From Her philosophy on life and love to her commitment to encouraging others, we believe you will be equally as motivated in pursuing your passion and purpose as we were, After visiting with Coach Marva Goss.
Start by telling us a little about yourself!
My name is Marva, and I own Marva J. Coaching Co., where I help entrepreneurs get visible and become the go-to expert in their field. I've recently transitioned away from life coaching and into helping entrepreneurs with their business. My family and I live in southern Maryland right now, but I'm originally from Florida. I never in a million years thought I would be an entrepreneur, this path was completely unplanned. I wanted to be a Physician Assistant, then, later on, a nurse. I changed my major in college about three times before settling on Christian Counseling and recognizing that there are varieties of helping professions outside of hospital care.
You are a Certified Life Coach and also have a degree in Christian Counseling, how has that influenced/enhanced your approach to coaching?
Having a counseling background helps tremendously! I'm able to see deeper into the psychological reasons behind my clients' decision-making and emotions. I can also quickly determine whether the individual needs to seek other forms of support like therapy. Very often, people confuse the role of the two. The role of a counselor is to help you get healthy emotionally and mentally, as a coach, my responsibility is to help you reach your goals and figure out what's next. Sometimes we need to go backward and dig up the root cause of our issues before trying to build something new.
How has your faith influenced other areas of your life?
My faith is infused in everything I do. I don't segregate my faith from my business or any other components of my life. Investing in my relationship with God and my family are my two priorities. I don't want a booming, super-successful business and a home and spiritual life that's falling to pieces. I know that's not God's design for my life and He expects me to put first things first.
What is your philosophy on life and love?
Self-love and care is a must. You can't give from what you don't have. Nurture and love yourself well so that you can share that with those around you.
We'd love to know how you met your husband!
We met in North Carolina, where we were both stationed at the time. I was still Active-Duty, and we were both taking a college English course on base. Every time I walked into class I noticed he was staring, which I found annoying (smile). One day he sent me a message while I was at work, and we hit it off. The day he messaged me we ended up talking all day long. From morning to around midnight via text messages and phone calls. It was incredibly weird, but I felt very comfortable. We literally had a whirlwind romance. We were friends for a few months, started dating in July of 2010, and he proposed a month later in August. When you know, you know.
You are the mama of a beautiful young girl, how do you navigate having both a young daughter and pursue an intentional career?
Lots of prayer. I also try to remember to give myself a lot of grace. Some days, I feel guilty for working and not devoting myself to taking care of her 24/7. Sometimes dinner is late, or I didn't have time to take her to a friends' birthday party, and the guilt just tries to take over. Then, I remember that taking care of myself is ok. Pursuing my dreams and things that fill me up will only make me a better mother and benefit her. Moms are important too.
What do you hope to teach your daughterwith your life work?
I hope to teach her not to chase money, but to chase purpose. Money and fame can be lost at any time, but the impact you have on the lives of others will always remain.
In reference to your clients, what is your number one goal for them? If there could be only one takeaway from the session, what would you want it to be?
As a life coach, the goal was to help clients feel hopeful that they can make the changes they need to see in their lives. Since I am transitioning into the strategy side, I want clients to walk away challenged and encouraged because they know I'm in their corner.
We've heard you speak on the importance of rest, how do you incorporate this into your own life and what are the benefits you've seen as a result?
I have at least two rest days a week. Usually Sunday and Monday. Mondays I get out the house and do things that I enjoy outside of business. I believe God gave us the pattern of Him working six days and resting on the seventh day for us to follow His lead. Rest is important. Life doesn't have to be a hustle all the time. I'm at my best when I'm well rested.
Lastly, who are the women or authors that have inspired you?
So many great women come to mind! Joyce Meyer, Priscilla Shirer and my mentor Janice Webb are women I admire for their strength and wisdom.