We had the good fortune of connecting with Helén Thompson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Helén, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
The scent of pine brings me straight back to my childhood in the countryside of Sweden. Little did I know how fortunate I was to grow up in such a beautiful place. Laying ski tracks on snow-covered fields during winter, picking flowers alongside forest trails during spring, spending lazy summer days by the water and during fall, enjoying vegetables from our own garden and fresh honey from the farmer nearby. My dad is an electrician and started his own company when we were kids. My mom took care of the paper work, and my brother and I. Early on, I learned how to best serve clients and how to always go the extra mile. Values I’ve brought into my own business and life. I oftentimes find myself viewing the world through my childhood memories and experiences. Longing to be in nature, striving to buy local, having fresh flowers on the counter in the kitchen and not shying away from hard work.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Seeing that big “aha” moment in my clients’ eyes. Watching them go from stressed and defeated to calm and confident, that’s what makes my job the best one in the world. I can so relate to many of my clients’ struggles and wants. The feeling of being stuck and the desire for more. With a background as a professional photographer, I was used to not achieving my goals. I kept listening to one expert after another and thinking that next course must be the answer. However, I couldn’t seem to grow either the money in my bank account or my self-confidence. My photography clients loved my work but I didn’t have enough of them. I started to think I wasn’t cut out for this business thing and wondered what was wrong with me. Everyone else seemed to have it together except me. Then, I found life coaching and learned that it all starts with our thinking. One day during a meditation, it hit me like a lightning flash: This is what I was meant to do. Helping people stop doubting themselves and creating what they really want. Helping them see their own power. I realized that ever since my track and field days as a teenager, constantly ending up second or third, I had started to believe I was not a winner. I was the A student in school, but when I never won any track and field competitions, my brain suggested I wasn’t good enough. Unconsciously, I started to think that thought over and over and it became a belief. A belief I started to apply in other areas of my life too and carried with me into adulthood. As a Life Coach, I’ve coached hundreds of people from all over the world. Doctors, lawyers, stay-at-home moms, writers, coaches, physiologists, business owners…you name it. What I’ve found fascinating is that our brains are all the same. At the core, we have the same thoughts and same insecurities. It’s how we handle those thoughts and insecurities, whether we practice and believe them or not, that makes the difference. Business or life, it doesn’t matter. “How we do one thing is how we do everything,” they say. Seeing over and over the real-life results of learning how to manage our brain, it amazes me we are not taught these skills in school. Don’t get me wrong, I still have negative thoughts and feel like crap sometimes. We all do. Now I have the tools to handle them though. I also understand what I’m capable of and how to truly create the results I want. Helping others learn the same is simply amazing! Life coaching has literally changed my life. From landing a dream coaching contract to positively impacting my relationships and everything in between. While photography remains a passion of mine, life coaching has become my purpose.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Laguna Beach would be first on the itinerary. After a swim in the Pacific Ocean, lunch at Active Culture and a stroll around the charming downtown, we would drive up the hills to the Top of the World, for a stunning 360 degree view. Shopping would be sprinkled in throughout the week. In addition to the little boutiques we would visit at SOCO & the OC Mix and eco-friendly The CAMP, South Coast Plaza would also be on the list. A stop at the Cocoa Parlor in Laguna Niguel would be a must. Their delicious organic, vegan, non GMO, soy free and gluten free chocolate bars and truffles are simply the best. And talking about allergy friendly places, one day we would try to eat only a few of the many mouthwatering cookies, brownies and cupcakes at Cloud 9 Bakers in San Juan Capistrano. While in San Juan Capistrano, we would take a stroll around town for an old world feel and end with dinner at the local favorite Trevor’s at the Tracks. After lots of eating, we would get moving and enjoying some Southern California nature by hiking one of the many trails in Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. San Clemente would also be listed on the itinerary. We would walk down Avenida Del Mar, peek into the windows of the shops and restaurants, and continue all the way out on the pier to feel the salty ocean breeze. The week would end like we started it, with amazing views, watching the sunset from the outdoor lounge at Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There’s been so many amazing people that I’ve met and learned from on this journey, including my wonderful friends and family. If I had to pick a few, my first shoutout and love goes to Life Coach, Diane Altomare, who introduced me to the powerful world of life coaching. My second shoutout would go to Brooke Castillo with The Life Coach School – Brooke, you have changed my life! And my third and most important of all, to my husband. Your support and love has been and continues to be the most valuable gift I’ve ever received.

Website: www.porlaandpine.com
Instagram: @porlaandpine

Image Credits
Photo credit: Light and Shine Photography

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