My name is Maureen J Poutoa, I am married with 3 children and am a happy grandmother of 4 grandchildren.
At the age of 10, I was beaten to an extent that I ended up in hospital in a coma. I had been in a coma for 1 week and a half, when they decided to operate on my head. I was in the Operation theater when I woke up and saw the doctors and nurses around me. They were all dressed in White and the room was all white as well.
I thought I was in heaven.
I was told later that they were going to operate on my head, and were not sure if I was going to be a vegetable, when I came out of the operation.
Fortunately I woke up before the operation. I believe it was a God send that I was still alive. I had to learn how to walk again and how to move parts of my body, and how to feed myself also. This took about 9 months in all, doing physiotherapy.
I Branded myself that I was dumb and Low Self Esteem and other problems as well.
I had a job working at Woolworths after school. I went to college and took 3 topics that I was allowed to choose besides the usual curriculum, they were Shorthand Typing, Maori Language, and Netball which I really enjoyed.
I left College at the age of 15, this was a good time to leave as there were a lot of job positions open at that time. My first job was working as a Machinist sewing Wrangler Jeans for a Company in a suburb of Wellington. I went to a position as a Shop assistant working in a Self Help Shop, I worked in a Laundry Factory for about a year. I got pregnant and was put into an unmarried mothers home run by nuns. Because I was too early to have my baby the sisters got me a job working in the hospital as a nurse aide, in Maternity. I had a beautiful baby girl and went home to look after her and started my journey as a mother. I stayed with my mother for a couple of months then went to stay with my father and Stepmother. I stayed with them for about 2 to 3 years. Then I went back to stay with my mother again, My Father and Stepmother wanted to take over the responsibility of looking after my daughter, I approved, I kept in touch to see how my daughter was progressing over the years. They have both past on now. And I am able to look on my experiences with them with much appreciation of what I have learn’t. They were both good workers, working 9 to 5. I met my future husband’s sister, who came to stay at my mother’s house one time. I decided to go back to nursing and was put in Outpatients to work there, which I was given a series of duties on a day to day basis, from E.N.T to serving Doctors their cups of tea in the afternoons to Fracture Clinic and serving tea’s for afternoon visitors at the outpatients department for a coin donation.
Life Changing Experience
I started looking for new things to do. I did drugs and alcohol. I don’t know why I was doing drugs I guess I wanted to fit in with the crowd I was hanging around with. I started to take drugs heavy where I was smoking the weed every day to get a good feeling cause I couldn’t face what was happening I wanted to believe in a fantasy that wasn’t true. Nothing was real when I was taking drugs I was high. Plus I liked to be with my mates I started to realize that I was stuck in the rut I was going further into a black hole. My Self Esteem was at its lowest and on top of that I had anxiety plus paranoia real bad. I realized I didn’t want to be in the drug world anymore. I wanted to do other things with my life, I wanted more than what I was getting. So I started looking for things to make a change. I started to go to Bible Seminars and doing education courses, improving also in my well being. I was going to make a change in my life for the better.
My husband has always been there when I have needed him. On one occasion I heard of a Brain Seminar held by one of my friends. I went to the seminar it opened my eyes to a lot of opportunities about myself as a human being. I started using my computer more looking for ways to improve on my personal development and abilities.
I realized that I had the experience to share with other people, I started to share my experiences with family and friends that wanted to know what I had learned. This became a passion.
I decided to do a course on Life Coaching so that I can share my skills and training with other people. To give them the tools they need to help them be the person they want to be. Achieving their goals and ambitions, making them come to an understanding and realising that they are the only ones that can make the change in their lives by getting the training they need. To stand strong and share what they have learnt from others to make this world a better place.
Other Certificates: Life Coach, Social Services, Mindfulness.
I have been a follower of Gina Devee, Brendon Clarke, Tony Robbins and Kim Chamberlain.
I keep on learning and doing new things all the time to make a difference in my Life And Others.