Siobhan Coates is a Stand-Up Comedian, A Storyteller, A Speaker, and a Life Coach, who has a message for her 12-year-old self.
What makes an opportunity exciting to you?
Getting goosebumps when I hear about it. A general feeling of excitement that the opportunity could change my life. When there is an opportunity to change my life and change the lives of others while doing it, that a win-win situation for me. For me feeling good is everything in life, so I really listen to my instincts.
What has been the greatest shift in your career or life and how did you navigate through it?
In March of 2020, I was working for someone else’s passion and it was slowly dimming my own light. When I was laid off from that job due to COVID, I knew it was my time to pursue my own dreams and start to live my own passions of comedy and cooking. I created a YouTube channel and started doing comedy character videos called Covid Characters. They were a take on the neighbors I was seeing on my daily walk during the first months of lockdown. I also posted mini cooking videos.
Now, a year later, I have created my own business Siobhan’s Spark Up. I have become a Certified Life Coach and a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, spreading joy and laughter and healing to the world through laughter. There was a lot of personal work I had to do on myself around my limiting beliefs, self-worth, and lack of mentality before I could love and embrace myself for who I really am
What has been your favourite experience you love to share?
My favorite experience I love to share was my first real experience with feeling the fear and doing it anyway. I did my first skydive in 1994. I was scared out of mind, but all my friends were doing it and coming back with this ‘high’ that I wanted. If everyone else was doing it, couldn’t I? I spent days up until the first jump, nervous, imagining all kinds of scenarios, fear ever-present, wanting to back out countless times. But when the day came, and I had 8 hours of training, I felt prepared. When that door opened, and I climbed out and let go of the wing of the plane, a sense of peace like no other came over me and I thought “I did all that worrying for nothing”. It was truly a life-changing moment that I keep with me today. I also learned how to stay in the present moment.
What are you up to right now that people should know about?
Right now, I have just launched my business- Siobhan’s SparkUp Community. It’s the place where coaching, comedy, and cooking come together. I am the FUN coach. I inspire people to live a joyous life by reframing the beliefs holding them back from living the life they deserve. My focus is on healing the world through humor and laughter. I foster community, comradery, and joy to my 1:1 clients and followers. I offer free Laughter Yoga on my Facebook page and for the month of April, I am offering businesses free Laughter Yoga. I also co-host an online cooking show “Food Therapy.” I am a core volunteer and comedian with Hilarapy. I believe that laughter is the best medicine and a great way to get abs without going to the gym!!!
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