As you read this I hope this encourages you to believe your life is a journey and it is what you make of it. Life is full of successes and failures and it is how you deal with them that will determine the real you.
My incredible journey started when I was born in a little town called Gweru in Zimbabwe, Africa…
At the age of 13, I tragically lost my mother to cancer. I bottled up my emotions and did not properly deal with the grief of her death.
On completion of my O’Levels, I started my first job working for an Accountancy & Finance company, in Gweru. After leaving home at 18 and moving to the city of Harare, I also had several other job opportunities. One of my positions was as a Receptionist and PA, which I loved and allowed me to work alongside a fantastic bunch of people.
I will never forget the grounding this gave me.
In 2002, I made a big and exciting decision to start a new life in England, where I commenced my career in Recruitment. During this time, I met a wonderful and inspiring lady who gave me an opportunity to help her set up a new recruitment business which I then went to work for in Bath, Somerset.
Over the years, I had several other opportunities in recruitment where I was a top consultant, both nationally and regionally and had some unforgettable memories and experiences.
However, earning lots of money, working long hours and putting too much pressure on myself eventually caught up with me. I lost a lot of weight and was constantly tired and depressed – this led to a burnout.
For 6 months I did not leave the house and I lost all of my confidence. So many concealed emotions of my mother’s death emerged, which I realised I needed to work through as I had put them off for so many years.
During this time I invested in counselling and also had friends all over the world praying for me, which helped me to heal. I then made the big decision to leave the recruitment industry, that I had been a part of for 10 years. This decision meant that I would be starting all over again in my career with nothing to go.
After handing my notice in, I felt that I had so much freedom – it was just incredible. I felt excited to be starting again and with the belief and faith I had in myself, I began to feel more positive and decided to re-write my CV.
Following this, I worked in the marketing department for a wealth management company in the Cotswolds. This was an incredible opportunity as it opened up doors to Internal Communications, HR and Recruitment.
I was also introduced to a wonderful company that gives people the opportunity to change, improve their lives and grow within themselves.
During this time, I was introduced to coaching by an old friend. Her words were ‘you would be a great life coach’. Thinking I knew what coaching was I said “No this would not be for me!” however, after this conversation, something sparked within me so I decided to explore it further. I then attended a training day to find out more about what coaching was all about.
Embarking on this coaching journey, Kiki Kirby Coaching was created in December of 2012, whilst I studied and gained my coaching qualifications.
Once I completed my coaching qualifications, I had a growing business which allowed me to hire my first member of staff.
Eleni Kirby, my Coaching Assistant joined the business in November 2016.
The business was thriving however in July 2017, unfortunately, I was unexpectedly diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkins lymphoma cancer.
In September 2017, I married my soulmate whilst fighting for my life.
Following my treatment, I was in remission – 4th April 2018.
Gradually, I returned back to work part-time and Sophie Tune joined the team, as my Marketing Assistant in July 2018.
Since returning back to work full-time in September 2018, we now have our own office in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.
After having personal and business coaching under one brand, Kiki Kirby Consultancy was launched.
Lucy Ford then joined the team in May 2019, as my Consultancy Assistant.
I am excited about the future and I am grateful to be alive, living my dreams and helping others to also live theirs. Dreams do come true… My vision is to help you value and rediscover the love you have for your life, work and health.
Dream IT, Believe IT, Achieve IT…
- My thanks go to Jesus for his vision, his love, strength, wisdom, healing and restoration.
And the rest:
– My incredible crazy family, dad and sis for keeping up with all the brain waves. They will keep coming so continue to be patient, you will need it
– My niece Sophie who gives me the love, joy and fun I need at times
– My new life church family, thank you for your spiritual love and support
– My SJP family and friends, I am so blessed and thankful for the fun, work, friendship you have helped in my healing and confidence
– My Reed friends, thanks for the laughs and happy memories, I will always treasure them
– My crazy Zimbabwe Greek family, I miss you a lot but, I will never forget my roots
– Old and new friends, thank you SO much for your friendship, I love you all and grateful for all the good times
– Tersh and Tan, thank you for your support and help when I moved to the UK
– My clients, thank you for trusting me to help you through your process of achieving what you want
– My dear Best friend SE, goodness we have been on such a journey thank you for praying for me and you listening to me all these years
– My Coaching friends, you know you are ARE. I love being on this journey with you!
– My special little doggies Kissa and Digby Stanton, you bring me chaos, love, joy, happiness, cuddles, and just so much that helps me with my inner feelings
– Finally…My gorgeous husband and school friend from Zimbabwe RS, thank you for changing my 2016 adding some L O V E into my life
– And, lastly my gorgeous team, Eleni, Sophie and Lucy. Thank you for all you do in helping run the business and keeping me on track