About Me

Annie Fitzgerald

Your Zero BS Coach to a Better Life

I spent a lot of my growing up years struggling with anxiety and depression which resulted in eating disorders and self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. I struggled my way through college and didn’t believe in myself at all. My only goal was to finish. I didn’t think I was smart. I didn’t think I was beautiful. I didn’t think I got to have a career I loved, or one where I got paid a decent wage.  I didn’t even think I was unhappy when I was REALLY unhappy. I really believed life was about suffering and suffering I was doing really well. It wasn’t until I started Coach Training in my mid-30’s that I learned I could create a life where depression and anxiety didn’t run my days.

I had years of therapy and feel so grateful for all it, but coaching was different.  Coaching was like therapy on steroids and in a very “stop the pity party” sort of way.  It helped me identify my anxiety and the thinking underneath it, enabling me to be more conscious about and choose my thoughts.  I learned to relate to my depression like a north star.  If I feel depressed, I know I have to take action because something isn’t right in my life.  I didn’t have to live depressed forever.  I feel lucky for that.  I know many, many people who suffer with depression and anxiety aren’t able to manage it the way I’ve been able to.  (And I believe strongly that therapy and medications for depression and anxiety are useful and have helped me tremendously, it just wasn’t a cure for me.)

I still struggle with life.  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t, but coaching gave me so many tools to deal with the struggle and, ultimately, make life a pretty good thing.

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I’ve known many professionals in the coaching field, and Annie Fitzgerald possesses the range of qualities that make the very best stand out: she’s bright, tenacious, bold, intuitive, authentic, spirited, grounded, challenging and playful. Her coaching impact is both subtle and stunning, and my life—both personal and professional—has been transformed as a result.

A coaching relationship with Annie is one of alchemy. Each conversation leaves me enriched beyond whatever I initially expect is possible, and as a result each week I’m emboldened to create alchemy moving forward.

 

Rebecca Perry, rebeccaperryleadership.com

A Little Bit More About Me

I’m a graduate of Accomplishment Coaching and served as a leader, trainer, and coach in their Coaches Training Programs.  I was their Operations Manager for a few years and served on their Executive team. I am eternally grateful for the years I spent with them and can not sing their praises highly enough.  I hold the Professional Certified Coach credential through the International Coach Federation and I’m a Certified Mentor Coach through InviteChange.  I was honored as Personal Development Coach of the year in 2014 by Puget Sound’s International Coach Federation Chapter.  What an honor!

I came to coaching when I had two small kids who never slept and my husband had been diagnosed with terminal cancer a couple of years before. I was S.T.U.C.K, filled with anxiety, and exhausted. My therapist and I had been working together a long time and he suggested I try a Coach training school because I’d “make a great coach and needed A LOT of coaching”.  He was so right about needing a lot of coaching.  I started Accomplishment Coaching’s year long intensive training program and it moved me forward and shifted my perception of life from one of struggle to one of gratitude, opportunity, and adventure.  As a coach, I’m challenged, humored, and awed by my clients. I am in constant pursuit of development for myself as a coach and leader and am forever grateful for my training and my mentors.

I’m a two-time cancer survivor. No kidding. Both my husband and I. Through cancer, I have come to a deeper understanding of community, love, and appreciation. I’m grateful for my cancer but don’t wish that journey on anyone. 

I have two grown children who challenge me to be a better human and keep learning every day!

I’ve done my fair share of non-profit work and I have a bachelor’s degree.  I’ve traveled to over 40 countries with a backpack and continue to love exploring other countries and cultures. I love reading. I love the sun and summer. I try to be in nature as often as possible and go camping as much as I can.  I’m an exercise enthusiast and love getting strong, walking, swimming, and doing yoga. I used to be a runner, and still hold the fantasy that someday my knees will carry me through another marathon.

I live and work on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present, and honor with gratitude and reparations the Duwamish Tribe. I live with my husband (who is still going strong despite his diagnosis), two dogs, and two cats. Did I mention that I love animals?

Annie Fitzgerald, PCC, CMC

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