Kellie Blokkeerus had always had the ability to walk into a room, meet someone, and “get their whole life story in 20 minutes,” she says. “It’s a natural thing I have. I’ve been coaching people without knowing it.”
These days, since she joined TCI in March, Kellie is turning those innate skills and her coaching tools into a new life and career, but first she had to help someone close to her heart—herself.
For two years before her father died, Kellie nursed him at home while also caring for her mum. “I developed that habit of drinking alcohol to suppress the pain and grief of what I was going through,” she says. “Then when dad passed, two years on I was still drinking.”
When Kellie woke one morning as “a mess”, she knew enough was enough and checked into rehab for alcohol addiction and depression. On her tenth day, “I had clarity and for the first time in my life realised what I wanted to do, and that was to help others who had suffered like I had.”
From her hospital bed, Kellie started researching and found TCI’s site. The first day she left rehab, she phoned the school: “I had so much deep level trauma to deal with. I didn’t love myself. I was scared but it was something I wanted to do.”
Personal development was a priority for the Victorian former sales account manager, 47, who now lives on the Sunshine Coast, because she’d “disconnected” from her IT professional wife Lucy (they met playing AFL for the same Melbourne club in 2000) and their daughter Willow, 7.
“The whole process has made Kellie love me again which has taken the relationship with my wife and daughter to a new level,” says Kellie, who has overcome her fear of being “uneducated” and made “lifetime friends” at TCI while starting her coaching business.
“I’m still growing. I’ve challenged myself and can’t wait for where this is going to take me. I feel so worthy and delighted I have the ability to point someone in the right direction or potentially save their life.”