If you've ever put something new out into the world - something creative or entrepreneurial, for instance - you can probably identify with the words of one of my fabulously talented friends: "I'm afraid of being seen. I'm also afraid of not being seen." How can those two feelings coexist? For many, there's a part of us that wants to perform. We want to be noticed, acknowledged and applauded. Do … [Read more...]
Hi Honey, I’m Home!
On the front porch of our house, there's a welcome mat that I cross every time I come and go. It's a great spot to wipe the wet Pacific Northwest weather off the bottom of my shoes before coming back inside. Other than that, I rarely notice it. A client session yesterday - and the memory of a great article written by creative self-development coach Jamie Ridler - brought up the idea of a welcome … [Read more...]
I Am Introvert, Hear Me Roar!
Yesterday I announced on my Facebook Fan Page that I was rolling out a new focus on life and leadership coaching for introverts. Right out of the gate, a woman asked a question that gets at the heart of why I chose this specialty (actually, it chose me, but that's another story!). She shared that she is an introvert then asked, "what are some tips for becoming more extroverted?" The question … [Read more...]
How to Eat an Elephant
Sometimes I find myself saying the same thing over and over, to myself and to others. This week, it was this piece of wisdom, origin unknown: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! It seemed that everyone I talked to this week - clients, friends, family - was experiencing a touch of overwhelm. They had a big goal or project, and it cast a shadow over them that felt dark and ominous. My … [Read more...]
Would You Like Some Fries With That Meltdown?
This is not the post I originally intended to write today. I had planned to talk about progress and strength and patience. Since I'm feeling none of those things today, it would be disingenuous to claim to be grounded in them. Instead, I experienced a meltdown. Not a breakdown, which I see as falling apart but in distinguishable pieces that can be put back together again. No, this meltdown … [Read more...]