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The Short Version: As an accomplished equestrian, Chyrl Mosley found herself sharing advice and best practices with other riders to help them achieve their goals in the sport. After many years, she realized the skills she had acquired through equestrian training translated well into providing the support and consultation many modern singles and couples need to build strong relationships. So she seized the opportunity and founded Forward First — a hands-on relationship coaching service that empowers people to successfully navigate life and love. It’s Chyrl’s goal to nurture journeys of personal growth with her clients. And, through effective coaching, workshops, and a holistic approach to uncover what makes people tick, Chyrl and Forward First are putting clients on the path to leading richer lives and cementing lasting bonds.
When Chyrl Mosley was a child, she stumbled upon what would become one of her life’s passions — riding horses. With lots of practice and a heart built for the sport, she eventually worked her way up the ranks, and, after apprenticing with an internationally renowned equestrian, she had Olympic ambitions.
But then something clicked in Chyrl. She found that she was frequently sharing the knowledge she’d learned with other equestrians. And, because of her advice, they were achieving their goals. After years of coaching riders to greatness, she knew she wasn’t just giving them skills to succeed on horseback. Many of the lessons she taught involved overcoming challenges and enhancing confidence levels — both things she knew were also integral to developing life and relationship skills.
That’s when Chyrl decided to bring her skills out of the stables and into the world of life and relationship coaching, and she founded Forward First.
The goal at Forward First is to empower clients to discover what they’re looking for in life or in a partner and develop a step-by-step system that moves them forward on the path to attaining it.
“I’m an expert at strategies and acquisitions,” Chyrl said. “I’ve had clients who I’ve worked with for a few months and others who have been with me for years.”
Whether they need short or long-term support, Chyrl helps her clients invest in themselves and the possibility of a bright future. For her, it’s all about showing her clients the best ways to navigate love while exploring their own beliefs and value systems.
And Chyrl practices what she preaches. Through the work she’s done personally and professionally, she overcame some of her biggest life challenges — learning how to have courage in the face of fear, believing in herself, and saying yes to the relationship she’d always desired.
“I did, indeed, kiss a lot of frogs along the way,” she said. “But, low and behold, Prince Charming was on a journey to find me just as I was him.”
As a coach, Chyrl believes clients want upfront information about how to attain support to uncover areas of growth in their lives. She really hones in on her clients’ desire for lasting results and urges them to put in the work it takes to reach goals they have set for themselves — even if that means getting a bit uncomfortable.
“I’m very much a tough love kind of coach,” she said. “I’m a nurturing person, and I’ve become very invested in my clients and in whatever issues they are facing and wanting to overcome. But, at the same time, I’m not going to sugarcoat things for them.”
Chyrl told us, if there’s an issue her clients are dealing with, it’s her goal to help make them see what is holding them back. This approach makes them accountable to themselves and helps them zero in on the barriers they’re facing.
For the best results, Chyrl requests that clients commit to working with her for at least three months, but it can sometimes take longer.
“I work with the average client for eight months to a year,” she said.
In the spirit of giving back, Chyrl decided to reduce her fees from $250 per session to $150. Her desire is to make coaching more accessible to those who need it, so she allows clients to pay per month based on the number of sessions they feel would best serve them.
Chyrl serves the majority of her clients via phone or Skype and has found that remote sessions are actually more successful because clients are more apt to share personal thoughts thanks to the medium’s sense of anonymity.
“The benefits and rewards of having a life coach like Chyrl are like winning the lottery,” Laurie Guzman wrote in a testimonial. “You finally have options and the means to move forward to living a happy, successful life. And, today, that can be achieved even without winning $1 million.”
Once you’ve decided to hire Chyrl as your coach, you’ll receive a welcome packet that helps her learn about your story. The next session is what she calls the foundation session. Here, she works with clients to create a master plan. And, if she doesn’t feel it’s a good fit, she will graciously make a referral.
Chyrl said some of her work has helped clients explore new belief systems around certain relationship issues. And she uses the Forward First blog as a way of providing more people with a different perspective on love.
“People are indoctrinated into this world and conditioned by the experiences of their lives and their childhood,” she said. “People often have certain beliefs about marriage, relationships, and sex, and these beliefs can hold them hostage — preventing them from being able to embrace a new way of being and strangling their relationships.”
Chyrl’s blog covers topics that include forgiveness, wellness recovery, soul mate savviness, and coping with job loss, among many other subjects. Through her writing, she reaches out to the masses to provide a sense of support, understanding, and empathy. One of her clients, Kristeen Owens, shared the impact Chyrl’s empathy has had on her sense of womanhood.
“Chyrl understands the value of empathizing and has a heart for connecting with others,” Kristeen said. “She played a significant role in my adolescent and teenage years, and I will forever be grateful for the patience and tough love that she offered. She taught me to always be honest, even when it hurts, and she taught me to face my problems. She is undoubtedly responsible, in part, for the woman I have become today.”
Throughout the year, Chyrl offers workshops that support singles seeking more motivation and tools to help them start living the life they want. Her workshops cover an array of topics, including enhancing relationships, finding a romantic partner, getting life organized, taking back your power, time management, and living the life you love.
According to Mark Latham, seeing Chyrl speak in person has been a life-changing experience.
“Chyrl is not only a gifted leader and coach, but she is also a brilliant visionary and outstanding speaker,” he said. “She is a pleasure to work with and brings insight and real-life wisdom to the table that is both refreshing and energizing. She gets right to the root of an issue and achieves real results.”
Chyrl is currently gearing up to present a new singles workshop called “Single Might Be Sexy… But I’m Over It!” In this workshop, she’ll help people learn how to find “The One” and put an end to being single — if that’s what they truly desire.
To register for one of Chyrl’s workshops or to book her for a speaking engagement, simply fill out Forward First’s short form.
Chyrl believes her degree in psychology and nursing helped her take notice when her coaching was expanding to include all areas of the client’s life. She said she found her niche in relationship coaching, with 85% of her clients coming to her for that service.
“When I say relationship coaching, that can be a broad topic in and of itself,” Chyrl said. “For example, I could be coaching a single woman who is looking to create a new, successful relationship for herself or a married couple who are coming to me because they are having some challenges in their marriage.”
In her quest to treat the whole client and turn her focus to sexual health, Chyrl is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nursing and said she feels that holistic practices can best meet clients’ needs.
“I’ll be a family nurse practitioner, and I see that as another tool in the toolbox,” she said. “Health is not something that is central to our physical being. It is a holistic thing, and it’s affected by the body, the mind, the soul. Every aspect of your being affects your health — just as every aspect of your being, including your health, affects your psyche and your way of being in the world.”
Part of what makes Chyrl’s approach so effective is that she brings her personal experience into the equation. Her practice doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and her clients find her journey very relatable.
Eleven years ago, Chyrl found herself in a very unhappy place and knew change was integral to her survival. She was in yet another unhealthy relationship, but, this time, she was ready to do whatever it took to turn things around for good.
“I learned that, although I was not as tough as I thought I was, I was stronger than I ever gave myself credit for,” Chyrl said. “And I learned a few other things that have proven to be really helpful to people who are falling down in this life.”
Chyrl started working with a mentor and began a journey of self-discovery that ultimately led her back to the one person who could complete her and fill her with the love and confidence she had been missing for so long — herself. With this awareness, she decided to “marry herself” and created a ceremony that reflected her newfound commitment.
“I thought about how this ceremony would happen and what needed to take place to consummate this union and create a covenant that would be powerful and transforming,” Chyrl said. “I bought a ring — it was made of wood and silver. The wood was symbolic to me of growth, being rooted, grounded in my own expansion. The metal represented strength and self-reliance.”
Chyrl believes the work she did to truly love herself led her right into the arms of the man of her dreams. In 2012, she met a man who, according to her, treats her with respect and love and values her greatly.
“We are equally committed to supporting and honoring one another,” she said. “We have a beautiful relationship. I love the way he loves me, and I love the way I love him from the most authentic place inside myself — a space of honor and truth.”
The ups and downs of Chyrl’s personal journey help her inspire clients to move past the disappointments of life and step boldly into the blessings that lie ahead.
Chyrl’s diverse roster ranges from clients in their early 20s to those in their late 60s. Chyrl told us she coaches both women and men, and her clients are located across the US. She believes she can help anyone who is willing to take action and move forward — hence the name, Forward First.
“Forward First means training your mind to become part of the solution,” she said. “It means becoming the action. It means manifesting results. In the end, your own action is the force that changes your life. Ultimately, you are your own champion. I am your cheerleader and coach.”
Chyrl’s clients can’t seem to say enough about her ability to prove love has no limits if you’re truly willing to live life to the fullest and release old baggage. When Merry Keller started working with Chyrl, she had a dead-end job and had been dumped by a man she thought she would marry.
“Today, with Chyrl’s help, I have created a life for myself I never thought it was possible, and I see things in a way I was never able to see them before,” Merry wrote in a testimonial. “All the dead ends in my life were my own choices, and I now make better ones that make sense and serve me well. I have a job I enjoy and a relationship I thrive in.”
According to Chyrl, it’s stories like this that make her work incredibly fulfilling.
“Anytime in life you can help another human being become closer to their highest and greatest self it is a really good feeling that elevates you,” she said.