Michele Waterman

ABOUT | Life Coach | Silicon Valley

Here's my story. . .      



Hi, I’m Michele Waterman, Empowerment and Mindset Coach

I am professional coach certified by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC), accredited by the International Coaching Federation. I am also a master practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Mental and Emotional Release® (MER®) and hypnosis certified by the Association for Integrative Psychology. I have a B.A. in communications and twenty five years of experience and expertise as a high performance sales executive, consultant, coach, and executive director of two non-profit corporations, which I founded over the last decade.

As a responsible and dedicated helping professional, I have to do the work, to do the work. That means I have a coach and I continually work on my personal and professional development. For almost two decades I've been on a journey of recovering from alcoholism, my addiction for approval, the dis-ease of more, and healing the life-sucking syndrome of never enough.

Prior to becoming a coach, I went through Tony Robbin’s Mastery University and spent two years diving deep into my own self-discovery. What I discovered is that we all have a story to honor and own. 

Sixteen years ago I got sober and discovered the woman I was always meant to be. My first year of sobriety was insane. My husband was in a terrible motorcycle accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury, our daughter was born with a heart defect, and our son was diagnosed with severe autism. I know first hand how it feels to be out of control, paralyzed with fear, and caught up in the struggle of life. 

Today, my story offers hope to those who still suffer and struggle in the disease of addiction. My story of reclaiming my life and recovering my body, mind, and spirit started with me getting sober and making a decision that I would go to any lengths for my recovery, one day at a time, no matter what happens to me, my family, or in our world; in order to break the chain of addiction in my family.

I have an amazing life today. Everything that I am grateful for is built on a solid and unshakeable foundation of my recovery and commitment to sobriety and carrying the message of recovery to those who want help.

That said, my life hasn’t been easy since getting sober August 17, 2001. I’ve endured heartbreak, healed from trauma, and I’ve faced more than my fair share of adversity. And I wouldn’t change a thing, because I know that life isn’t happening “to me” – rather, life is happening “for me”.

As a result of being sober, I am awake and able to take action to be a determined advocate for my family. I’ve helped my son recover from autism, an incredible journey that took more than fifteen years. He is a senior in high school and he will graduate with honors and attend St. Mary's College. I’ve helped my daughter overcome severe dyslexia. She reads for pleasure, has her own Youtube channel, is thriving academically as well as all areas of her fabulous life. I was able to stand by my husband’s side after he sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of a motorcycle accident. He was on disability and he didn’t work for five years.

 Waterman Family

What saved me and kept me going? There is a long list that is for sure, but I'll share a little secret: I made a decision to not drink one day at a time and then I kept making that same decision the next day and the next.

What helped me reclaim my life and recover my mind + body + spirit?

  1. I picked up a spiritual tool kit found in 12-step programs,
  2. I got outside help,
  3. I got vulnerable, honest and talked about what was really going on,
  4. I detoxed my life
  5. I searched for meaning to make the pain bearable,
  6. I let the women in my community really know me and see my pain,
  7. I got into service so that I could get out of self, 
  8. I developed a relationship with a power greater than myself (spirit, universal energy, God--group of drunks) and I prayed for guidance, patience, tolerance, solutions,
  9. I sought out mentors that had what I wanted,
  10. I made amends for the wrong I had done,
  11. I learned that self care wasn't selfish
  12. I learned to forgive myself and treat myself with loving-kindness

The point of me sharing my story is that I understand how hard life can be sometimes and I also understand that we have a choice about how we walk through it too. We can look for what's wrong in our life and in the world or we can focus on what is working and what we are grateful for. Where our focus goes energy flows.

It would be an honored to work with you. I will support you with accountability, help you strategize on executing your plan of action, guide you toward mastering an unstoppable mindset, provide feedback about developing daily self-care practices that will help you have more energy, mental clarity, confidence, and vitality and give you the support you need to stay aligned with your values, as you make weekly progress toward your goals.

I invite you to schedule a complimentary clarity call so we can select the perfect package for you and can get your breakthrough session scheduled.