"I connected with Mary Blalock after many futile attempts to move forward in my career. Mary provided a lot of insightful and targeted support with my resume and cover letters, but her on-the-ground assistance was the most beneficial, where she challenged me to meet with potential employers or organizations face-to-face and interview them apart from job announcements. I was asked to think about what kind of environment works best for me, and to examine my values and goals and how that works with organizations with whom I might want to collaborate. One of the best processes Mary highlighted for me, the reverse job search, was the most salient skill I learned, and lead me to meet with several organizations and have engaging conversations with staff about what and why they work for these particular organizations. Mary offers a client-centered approach and did an excellent job of holding me accountable to what I wanted to get out of career coaching. Working with Mary provided me with the opportunity to drill down into what I wanted in a work environment and finding a team and organization that aligned with my values and goals as a professional. In the end, I have found a team and work environment that is an incredible fit for me and I would not have recognized the value of my new workplace if I had not done the hard work of identifying what I wanted. If you are ready to roll up your sleeves and work hard to propel yourself forward in your career, Mary Blalock is a fantastic advocate to have in your corner, who has amazing insight into the market and hiring process. I cannot recommend her enough."
Heath - Seattle
"As I pursued ditching the 9-5 to go out on my own as a freelance writer, I had friends and colleagues instill in me the importance of coaching to help grow my business. When I found Mary, it seemed like a natural fit with her connections to local Portland businesses and experience with career counseling. Each week we met, she helped me refocus on my goals for where I wanted to be in the next year and reminded me to pursue clients and opportunities in line with my passions. Each week I left energized to tackle the next week and knew my time and money was well spent. Her encouragement, knack for goal setting, and accountability helped motivate me to grow my business faster and better than I could have ever done on my own! "
Jen - Portland
"Mary helped me to really come to a life-changing realization that there are options for you, even when you think there are not. No matter how many obstacles you have in your way, if you keep on focusing on what you've got rather than what you don't have, there will be a way to work around those obstacles. It's not just a matter of working with those obstacles in place, it's a matter of completely changing everything so that those obstacles become irrelevant. She helped me to see what my true passions were, what I really enjoyed doing, and what makes me "me". She kept on me to be organized and persistent, to stay on task, and to be relentless in my pursuit of happiness. Hands down Mary helped me to see beyond limitations and those "old tapes" that would play over and over again every time I thought about finding a new career. I now have a different framework with which I achieve my goals and a different mindset when going into difficult situations. Anything is possible."
Kim - Portland
"I had no idea what to expect from a coach - all I knew was that I was overwhelmed and needed back up. Mary quickly brought order to my chaos in the most seamless and gentle way. She was inquisitive and non-judgemental, listening intently to help clarify what was truly important to me. We crafted tangible plans - making it virtually impossible for me to remain stuck. I experienced how healing it was to discover (and rediscover!) my passions; consciously choosing daily to focus on what energized me, rather than caving into the "shoulds." I appreciate her professional, caring, and down-to-earth approach, and I was always uplifted by our check-in's. I can't recommend her enough. "
Dawn - Seattle, WA
"I have had the pleasure of working with coach Mary Blalock and can't say enough about the value she has brought to my ability to care for and about myself. Her open, friendly and curious approach and deep listening skills have supported me in my quest to become stronger and fit. She has supported me in beginning a regular weight training regimen; something I had not been successful at on my own. More importantly, she has helped me in discovering the underlying reasons for my resistance to caring for myself and where I typically get in my own way. I highly recommend Coach Mary for anyone seeking to increase their well-being!"
Kay - Seattle, WA
"I knew it was time to get off the 'beaten track' and to employ a trail guide. Mary was the one. She helped me to 'weed out' the not useful to find the useful.
Mary is kind and understanding and interested in success for her client. Mary helped me to define and organize my needs and wants as well as setting goals and methods to achieve them. We also defined my weaknesses and how to create strength. The result has been a new found self confidence to go forward with courage and determination.
Thank you Mary for your support. I am enjoying my new me!"
Paula - Seattle, WA