Lessons from Past Relationships

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I like to compare past and current or future relationships to an estuary. Estuaries are transition zones between where freshwater from a river meets the saltwater of the sea. The mixing of seawater and freshwater releases high levels of nutrients into the water and sediment and makes estuaries some of the most productive natural habitats in the world. For many … Read More

Cultivate Space

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One of the steps in a weight loss journey is learning how to allow and process emotions. You learn how to stay present with your feelings and urges. Often we use food as a means to buffer or escape negative emotions. But when you know how to process your feelings, you find that you no longer need to escape these … Read More

Designing a Creative Pull-out

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What do you do when you are bored? I was drawn to medicine and becoming a doctor because I loved Biology. Medical school was a deeper dive into learning about the humans and their bodies. I was studying life and preparing to make a real difference with mine.  Even as a pathology resident, I remember how I loved going through … Read More

Get off the Hamster Wheel

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Life coaching helped me get off the hamster wheel. I know. Many people would not have seen my wheel. I had a house, a well-paying job, a loving family. I traveled. I was a well-respected member of my community. But I was on the wheel. Then I got off it. Once off the wheel, I realized space. Within the space … Read More

How to Use Urges and Cravings for Growth

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During my coach training, I learned about a tool called the List of 100 Allowed Urges. I discussed it during one of my sessions of Path to Joy — A Habit Change Workshop. If you are interested in joining one of our remaining sessions, feel free to click here. When you have an urge or craving, you have a strong … Read More

Fall in Love with Your Life

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I find it interesting how so many of us are prepared to move mountains to reach our goals? Like the weekend warriors who constantly prepare for a fight! Yet too often, buried in that pursuit, is a setup for failure. I instead enjoy and encourage doing something that you love. The warrior may love the battle, but at what cost? … Read More

Create a Game Worth Playing

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Often when I face obstacles in my life, weight loss goals, projects at work, etc. I remember to ask myself: how can I make this into a fun game? How can I make this into my own game worth playing? In his book, The Game of Work, Charles Coonradt describes how so often, we complain about putting in extra effort … Read More

What Is Stopping You From Starting

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What is Stopping You from Starting (and a little poem about dreams) I think back to when I found my mentor coach. It began with my listening to her podcast. I liked the things that she said. Some of her podcasts made me question the things that I was doing and many assumptions made. In one of her first podcasts, … Read More

Sucking the Marrow Out of Life 😊

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Perhaps I left my job in a similar manner as Henry David Thoreau when he left civilization to enter the woods and write his book, Walden. He wanted to experience only the essentials of life. He did not want to discover at the end of his life that he had not lived at all. “I did not wish to live … Read More

Begin Your Journey to Fulfillment

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Hey There!  I see you.  You’ve got a lot going on.  Between holding down a job, raising your family, keeping everything together during the COVID pandemic, I’m guessing that time for yourself is pretty non-existent. Yet, your to-do list keeps growing day after day.  If you are like many of my clients, you want a weight loss program that is … Read More