Coaching is the softness of real acceptance; proof that coming home to one’s self can equal pure, satisfying comfort.
Coaching is room to breathe, infinite space, and immense possibility. Being wild with your words. Freedom, like folk rebellion. The heart skipping view from both the base, and the top, of a powerful waterfall. It is the first, exhilarating plunge into cool water on a hot day. Baptismal. Blessing. Forgiving. Inviting. It’s the magic and mystery of trusting the process; the adventure and awe possible within our time here, in this life. It is calming, yet igniting. Getting back to the core; the Truth. Perhaps finding it for the very first time.
Coaching offers a library of endless resources, food for thought, paths to connection. (Connection, never correction). It is a carefully curated tool box of meaningful treasures. Coaching is that resonant feeling of brainstorming on a topic that makes your heart race and your imagination let loose; that takes a yes to a hell yes. It is ideas with a pulse.
It’s like cooking your favorite, nourishing meal in a big, open, sun lit kitchen; side by side with a close friend, listening to soulful music and sipping delicious coffee or teas as conversation flows easily between you. As a home, coaching looks like exposed brick and repurposed wood; touches of beauty in the forms of art, thriving plants, or photographs. It is inviting spaces, nooks and crannies to create, or to rest within. Coaching is like a snail mail delivery of unexpected, handwritten letters containing encouragement, hope, love you hadn't known you fully needed. Notes from various, surprising sources, including yourself. Most importantly, from yourself.
Coaching is understanding, then committing, to doing this thing, or that, simply because it is what your soul requires of you -- and that this is the requirement most vulnerable, most valuable, to our efforts. Coaching is transformational because you are worthy of being transformed. It is powerful because we are.
It is forever, because Coaching is a natural translator of intention to reality, of vision to fulfillment.
And it is learning how to choose this fulfilling reality again and again, as though there weren't really any other option.
So, dear one, how do you want to show up in the world?
The inspiration behind this mini essay came from a homework assignment, given to me by a friend and exceptionally wise business coach, in which I was to outline and answer the very common question (in our line of work) of "What is Coaching?" (or more accurately, "So what the hell is coaching, anyway?")
I began by referring to this page on my business site, but soon realized there was something missing from the break down I provided....namely, my particular style of writing that encompasses my particular style of coaching. The two, in all honesty, go hand in hand.
The version on my business page felt a bit like a socially acceptable, watered down version of what I really wanted to say. While it is often important to get straight to the point when advertising a service, coaching is so deeply personal that it seemed like a betrayal to not speak more vulnerably from my heart.
I love assignments like this. What started out as a reminder to update my website (right, yes, I still need to get on that) became a meaningful exercise in allowing myself to be wholly seen; to call in the clients I can be of the most service to, by being myself.
How might I be of service to you?
Do Good, Be Well.
In Gratitude, always,
ps -- I chose the throw back image above because it contains said exceptionally wise business coach's beloved old man pup, little Leo :) And, it's me doing what I love to do most...connecting, chatting, listening, loving, offering, cuddling. (Don't worry, my coaching is done over the phone so you are safe from the cuddling piece).
"What if our job was to leave evidence that we loved and inspired others?"
It hardly ever gets better than a fresh batch of guacamole, amirite?
This is my go-to favorite recipe, with a little added oomph courtesy of Arbonne's Greens Balance. I am not always the best at getting my full servings of fruits and veggies each day (week...month....yikes). Especially fruits, which I have a tendency to be quite picky about. The Greens Balance mix has been the perfect new companion to help me bridge that deficit: a delightfully full mix I can scoop into my smoothies, sauces, soups, dressings, etc. I highly recommend it!
Give this a whirl, and let me know what you think:
3 ripe avocados
1/2 red onion
1 jalapeno (remove seeds unless you've got a super spice-loving palette)
Juice from one sweet lime
1 diced tomato
6 garlic cloves
Leaves of one cilantro bunch
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp Greens Balance
We are in some serious need of love -- a revolution of insisting on it's existence in our spirits, and the choices we make.
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I thought I'd have a fun little giveaway to help spread some good ol' fashioned heart.
Behold, pictured above, the Love is Love mug from Pottery Barn, William Sonoma, West Elm, and The Human Rights Campaign!
50% of the purchase price is donated to The Human Rights Campaign, America's largest civil rights organization working to end discrimination against LGBTQ people – and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
Naturally, I had to buy 3. One for me, one for a Valentine, and one for...... maybe you?!
And luckily, I did it on the day they were announced because they are already sold out at Pottery Barn and online at HRC! As of this post you can still get a set online at William Sonoma (though they are not sold individually there), but I'd imagine they are going fast, too!
So, with this little giveaway, one lucky guy or gal will win....
Here's how to enter via this blog post:
1. "Like" the post via the social link below.
2. Add a comment about who/what/why you love.
Via my private FB page (though the post is public):
1. "Like" the post
2. Tag a person or people you simply love, love, love.
Via Instagram (my public page @thegratefullifesf ):
1. Heart the post, and follow my account.
2. Tag a person or people you absolutely just love, love, love!
Both you and the person/people you tag will be entered to win! All 3 ways to win have equal value (ie you only have to do one of them), so no worries if you can only access some. Please feel free to tag as many folks as you'd like, although only a single entry for yourself will be counted.
UPDATE: Contest has ended, with lucky winner @cprosp242 via Instagram!! Thank you all for participating!
Contest ends with winner announced on Valentine's Day, February 14th, 2017. My trusty partner, B, will help me pull a random name from the group -- probably via video, since he's just so cute to look at :)
Entries from ANYWHERE around the globe are valid....because....humanity, ya know?
Please no spam. (Yuck. Nobody needs that).
Please let me know if you have any questions! Sending you all much love.
Do Good, Be Well,