I think my titles for my blog posts have gotten progressively more terrible as time has gone on…but if anything, a vague title suckers you into
looking at my photos, drooling, and moving on reading right?
Today was in fact terrific!
I was up early for a full day of work but made time for a big ol’ hearty breakfast. I had eggs, kale, a sausage, and an apple with plenty of the gingerbread coffee I picked up in the states last week–festive!
Like I said, I spent my day at lululemon today. We were busy–I think now that Santa is in the mall, people have stepped up to their Christmas shopping game. I packed myself a lunch which I half devoured before my shift (apparently hearty wasn’t hearty enough in terms of breakfast) and which I enjoyed thoroughly at lunchtime!
After work, I hustled to bootcamp. I spiced it up and sweat with the gals today–we did some tabata intervals (sprinting, squatting, doing pushups and situps) and finished with a special treat: a burpee ladder. You’re welcome, girls! My arms hurt.
Somewhere in the mix I also ate myself an apple LARA bar to put my hangry on hold. When I got home from bootcamp I had a shower and found some time to listen to the latest Life By Design podcast, which was all about the reasons why LBD is so awesome. I suggested socks or community in response to the question not too long ago on facebook and both were mentioned in the podcast.
Speaking of community, tonight was the 101 night with Gainsborough. For the past few months I’ve been enjoying dinner with some awesome people and bringing some of my friends who are interested in what I’m so excited about or who I think would really connect well with LBD along with me.
Tonight was as awesome as ever–perhaps more! I was in extremely good (and good looking!) company and Dr. K nailed the why behind the what of LBD. Who’s coming next month? I also loved my steak fajitas.
I get butterflies when I hear this stuff–every time. I also get excited when I see other people recognizing that there’s something great going on.
The biggest thing that I felt so fired up by, connected to, and inspired by today was talking about finding your purpose and doing it. Dr. K mentioned that it might be hard to do what you want instead of what’s safe or what you think you should and hit the nail on the head for me.
I’m not sure if I’ve shared this before, but repeated cheese is still good cheese if the time is right:
…indecision is my middle name.
Two weeks ago I was gung ho to apply to journalism school, but I’m going to share some thinking and some realizations I’ve made:
- Going to Columbia, to me, represented doing something remarkable. I remember the praise I got when I was accepted last year–with good reason! It’s no small accomplishment to get accepted to a big name school that’s highly competitive…so props to me.
- I feel more confident, capable, and self-sufficient than ever. I think going to grad school was a way of proving that I am in fact independent and that I could live in the big city and thrive.
- I know that I deserve to do what I love.
All signs point, from there, towards J school. But…
- I already am remarkable and getting a fancy degree in something I admittedly am already doing what I want to do with–freelancing, writing on my blog, and pitching stories about what I want to write about–isn’t really serving my end purpose. I’m not saying that I’m a perfect journalist. I know I have more to learn. But I also know that I’ve learned the most by writing and pitching stories and being mentored by my editors and fellow writers. I also know that I’m remarkable in other ways.
- I don’t have to prove it to anyone that I can take care of myself in an extreme, removed location. Yes, NYC is sexy and appealing, but it can be sexy and appealing for a weekend every now and again…
- I know not only that I deserve to do what I love but that it doesn’t matter if what I love isn’t necessarily conventional.
So, the applications are off. If you were proud of me for going after my dreams, be proud of me for recognizing that my dreams are changing.
And I have a big scary announcement that I’m really excited about sharing.
I’m going to be a life coach.
Not “I think I want to maybe go to school for a life coach and see what happens.”
I am going to be a life coach.
First step: deciding what I want to do with myself. As I’ve spent more time working on my purpose, delving deep into my journal, and thinking about what really gets me going, it’s become apparent that coaching, mentoring, and leading top the list of the “what” that I want to do. The how will be life coaching, the why and the core purpose is what needs some refining. I think it has something to do with believing that at our core, we’re supposed to be happy, healthy, and whole.
That little idea fits perfectly with a program–The Coaches Training Institute–that keeps popping up in my life:
- my gal pal and inspiration Alysha is working on her certification right now
- two profs at Western talk about/use co-active coaching and introduced it to us in our classes–I also ran into these folks on a flight home from Calgary so got a little more personal info on why CTI is the best choice
- two of my favourite life coaches–Andrea Owen over at Your Kick Ass Life and Christie Inge–actually met through the program
Most importantly though, the idea fits with what I believe. Tidbits:
“Through Co-Active training, CTI is creating a transformative change in the way people relate to and work with each other. The work inspires people to feel engaged in and passionate about their life and work, see the good, get curious, create interactions unlike any other, become visionary, feel more alive, connect deeply to others, give real meaning to their lives, think much bigger, become great leaders and make a difference.”
“CTI coaching holds that people are naturally creative, resourceful and whole — completely capable of finding their own answers to whatever challenges they face. The job of a Co-Active Coach is to ask powerful questions, listen and empower to elicit the skills and creativity a client already possesses, rather than instruct or advise.”
So…I’m starting this process in February.
There are obviously fears that have come up–”I’m too young.” “I’m not ready.” “Being self employed is scary.”–but one of my strongest points is being able to look at fear and either reframe it or take it as a signal. So to “I’m too young” I say “HOW COOL IS IT THAT I’M DOING THIS WHEN I’M 23!?” and to “I’m not ready.” I say “Carpe the you know what out of this diem.” or maybe give myself a reminder that holding myself back doesn’t serve me. To the self employment fears, I have to admit that they’re legitimate. But I’m responsible for taking care of myself–and self employment just makes that more urgent. I’m on it. Remember that article I wrote on just that topic? What a good starting point and reminder that I can learn what it all looks like in due time.
The more important things for me to spend my time and energy thinking about are how I’m going to use it, where it is going to take me, and how I can make it happen.
Did I mention today was TERRIFIC?!
And now for some cheese–it only seems fitting!