How this came about:  I was sent an email through a dear friend of mine, Carol Kelly who is an amazing journalist. She suggested that maybe I should consider entering the request that O Magazine had made. Carol said “Maybe Iylanla can support you with your family issue.”  You know when you see something and you know that you must do it, but you have this feeling of !@#$ it, but you know that your spirit is telling you it is the right thing to do? Well that is what happened to me. I saw it, walked away from my computer for about 2 seconds and walked back and took action. Then I emailed the following:

I am a Personal Life Coach and I am experiencing a challenge that I would love to have Iyanla Vanzant support me with my brothers. 

I have 4 brothers and 2 sisters all together there are 7 of us.  We are currently divided. 3 of my brothers are not speaking to 1 brother and 2 sisters.  

Mother has Alzheimer’s in England.  Upset, hurt, anger and disagreements are looming. 

I have been reaching out to my brothers for a good amount of time (years).  I am a Personal Life Coach and I support everyone to win in their lives, and this is my challenge that I am not winning.  I love my brothers and am at the end of my tether.  

Yes, I would welcome Iyanla’s support in winning and having our family back by having us transform this very sticky situation. I love my brothers and would never have thought in 100 years that we would be in this situation.  The coach needs a coach. Yes, I am open to transforming my current relationship with my brothers.   

Noreen Sumpter

That e-mail resulted in an opportunity to Coach with Iyanla Vanzant. I can tell you that it was an amazing opportunity.  Iyanla is incredible.  I did what I was told for 40 days.  It was amazing. Confronting myself and doing the work daily. The shoe was on the other foot.

I am still doing a lot of what she requested of me.  What it has provided me is a clearer picture of who I am, what I am here to accomplish and a lot of the issues that I am dealing with or not dealing with are not real.  They are opportunities to grow when we as humans are confronted in life. I am coach and it is great to know that I am human and I remain open to life’s challenges.

O Magazine[2]