Hi, my name is Dr. Norma Reyes and I am a Career Coach.
My biggest passion is helping busy women create a career they love.
It’s my passion to provide career coaching, guidance, and motivation to others, nothing better than seeing a client reach her full potential.
In 2008, I worked in human resources interviewing candidates and deciding where they would be a best fit for the company. This was the most fun since I got to see employees from the start, then later see their growth and development as they went through their trainings, grew in their roles and some even moving into leadership roles.
Then in 2009, I started working with high school drop-outs as a case manager helping them complete their GEDs, and learn about career options. I encouraged them to not only complete their GEDs but also look at alternative options to the workforce such as trades and 2-year schools. What I found with these teens, was that no one ever provided them with hope. All we need is one person to tell us, yes you can.
In 2011, I transition to a case management role in behavioral health for a community agency. There I worked with adults, helping them learn about their diagnoses, medications, learn copings skills, and again providing them with hope that they matter, have value and can be contributing members to society.
Now, I am a Clinical Manager, managing a team of Licensed Professional Counselors that assist clients with behavioral health needs. In my leadership role I encourage and remind my staff to give hope to those they serve. Because without hope, change cannot happen.
In 2019, I decided to start working with busy women that wanted career growth but were not sure where to find mentorship, coaching, or guidance. With my experience in coaching and guidance others for the past eleven years, I am able to work with these busy women, efficiently and effectively. Helping them reach their career goals while still maintaining the work-life balance they enjoy. Your career doesn’t have to be your life, but it is part of your life.
I’m here to be your career coach, your guide to the next level in your career.
As a first-generation American, I had no idea what I wanted to do when I “grew up” and sometimes I still even feel like that. Career Coaching and guidance is often limited to high power executives and that leaves out those in mid-level careers without any supports or opportunities for development.
We have been taught that careers are linear and if we work hard that we’ll get rewarded but reality is that those careers don’t exist anymore. In the traditional view of careers, people selected one field and stayed there until retirement. People paid their dues via time, loyalty and hard work; this was rewarded with promotions and pensions. Now you’re lucky to get a 401k match.
Today, careers are dynamic, interests change and diversity, innovation and bold moves is what is rewarded versus blind loyalty. Feeling sense of purpose not only in what you do but also how you contribute to the company’s mission is a must. You can’t truly be happy and feel complete if you work at a place that doesn’t align with your core values and beliefs.
I offer Career Coaching that not only focuses on theory but also takes you, your values, and perspective into account.
So what is stoping you from chasing your big dreams or goals? Yourself, yes that’s right YOU. By learning how to overcome your limiting beliefs you can stop playing small and living the life you were born to live.
You are not your past, your circumstances, or any other limiting belief. I am here to remind you that there is always hope. There is always time to make a change and reach for your goals.
You can decide who you are, every day, and despite what others might say it’s never too late to chase your dreams. Schedule with me today!
What I do:
I provide women with simple, concise and direct career coaching. (no sugar here)
I provide women with guidance and accountability to work towards their goals.
I teach women how to believe in themselves again and how to push through the noise.
I teach women how to have lasting motivation and joy to keep going towards their goals.
What I don’t do:
I do not assist with searching for jobs, there are other professionals that offer these type of services.
I will not provide therapeutic services such as counseling services. If needed an appropriate referral can be provided.
I do not do resume writing, I can provide you with feedback on your resume as part of your coaching. For resume writing seek a professional resume writer.
More about Me
For the last 10 years I have been working in the community, providing case management and behavioral health services. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (in the state of Texas) and I have my PhD in Adult, Professional, and Community education. Career Counseling has always been my passion, I love to hear the career journeys of anyone that will share them. There is an infinite number of possibilities, if you keep looking yours will come up. If I can impart one thing on others it is to stay curious. We are often scolded for asking why, though it is our salvation. Our curiosity and wonder will lead us to great things. Keep exploring and you’ll find your place, your calling, your career.
My business story
My business started in the fall of 2019, while I was on maternity leave. I had just given birth to my second son, Gavin. Gavin, my godsend, was an easy baby. One of those unicorn babies, that sleeps through the night, within the first week. Life was great and I had everything I had ever wanted. Everything was on autopilot. I began to feel like I was pointless. I mean I know I wasn’t, I had people that needed me, but I felt like I had no purpose.
One day, as I was mindlessly browsing on Amazon, I came across a Kindle book credit. (the universe was sending me signs) and I started reading again. And I mean, I read and read. I felt a passion in me get re-ignited (here’s a list of books I read, that really got me going). Those books changed my life, reminded me of my passion, and empowered me to take the leap of faith to start this business. To live my life’s purpose.
We all have this inside of us, I know it, I can feel it. We bury it down and try to forget it. Some of us, really do forget, but others, like me can’t stop it, from coming back up during dull moments. What’s worse is when this feeling comes up during our most joyous moments too. I should be so happy, but I’m not. Why can’t I be in the moment?
I don’t know why, but I do know that we bury our purpose underneath everyone’s expectations of us.
As a first-generation American, college graduate, and first, to break the poverty cycle in my family I was busy meeting expectations. Unknowingly, I had taken my parents’ (and others) hopes, dreams and expectations, of me and ran with them. “Oh, she’s the smart one” “the quiet one” “the one that’s hard to get along with” “the know it all” “She thinks she’s better than everyone”
Being a serial high achiever comes with its own unspoken burdens (I mean I have my PhD, I should know everything right? ha).
- You’re expected to always meet your goals
- You find it hard to ask for help because you have always been expected to figure it out
- Others believe that you don’t understand what it feels like to fail
- Others believe you always have it easy
- You’re not allowed to complain
- Your failures go unspoken, shamed, or minimized
- Wanting more out of life (living your purpose) is selfish
I’m here to remind you, that you don’t have to continue living those burdens. You don’t have to explain yourself to anyone and you can do it all. Life is too short to live under everyone else’s expectations of you.
Growing up, I was poor, so poor I had no idea how poor. While I was poor, I always had hope for a better future and always saw the big dreams and opportunities were out there for me. I just had to work for them. No one ever told me no, that I couldn’t dream big and I thought everyone else felt this way. Until one day, I encountered kids that didn’t. This was much later after I completed my Bachelor’s degree and worked as a case manager for a community center in the Westside of San Antonio. I met kids, who were never given any hope of a better life; who did not know that more was possible. What broke my heart the most was when I asked a boy “So, where do you want to go to college?” And he responded, “Do you really think I can?” I immediately replied, “Yes of course.” I can only hope that I changed his life that day, I gave him hope to chase his dreams.
At the end of the day my business exists to inspire others to believe in themselves. To know that they can have a better future even if no one ever told them. That everything is possible. And that they don’t have to do it alone that there are others willing to help guide them along the way, encourage them when they are down and keep them accountable when things get tough.
Education & Experience
Owner/CEO of Dr. Reyes Life Coaching, LLC
(2019 – Present)
Coaching managers, leaders to develop leadership skills, overcome challenges, set and achieve goals in alignment with strategic priorities.
Challenges the status quo and looks for ways to improve Leadership teams and organizational performance through coaching influence.
Serves as a subject matter expert in coaching, facilitation, mentoring and counseling of leaders to coaching effectiveness and accountability of their teams.
Motivational speaker to transform traditional career thinking to more dynamic and diverse career strategies
Clear and concise coaching solutions that are easy to follow
Influences leaders towards growth and development.
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