My name is Jennifer Greer, and like each of us, my life tells a story. I graduated from the University of Alabama with degrees in psychology and human development. (Roll Tide!) It was at UA that I further developed my love and appreciation for the dynamics at work in our every day lives. I had/still have a borderline-obsessive interest in studying relationships. I geek'd out on reading and conducting research, and I ultimately decided I was going to be a professor of developmental psychology, and conduct research for the rest of my life, or at least until I was forced into retirement.
Then, as destiny would have it, I stumbled across the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, and in no particular order, everything changed.
I had no idea what a life coach was, but as I read iPEC's website, I found my heart racing and heard my angels singing. This was IT. I wanted to work with people, not behind a two-way mirror or a desk full of exams needing to be graded. What I had actually been longing for was an opportunity to engage with my passion while making an impact. People are my passion, and with coaching, my impact could be both incredibly personal and direct.
I stepped into this dream of coaching and graduated from iPEC as a Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner. The training and personal coaching I received transformed not only me. . . It transformed my relationship with my husband. By stepping into my power and taking ownership of how I was showing up in my life, my marriage- which had been draining me- began to energize and inspire me. It was in this powerful experience that I knew I had found something very special to share with the world.
I live in Nashville, Tennessee, with my husband, our two daughters, and a guinea pig. Much of my inspiration comes from doing life with these beautiful souls. Before them, I was just a crazy music-loving, band-following, mountain-hiking, rock-climbing, daydreaming, studying-for-finals-while-sipping-beer-in-a-bar, dancing-all-night-with-my-best-friends, spontaneous road-tripping-free-spirit, with a heart for meeting new people and going new places. I'm very much that same person, but these days I've got a knack for channeling that energy into my family and business. And finding time to take long baths.
What's so great about working with me?
I'm glad you asked! ;) Not only am I a pretty cool human being (that claim can be backed up, by the way), but I've also got a super power that makes people feel *really* comfortable sharing their rather intimate, messy life details. I thought it was a normal part of every body's life to constantly find yourself having a conversation with a stranger sharing their life story. Turns out, this is one of those gifts that I didn't really understand was a gift until much later in my life. I highly value this ability and am grateful for all the experiences it's allowed me to have. I am legitimately one of the least judgmental people you will ever meet. I've been humbled by my own life as well as the lives of so many others. In other words, bring me all your crazy. it doesn't scare me.
I'm also what I call "an organic coach". I'm very intuitive and use my intuition as a sort of "higher coach". My higher coach is always listening to what's not being said and feeling what's not being shared. It helps me to form an authentic connection with my clients and further helps me to ask the right questions and push the right buttons. It also saves us valuable time, because we're not getting lost in the symptoms of what's not working in your marriage. Instead, we're going straight to the source and treating the cause. I share this because I understand what an asset my intuition is to my coaching success.
When you work with me, you're working with someone who has managed to experience a lot of life's highs and lows in a short period of time. I thank my parents and their tumultuous marriage(s) first and foremost, because this allowed me to love unconditionally despite our human flaws, from a very young age. This also gave me the opportunity to be in the very middle of some very messy grown-up situations before I was even old enough to understand the role I was playing in helping my parents and siblings cope with relationships and divorce. Between their emotional and financial instabilities, I learned how to step into a leadership role and keep our family glued together, even after it all fell apart. I understand people. I understand intentions. I understand life doesn't always turn out the way we had planned. I understand how it feels when you don't have a lot of hope or you've got tons of anger, and I also understand how we sabotage our relationships with self and others when we feel this way. I know, because I also tried to sabotage my own marriage. I allowed external circumstances to rob me of my power. I became a victim of every "bad" thing that my marriage had produced. Once I shifted my perspectives and embraced my experiences as growth opportunities, I rediscovered in the biggest way ever that like each of us, I have the ability to design a completely fulfilling life. In this process, I recreated a beautiful, expansive relationship with both my own self and my husband. I now have more joy and passion in my marriage than ever before, which is something I once assumed I would never get back.
I consider it my purpose in life and an absolute honor to work with my clients in creating their own version of a kick ass marriage and a kick ass life. It's a great time to be alive!