Making powerful decisions with ease

The past year has been full of unexpected twists and turns in both my personal life and my business life.

The most profound shift is that Louis and I are expecting our first child this November! (There’s no way to make that announcement in a way that truly reflects its significance, is there?)

But that definitely hasn’t been the only upheaval this year.

Having moved states a little over a year ago, adjusting to my new life in Massachusetts while also building up my coaching business wasn’t simple to begin with. Being fully self-employed was not what I expected and I found that anxiety, perfectionism, and being my own boss did not mix that well.

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How mindfulness got in the way of my self-compassion

I have always thought of mindfulness as awareness of one’s emotional, physical, mental, spiritual experience in any given moment. Some people access this through meditation, through breathing, through journaling, processing out loud, or any number of practices that give one access to what is going on in their environment and in their inner world.

I define self-compassion as accepting ourselves for who we are, for our strengths and limitations, and knowing that we are good enough.

These two concepts should fit together nicely!

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How to slow down when you want to react

This January I launched a new part of my coaching practice - the Intentional Change Community (ICC).

As any entrepreneur will tell you, launches are stressful and scary! And my process of launching ICC taught me a lot about my urge to react and fix things, when it might be best to slow down and wait.

I want to highlight some anecdotes from the launch, specifically moments when I had the urge to react and fix things.

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Why personal growth is so difficult (and how to make it easier)

If you spend significant energy on self-improvement and personal growth, you may be familiar with the flip-flop of either spinning your wheels and not getting anywhere, or putting in a lot of work to make progress and being completely drained by the effort.

There’s a lot that can get in way of creating the change we want to see in our lives and a lot in the process of creating change that can make it exhausting. How do we work toward our ideal without freezing up and without wearing ourselves out?

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No resolutions this new year!

We're about to leave 2018 behind and step into the bright possibility of 2019. Are you ready?

When you think about it, it's funny that we make such a big deal about the New Year. Is January 1st that much more enticing than December 31st? Maybe it's all hype. But I do appreciate the opportunity to take stock of what has happened over the last year and to reflect on my hopes for the year to come.

Before the clock strikes midnight, I want to share some thoughts about how we can treat this transition holistically and self-compassionately:

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A healthier relationship to time management (Part I of the Six Intentions)

I’ve decided it’s time to formally introduce you to the main pillars that guide my work.

As my coaching has evolved, I’ve uncovered six principles that are essential ingredients to be able to address your own needs even while caring for others. I call them the Six Intentions.

They are at the core of my coaching programs and at the core of my writing.

To give each of these guiding principles the attention they deserve, I’m going to break them out into two posts.

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Why patience and ambition aren't mutually exclusive

y recent posts have been all about our relationship to time, urgency, and slowing down.

There is so much value to letting go of the feeling that everything needs to happen now and letting time, with all its possibilities, unfold before you.

But there's an important paradox that we need to address.

Patience and ambition often seem at odds with one another.

Sometimes it feels like letting go of urgency also means letting go of our goals and stagnating. Which is not what we want.

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How much can you really do in a week?

For the last few years, I have been eagerly awaiting the day that my schedule would be in my own hands, allowing for more flexibility and more of the things I love.

And then that day arrived this past June.

My husband finished Rabbinical school and we moved to Massachusetts so that he could begin to serve his first community (yep, I'm married to a Rabbi! #funfacts).

I left my day job and, after a few weeks of settling in, began to turn my attention "fully" to coaching.

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