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Embarking On A New Adventure

February 16, 2016


Oh man – my word from 2015 carried right over into this new year. I’m embarking on a new journey, becoming a certified Martha Beck life coach.

I know, before you go all hmm, that sounds pretty woo-woo on me, this is what the essence of the training is:

What we do with our system of coaching is to clear away the obstacles that are blocking people’s best selves. We add nothing, we simply subtract what isn’t working. The essential self that remains is far more sophisticated, intelligent, and beautiful than anything we could dream up. ~Martha Beck

And I love nothing more than getting right down to someone’s essential self.

After my second miscarriage, I was looking at the vast calendar of 2016 that was now terribly open and lacking anything involving the dreams I have for my life. One morning, I started researching coaching programs, revisited Martha’s site and realized I had some money stashed away that would help cover the costs.

It felt like a quick alignment of magic that pushed me forward. Here was something to look forward to, to work towards, to grab my life in my hands and direct it this way.

I’ve been in the program 4 weeks now and I AM LOVING IT (insert all the celebration emojis here).

I am learning so much about myself, human nature and how to create warm and safe spaces for people to work through their shit. The training assumes clients are whole, resourceful and capable people who do not need their coach to know the answers, but who want a coach to stand next to them while the sort through and empty out box after box of mental and emotional clutter.

Already feeling so empowered and honored to channel my empathetic, intuitive nature through these tools to help people know how beautiful life can be.

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  • Reply JoAnna February 16, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Congratulations. I’m glad to see you are finally doing this. It is your calling. You have this gift. 100% in support of this. Xoxo

    • Reply jtao21 February 17, 2016 at 7:46 am


  • Reply Lindsey February 16, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    HOORAY! I’m so excited for you … you will be so excellent at this work, which I believe you do so much of already. xox

    • Reply jtao21 February 17, 2016 at 7:46 am

      Thank you kindly xo

  • Reply Rita February 16, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Good for you! I am an instructional coach for the district I work for. In my training, we’ve been given pretty much the same stance: The job of a coach is not to provide answers. (That’s a consultant.) It’s to create a space and process to help coachees find the answers that are already within. Looking forward to hearing more about what this is like for you.

    • Reply jtao21 February 17, 2016 at 7:46 am

      Ah, good distinction. Thank you!

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