In early August, I was supposed to go on a medical mission trip to Guatemala. I’d started going on these trips a year prior, and had discovered that they gave substantial meaning and purpose to my life. So much so, that I got a little carried away. I booked three week-long trips to Guatemala in …Continue Reading »
I just got off the phone with a coaching client who has struggled with weight loss for decades. I teared up as I reflected on our conversation, as I remember the cycle she was going through, so well: Each new diet promised that all-too-elusive success. I can still taste the sparkly sense of hope, purity, …Continue Reading »
What did you do before, that you really enjoyed, that you simply don’t do anymore?
When you think about certain things (or one certain thing) you used to do, or talk about these activities in the past tense to others, do you feel a twinge of regret?
When that regret passes across your consciousness, do you shove …Continue Reading »
What do you normally do when you have a bad day?
Do you react by overeating, drinking alcohol, or making other choices that temporarily help you cope, things that you’ll regret later?
A few days ago, someone called me with some bad news first thing in the morning. In the big picture of life what happened wasn’t really a …Continue Reading »
I have a young friend who I really admire, she’s over-the-top passionate about minimizing her footprint and living in an environmentally responsible way. At the beginning of this month, she invited me to join her in a month-long decluttering challenge that is proving to be the most exhilarating, purposeful shedding of stuff I’ve ever engaged in.
Inspired by …Continue Reading »
Whenever I work with a client, the deep work of coaching starts when I help her navigate the unexpected “swamp” into which she inevitably stumbles.
What seemed clear, possible and wonderful when first envisioned becomes foggy and hazy in the distance, perhaps even impossibly far away.
Had she imagined it?
Who was she to think she could deserve …Continue Reading »
For most of my life, I haven’t had difficulties sleeping—once I actually got myself to bed. Getting myself into bed at a decent hour is what has been my nemesis. I love to stay up late and chat, watch movies, snack—pretty much any activity that isn’t about going to sleep. I know I need to get to …Continue Reading »
Clutter is an annoying, energy-sapping roommate, threatening to take over your space from the closets to the countertops. No matter how much you say you want your clutter gone, it can feel impossible or overwhelming to make a dent in it.
Clients regularly approach me asking for tips and strategies to help them declutter. If you feel like …Continue Reading »
Do you allow the most exhausted, tired, fed up version of yourself to make key day-to-day choices about how you live your life?
I did—for a long time.
What happens when you live that way is you end up feeling a lot better—in the moment. Over many, many different moments. This is natural and normal. It’s so very human …Continue Reading »
I used to be very focused. And even though I really love what my life has become, I was even happier then than I am now. I believe now that it was because I lived with so much clarity and focus. At the time I had realized that full time medicine just wasn’t for me, …Continue Reading »