Posted by: Cathy | December 8, 2016

Art of Self-Examination workbook

ASE-etsy-logo If you’re looking for more resources to help you set goals for the year, check out my e-workbook: The Art of Self-Examination ($4)

* Do you love yourself?
* Do you value your gifts and accomplishments?
* Do you know what your gifts are?

In order to really love yourself, it helps to know who you are! This workbook provides six exercises to help you get in touch with yourself in a creative way. Self-Examination via Creative Expression!

With this workbook, I hope you learn more about your authentic self, where you excel, and why you are an awesome individual. Knowing these things, I hope you gain self-confidence and prioritize taking care of yourself. We care for the things and people we love!

Let’s explore who you are and why you’re so loveable! Buy your copy here: The Art of Self-Examination workbook ($4)

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Posted by: Cathy | December 7, 2016

QQ: What do I not want to look at?

Coach Blog 061316 questing questions Questing Questions are a regular feature on my blog; basically, a journal question to get you further along in your life quest. If journaling isn’t your thing, feel free to take the question as your focus for a meditation, a prayer, or a piece of artwork.

As you’re reviewing your year, or even further back, notice if there is anything you don’t want to look at, something you’re not ready to deal with yet.

You don’t need to dive into it right now, but knowing it’s there can help you steer around it instead of trying to look away and metaphorically stepping in some dog poopie because you weren’t looking.

Just notice:

* What do I not want to look at?

* How can I get ready to look at it?

Acknowledging obstacles is the first step in overcoming them.

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Posted by: Cathy | December 6, 2016

Align Time 49: Claim-Offer

Coach Blog 060716 align time Align Time is a weekly alignment check-in for balance, fulfillment, and satisfaction.

This week, I invite you to check in and consider where you are along the spectrum of Claim-Offer.

Claim-Offer is a scale of how much you take and how much you give.

Neither is better or worse, just notice where you are on this spectrum and where you’d like to be:

* Where are you on the Claim-Offer scale?
* Do you want more or less of either?
* Which is more natural for you?
* If one is a challenge, what could you do to improve your relationship with it?
* What could you do to create more balance between them?

Be mindful of your position on this spectrum and the choice you have to adjust it.

If you have any insights or comments, I’d love to know in the comments here or on Facebook!

Posted by: Cathy | December 5, 2016

Theme: Dark Time

coach-blog-120516-bedtime-alarm Every year, I wish I could hibernate. Black bear is one of my totem animals, and I don’t like being cold, so I want to curl up in bed and sleep for three months until the sun and warmth return.

Winter is a good time to turn inward, whether you can camp out in bed or not. I use the time to review the past year, plan for the new year, and dream.

I don’t think I’ve ever been afraid of the dark. Dark brings stars, or rather makes them visible; they’re always there hiding behind the sunlight. I always feel comforted and connect when I see stars.

Look for the metaphorical stars during this dark winter time. What little twinkling points of light are there in your life right now? Those are what will help you navigate until the sun returns. They probably have something to do with your values. Let them point you in the right direction.

What is twinkling in your life right now?

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Posted by: Cathy | December 1, 2016

Links Lasso: November

Coach Blog 060216 links lasso I’m sharing a monthly links round-up, I call it my Links Lasso, of interesting articles and things I’ve found each month. Here are the goodies I came across in November:

Posted by: Cathy | November 30, 2016

How to Overflow with Gratitude

coach-blog-110216-gratitude-full-heart This month, my theme has been gratitude. Today I am overflowing with gratitude.

As you read this, I am having a siesta in my hotel in Rome, almost mid-way through my vacation. I spent the morning and afternoon eating delicious food, walking around my favorite city, and admiring ancient ruins.

It’s easy for me to overflow with gratitude here because I’m not distracted with my usual, day-to-day stuff. Even when there is a transit strike, which happens regularly in Italy; even when my feet are sore from walking all day; even when a noisy truck goes down the alley while I’m trying to nap, it is easy for me to overflow with gratitude. I’m in the moment, experiencing everything with all my senses, with nothing but leisure time. Everything is awesome!

Of course, in any moment, we can pause and make a little leisure time for gratitude. There is so much to be grateful for, even when you’re not on vacation in Rome.

I hope you’ve taken some time this month in the spirit of Thanksgiving to reflect on the things you’re grateful for, and I hope this is a regular occurrence for you. The more we find to be grateful for, the more we see new things to be grateful for. Gratitude is a perspective, and it makes life a little more pleasant.

What are you grateful for today?

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Posted by: Cathy | November 29, 2016

Align Time 48: Offense-Defense

Coach Blog 060716 align time Align Time is a weekly alignment check-in for balance, fulfillment, and satisfaction.

This week, I invite you to check in and consider where you are along the spectrum of Offense-Defense.

Offense-Defense is a how you operate in the world, actively or passively.

Neither is better or worse, just notice where you are on this spectrum and where you’d like to be:

* Where are you on the Offense-Defense scale?
* Do you want more or less of either?
* Which is more natural for you?
* If one is a challenge, what could you do to improve your relationship with it?
* What could you do to create more balance between them?

Be mindful of your position on this spectrum and the choice you have to adjust it.

If you have any insights or comments, I’d love to know in the comments here or on Facebook!

Posted by: Cathy | November 28, 2016

Identity

coach-blog-112816-mirror-identity Your personal identity can be very complex.

Your identity is a collection of labels to describe you. For example, here are some of the labels I use for myself: dreamer, writer, reader, artist, wonderer, traveler, optimist, INFJ, vegetarian, sister, daughter, friend, student, teacher, etc.

The labels aren’t who we really are, as they are too limiting for our individual depth and complexity, but they are convenient ways to describe ourselves to others and find people with similar interests.

Going into the new year, notice what labels you’ve used or acquired recently and whether you want to keep them moving forward.

Since the labels aren’t really you, you can change many of them when they no longer serve you. You can drop, modify, or redefine them.

In addition to setting goals for the year, take a look at yourself and your identity to see who you want to become and what new labels might help you do that.

What labels ring the most true for you?

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Posted by: Cathy | November 24, 2016

Coloring Page for your holiday weekend

coach-blog-112416-coloring-page Here is a relaxing activity for your Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Try my coloring page, or do another simple creative activity.

I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving stuffed with love, friendship, and your favorite foods!

Posted by: Cathy | November 23, 2016

Creativity Cornucopia

coach-blog-112316-creative-menu Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US. One of the traditional symbols of this holiday is a cornucopia, a “horn of plenty,” bursting with harvest foods. In addition to this traditional cornucopia, I wish you a creativity cornucopia.

Give yourself a feast of creativity input to inspire you through the holidays and into the new year.

Here are some ideas to put in your creativity cornucopia:

* Reread a favorite author
* Listen to a favorite musician
* Make a Pinterest board with your favorite works of visual art
* Watch a biography or documentary on a favorite artist or writer
* Visit a local museum and sit in front of an artwork for a few minutes
* Decorate your holiday table with handmade place cards or centerpieces
* Play with kid artforms just for fun (tempera paints, fun clay, crayons)
* Look at a magazine at the library for an artform you don’t know well (architecture, quilting, ceramics, etc.)

What other ideas do you have to add to your creativity cornucopia?

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