Name: Tia Sparkles
But my mom calls me: Tiiiiiiiiii-na (that’s right, I changed my name in 2001)!
Found at: tia at coachtia dot com.
Rarely seen without: My signature blue toenails. Silver jangly jewelry. Button-down military shirts. A jar of Nutella. And a spoon.
Best day of my life (to date): Climbing up to the Mt Everest Base Camp at 17,600 feet. WOOT WOOTY WOOT!
Worst ten minutes of my life: Boarding school at Nainital, India. Age 5. Group shower. HELL.
Longest time I’ve held down a ‘real’ job: 3 years
(does freelance massage therapist count?)
Number of stamps in my passport: 20-ish.
Secret freak-talent: Hula-hooping.
Unexpected gift: Being let go from a counseling job in Canada after two months. I secretly wanted some time off — and the unexpected break led me into life coaching, and starting my own business. Thanks, Universe!
You’d never believe I have a: Bachelor’s degree in Economics. And a Post Grad in Business Administration. (Shiver. Scary.)
But more importantly, I’m also a: CTI trained certified Life Coach since 2009 (Much better.)
Obsession: Chasing my next jolt of inspiration.
Confession: I’m a worrier with a tendency to overcomplicate, overanalyze, and overcrazify even the simplest decisions. I see opportunities everywhere, which is fantastic . . . except for when I get paralyzed by possibility!
Keeping my life sweet ‘n simple — and keeping my Inner Sparkle alive — is a daily challenge. That’s cos I’m a Scanner. Sparkler. Multi-passionate with too many interests to choose (could you be one, too?).
It’s so worth it though.
The Seven Kajillion Dollar Question: What do you really, truly WANT?
Hello! I’m Tia.
And I’m here to unleash your Inner Sparkle.
From the moment I bounced into this bright, bounteous world, all I’ve ever-ever wanted was FREEDOM. The freedom to play when I want, and work when I choose. The freedom to quit, and restart, and rewind. The freedom to sell all my furniture, pack up my laptop + my favorite pair of jeans, and plant myself in a new country.
The freedom to do what inspires me.
To live my life, MY way.
And as a multi-passionate, multi-talented, multi-magnificent Sparkler, there’s a whole LOT that inspires me.
Which doesn’t mean that my life is one long disco-till-dawn dance party. All the time.
I’ve struggled with bouts of life-draining depression + paralyzing pessimism for a lot of my early adult-ish life. As a teenager, I even got tangled in some seriously unpleasant suicidal thoughts. I had to FIGHT to stay uplifted, confident and inspired.
The fight keeps me fiery. And it keeps me humble.
These days, I am a full-time, globe-trotting, freedom-seeking Inner Sparkle activator.
Which is a fancy-schmancy way of saying: I use my own life experiences, hard-won business knowledge + life coaching superpowers to help people (like YOU!) dream bigger, demand better — and make braver choices.
Even when — especially when — life feels less than sparkle-tastic.
Because that’s when we need our dreams, most of all.
Want to explore the sparklemania possibilities?
Check out The INNER SPARKLE e-course.
Hippity-hop to my blog.
Or contact me if you have a question: tia at coachtia.com.
Here’s to creating your life, YOUR way.
With minimal Shoulds. And maximum Sparkle.
~ xox, Tia.
Life Coach, Glitter Lover, NLPer, LOAer, Nutella Addict, Awesometastical Word Maker-Upper.
For the ultra-curious, only . . .
10 quirks, secrets + strange-o-la facts about me:
1. I regularly consume full-sized jars of Nutella, over the course of 2 days.
2. I once took a 2-week holiday to the US, got offered a job + ended up staying for 2 years (100% legally, yo). This kind of thing happens to me all. the. time.
3. Case in point: I once moved to New Zealand with a girlfriend who didn’t want to go alone. She stayed for 6 months. I stayed for 4 years.
4. My dad was in the Indian Air Force, and my family moved to a new base every couple of years. As a result, I’m really, really good at making new friends in unfamiliar places.
5. My WHOLE. LIFE. CHANGED. after reading Barbara Scher’s Refuse to Choose!: A Revolutionary Program for Doing Everything That You Love. It was the first time I realized that being a Multi-Passionate / Polymath-o-matic / Renaissance Soul / Scanner / Sparkler with a zillion interests was a GIFT, not a flaw.
6. I believe that our childhood dreams hold clues to our most sparkle-licious lives. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an author, a teacher, and a mother. I’ve never written a book or taught in a classroom, kids aren’t peeking out from behind my apron — and yet, my whole life is about writing, sharing, inspiring, and creating. In a spooky-weird way, I am an author-teacher-momma. Just not in the way I expected . . . yet.
7. I (still) love unicorns. I had a unicorn pendant that I wore evvvvvery single day of college, until it literally crumbled to bits.
8. At certain dance clubs in Atlanta, there is a particular move called “The Tia.” Which I invented. A long time ago. (There may be a video demonstration in the works. Stay tuned.)
9. Almost everything has the potential to make me cry. Sappy movies. Hand lotion advertisements. Babies in airports. Lonely-looking bananas at the supermarket.
10. I frequently have open-ended conversations with The Universe. We’re on a first-name, hug-it-out basis, these days.
What They’re Saying..
Here’s a whole bunch of warm, gooey love and appreciation from clients I’ve coached & people I’ve inspired, connected, interacted & fallen in love with in the past year.
Before my time with Tia, I knew and expected very little from a life coach. So what made me decide to hire one? The belief that I could do more with my life – I just needed help in achieving my goals.
My thoughts and goals before I met Tia were wonderful, yet disjointed with no symmetry or plan as how to make them happen.
- Scrapbook storeowner
- Become a paid writer
- Gain better exposure for my writing
- Improve on the quality of my blog content
- Find the time to write
- Finish a short story
- Figure out how to appreciate myself
- Learn not tohave guilt when I took time for myself
- Write a children’s book
WOW! I look at this list now, six months since my first session with Tia and I am amazed. Not that my list was so long, but rather, how much I accomplished from this list.
Tia was not just a mentor, cheerleader extraordinaire, kick in the butt coach – she also had the ability to help a strong headed woman believe in her self worth and her brilliance.
I found new excitement in my writing. My confidence opened numerous doors. I became a monthly contributor to Fuel Your Writing. I joined Elance.com, and was hired for my first job. I will contribute to PEARL magazine, a citywide publication for Peterborough, Ontario. My blog site traffic increased and I gained new followers.
Here is the best part: I always believed that I had a healthy sense of self. I loved and cared for myself. Well Bulgerdash! I found a zillion reasons as to why I could not take time for me. With Tia’s coaching, I owned up to this, discovered ways to over come, started writing, became happier and found my world flowing with positive energy.
And for that, I am forever grateful.
Juhree Zimmerman R.N., B.Sc.N., M.Ed., C.P.C.C., O.R.S.C.C.
Master Certified Coach, http://www.strategyforsynergy.ca
Tia, you are a remarkably sophisticated coach with a big heart and a lot of fierce courage. You have such great intuition and people skills. I really appreciate your honesty and your patience with even the slipperiest clients (no names mentioned here).
All this, plus you are smart, well educated, motivated AND gorgeous. It was an honour having you as my coach and I appreciate the way you held me. Thank you SO much for the guidance with all the social media stuff.
Best of luck to you in Argentina! Keep in touch from wherever you are.
Health & Wellness Coach, Commonsense Health & Wellness Coaching
Why did I choose Tia as a life coach? She’s very worldly and educated and genuine. She’s about living your life the way you choose and walks the talk! Tia does not take herself too seriously but is serious about finding the fun in life and connecting with people. Not only is she connecting and manifesting positive change one on one, she is connecting others with others!
Certified Weight Loss Coach, http://www.suyinnichols.com
I have gotten a lot out of your Coffee with Coaches calls. You have a lightness and a realness about you – which is not a natural gift for everyone.
Thanks for being so real, Tia. It inspires me!
NinaT: Love you so much! I’m inspired, have started yoga, lost weight and am looking for a new job. So much happier than I’ve been in years, thank you for all that you do, I’m SO glad to have you in my life! You’re an amazing coach & friend.
MelissaB: “I feel so blessed and just down right wonderful right now. Thank you thank you and thank you from my heart to yours. You have brought your sparkles into my life!”
Tiffany Hale, Blog reader & Subscriber (A personal favourite!)
I just wanted to e-mail to tell you thanks so much! As an avid follower of Jeannette Maw’s Good Vibe Blog, I always saw these fabulous posts from a beautiful lady named Tia.
Today I visited your website, read the “about” section, and I’m sold! I’ve never felt so inspired to simply pick up my life and have FUN! While other methods seem very theoretical, your simple way of fun + inspired action= wonderful journey….it’s simply perfect!
I’m only sixteen, and though I’m young, I want to make this my lifestyle. I obviously can’t afford your official services, but I’d like to let you know you have another person out there that believes in what you’re doing, and I’ll be using your blog as a tool. Thanks so much!!
Joanne Rathburn: Thank you for all you do and mostly for your upbeat attitude and fun way of conveying your message! I love hearing from you. I’ll never forget the caring and in-depth answer you sent me after I emailed you last year. Have a wonderful day!
Facilitator, Trainer & Coach, http://www.fullcircleinspiration.com
Thanks, Tia!!! You were the one who encouraged me to write the original Penny story for your blog. It wasn’t until I got such good feedback from your readers that I thought, “Huh…I should do a book!”
So…thank you for your Co-Active contribution to my project http://thepennyproject.wordpress.com/! AND…you were inspiration for this workshop. YAY!!!!
I pick up so many interesting/fun/useful stories & ideas from you…each one a drop of joy in my life’s bucket!! So many people think their purpose is about doing. Your purpose feels more like its about being. Being joyous…and then sharing that with others. Is there a better way to live? If so, I’d like to know what it is!
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