job if you know what's good for you!" I sure wouldn't be where I am now if I hadn't.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Listen to your heart and know that you matter, you count, and you can do anything you put your mind to!
What are your "go to" business books?
All You Can Do is All You Can Do: And All You Can Do Is Enough; The Next Place;
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