Archive for October, 2008

Transitions

October 30th, 2008

October 30, 2008

As I enter the homestretch toward moving my offices next week, I reflect on the word transition.  Although a change of offices may seem like a fairly benign transition, this transition symbolizes faith, expansion and courage as I choose to begin this next chapter designing and managing my own suite.  In my heart of hearts It’s felt right from the beginning, and even though I’ve had a few sleepless nights along the way, I’ve known that I was headed in the right direction because I’ve trusted my intuition as well as the perspectives of my key advisers and confidants.

When I began coaching almost 8 years ago, I made a decision to call myself a Life Transition Coach.  This was an intentional decision based on my belief that life transitions can be a challenge and an opportunity to experience oneself in brand-new ways like never before.  Because I’ve had the unusual privilege as a coach and a therapist to witness so many individuals carve out new lives for themselves, I know what’s possible, and I also continue traveling on my own journey side-by-side with my clients. Today I feel incredibly grateful for being a Life Transition Coach specializing in addiction recovery, and I hope all of you have the opportunity to be a part of my new professional home whether that be as a virtual experience or by stopping by sometime.

New Year’s Renewal

October 9th, 2008

October 9, 2008

Today is Yom Kippur, otherwise known as the Day of Atonement in Jewish tradition, which means lots of different things to lots of different people.  After years of wondering about these so-called Days of Awe, I have come to embrace this time of year as an opportunity for reflection, restoration and renewal.

Reflection: taking stock of the past year and what has transpired during the last 12 months.

Restoration:  taking time for impeccable self-care and working toward ongoing balance.

Renewal:  being grateful for the gift of life and staying present with peace, love and compassion.

Recovery is a rare opportunity to practice these elements on a regular basis and can be integrated into your consciousness wherever you go at any time.  I encourage each of you to consider the ideas of reflection, restoration and renewal in whatever form they may take in your life.

As part of my own ritual honoring the “3 R’s”, I’ll be spending some time listening to taped interviews of my grandmother who died 10 years ago at the age of 89.  As a way of celebrating her life and our relationship, she has become part of my New Year’s tradition–a visit with her inspiring voice.

Whatever it takes for you to reflect, restore and renew, I wish you all a very sweet and healthy New Year.