All in Random

When life throws you lemons

It takes courage to share something difficult in your life for the purpose of inspiring others. As hard as it is to talk about this stuff or write about it, I can’t NOT create something from this life I’ve lived. What I have learned from all this is that you can’t control what life throws at you. Sometimes it’s lemons over and over. But you can either let the difficult parts of life that drum up painful emotions break you down, or you can use them to build yourself up. I’m learning to make lemonade from the lemons.

Coach or counselor?

So many times now, I have heard people describe coaching incorrectly. Even on Psychology Today's website, I found that therapists, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners and social workers all claim they do life coaching. It's quite possible that they were trained in coaching methods, but these professionals are NOT coaches! 

Is your life running like a well-oiled machine?

Clients are not the same as small engines. But the approach to repairing an engine is similar to how I work with a client. As a coach, it's not my job to fix the problems my client brings to a session. In fact, not all clients use coaching to address a problem. Some clients simply want to get clear on the direction of their life. It is up to me to point out what I see. Coaching requires detective work to discover what keeps my client from moving forward in the direction they say they want to go.

Wildflowers

It soothes me to think of myself and other people as simply wildflowers. I connect happiness to freedom, to being out in the world, doing what I am meant to be doing. The song, "Wildflowers," by Tom Petty embodies the kind of loving, free and carefree life that I wish all people could feel.