Emotional Self-Awareness

Knowing ourselves well and understanding is not an innate human characteristic as some may believe. We often travel through years of our lives unbalanced and unaware. Taking the time to look inward, taking those first steps to realizing there may just be more to life is simply opening the door towards emotional self-awareness; the key to our own personal freedom. It’s here we can learn to raise about anger and fear by releasing insecurity and our need to be judgmental towards others.


Being mindful is more than just the ability to be present in the moment. It’s the overall ability to recognize and overcome anxiety as we face it moment by moment. It’s a deep sense of personal well-being and inner peace experienced once we’ve removed a significant of the emotional baggage, we all carry around. In other words, it takes more than just meditation and yoga to be sustainable; it takes the higher level of consciousness we reach by relieving the subconscious of trauma.

Childhood Trauma

Trauma is not always as traumatic as we’ve been led to believe. Our innocence and inexperience coupled with the dependance we have on our caregivers makes for some very vulnerable years. And the truth is, very often the adults we depend upon are not as emotionally mature or ready for the responsibility of parenting. All children need to feel fully safe, accepted and loved unconditionally. Anything less leads to confusion and insecurity. In other words, childhood trauma is a lot more prevalent than you may expect.


A life coach provides a combination of active listening, accessing intuition and detached involvement to focus on the client’s agenda. Coaching is not counseling or therapy; instead a coach partners with you to move your life forward by breaking through the blocks holding you back. Coaching challenges you to look at things from new and different perspectives and examine old patterns that are no longer serving you while providing space for new ones to evolve.

Emotional Self-Awareness


Childhood Trauma


Partnering with a life coach is providing a higher education for your inner-self. Coaching is where ideas and desires are transformed into reality. Coaching helps bring balance to the over-stressed, over-worked ideals that society may have imposed upon us and making room to illuminate, express and understand our true passion

You owe it to yourself to be your own best advocate. Utilizing a life coach provides you a safe space to gain new clarity and fresh insight allowing you to begin that journey and continued support to navigate the adventure.


As an 11th grade student, friend, daughter and athlete, I have a lot on my plate, and it is hard for me to deal with sometimes. I had the chance to talk to Penny a few times and it really helped me think differently about certain situations and people. She helped me tweak a sort of mindset that I had to a more positive one. My outlook on things is way better than it was and I am very grateful for that!


Maddie Wilmot, Encinitas, CA

I would highly recommend working with Penny if you’re ready to uncover what’s not serving you. She’s insightful, real and gets down to the meat of the problem. I’ve been working with Penny for over a year and she’s helped me work through a very tough break up, a major move and job challenges. Our conversations leave me with a plan and new energy. She’s definitely brought clever and deep insights up to me that I never would have thought of on my own. It’s so great to have her in my corner.


Remy Haynes, Del Mar, CA, USA

I have had the pleasure of working with Penny for about 10 months. When we started working together, I had a dizzying array of projects—starting a new business, issues at work, family concerns. Penny has a way of helping me set my priorities in a way that feels authentic and doable! She provides a safe place to explore alternatives, and isn’t afraid to ask me the tough questions.

Her style is unique—a combination of pragmatic and existential. We can work though issues of life purpose and spirit as well as how to find more work/ life balance. She is truly a gifted coach!


Rhonda Simpson, Oregon, USA

I am a highly functioning professional male with way too much going on in my world. After 4 months of working with Penny Payton as my Life Coach, the results are astounding. I am more organized (mentally and physically) than I have ever been. My mind was always a jumble of what to attack next, and who to take care of. Penny helped me to prioritize, get rid of things and projects that were not providing any joy or benefit and above all, taught me how to take care of ME. Since I’ve been focusing on what is truly important, my capacity to accomplish things has increased dramatically. Since I now focus on taking care of myself and my needs first, my level of joy has increased and that has helped the people around me experience the same. I look forward to my weekly sessions with Penny because they always result in a new revelation, a great suggestion, new goals and immediate peace of mind. Thank you Penny Payton!


Kevin Leap, President, Just My Ticket and San Diego Film Festival



Penny takes what you’re saying and not only listens to you but she completely reiterates to you what’s in-between the lines. She allows you to hear yourself in a way that is absolutely beautiful and clarifying. My sessions with Penny have been mind-blowing and have allowed myself to make REAL change where it counts. Working with her has been such a blessing. If you get the opportunity to have a coaching session with her, DO IT! You’ll be forever grateful!

Krystine Sherwood, Port Saint Lucie, Florida




I’ve worked with a coach before but Penny has been able to nudge me a lot further than what I’m use to which helps me to see things from a wider perspective and to dig a lot deeper into my past. I never realised how much my childhood affected me until Penny pointed me in that direction. She asks just the right questions that help me pick up things I wasn’t aware of before and also provides me with tools on how to protect myself from limiting beliefs. I’m better equipped to deal with my feelings than ever before. She’s been very positive and compassionate towards me, easy to talk to and I’ve never felt judged. I’m very grateful that we’ve crossed paths (Thank you Penny)


Kayla, South African Cape Town, Western Cape


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