Posted by: Cathy | August 25, 2016

What does tarot have to do with coaching?

Coach Blog 072215 coaching tarot I am a certified ARTbundance life coach and practitioner, and I read tarot cards. I do them separately for clients and can integrate them on request. I think they go very well together when a client is open to it.

Whether you believe tarot cards are directed by a higher power or not, reflecting on different cards in relation to a problem can give you insights you might not otherwise have had.

For instance, I’ve mentioned a few times how I got sick on my Italian vacation in June 2015. My card for the month of June was the page of swords, and the note I made when I did my year spread back in December was “beginner’s mind.” When I was reviewing my card at the end of the month, the idea of beginner’s mind made a lot of sense to me – that I needed to be present and curious to what was happing in the moment and release the idea I wanted for my experience on vacation. It helped me integrate some of my frustration and process the experience I had rather than the experience I wanted to have.

Rather than just turning to the tarot for answers, we can use the cards to get a new perspective on a problem, to help us process a situation, and then figure out our own answers. I find that figuring something out is more meaningful and memorable than just being told something.

The tarot can give us information but it’s up to us how we use it, just like coaching. Insights are insights, wherever they come from, and I’m happy to use as many resources as I can to get as many insights as I can.

Where could you use some insights? Do you think tarot, coaching, or a combination might help you, or some other modality all together? Decide what kind of help would best suit you and don’t be afraid to seek it out.

Conveniently, I’m doing my annual T for Tarot sale! My reading prices normally range from $25 to $55, but drop 20% (to $20 to $44) in this sale during August, September, and October (the only months with the letter “T”).

Use coupon code “2016T20” – See my reading options here!

Let me know if you have any questions or want to purchase a custom reading. Contact me.

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Posted by: Cathy | August 24, 2016

CQ: What skills would augment my creative process?

Coach Blog 011816 CQ creative questions photo Creative Questions are a regular feature on my blog; basically, a journal question to get you further along in your creative pursuits or creatively tackle other goals. 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.

This month, I’m talking about augmentation; adding in things I want in my life.

* What would help you improve your creative life?
* What skills would augment your creative process?

Consider new techniques you want to try as well as things like organization and time management to support your creative process. Look for something you’d like to add and figure out how to do it!

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Posted by: Cathy | August 23, 2016

Align Time 34: Deep-Shallow

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 Deep-Shallow.

Deep-Shallow is about the vertical scale of life; going deep or staying shallow near the surface.

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 Deep-Shallow 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 | August 22, 2016

My mission: to make the world a more creative place

Coach Blog 082216 mission sunrise It took me a long time to find my mission, and I’m still working everyday to manifest it. I came to it almost by accident.

My mission is to make the world a more creative place.

It started when I was trying to get some friends together to form a “mastermind” where we could encourage each other to manifest our life goals, things like fitness, financial security, creative projects, stress, etc. My friends couldn’t dedicate regular time to create this group with me, so I set out to create it for myself, which led me to start this blog. After a few months of blogging on personal development, I looked into life coaching programs and, naturally, I chose a creative coaching modality. I got so much out of my coaching program and still try to implement what I learned each day to get my own creative work done and set boundaries with “real” life to protect my creative time, space, and energy. I feel better on days when I do some creative work, and I want to feel better everyday, so I keep fighting to make my creative projects happen.

As a coach, it most excites me to coach creative people (and we’re all creative!) to make time and space in their lives to get their creative work done. Creative work is sacred work, and I consider it an honor to help you do your sacred work.

Whether you take advantage of my free resources, such as blog articles and ebooklets, or take a class with me or sign up for one-on-one coaching, I hope what I’m doing here will inspire you to do more creative work. I’m on a mission to make the world a more creative place, and I hope you step up and contribute your creative voice!

That’s my mission. Do you choose to accept my challenge? What are you doing to help make the world a more creative place?

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Posted by: Cathy | August 18, 2016

Leaning Tower teleclass

Tower logo 080516 Would you like help harnessing destruction in your life? Check out Leaning Tower, a one-hour teleclass

* Do you need a time-out to focus on yourself for a bit?
* Do you want some tools to help you find more satisfaction in your daily life?
* Do you want a template to guide you in your personal development?

I’m a student of self-development and I’ve also been studying and reading tarot since about 1993. I thought tarot would be a great vehicle to explore self-development, because the archetypes in tarot can help us learn about parts of ourselves. That’s what led me to create a teleclass series called “Find Yourself in the Cards.”

“Leaning Tower” is the next class in this series. Using the tarot archetype of the Tower, I will help you connect to your power of destruction to:

* Clear away the old junk
* Make space for what would better serve you
* Tear down roles you don’t want to play anymore

When you register for Leaning Tower, you will receive call information for the live one-hour class on October 4, 2016 at 8:30p Eastern. During class, I will lead you through a visualization and a few ARTsignments. Afterward, I’ll share a workbook with more exercises for you to explore and a link to the class recording. If you cannot make the live class, you will receive the audio class recording and all class materials.

Register now! $13

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Posted by: Cathy | August 17, 2016

Why creativity is so important

Coach Blog 081716 creativity matters I believe that the world needs more creativity. I need to be more creative. You need to be more creative. We all need to use our creative gifts; we received them for a reason. Why feel a call to do something, have an aptitude for something, and not do it? We are all artists and creators, it’s in our nature, and only suffering can come from blocking or avoiding our nature.

When we all use our creative gifts, the world is a better place; we are happier and more satisfied and that spills over into every other aspect of our lives and influences those around us in our homes, workplaces, and communities. Even as we fight for time and space to do our creating, we make the world a better place.

Throughout my life, I’ve struggled to get my creative work done; mostly because I need a day-job to pay my bills and the job takes time and energy away from my creative interests. And yet it’s a worthy struggle because I highly value creativity and I need to make it happen for myself and my standard of living. I’m not willing to live a life divorced from creativity. I just can’t do it.

I love this quote:

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
Ray Bradbury

The creative power of writing and art protects us from the destructive forces of modern life. By flexing our creative power, we protect ourselves and our fellow artists by creating a life worth living in.

“When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.” Anais Nin

As they say to teach what you need to learn, my mission and my passion is to make the world a more creative place. (I’ll talk about my mission next week.)

I’m starting with myself, coming back to my writing and creativity whenever I stray away from it. I’m collecting tools and creating processes to support my creativity. Through my coaching and teaching, I want to help you explore your depths of creativity, expression, and what your personal brand is of each. You have something amazing to share with the world. It’s important to me to do my creative work and that you do your creative work. We are building a new world together, and I need you to participate.

Do you agree with me? Why is creativity important to you?

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Posted by: Cathy | August 16, 2016

Align Time 33: Admire-Inspire

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 Admire-Inspire.

Admire-Inspire is noticing how much energy you spend admiring others versus doing something to inspire others.

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 Admire-Inspire 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 | August 15, 2016

Idols: Olympians 2016

There are probably few people who are as dedicated and committed to their goals as Olympic athletes.

I’m not an athletic person. I enjoy swimming, but a serious swimmer would find a lot of faults with my form. I don’t care; I just love moving through the water.

Coach Blog 072712 swimming

Still, I can be inspired by these athletes. They devote their lives to being the strongest, the fastest, the most powerful. You don’t need to be the best, you just have to do your personal best with what you have. You probably don’t have corporate sponsorship, a team of coaches, and high-end equipment, so you work with what you have, including work and family obligations. Be realistic, but try to stretch yourself too.

Olympians don’t get a gold medal every day – they build up to it. They train, they practice. Tweak their stroke a little. Do an extra repetition of weights in their workout. Try to swim the event 0.05 seconds faster. It’s still baby steps that get you to a gold medal. Figure out what the next step is and focus on one step at a time.

When you’re working toward your own goal, don’t underestimate baby steps. Break your project into smaller actions and then smaller smaller actions. If your goal is to have a daily writing practice, your smaller goal can be to write for an hour per day, and you can break that down smaller: 1. clear space on desk, 2. sit in chair, 3. turn on computer or get notebook, 4. open computer file or notebook, 5. check notes/outline, 6. write a sentence, 7. write another sentence, etc. Then you can get your desk cleared while your tea is brewing. You can open your file while your tea cools down. You can check your notes while you eat a bagel. Then, before you know it, you’re ready to go, you’ve eased into it, it’s not a big ONE HOUR OF WRITING any more, it’s manageable. Also, if you start to lag before the hour is up, you can break an hour into smaller segments – write for 15 minutes four times per day. Then, after a few weeks, try 20 minutes three times per day. Build up to it until it becomes easier. And it will become easier as you make it a habit.

Make it a habit to work on your goals. If it’s something you really want, make a commitment to yourself and make it real. Dedicate time for yourself. Make your goal real one step at a time. Just like Olympians.

This is a repost (July 27, 2012) from my series on “coaching idols” – people who inspire and motivate you to meet your goals.

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Posted by: Cathy | August 11, 2016

Why this is a great time of year to ask for help

I think the third quarter of the year is a great time to ask for help with a coaching session or a tarot reading.

1. Problems don’t wait for a particular date on the calendar! Anytime you want some help is a perfect time to book a coach or tarot reading.
2. As late summer moves into autumn, the days are getting shorter and the nights are a little longer, which makes me tend to get a little more introspective and receptive to advice on my problems.
3. It’s not as popular as December/January, so you have a better chance of booking your favorite coach and tarot reader.
4. The year may not have progressed as you wanted back in January and you’ve probably had to make some adjustments to your goals for the year; now is a great time to get some new insights to help you continue to make progress before the year is over.
5. Back-to-school is like a new year for many, so you can get a year reading on the school schedule or some coaching on your academic goals.

A 7-card chakra spread with my Jeu de Tarot deck

A 7-card chakra spread with my Jeu de Tarot deck

Conveniently, I’m doing my annual T for Tarot sale! My reading prices normally range from $25 to $55, but drop 20% (to $20 to $44) in this sale during August, September, and October (the only months with the letter “T”).

Use coupon code “2016T20” – See my reading options here!

Let me know if you have any questions or want to purchase a custom reading. Contact me.

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Posted by: Cathy | August 10, 2016

QQ: What do I want to augment in my life?

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.

My theme for the month is augmentation and I shared with you my list of things to begin augmenting on Monday.

My questions to you are:

* What do you want to augment in your life?
* What is missing?
* What would it feel great to give myself this week?

Notice what you want, what you’d like to augment, and start to plan a way to give it to yourself! Be your own fairy godmother!

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