Hi! I’m Harriet Cabelly. By profession I’ve been a social worker for 20 years, in the school system and in private practice. I recently retired from my school job (prefer the word,’ moved on’) to do my own thing. Coaching, blogging, facilitating parenting and coaching workshops, interviewing people are all things that I love. Four years ago I added life coaching to my repertoire of skills. My specific area of interest is helping people create good and meaningful lives beyond their challenges.
I’ve always been interested in people overcoming adversity. I was a child of divorced parents back in the early ‘60’s when divorce was not a very common occurrence. Yet my mother created a good, strong and independent life for herself and me.
When I was a teenager, I had a boyfriend whose mother went through some horrific circumstances but she never lost her positive attitude. I was inspired by her and in awe of how she did it— how she was able to take the bad and channel her life into new and more positive directions.
This has been a theme in my life that I’ve been drawn to—how people cope and grow through their hardships.
I’m greatly inspired and moved by people who, against all odds, go on to live good and meaningful lives. It’s uplifting to see how much resilience we all have and can access.
In my private practice as a therapist, I worked with clients around issues of grief and loss, from people who lost loved ones in 9/11 to people going through divorce and illness. Helping them pick up the pieces of their broken lives was tremendously powerful and meaningful work. This is now my niche area in my coaching practice.
We all have “stuff,” obviously some more and seemingly worse than others. Some people become better and some succumb and become bitter. Therein lies the challenge: how to create and live a good life despite its inevitable challenges.
I’m excited to be honing in on my deep-seated passion of working with people to rebuild their lives. Hence my name—Rebuild Life Now.
Situations that warrant a ‘rebuild’: a divorce, a death of a loved one, an illness or disability, a special needs child, an empty nest or any life transition or loss.
Facing my own personal challenges helped me see that coping and living well does not lie in asking “why.” The real work is answering the “how” questions of life – how to rebuild your life, create new dreams and bring more joy into the life you have.