Archive for August, 2008

Uncharted Territory

August 18th, 2008

August 18, 2008

We open a door

To where there is no road

We take it.

–Philomene Long

This poem illustrates the journey many of us choose to take when we move forward in our lives with purpose and intention yet uncertain of what truly lies ahead.  Philomene was considered to many here in the Venice Beach community as the “Queen of Bohemia” and I was lucky enough to know her for the past decade before her untimely death a year ago.  Her words resonate for many of us who choose to take the road less traveled but know in our heart of hearts that it’s necessary to do so.

On the 1st anniversary of her death it reminds me of my gratitude to visionaries like Philomene and to others who carry the intention even when the road seems darker than usual.   Recovery Coaching has brought together a community of visionaries and trailblazers and together we continue to move forward one door at a time, one day at a time.

Onward and Upward

August 2nd, 2008

August 2, 2008

This past week I attended the first Board of Directors meeting for Recovery Coaches International (a virtual meeting via conference call), and it brought forth the realization that RCI has developed from an idea to a vision to a full-fledged non-profit organization.  When we began discussing the possibility of creating RCI more than 3 years ago, it was crystal clear that this was a necessary addition to both the coaching and addiction recovery communities.  Now the vision has turned into momentum and expansion as we are developing pilot projects, marketing strategies and collegial friendships with like-minded professionals.  Moving from a few voices to a chorus of voices energizes me and fuels my passion toward expanding our collective vision.

My current focus is to study the effectiveness of Recovery Coaching on those in the first year of addiction recovery and more will be revealed as we continue collecting data in this direction. It’s an exciting time of establishing more credibility and visibility and I’ll keep you posted as things continue to unfold.