Prayer For Healing

Svethania Novikova Art

Prayer For Healing
By: Linda A. Long

As I look
Into the future
I find it
Hard to see
A path forward
Everything changed
In my life
This week
Tension
Stress
Anxiety
Built up
My body broke down

How do I
Care for myself
And give myself
Time to
Grieve and mend
How do I
Give myself space
To find my
New life
Without being
Under pressure
How do I
Remove chronic stress
From my body
So I finally can heal
And transform
My life

I don’t know
Answers to the
Questions yet
I just know
That God
Is calling me
To reflect and change
God
Is calling me
To trust my
Intuition and let go
God
Is calling me
To trust him
God
Angel and Guides
I ask for
Your divine
Inspiration and guidance
As I stand
At the fork
In the road
In my life
I ask for
Your love
And blessings
So that I
May heal
Body, mind and spirit
And transform
Into the
Highest reflection
Of your grace
And love
I am worthy
Of healing
Of Love
(C) 2018 Linda A. Long – All Rights Reserved – Highest Good Holistic Health Coaching, LLC

NOTE:

It’s all in a blur. My whole life is in a blur right now. I can’t see the future. I said these words to someone recently. He responded by saying, “Even in a snow storm, you have to be able to see. Try to see a path forward; try to put it into words. Write it out!” This is me writing it out. I am posting it on my blog to hold myself accountable more or less. And also to show others, everyone hurts… everyone struggles. I freely admit… I have no answers at this time of my life. I have no answers. But I do know God is calling me to reflect a bit before moving forward.

High levels of stress, anxiety and tension have been a part of my life for a while now. My best friend had Cancer for five years and died April 19th. I had tension in relationships. I was in school full time while working full time and I switched jobs three months ago.

I guess I didn’t realize that my body was having a physical response to the chronic stress I’ve been under every day for the last couple of years. Being strong, soldiering on took a toll on me and my body. I see now I held a lot of tension in my body. I held a lot of anxiety in my soul. Now, right now I have a foot injury which lead to back problem which is taking a long time to heal, I believe because of stress and muscle tension. I started physical therapy for it yesterday. I have a flare up of tendinitis in my left elbow. I’ve had migraines and digestive issues. Meanwhile, my blood work looks beautiful; it’s the best it’s been in years. Thank God! This tells me that stress, anxiety and tension as well as Menopause are taking a physical toll on my body.

I finished my school work today. As of today, I’m officially done my Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Training. I graduate on May 15th! I will take the Certified Holsitic Health Coach test later in summer. As stressful as school has been, it’s also been good for me. But I am glad I am done. As far as building a coaching business goes, it’s officially on hold indefinitely. I can’t even think about that right now.

After five years of watching and supporting my best friend battle Cancer, I am now left with grief. This summer I need to leave some space for grief as well as take time to figure out what life looks like without her. My body is breaking down from stress and I feel like like I need to slow down for self care and slow down for my body to heal.

This brings me to my new job…let me take a big sigh of right here…I proved to myself I can do the job. I proved to them I can do the job. But, the whole future of the Program rides on my back. It rides on my action. It rides on me. I have to drive it. The next few months will require me to travel, build and drive the program. It will be pressure. Pressure that I am just not sure I up to right now.

I keep hearing in my head, “just because you are capable, doesn’t mean you should be doing it right now!” I keep feeling like I need to pull back to heal. I feel like I have been pushing too hard for too long and trying to do too much for too long. It caught up to me… I guess what I am saying is… I am not sure I am physically up to this job given how my life changed and how my body is reacting to the stress.

The way I see it is, I have a decision to make. I have to decide I want to go in and talk to my new boss and explain all of this or if it would be best for me to go back to my home organization. I know my old group is struggling and could use my help. I would be completely honest with my old boss because of our history. It may be easier to manage this emotional time of healing while working in my old organization instead of being under the stress of trying to lead a new high profile Program. I need to reflect on this the new week or so…

I haven’t been able to get “Sound Of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel out of my head.

Art Credit: Svethania Novikova – www.fineartamerica.com

Holistic Health And Self Care Sunday – March 25, 2018

Self Care Self Love

Self Care looks a little different for me this weekend that most weekends. Usually I move my body on weekends and do food prep for the week. This weekend I am truly slowing down to take care of my physical body.

I stepped in a pot hole on Tuesday night. I rolled my right foot over onto the side and sprain my Ankle. I knew immediately I injured it. I iced and elevated it as soon as I got home. Luckily, the snow storm gave me a day off and I also took off Thursday to at least rest it for the first 48 hours.

While I was home resting on Thursday, I started sneezing. I must have sneezed over 30 times over the course of the day. I knew a head cold was coming too. My head cold started on Thursday afternoon. It’s pretty much gone by Sunday afternoon. That suggests my Immune System is pretty strong and I took good care of myself appropriately when the cold started. The worst of it is over. Here’s what I did as soon the I felt the head cold coming on:

  • Ear drops: Equal parts 70% Rubbing Alcohol and White table vinegar. Three drops each ear twice a day. The ENT gave me this recipe 🙂 See photo at bottom.
  • OTC: Mucinex and Tylenol. I only took one Decongestant
  • Gargle: With warm salt water
  • Saline Rinse: Rinse my nose out with Saline from CVS
  • Take my usual vitamins: Multi-vitamin, Vitamin D & E, Magnesium at bedtime. I also added Coconut Walter for Potassium
  • Green Juice: I drink 16oz of Green Juice each day: Kale, Apple, Ginger, Lemon, Parsley, Celery and Cucumber. I sometimes I blend it at home. This week I bought at a local produce store that makes it for only $4.00 a bottle.
  • Omega 3s: I drink Hemp Milk and took Salmon Oil pills for a couple of days
  • Rest and sleep: I left work on Friday at noon. I came home and stayed in bed until Saturday.

Holistic Ear Drops

As for my Ankle, I ended up going to Urgent Care yesterday because it’s looks pretty bad. I didn’t think it was broken but wanted to be sure so I didn’t continue to do more damage. The X-ray showed I have a contusion of the soft tissue around the 5th Metatarsals. I’ve been doing everything right. He didn’t give me any drugs. He told me to stay off of it as much as possible for the next few days. It could take five to ten additional days to heal depending upon how much I am on it. It’s making me walk weird which is bothering the rest of my leg and my hip. I have been resting it. I will still go to work tomorrow. I will wear comfy shoes and won’t be walking my normal 10K steps. The doctor told me I did everything right so far. Again, good self care prevented my injury from being worse than just a contusion.

Sprained Ankle Meme

Sometimes my self care is pretty and is about pampering at a spa. Other times my self care is about moving my body in yoga and walking 10K steps a day or other times my self care is about mediating and slowing my mind down. This week self care has been about actually taking care of physical body to ensure a quick and full recovery from illness and injury.

Before attending the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and becoming a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I really didn’t know how to take care of myself. A year ago I would have pushed through both the cold and the injury and would have made both worse. What a difference a year has made.

IIN Primary Foods

Making the decision to attend to IIN was the best decision I made a very a long time in my life. The last year hasn’t been easy. Going to school while working full time, starting a new job, juggling various other aspects of life hasn’t been easy. I’ve been over my head at times but I hung in there. On Friday I learned that I have already accumulated the minimum graduation requirements. I still have one test, two Coaching Circles and four weeks of lectures to go until graduation but even I I missed all of them, I will still graduate. It really takes the pressure off and I am looking forward to slowing down and entering the next phase of life.

So, what’s next after I am done school? Well, I am looking forward to enjoying this summer. I am looking forward to having a social life again. While part of me is very interested in continuing my education with another class, that needs to go on hold for a while. First, it’s expensive. Second, I need to slow down a bit and enjoy life without any pressure other than my full time job for a while.

Work will also require more of my focused attention this summer as the Implementation phase of my Outreach plan will start in the May/June timeframe. Therefore, I will be traveling to DC more as well as visiting a few colleges through the rest of year. I am looking forward to that. If you need help developing an Outreach Plan, I can help. Here’s the basic flow.

Outreach Plan Flow

As for my Health Coaching business, I plan to step back and really think how I want to position it and what I hope to achieve. My classmates are very focused on getting clients and making money. I sometimes get caught up in my that. Being stuck at home with just myself most of this week, I’ve had time to think stuff over. I am seeing things differently. With having a decent full time job and income, I am not pressured to take a lot of clients. I can be selective. I can also offer services at discount rates, even pro-bono to those folks who really need it. I also plan to volunteer my services at the local Rescue Mission after I have my official Graduation Certificate.

I need to do some business planning and think over my business model a bit. During the next few months, I will be working on building a website and branding. I know I want my website to be free resource for people to access important guidance about how to care for their holistic health. I also know I want my Health Coaching business to be a platform to affect change about how people approach self care. I have the knowledge, skills and ability to design and build my own website. I am going to do that this summer as my hobby 🙂 Come on, Y’all know I can’t just sit in a beach chair all summer only working on a tan. Lol 🙂 This photo was taken at sunset on the beach out front of my apartment 🙂

Atlantic City, NJ Sunset

How are you taking care of yourself? What does your body, mind or soul need from you today?

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I am a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. I help clients find strategies to achieve a balance of body, mind and spirit so they can find their highest good in all aspects of their life.

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How Much Mileage Do Your Questions Get?

Open Road

Do you need to have an important conversation? Do your want to encourage an open dialogue with stakeholders? Perhaps you are a coach/mentor and want to help your clients find the answers within themselves and draw their own conclusions.

Conversation is an art. It requires a bit of finesse to relate to folks on their level and to be able to listen with focus attention as they tell their story. People open up when they feel safe. They also open up when they know you are genuinely interested in what they are saying.

High-mileage questions are an effective conversation technique to use with clients, students, employees, stakeholders or even friends. High-mileage questions are open-ended questions that allow folks to dig deeper by exploring the topic after reflection. Once folks start talking, the role of the coach is to be present and listen then ask thoughtful follow-up questions.

I use high-mileage questions in coaching calls but I also started using them in my conversations with friends and at work. I’ve noticed a better connection and more engagement with folks. Folks can tell I am genuinely interested in hearing how they are doing and not just asking “How are you” as a reflex.

Below are a few high-mileage questions to experiment with in conservations. See if you notice a difference. Observe how folks open up and perhaps even trust you enough to share more of their story, issues or concerns. In my personal experience, people seem to appreciate my willingness to listen to their story. Often times, people just want someone to slow down and listen to them. As people talk, they seem to find their own answers. I then may offer suggestions related to what came up for them.

You can use high-mileage questions in conversations with clients, students, employees or even with friends. Feel free to change them around as needed. It is also helpful to keep an intention in mind when asking the questions. For example, some questions relate to the future while others relate to the past. Here are a few to get you started:

FUTURE:
How will it be different once you have a solution?
What would be the very first sign that things are getting back on track?
What would happen if you lowered your expectations?
What would happen if you raised your expectations?
What does success look like for you?

PAST:
What is your story around…?
What would it look like if you changed your story?
What have you realized about your priorities at this time in your life?

PRESENT:
What have you realized about your priorities at this time in your life?
What is working well in your life right now?
Where do you feel stuck?

ACTION ORIENTED:
What is one small step you could take this week that you know you could
do successfully?
What would you like to achieve in this session?
What would you need in order to move forward?
If you knew you had nothing to lose, how would you act and what would
you choose?

GOALS/VALUES:
How is your current situation meeting your value requirements?
How are you stopping short of your goal?
What did you learn about yourself/your situation/your values as you
completed this exercise/goal?

PEOPLE/PLACES/THINGS
How do you feel different when you are with this person?
How’s your love life?
What does it keep you tied to?

SELF COACHING
What would you tell a friend in the same situation?
What do you think you should do?

HOW TO ENCOURAGE CLIENTS TO REACH OUT FOR SUPPORT
How can I best support you?
May I tell you what I see happening?
May I tell you what I’m hearing?
May I tell you what I’m noticing?
Would you be willing to email me your progress?
May I hold you accountable to…?

Please remember to take good care of yourself this week. Here’s a direct link to my last post on Self Care Sunday.

Self Care Sunday Post

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Have You Mapped Your Mind Today?

Mind Mapping Outreach Plan

Have you tried Mind Mapping?

A Mind Map is a diagram you draw that connects your thoughts around a central idea. I learned about Mind Mapping in my Health Coach Training. I am a visual person;I find it to be a very effective tool when I am stuck on something or can’t figure something out. It also helps me think through things in a non-linear way. I then connect the dots afterwards.

The Mind Map I did today was a for an Outreach Plan I am developing for work. My brain was full of so much information and running in so many directions that I just could not get myself clear on what to do for the flow of my Outreach Plan. So, I started drawing. The photo on this post is my Mind Map from today and it is the third version of this map. The first two versions were more detailed and had proprietarily (work related) information on them. The photo on this post is a generalized stripped down version just to use as an example. While some folks get very creative and colorful with their Mind Maps, simple is ok too. You can see it helped me figure out the flow and I was able to map out my action steps by doing it.

Some folks get really creative with their Mind Maps. I do like to use color and images sometimes too but as I said, simple is ok too. If you never tried it, give it a shot. You can do it on a white board but I prefer in a notebook so I can get creative and keep it personal. I also do mine in notebooks so I can keep them with the rest of my project work. The below images give detailed information on how to Mind Map and here’s a link for your reference.

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-use-mind-maps-to-unleash-your-brains-creativity-1348869811

Mind Map

Mind Mapping

Mind Mapping is one technique you can use to manage you Holistic Wellness. Get creative – free up your brain with a Mind Map.

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Self Care Sunday Post – Holistic Wellness

Self Care Sunday

How did you take care of your mind, body and spirit this weekend? I socialized with close friends Friday night. I walked three miles in the sunshine yesterday and today. I actually relaxed and watched TV last night too. Since I am in still in school, I had to do some homework but I did get to sleep in both days. This time of my life is a balance between self care, school and work.

I am also balancing between building my personal health coaching business and my new full time job. I spent some time this weekend strategizing for both areas. My thoughts today fall into a few different categories:

Full Time Job vs Health Coaching Quandary:

As I get closer to graduation, I am starting to think about what my Health Coaching business, Highest Good Holistic Health Coaching, LLC, looks like and what Intention I hold for it.

Intention

The reality is I have a full time job. I do not plan to quit my full time job until I am eligible to retire in 2028. It’s important that I maintain absolute professionalism and complete separation between what I do full time and my coaching business. It is also prudent for me to keep my social media accounts and website fairly clean to protect my image as my full time job is somewhat high profile. On the other hand, to build a thriving health coaching business, I need to put myself out there on social media. Do you see the quandary I am in?

After thinking about it, I’ve decided protecting my full time career takes priority over building my health coaching business on social media. I’ve accepted that most of my clients will probably come to me by word of mouth or referrals. I do have links to schedule appointments with me on this site but it will be hard to grow the business without me really putting myself out there on social media. I finally accepted that is ok.

Website Dilemmas:

Dilemma I have a couple of challenges with this site. First, I transitioned my blog to be my business site temporarily. The domain name is mapped over my WordPress Blog name. My blog has poetry and art that is a bit suggestive and is considered erotica. WordPress considers that for adult eyes only. Therefore, WordPress will not let the blog be on its home page which is now hurting my stats. It will also prevent my health coaching posts from being seen by other WordPress users.

I have a few options. I can transition off of the WordPress platform altogether. I can split the business site from the blog. I can stop worrying about stats and page views and just write.

I haven’t determined what to do as of yet. I think I may hire a website consultant for professional advice. I would prefer keeping the blog, poetry and business all together on one site. Having them all together demonstrates that I consider writing and art part of my holistic wellness. That’s authentic to who I am and honors the true spirit of my business. It also demonstrates that writing and painting, even if they are artistic and suggestive in nature, actually serve my highest good by feeding my soul and nurturing my spirit.

The way I see it is the business could be the main site with the blog being a page on the site. The blog would have it’s subscription list and URL just as it does right now. I can’t do that with my current site. I would need professional help in making that transition. I could probably figure it out but honestly I don’t want to use a whole weekend doing that for myself. I actually do not have the time to do that right now. Maybe I will have time after I graduate. For now, it’s fine the way it is. I am thinking more about the future. Since my intention is to keep the business lower profile, perhaps the way it is is good. I am looking for professional feedback. If any experts read this and have advice, please feel free to contact me.

Better Put Three Rings On It:

Binder Meme

I am standing up a new program at work. I feel like I have papers and folders all over my desk. It is making me a little crazy. I am VERY organized and seeing paper all over the place is causing me some anxiety. Lol ☺️ I use a planner at work and I love it. When I went to a meeting the other day, I had to bring the planner and like five folders with me to talk about my program. After strategizing it a bit this weekend, I am going to put together a three ring binder for my program. I will keep stuff like the Charter, Implementation Plan, Action Item list, Schools by State and other things I need as reference on a regular basis in the binder. I can take that binder to meetings with me and have everything at my fingertips.

How did you take care of yourself this weekend?

I am a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who provides guidance on Holistic Wellness approaches. Health is about more than just the food on your plate. If you would like more information about Holistic Health Coaching, please email me at Linda@highestgoodcoach.com

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Information Overload & Growing

Butterfly Cacoon Growth Five weeks into a new job and almost everyday I am reminded of a fire hose. I am standing up a new program. It’s a lot of work to strategize, plan and stand up a new Program. Almost everyday someone downloads A LOT of information to me at rapid speed and my brain can only process so much at one time. On my first day, my new boss said, “It will be like drinking water from a fire hose!” Guess what, he was right! I’ve learned to take the downloads and then hit the pause button for a few days. Then I go process and figure out how each new piece of the puzzle fits into the bigger picture.

I like puzzles. The ability to strategize is one of my number one strengths. This week I received a lot of puzzle pieces without a lot of time to process. Next week I’ll be working to fit what I gathered this week together with what I already knew. The good news is the draft Charter I wrote is out for review. It’s being well received and is lining up to be my first quick win:-)

This week has been especially fun. I was in DC on Tuesday for meetings with my leadership team who work there as well as an advocacy group. All of my meetings that day went quite well. Actually, my leadership talked to me about potential opportunities in the future working with them down there. They asked me to keep that in my awareness as I am working on my current project. I told them I am keeping an open mind to all opportunities. I had a wonderful meeting with an advocacy group and I am really excited by the synergy I believe we can create together.

This new job is good stretch for me. There is no other way to say it. I am stretching myself in new directions. I am using new skills. I am being forced to level up. I am setting an example of professionalism while remembering it is ok to ask for guidance. While this job is stretch for me, it is not outside of my current skills set. I am nowhere near over my head. I am, however, swimming a little harder to get to the top than I had to swim in my old job. It’s all good.

Folks were worried that I would be bored in this new group. It’s a slower paced group and less chaotic environment for sure. But, the scope of the project I am working on is so big and there is so much to do, there is no way that I would be bored. The quiet environment is actually healthier for me.

I went to an event with my former coworkers yesterday while they were serving ice cream. It felt good and comfortable. I told them my assignment was going well but I am still keeping an open mind to all opportunities. The truth is I have no idea what’s going to happen between now and the end of the year. I could stay in the role I am in now. I could take another role in the line of business I am in now or I could go back to my home Organization. I am keeping my mind open to all possibilities. I do know one thing for sure. If I do go back, they will need to offer me a role on comparable level to the one I am working at now. I can’t go back to playing small. I have these skills and I want to use them.

As for school, I left work early today so I could come home for two school related conference calls. I am taking a break in between them right now to right this blog. At 6pm, I will participate in a Coaching Circle and will have to give a status update on the progress I am making on goal I set. I will also be learning new Coaching Skills from my classmates. 9 weeks to go until graduation.

The 18th anniversary of my sister’s death is tomorrow. It always puts me in a weird mood. Someone asked me if I was ok today. I wasn’t dress up and had very little makeup on. I am usually more polished. I was a little sad when I woke up. One of my Closest friends is on Clinical Trials for Cancer and it’s not going well. I guess she was on my mind and my sister was on my mind. I was distracted; that’s all. But, the truth is I am absolutely fine.

I’ve also been thinking about this friend I have. I miss being close to him and sharing time and space with him and his blue eyes. I missed an opportunity to connect with those blue eyes because I was distracted this morning and caught up in my head and emotions. I guess I also hesitated because I feel a bit unsteady with him which causes me to worry about saying and doing the wrong things. It makes me nervous with him. I also sense that he is a little nervous around me as well. Not sure why we are both so nervous and guarded😂 I think we need an ice breaker 😂 I think we are nervous and guarded because we both still have feelings for each other and are not sure what (if anything) we should say or do about it. I, for one, will avoid the topic if he will 😂 Deal? 😊 We are moving in different worlds now which is good for both of us and our careers. And, the truth is… he is not mine to hold at night. I’ve accepted that. I guess I just thought I could keep him as friend and in my life. He is still in my heart, on my mind and in my awareness. I hope I am still in his heart too. I just wanted to stand before him and say HI while I looking into those beautiful eyes and talk about stupid shit; no need to deep dive. It would be nice to get back into an easy flirtious fun rhythm with him again 😁💙🦋 But, if he wants me to stay away from him, I can do that too. That would make me sad but I will do it.

My last bit of gratitude today is that I have dinner plans with friends tomorrow night. It’s an annual restaurant week dinner at my favorite restaurant. It’s a little weird this year. There is usually four to six of us. However, this year everyone is sick. So, it’s just me and one other girlfriend. We cancelled our table and will sit at the “Oyster” bar. As of five minutes ago, another friend is starting to feel better and may join us. I am looking forward to the opportunity to socialize a bit.

Writing my thoughts out is one way I maintain holistic wellness. If you would like more information on Holistic Wellness strategies, please email: Linda@highestgoodcoach.com or visit the Coaching Services Page of this website to book a 30 minutes phone call.

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Have You Checked In With Yourself Lately?

Marilyn Monroe Quote

How did you take care of yourself today?

It’s important to slow down and take a look at your life on a regular basis. Incorporating a weekly check-in with yourself to assess if you are balanced, energized and happy can go a long way to your holistic wellness.

A few weeks ago, I started a weekly check-in with myself in a few areas of my life. In work, I started a 15 minutes check-in with myself on the last day I work each week. I take 15 minutes to whiteboard or think through what I did that week and what I need to focus on the next week. That practice has been helping me prioritize and stay focused. How do you take care of yourself in work? How do you prepare for your next week? What practices do you have to help you stay focused?

As I was driving home last night, I started to do a check-in with my body. I was tired. My temporary dental crown was bothering because it’s too high. My mind was tired from working full time, learning a new job and going to school. I was feeling over scheduled. I was scheduled to be off from work today and I had two annual checkups scheduled with different doctors. I also was planning on doing some homework. Something happened while I was doing my check-in with my body. My intuition spoke up and told me that I needed to slow down. I needed a pause. I asked myself why I was pushing myself so hard in every aspect of my life. Even with making doctor appointments I was over scheduling myself just to get them done. This is what I do. I over schedule myself, push myself, work too hard and then crash. Not this time. I decided to take the pause and slow down. I called and rescheduled both doctors appointments while I was driving hands-free from my car. Neither appointment was urgent. I also made an appointment today with the dentist to get the temporary crown filed down a bit so I could chew better. Both were better choices for my body. Because I checked in with my body and paused long enough to notice I was tired, I was able to sleep late today. I could take my time moving around the house. I could rest a bit today and finish up a couple video lectures while drinking my coffee this morning. I am going back to the dentist to get the temp crown filed down today; that is good self care because my bite has been off the last few days which is aggravating my TMJ. I also wanted to do it today since I’ll have all weekend to see how it feels. My permanent crown doesn’t get put in until 3/13 so I still have ten days to go and I want to make sure I protect my jaw as much as possible. Getting it filed down will help the bite and help my jaw relax. This was good self-care. Have you checked in with you body lately?

My last week of classes at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition is April 23rd. My last exam opens on April 30th. Graduation is in New York, NY is in late May. I am in the homestretch. Starting last night and going to April 12th, I am required to participate in a weekly 90 minute Coaching Circle Conference call with 7 other students and our mentor/coach. Honestly, I was dreading the call all day yesterday. I kept thinking 90 Minutes, ugh! What will we talk about? 😂 Actually, the call was great! 90 minutes flew by. I met a few new colleagues and friends. Our coach is great. The call ended with homework. I have to establish a goal in any area of my life that I can accomplish by April 12th. It should have Action Steps and I will report on it each week. I also need to do some work in defining success for myself in every aspect of my life and writing some high mileage questions to use when I coach people. High mileage questions are questions that get people talking. Everyone already has the answers to everything they need inside of themselves. A coach just helps them find the answers within. I have some other reading to do. But, I was highly energized and happy when the call ended. It was just what I needed. Enjoying the Coaching Circle came as a pleasant surprise to me. What was good for you this week? Did anything pleasantly surprise you?

I am traveling to DC on Tuesday on a puddle jumper to meet my DC bosses and my Program’s Sponsor in person. I am also meeting with an Advocacy group that my Program’s Sponsor sits on their Board of Directors. I am looking forward to Tuesday. This new job is exactly the growth opportunity I needed. It is pushing my skills. I am comfortably uncomfortable because I am stretching but I am well with-in my skill range and no where near over my head. My ability to build partnerships is really a great benefit in this role. I have no idea where this could lead but it feels like it will lead me somewhere I belong. My new group is doing research in Big Data Analytics, CyberSecurity, New Innovations and Aviation Research. I am learning about all of these so I help form partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions to help us do this research. It’s an exciting and interesting place to work. I am so thankful I had the courage to put myself out on this limb. What are you thankful for today? What are you excited about today?

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