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From teacher to golf course owner to life coach and blogger, learn about a local woman who is helping clients go from stuck to unstoppable, drawing on her personal experiences.

Melissa Kirkpatrick, Fonder of Find Your Own DRIVE.

When Melissa Kirkpatrick turned 30, she knew she loved teaching others but was unsure how to apply it. She decided to continue her studies and become a teacher. After a few years of teaching, her family got the opportunity to buy and own a golf course, and they jumped at the chance.

Talk about teaching, Kirkpatrick laughs, “I thought my next step should be to learn golf!”

As the owner of two Cincinnati golf courses, Kirkpatrick continued to progress her skills in golf, and started to teach others how to play. While she enjoyed this work, she was facing downward spiral in her personal life. “My addiction to food (up and down in size) and large consumption of alcohol along with smoking, all became increasingly out of control.  My need to go unconscious and numb out had become the normal,” Kirkpatrick says. “Golf was only the outlet I could turn to. That’s when I, yet again, taught myself something new to get back on course: how to find my own DRIVE.”   

Today, Kirkpatrick is a published author, motivational speaker, blogger, blogger and coach. “What I knew to be true for me was my desire to be a healthy, vibrant, powerful woman without all the excuses and coverups,” Kirkpatrick says. “I realized my life is not just who I am being but who I am being for others. I’m now a private and personal mentor/coach who has been on the training ground and is ready to support you, mentor you, and be your accountability partner.”

Kirkpatrick says she has a set of questions she asks perspective clients to help gage their needs. These questions include: “Are you ready to take control of your life and transform your current circumstances? Are you tired of numbing out and going unconscious to all the chaos around you? Are you tired of using food, alcohol, smoking, or other addictions to disconnect?”  These questions allow Kirkpatrick to ensure she will accurately and effectively assist everyone who requests her help.

Kirkpatrick’s offerings range from her Blog, which she updates weekly, her Ebook, and a 21-day email created to help with support. “I discovered many self-sabotaging patterns that kept me jumping in and out of my place of joy and fulfillment. I knew it was time for change. These beliefs are often running in the background and unconsciously controlling our thoughts, actions, and choices.”

In addition, Kirkpatrick has an upcoming workshop that’s available to the public at Aloha Yoga Center.

To learn more, visit http://www.findyourowndrive.com/blog/.

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One local woman recently transformed her life - from addiction and chaos to power and focus - and she’s now launching a five step private mentoring program to help other women do the same.

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Melissa Kirkpatrick, Founder of Find Your DRIVE

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut between social, professional and personal obligations. But what happens when the rut turns into a debilitating downward spiral?

Melissa Kirkpatrick had been there, and made a choice to intentionally transform her life. After meeting with a business coach to help guide her through the process of managing her family’s golf courses, Kirkpatrick realized the transformative power of setting goals and reaching for your best self. Of her business coaching experience, Kirkpatrick says, “It was empowering for me when I learned how your thinking creates your reality.”

The idea for a career in mentoring others was born. “Through the work with [my business coach] and my own desires to create more in my life, I discovered I wanted to share how I did it and how others could too, so I knew coaching was for me.” Kirkpatrick had already experienced many different seasons of her life; she had married her high school sweetheart and raised two sons, then went back to school in her 30s to complete her teaching degree, but she knew there was more left to her story.

“Being a teacher by trade, and a motivator by nature, I felt called to shine my light into the world”, she says. Kirkpatrick used her skills in instruction and her love for golf as a launching point for Find Your Own DRIVE. From experiencing her own personal transformation and recovering from an alcohol addiction, Kirkpatrick realized, “We all want to be supported, we just don’t know how or who to ask. My mission is to offer others a way of receiving support in a non-threatening, fun, and interactive way.”

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A before and after shot of Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick began with offering free coaching sessions to four individuals in 2013. “Their immediate transformation in just a short amount of time was inspiring. It took the next year of planning, developing, creating, and dropping my fear and doubt to finally launch my services.”

What does DRIVE really mean? Beyond the basis of the parallels between golf and life, DRIVE represents the process of transforming your mind. “The acronym came to me one day when I was working with my coach. As we laid out the steps in my own journey to transformation, it was ironic that the steps were easily identified in the word DRIVE: Desire, Receive, Implement, Visualize and Evolve,” she adds, “These steps have supported me in owning and operating a golf course, to having a body that is healthy and strong, to giving up longtime addictions to food, alcohol and spending money, to releasing all those underlying beliefs that kept me stuck to now using a proven formula and finding my DRIVE for life.”

Who is the Find Your DRIVE mentee? Kirkpatrick explains, “The women I support are those who are tired of going unconscious and numbing out. She desires more for herself in all areas of her life. She believes there is more to her purpose and wants to discover it now,” she adds, “Creating a life you love and desire starts by loving yourself – that’s where the magic begins.”

What are the beginning steps for someone who wants to transform their life? Kirkpatrick’s free e-book, 5 Steps to DRIVE, can be found at findyourowndrive.com. She explains, “On this page there is also my scheduler to sign up for a chat with me. I highly encourage everyone to take advantage of this call. It’s a free 15 minute call to learn about what you truly desire and want to change.” Kirkpatrick is also currently offering her newest program, 21 Days to Body Mindfulness, at half-price through December – $17 when you download the eBook. “This 21 day, daily email program opens the mind and connects with the body. It is perfect for those who are not sure they are ready for coaching but want to start the new year with conscious thinking”, she explains.

As Kirkpatrick continues along her own personal journey, she looks forward to the opportunity to help other women transform their own. “I will be honored to mentor and witness those women who say yes to finding their own DRIVE for a life they love with no regrets. My commitment will be to continue to be in service and continue to play full-out in my own life, leading the way to freedom and abundance, and all that that implies.” To learn more, visit www.findyourowndrive.com.

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We chat with Missy Kirkpatrick, the owner of Lindale Golf Course, to learn about her women’s workshops and what makes the club unique.

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Melissa Kirkpatrick, Owner of the Lindale Golf Club

For Melissa Kirkpatrick, golf is more than just a game. It’s full of life lessons, and she hopes to share the sport and knowledge with other women interested in learning golf basics while supporting them as they discover much more than just the game of golf.

Since purchasing the course six years ago, Lindale Golf Club has established itself as a well-maintained course at an affordable price, according to Kirkpatrick. In addition to the day and evening leagues, special events and outings, they are now offering the golf academy for beginner women golfers.

She hosts a Women Golfers Academy that’s a six-week training package that can be one-on-one ($649) or with groups of three ($449 per person). The instruction includes the on-the-course play as well as training materials. Following completion of the training, course packages and discounts will be offered to participants.

“I’ll be the leader in the training offered both on course and off-course instruction,” says Kirkpatrick. “This program is to offer women who are new to the game, or feel they want to develop the confidence of playing, hands on guidance and instruction.”

She also offers free, two-part Women Golfers Workshops for women new to the game.

The environment of the sessions will be on the 18-hole public course and will be broken up into instruction categories such as: Speak the Lingo, Find your Swing, Feel Confident, Trust Yourself (on the course and off!), and Let Go and Have Fun.

“My mission is to give women the experience of finding their game and discovering the relationship between golf and life,” says Kirkpatrick. “Women playing golf is slow growing and I want to take it to the next level for women by bringing laughter, relationships, and finding an outlet from their day-to-day activities by allowing them to take time for themselves and finding self-care in playing golf.”

Kirkpatrick says it’s unique to make women the focus on the golf course like they are at Lindale. “We know this area is saturated with golf courses, but where does one start if they have never played or only played a few times? How many times are women offered to play but feel reluctant because of this? We are going in unchartered territory by taking the leap of faith to branch out from our traditional clientele of male golfers and find those women golfers who want to achieve personal growth,” says Kirkpatrick. “Women are the leaders in most families, so their passion for the game will trickle down to their children, which are the future of the sport.”

According to Kirkpatrick, her female-focused sessions build confidence, not unlike business and sales training courses. “We are building that confidence and finding our own game on the field,” she explains. “We invest in training programs all the time, so what better way than investing in ourselves for an opportunity to grow and develop ourselves, as well as with others?”

To learn more, visit www.lindalegolfclub.com, “like” them on Facebook or e-mail Kirkpatrick at missy@lindalegolfclub.com to schedule a session. “Don’t be concerned if you don’t have clubs, shoes or golf attire – we can assist you,” says Kirkpatrick. Watch the exclusive webcast below for more.

 

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Melissa Kirkpatrick, Owner of Lindale Golf Club


All work and no play? Get a balanced dose of both at Lindale Golf Academy, where you can socialize with other business women, be inspired, and build friendships – all while taking in fresh air, exercise and social contact.

 

Melissa Kirkpatrick, owner of Lindale Golf Club, knows first-hand the correlations between golf and life lessons. She hopes to share the sport and knowledge with other women interested in learning golf basics while supporting them as they discover much more than just the game of golf.

 

Since purchasing the course five years ago, Lindale Golf Club has established itself as a well-maintained course at an affordable price, according to Kirkpatrick. In addition to the day and evening leagues, special events and outings, they are now offering the golf academy for beginner women golfers.

 

The golf academy is a six-week training ground package that can be one-on-one ($650) or with groups of three ($450 per person). The instruction will include the on-the-course play as well as material distributed through Facebook, the club website, and conference calls. Following completion of the training, packages and discounts will be offered to participants.

 

For the Women’s Academy, Lindale will be offering sessions from mid-September through October this year. Next season there will be sessions offered throughout the year. “I’ll be the leader in the training offered both on course and off-course instruction,” says Kirkpatrick. “This program is to offer women who are new to the game, or feel they want to develop the confidence of playing, hands on guidance and instruction.”

 

The environment of the sessions will be on the 18-hole public course and will be broken up into instruction categories such as: Speak the Lingo, Find your Swing, Feel Confident, Trust Yourself (on the course and off!), and Let Go and Have Fun.

 

“My mission is to give women the experience of finding their game and discovering the relationship between golf and life,” says Kirkpatrick. “Women playing golf is slow growing and I want to take it to the next level for women by bringing laughter, relationships, and finding an outlet from their day-to-day activities by allowing them to take time for themselves and finding self-care in playing golf.”

 

Kirkpatrick says it’s unique to make women the focus on the golf course like they are at Lindale. “We know this area is saturated with golf courses, but where does one start if they have never played or only played a few times? How many times are women offered to play but feel reluctant because of this? We are going in unchartered territory by taking the leap of faith to branch out from our traditional clientele of male golfers and find those women golfers who want to achieve personal growth,” says Kirkpatrick. “Women are the leaders in most families, so their passion for the game will trickle down to their children, which are the future of the sport.”

 

According to Kirkpatrick, the academy builds confidence, not unlike business and sales training courses. “We are building that confidence and finding our own game on the field,” she explains. “We invest in training programs all the time, so what better way than investing in ourselves for an opportunity to grow and develop ourselves, as well as with others?”

 

Next season, Lindale will be offering a larger array of events for women including tournaments, special fundraising events, leagues, as well as scrambles and their mixed couple’s league. “My vision for the future is to incorporate this program with young at-risk women, ages 25 to 35, who are tempted or already turning to drug, alcohol, or unhealthy behavior to mask their emotions and feelings – who need the support and guidance to overcome these barriers,” says Kirkpatrick.

 

To learn more, visit www.lindalegolfclub.com, “like” them on Facebook or e-mail Kirkpatrick at missy@lindalegolfclub.com to schedule a half-hour phone session to discuss details and expectations of the program. “Don’t be concerned if you don’t have clubs, shoes or golf attire – we can assist you,” says Kirkpatrick.

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