Progress

    At the core of coaching is respect and empowerment…and historically, the political system in the United States has been very slow to demonstrate a lot of respect or empowerment, particularly toward women. As we look to the future, at least politically, there seems to be progress. More than 100 women have been newly voted into Congress, along with more young people, and more diversity.   This holiday season, we can at least feel grateful for moving toward more respect, embracing more diversity, and…

Featured Graduate Lillian Farrell

Lillian Ryan Farrell RN, BSN, MS, CHES, CSWN-NJ, HN-BC, NC-BC lives and works in Sussex County, New Jersey. Lillian, better known as Nurse Lil, graduated from Rutgers University, College of Nursing in 1979. Ten years of hospital nursing on the post-op neurosurgical, pediatric, and hemodialysis units paved the way for her future nursing endeavors. While raising her four daughters, Nurse Lil spent 11 years managing and providing nursing services at a summer camp for blind and visually impaired children.        Nurse Lil received certification…

Featured Graduate Svetlana Dimovski

  Three Moments that Touched My Life I grew up in former Yugoslavia. Tucked away in a quaint country town, surrounded by endless sunflower fields, my early childhood was happy and carefree. But, my early twenties were a struggle; the country was torn by civil war. I was a student, my parents were retired, and my sister was still in middle school. My college town was a gateway to safety for many directly affected by conflict. Whenever I’d go to the train station, I’d see…

May Showers

Just as we discussed last month, spring is often a time of change, and change can bring up emotions that are difficult for us to process. Even though it’s useful for us to feel feelings, the problem comes when we get stuck in the same “loop” and aren’t processing the feelings…at that point, learning to shift out of that “loop” becomes important. Let’s discuss coaching tools to prevent a healthy shower of emotions from turning into a deluge and dragging you down a mudslide. First,…

Spring Energy Emerging

  There are finally signs of spring emerging here in the Northern Hemisphere. Spring is about newness and growth, and you can tune into this energy to support your forward movement. How can you leverage this new earth energy for personal and professional growth? Take a peaceful moment to yourself free from all distractions. Sit in a comfortable chair, keep your back supported, and feel both feet firmly on the floor. Take a few deep, cleansing breaths, and feel your connection to the earth. Imagine…

Marching Forward

Marching Forward When You Get Bumps in the Road When you hit a bump, a big bump, a bigger bump, or a bump of any size, what is your response? Do you get angry? Impatient? Do you want to quit? Do you want to find a coach? Nowadays, it’s hard to find one person that isn’t dealing with challenges. It’s a time in history when there are extra bumps in the road; the old ways are collapsing as the new construction gets underway. It’s a…

Featured Graduate Laura Dvorak

Laura Dvorak, RN, BSN has been a nurse with UCHealth for 10 years. She is very passionate about helping individuals learn the tools and skills they need to keep themselves healthy. Laura has training in chronic disease self-management and wellness coaching. Laura graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. In her free time she loves hanging out with her family. She and her husband…

Happy Interdependence Day!

HAPPY INTER DEPENDENCE DAY!       Yesterday in the United States we observed Independence Day. This day commemorates our adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which states the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as an independent nation, The United States of America, and was no longer part of the British Empire. The day is often filled with parties, picnics, great food, and fireworks. Today, July 5th, Dr. Linda Bark likes to call “Interdependence Day,” a day to celebrate connection, collaboration, and working together to form…

Compassion and Coaching

February often brings up thoughts of love, hearts, and Valentine’s greetings; it’s the perfect time to talk about compassion…and more specifically, compassion and coaching. Compassion is a very useful coaching tool; it can help a coach be in a place of non-judgement during a coaching session.  What might compassion look like for a coach, before or during a coaching session? It could be: expressing kindness to oneself and to your client, replacing negative inner dialog with positive dialog, or experimenting with a loving kindness meditation.…