What My 13-Year Old Niece Taught This Life Coach about Beauty

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What My 13-Year Old Niece Taught This Life Coach about Beauty

What My 13-Year Old Niece Taught This Life Coach about Beauty

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.” – Author Unknown

Dove® launched their Campaign for Real Beauty in 2004 after finding through research that only 2% of women around the world would describe themselves as beautiful.

In my first marriage, I was told that I looked pretty or cute when I would get dressed up, but not once was I ever called beautiful, by my husband in the 14 years we were together. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t recall any man ever telling me I was beautiful.

So, when someone I’ll ...continue reading...

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Little White Lies

“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

It needs no definition – you know what I’m talking about. They’re the little untruths we tell ourselves and everyone else that keep us from living an authentic life. We think our little lies are harmless because they’re not actually hurting anyone – but ...continue reading...

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The Certainty of Uncertainty and the Promise of Possibility

“I spent a lot of years trying to outrun or outsmart vulnerability by making things certain or definite, black and white, good and bad. My inability to lean into the discomfort of vulnerability limited the fullness of those important experiences that are wrought with uncertainty: love, belonging, trust, joy and creativity to name a few.”  ~Brené Brown

If there’s one thing that’s certain in life, it’s that change happens.  People will change, relationships will change, jobs will change, our health will change and in many ways, we ourselves are constantly changing. Many times, change brings with it a state ...continue reading...

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Living Courageously

“Many of my problems arose because I chose to play small, thinking that there I would find safety. But I was born with wings, and I was meant to spread them. Anything less will hurt me, will deny love to myself and others, and will mean that I will end my life never having flown the flight of spiritual glory.”  A Year of Miracles, Marianne Williamson

Last week, I explored one of the regrets that was listed in an online article entitled, “Top 5 Regrets of the Dying” published by Huffington Post. In case you missed it, the top ...continue reading...

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Permission to be Happy

“You’re worried about how you’re going to feel at the end of your life? What about right now? Live. Right this minute. That’s where the joy is at!”   ~Abigail Thomas

The Huffington Post republished an article from Collective Evolution entitled, “The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying” and I’ve decided to create a blog post about the ones that really speak to me, delving further into the how these regrets exist in our lives today, but are suppressed until the promise of living no longer exists. We each have the power to make changes in our lives now so ...continue reading...

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Powerful and Peaceful

“If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it.”  Toni Morrison

When you think of the word powerful, what comes to mind? An executive in a big office? A large crushing wave in the Pacific ocean? It’s defined as “having great power or strength.”

When you think of the word peaceful, what do you think of? Buddha? Meditation? A serene brook with water floating through it. Peaceful is defined as “free from disturbance” or “tranquil”

Why can’t we be simultaneously powerful and peaceful? These words seem like they’re opposites, but they’re really not – or at least they ...continue reading...

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Authenticity & an Aspiring Life Coach

“Do you have the courage to stand inside yourself and be who you really are?”  Oprah Winfrey

I had the absolute pleasure of being able to train this week with the best life coaches in the world, including arguably the most successful life coach there is – Martha Beck. I was inspired and challenged, encouraged and motivated. I gained insight from life coaches that have been helping people live out loud for more than 10 years. It was, in a word: amazing.

One of my takeaways from the training was the reminder that it’s important as coaches that we ...continue reading...

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  1. Beautiful. Wonderfully presented and said.

    by Cindy Snyder on March 27th, 2014 at 10:48 pm
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Your Spring Will Come

“As any good Buddhist will tell you, the only way to find permanent joy is by embracing the fact that nothing is permanent.”  Martha Beck, Finding Your Own North Star

If you live anywhere in the US besides Florida, Arizona, California and Hawaii, you too have likely had an unbearable winter. We’re now here in March and I can tell you everyone in Ohio is ready for spring. As I sit here, it is sunny and 60 degrees; but tomorrow we’re expected to get more snow and the temperature will drop to 23 degrees. It’s almost the only thing ...continue reading...

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Our Path to Freedom

“The sweeter you are to yourself, the sweeter you will be to the world.” Sharon Pope

A few months ago, I read a life coaching inquiry by someone named Amy that said, “I’ve tried yoga, but I found myself crying at the end of each yoga practice, so I don’t want to do that anymore.” When you get in touch with your breath – the way you do in yoga, the way a singer loosens up their vocal cords, the way dancers or actors do before going on stage – you cannot hide your emotions. Breathing brings all of ...continue reading...

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The Truth about Showing Up

“Today I make a stand for truth, as I extend my perceptions beyond what my senses reveal to me, to what I know to be true in my heart.”  Marianne Williamson, A Year of Miracles.

My entire life coaching practice is built on the concept of truth. Most people’s initial reaction is that truth is all about being honest and not lying – at least not intentionally. While that’s true (pardon the pun), it’s so much bigger and more beautiful than that. It’s about getting in touch with your own personal truth – that which God placed on your ...continue reading...

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