After some bad decisions and unfortunate circumstances I am still trying to pay off the debt I have hanging over my head. As I slowly chip away at it, I teeter on obsession thinking about where I am headed when I have my finances in order – world travel, gypsy life across America – or settling down in California, Colorado, or some other location that will enable me to live the outdoor lifestyle I love.
It is hard to live in the present, especially when I am temporarily stuck in a place I don’t enjoy living in. But every day I try to be grateful for my life, I acknowledge the work that I have to do to get where I am going, and remember that good things do come to those who wait. Even if the waiting is the hardest part.
It’s hard to believe that the last time I was writing in this blog I was feeling lost but at least I had my partner by my side. That is no longer the case. After a brief engagement, everything fell apart and nothing has been the same since. As fate would have it, my father passed away suddenly at the same time. Then shortly after my mother had a mild stroke. I guess God has faith in my strength because they say He only gives you what you can handle.
Almost a year later I am still taking steps to mend my broken heart, and to deal with the grief of the death of my father and also my relationship. It’s hard. It sucks. It’s work. But I make attempts to remind myself that I am blessed in many ways and to be grateful for that.
I have not given up on the idea of traveling and I hope to be able to get out into the world once I am back on my feet financially and emotionally. So stay tuned, there just might be more wide open spaces to report on.
I found this plastic heart ring in my old desk drawer. I’m not quite sure where it came from originally. But I thought it was cute and just threw it on one day for fun. That day I happened to be working furiously on the details of an upcoming group program. I noticed that the ring changed my attitude a bit. It kept me happy and flirty and feeling young. So I kept it on. I accomplished a lot that day for my health coaching business. Then I found myself putting it on every time I got on the phone with a client, colleague, or anyone I was talking to about health coaching. I would listen to the speaker and look down at this silly plastic heart ring and just smile. The ring reminds me that coaching is what I love to do, helping people is what I love to do, and loving others is what I love to do. The Beatles were right, all you need is love. Just as Thor has his hammer, Captain America has his shield, I have my heart ring.
Do you ever save your favorite fortunes? I like to and have them randomly scattered through my desk and bulletin board. I was just feeling a little down about leaving Colorado and I looked up and saw “Your life becomes more and more of an adventure!” Isn’t it funny how the universe delivers things to you just when you need them?
My all time favorite fortune, this is for real, “Come back later. I am sleeping. (Yes, cookies need their sleep, too)”. Seriously.
Michelle Clark, Certified Health Coach. I have completed all my course requirements and I am now a full fledged health coach! I think it’s pretty cool to have some letters after my name. I can’t believe it was only a year ago that my big red box from school arrived. Oh the excitement I felt opening that box! Excitement for the coming year and what that would lead to. It has been a great year. I have met wonderful people through the course and have learned so much. I have enjoyed the ability to enroll clients while still a student and I think I get more out of coaching my clients than they get from me! It is such a joy knowing that my listening, attention, and guidance is making a difference in someone’s life. Next month I will travel to NYC to attend my first IIN conference. I am thrilled at the prospect of meeting my classmates in real life! We have such a strong online group that you almost forget that you have never met face to face.
If you or someone you know could use some coaching or a listening ear, I can be contacted through my website! Remember there is no limit to what you can achieve!
Sorry faithful readers (Mom & Dad) I feel like I have completely neglected my blogging duties as I’ve been pre-occupied with my health coaching studies and starting my business. I really have had nothing to blog about besides school and coaching so maybe that is why I have been hesitant to write. I do find that after getting home from work and then jumping into studying, coaching, or marketing that I am pretty much consumed with those activities and I don’t have much time for other things I may like to do (like blog!). I did manage to find some time to write an article which was published in the Telluride Daily Planet! That was very exciting for me and made me super proud.
My world was rocked this week when my brother told me that an old friend of his had killed himself. I was shocked. I didn’t know him very well but could not believe that that was how his story ended. It really reinforced how precious life is and that you never know what tomorrow will bring so you should make the most out of now. It also made me remember that you have a limited time on this planet so you should – as the Life is Good folks remind us – do what you like, like what you do. This has also been reinforced lately at my current job where I spend most of my time thinking – wow there are so many other things I could be doing right now!
So I look forward to a day when I can coach full time and have a successful coaching practice. Then I will be doing what I like and liking what I do!
School officially started this week! I am so excited to be on this journey. I was worried about trying to complete this certification as a distance course but so far I have been pleasantly suprised about getting the information easily and also connecting with other students. I have made many friends already and through our practicing of conducting health histories, I have spoken to a few on the phone already. It is great to be surrounded by a group of people who are just as excited as I am to be in this program and are looking to get out there and change the world!
Many people in the program already have a good idea of how they want to practice once school is over. I have a few ideas but nothing solid yet, I really want to be open to the whole experience and see if I have an a-ha moment at some point.
Please check back in to see what is new and good!