Happy snowy December!
I hope you've all enjoyed fall and are excitedly anticipating the holidays and new year!
I would like to begin this holiday newsletter by expressing my gratitude and appreciation to all my clients. I am the luckiest coach/trainer in the world (Yes, I'm aware of just how corny that sounds. Get over it!) Every day I am inspired by the people I have the privilege of supporting on their personal journeys. Every day I am blessed with learning from their strengths and struggles because they are brave enough to share them with me. To all of you — Mahalo for the honor of sharing your time and trust with me. I am forever grateful.
My fall has been busy and filled with surprises. Having three boys in high school, simultaneously, has proven to be an adventure. Who knew? Though I appreciate their exploration of independence, the drama that accompanies some of their choices is both frustrating and frightening. I'm learning a whole new world of boundary setting and limit testing. It's helpful when I remember myself at their ages and find gratitude in having boys!
Since my last newsletter, I'm excited to share the completion of my Tibetan Buddhist Meditation course. I didn't know what to expect and was surprised and pleased with the depth of research involved. The class linked history, neuroscience, and practical exercises utilizing many teachers. Though it required a lot of time, the variety of topics and flexibility kept me engaged. Now more than ever, I recommend meditation. The science unequivocally shows the short and long-term positive effects on our emotional, mental, and physical health. To learn more, please connect with me.
In October, I attended a workshop on love and relationships; how our personalities influence their potential and development. Our instructor is the Head of Psychiatry at Stanford University. He has been a pioneer of personality research, professor, and therapist for the past 40 years. Along with lecture style learning, part of the training included learning from people sharing their experiences as it relates to their specific personality traits. I was the only soul brave enough to represent my personality for the seventy attendees during the weekend. I didn't plan to be the poster child for my group. I was unprepared for the intense vulnerability that accompanied working with a great teacher. I learned more than I could have imagined putting myself on display and staying receptive (not an easy task while on a stage). Through my discomfort (which is necessary for growth), I connected with and affected many people that weekend. I feel extremely fortunate having the opportunity to attend one of the last workshops David Daniels will give before his retirement. The best reward by far is the opportunity to share what I've learned with my clients and those close to me.
My women's group, AlohaConnection, endures, and we're having a blast incorporating personality theory (The Enneagram) into our weekly topics. These women are on a mission to learn and grow and take charge of their happiness and confidence. I am SO proud to be a part of the amazing work these ladies are doing. We come together each week, and they open to sharing and receiving insights from each other. Their transparency and humor create a safe space and empathy — the foundation for development. Through the coaching and teaching I provide, I'm learning and growing right along with them. This is the best gift ever, thank you, Ladies!
In closing, I would like to tell all of you that are not my clients, but rather friends, supporters, family, acquaintances, strangers, and those of you considering coaching or training in the future, Mahalo for reading my newsletters and blogs. Mahalo for staying interested. Mahalo for your feedback and for sharing me with others. Mahalo for reaching out and staying a part of my life. I am so grateful to you all.
I look forward to connecting with you all in 2016!