It happened at 4:24 p.m. one Saturday afternoon in late August. I was emptying the dishwasher, getting ready to feed my dog dinner when I was overcome with a thought – or was it a feeling then a thought? Whatever it was it was loud and clear – it was enough. I was feeling enough. Whole. Content. Wanting only what I had.
I wanted the house I was in. I wanted the husband I was sharing a mortgage and a life with. I wanted the two exquisite step-children he gave me. Not only did I want it – for the first time in maybe ever – I felt myself receive it. There I was putting away glasses and silverware and feeling as cleansed as my dinnerware.
I was startled. I have always been a seeker – a goal-setter, a self-improver by nature, a never-enougher. Comically calling myself a “possibility chic” because of the rush I would get every time the calendar provided a birthday or a New Year opportunity to reflect and recommit to impossibly lofty but ever so tantalizing resolutions. And professionally I was a trained and dedicated leadership and life coach – committed to helping my clients change, strive, grow, be their best selves. Continue reading
Much to my astonishment, I will be turning 50 next year.
(There, I said it. It’s a start!)
To make my transition into this notable decade easier, I’m combining it with a celebration of the passion and purpose it has taken me almost five decades to claim: Inspiring women to live with courage, curiosity and self-compassion.
I plan to deliver my 90-minute seminar: From Inner Critic to Inner Champion: Finding the Confidence Within to 50 groups of women within the next 12-months on a Pay What You Can basis so I can reach as many women as possible.
The only criteria: a minimum of 12 women per seminar and reimbursement for travel over 50 miles from my office. Email me at cheryl@yourvoiceyourvision for booking information. Learn more about From Inner Critic to Inner Champion seminar.
Please share this invitation with women (or men who care about women) interested in sponsoring this seminar in their professional organization, corporation, non-profit, community and faith based organization or private home.
I look forward to sharing this exciting and nourishing journey with you.
Recently I had a conversation with a highly accomplished coaching client that reminded me how hard it is to give ourselves what we most naturally give others.
My client put herself through college and medical school and is now a senior leader in a large hospital. She is known for her intellect, dedication, and compassion for others.
She has been in her new job almost six months. During our last conversation she offhandedly shared that she hadn’t told any of her friends, or even her two closest siblings, about her promotion. I couldn’t help but interrupt her to ask, somewhat incredulously, why. Her answer brought tears to both of our eyes. “I didn’t want to come across as bragging or make anyone feel badly about themselves.” Continue reading
Most days, when it’s above 40 degrees, I go for my run/walk outside, without headphones. When someone asks me what I like to listen to on my walks, I say “ME.” And it’s the truth. I count on my exercise time not just to strengthen my physical endurance, but to strengthen my psychic endurance as well. It is a chance to hear my own voice, to digest my own experiences, and to return to my center, the center from which I can make clear decisions in my life and work.
If it’s below 40 degrees, I go to the gym, but I’m starting to wonder if it’s worthwhile. If I look up while on the treadmill I see 14 televisions spanning the width of the gym, each set to a different station. Even if I’m not plugged in to one of them I can still see and feel their images peering down and boring into me. Continue reading