Autumn!

 

I have strong, positive associations with Fall. While I know that's not true for everyone, for me, its a time of thrilling possibility. I'm always sad for Summer to end, but pretty much on cue, in September I shift into a new kind of familiar energy I love. I can look back on childhood, teen and young adult years and recognize the pattern that developed by going back to school each Fall. There was excitement and hopefulness in choosing new classes, meeting teachers and classmates. I loved the smell and feel of new books, notebooks, pencils and book bags. Where I live in the midwestern part of the United States, there's a special kind of beauty as trees/leaves turn colors. I enjoy the new season's smells, the sound and feel of fallen leaves crunching underfoot, the subtle hues of changing daylight, and the unique feel of the Fall sun on warm days along with the bright crispness in the air that gradually arrives.

 

 

Here we are again and I feel that familiar energy signal it's time to dive in and deepen learning. I've just returned from 4 robust days assisting a favorite coaches' training on "Neuroscience, Consciousness & Transformational Coaching". One major thing the course celebrates is how clearly brain research shows that life-long learning is available to us all. We can change our brains. "Neuroplasticity is a 6-syllable word for hope." ~Dr. Linda Page. I love that notion! The course was opportunity to refresh on brain-enhancing tools I love using to foster clients' self-discovery, desired change and learning.

 

Are you ready (or beyond ready?!) to make some changes in order to feel happier, more fulfilled, better about yourself, your work, your relationships? Do you feel your odds of making progress will be greater if you work on the changes in a supportive, encouraging environment with new and novel tools to help you? Would it be advantageous to have some structure and mechanisms for accountability to keep you on track? Co-active coaching provides all that and more.

 

I'd love to talk with you about the changes you're itching to make and how coaching along with the energy of the Fall season can serve you well.

 

gyoungquist@gmail.com or 651-402-4955.

 


SUMMER!

 

 

Are you teetering back & forth on a thing or 2 you'd like to move the dial on in your professional and/or personal life?

Summer's a perfect time to make good on promises made to yourself.

 

If this speaks to you, please get in touch & let's talk about how coaching can support you in doing these things.

 

gyoungquist@gmail.com or 651-402-4955.

 

Ask about my new fee structure for Summer coaching start-ups! 

 

 

 


Spring!

 

 

 

 "Before you'll change, something important must be at risk." ~Richard Bach 

 

What is it in you, in your life that's ready for change, ready to burst forth into newness? Feel there's something, but not quite sure? Or maybe you're sure (or pretty sure), but could really use some support? These are perfect circumstances to engage the services of a life coach (or inquire to explore the possibility).

 

If this speaks to you in any way, let's talk: gyoungquist@gmail.com or 651-402-4955.

 


Early Spring

 

 

“Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.” ~ Ruth Ann Schabacker  

 

The other day I walked out the front door, delighted to see tulip greens poking through leftover debris of autumn leaves. It's a miraculous time of year - when winter's transformed into spring. It seems improbable the dead, barren ground can give way to green & blooms. And then, despite appearances, it happens! No matter how much I know about science, I swear - it's magic & wondrous.

 

I see parallels in experiences of my coaching clients. Wonder-filled growth & results emerge. Come untie the ribbons of your gifts! I'd love to hear what's ready to burst fully to life for you this new season. Let's talk about how coaching can be a resource to help you create the conditions to untie those ribbons, to bring your gifts & dreams to life: gyoungquist@gmail.com or 651-402-4955.

 


2017!

 

 

 

Taking a drive on a wintery day, a turned corner and - voila! A joyous shout of wild color with a reminder, a call to action... Be the best you!

 

In a nutshell, that's life coaching. A coach takes the drive with you on the wintery day in your life, rounding corners together, discovering unexpected gems as you suss out what it means now to fully live - the best you.

 

Are you looking to take that drive and turn  that kind of corner? I'd love to talk with you about coaching: gyoungquist@gmail.com or 651-402-4955.

 

 


new year!

 

"You are not a powerless speck of dust drifting around in the wind... we are, each of us, like beautiful snowflakes - unique, and born for a specific reason and purpose." ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross  

 

The New Year can be such a sweet (or bittersweet) moment  in time. We're often hopeful (even if guardedly). We  risk being dreamy about who we will be, what we will do in this New Year. And so, I ask, what's needed for you to claim your power & know anew  what is beautiful, uniquely you, living on purpose? Do you need a sounding board? A listening ear? A wakeup call? A reboot? A kick in the pants?  All of the above? Something more? Something else? Many are helped by having a guide for the  journey - to help keep you on track when resolve wains & the embers of hope and vision need to be fanned? I know from years of coaching & being coached how powerful & useful a life coach can be for these processes of living into personal aspirations. I'd love to offer that for you in 2017. Please get in touch & let me know where you want to see yourself go this year! gyoungquist@gmail.com or 651-402-4955.

 

 


Change is in the air.

 

 

"Winter is an etching,  spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, autumn a mosaic of them all."  

 Poet, Stanley Horowitz

 

There are hints & signs of change in the air as we transition from summer into autumn here in the northern hemisphere. It's a time when nature creates new patterns. Following the cycle of the seasons, humans can perhaps more easily, intuitively lean into change, too. You may sense a tug toward something, a yearning. Feel your way into it. Name it if you can. Become engaged as the artist of your life, ready to create your own new mosaic/pattern. If you'd like the support of a guide, a coach as you move into & through your own seasonal change, get in touch. I'd love to hear what you have in mind & how I can be of assistance. gyoungquist@gmail.com or 651-402-4955.

 

 


Just For You: Benefits from a bit of quiet

 

I'm a neuroscience geek. Fully. Joyfully. For years I've been an avid learner about adolescent brains, brains in general & human consciousness. I learn in order to make life better for myself & clients. It's a wildly rich, dynamic time in brain research w/ daily discoveries & reports, tantalizing & useful.

 

A gem, this Huffington Post article:  "Why Silence Is So Good For Your Brain"  

In a loud, distracting world, finding pockets of stillness can benefit brain & body.

4 science backed reasons why.

  • Silence relieves stress & tension
  • Silence replenishes mental resources.
  • In silence we can think deeply & creatively.
  • Getting quiet can regenerate brain cells

To read more, copy link to your browser:  http://goo.gl/WoXNJJ 

 


2016!

 
Stoked @ 2016’s start! I adore, admire & appreciate my clients. Most (not all) parent teens/young adults. Sometimes we talk parenting & family life, but the coaching focuses mainly on other matters. A sampling:

 

  • 4 clients' work dreams are growing REALLY BIG, just seeds of ideas in 2015: 1 launched a new product, employing & engaging many as her idea took off! 1's certified for a new profession unlikely a year ago. 2 said yes to leadership roles: 1 corporate, 1 public. BIG GULPs. Excited, nervous & ready. Bring it!
  • 1's getting clear on viewpoint, beliefs, perspective re: hot topics important to her, ready to find her voice & engage in conversations she's never before dared join, true to herself.
  • 1 client's crafting a more satisfying relationship w/ time in an uber active life. He's changing his story to choice vs. feeling controlled by scarcity of time.
  • Several are stepping into community leadership never imagined, forging partnerships from shared passions & burning desires to improve things they felt unjust. More power to you, ladies!
  • Another has 2016 as her year to figure out if / how to move cross-country to a place she’s dreamt of for several years. How will it happen w/ work, relationships & all?
  • 1 aims to restore health after a scary diagnosis side-swiped her. She’s rearranged a lot to put herself atop her priority list of work, family, friends & money.
  • 1's co-leading creation of an inner-city youth program inspired by his & colleague’s lives, cultures, languages. After several years volunteering in other people’s programs, they're fueled by shared vision for something they believe can be done even better.
Jazzed, grateful, honored to journey & grow w/ each of these remarkable human beings. Hats off to them & a breathtaking WoW! Here's to 2016!

 


The danger of a single story

 

With a twinkle in my eye, I sometimes tell my honey (to solicit patience,  appreciation or both), "It's complicated being me!" Each of us is beautifully complex. A joy of coaching is witnessing each client's unique way of being in the world (their story) unfold as we work together. I've seen over & over again how clients discover new ways to claim & embrace their story & its power. Each person deserves to be fully seen & appreciated, not flattened into a single story by assumptions & stereotypes.

 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's revelatory TED Talk on "The danger of a single story" speaks to this powerfully. Her elegant way of talking about the phenomena & its risks, from the personal to the cultural & geo-political, is well worth a listen. In the end, she beckons us to 'reject the single story' about anyone or any place & in so doing, 'regain a kind of paradise'.

 

To listen, copy link to your browser: https://goo.gl/zjPGUq