Ezine Archives

Below are Christina Merkley’s SHIFT-IT Article Archives. For downloadable mp3 audios of these articles, click here.

Vol 10 Issue 2: Why Working for Nada Can Be Smart

I’m in the biz of helping grown adults SHIFT. And I do a lot of SHIFTing myself in the process too – as like attracts like. Often my clients are in the midst of a big developmental step. They are either younger folks (25-45) who really want to get clarity and traction on their professional and/or personal ‘IT’. Or more seasoned folks (45-65 … I’m in that category now so I can call us seasoned!) who had clarity and its changed on them – so they are in the process of determining what is now right for them (i.e. mid-life transition).

February Vol 10 Issue 1:  Visuals to Honour A Loved One’s Passing

2014 was launched with a very special experience, the passing of my lovely Aunt Rose Mary, after a long illness … just 5 days into the year. As such, I’ve been in a thoughtful state this past month, as my family and I come to terms with her passing, each in our own way. Part of my way is to write, share and pass along lessons learned.

December Vol 9 Issue 10: How to Conduct a Mini Personal Planning Retreat Over the Holidays

Whether you’ve been doing personal visioning and planning work for a while, or are new to it, we can all benefit from doing a Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat every once in a while: checking in on how our life is going and what mid-course corrections we might want to make.

November Vol 9 Issue 9: Neuroscience and Working Visually

I’m right smack in the middle of leading Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals, the online version of my visual skills course for Process Professionals who work with groups and/or individuals.

Every offering we attract wonderful people with a diversity of backgrounds and interest areas. However this fall’s cohort was particularly interesting to me as several attendees are well versed in neuroscience and multiple intelligences – a topic very new to me.

October Vol 9 Issue 8: How Coaches, Therapists and Other Helping Professionals Use Interactive-Visuals

This article is the third in a 3-part series. The first article explained how Authors, Speakers and Trainers can use Interactive-Visuals to better their work. The second article explained how Organizational Leaders, Consultants and Facilitators most commonly use the visual approach. And this final article, explains how Interactive-Visuals are used effectively in coaching, therapy, counseling and other personal development work (a topic close to my heart).

September Vol 9 Issue 7: How Organizational Leaders, Consultants and Facilitators Can Use Interactive-Visuals

Note: This article is the second in a 3-part series. The first article explained how Authors, Speakers and Trainers can use Interactive-Visuals to better their work . In today’s article, the second in the series, I’ll explain how Organizational Leaders, Consultants and Facilitators most commonly use the visual approach. And in an upcoming third article, I’ll explain how Interactive-Visuals are used effectively in coaching, therapy, counseling and other personal development work (a topic close to my heart).

August Vol 9 Issue 6: How Speakers, Authors & Trainers Use Interactive-Visuals

I was just on vacation in Mexico at a health spa and participated in the obligatory introduction round of new members. We shared our name, geography, something we were passionate about and something we could teach others. My answers were … Christina, Victoria, British Columbia, Law of Attraction and “I can teach you a visual method to powerfully improve the effectiveness of your professional work with groups or individuals”.

June Vol 9 Issue 5: The Merits of In-Person vs. Virtual

A few weeks ago I hosted our annual in-person Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals workshop (beginning course that preps you on the four main ways of working visually). I also just completed the core training for this season’s cohort of Certified Visual Coaches. In both these experiences, I answered questions on the merits of in-person work vs working virtually (electronically) with clients. So the topic of today’s eZine is front and center in my mind.

May Vol 9 Issue 4: The P Words of Your Professional Practice: Process & Positioning

It’s a busy and fun May. My Magic Marker Masterminders are coming for a retreat (as you read this, we’ll be smack in the middle of Day 1). And the week after that I travel to co-host a 2-day retreat for our THEO Accelerator. Both of these programs, in one way or the other, support participants in defining and aligning with their “IT” … most often some sort of helping or process professional venture (be it as a coach, therapist, counselor, consultant, facilitator, trainer, visual scribe, empathy/intuitive or other process oriented role). And, given my visual predilections, some are keen to integrate visual tools into how they work too.

April Vol 9 Issue 3: Inner Work for Those #@!* Days

One of the things we do here at SHIFT-IT Coach, Inc. is help people define and manifest their professional and personal goals. While this work is very rewarding overall, anybody who tells you that going for your goals is all sugar and spice and everything nice, is … well, full of #@!* (insert expletive of your choice).

April Vol 9 Issue 2: 7 Tips To Build Your 50-300K Biz

I’ve run my own biz for over 12 years now. When I started, I was excited but scared as heck. Along the way I have learned A LOT about not only how to survive but how to thrive doing what I love.

February Vol 9 Issue 1: Give… Yet Know Your Worth

Given the supportive and personal nature of the work we do here at SHIFT-IT Coach, Inc., its not unusual for clients to send us updates about how they are, what they are doing, and indicate how the outer and/or inner work they did with us has continued to impact them … often with expressions of appreciations.

December Vol 8 Issue 14: How To Do Visioning Over the Holidays

Whether you’ve been doing personal visioning and planning work for a while, or are new to it, we can all benefit from doing a Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat every once in a while: checking in on how our life is going and what mid-course corrections we might want to make

November Vol 8 Issue 13: The Joys and Challenges of Group Dynamics

Back in the day when I studied Organizational Development, we learned a model of development for teams called The Tuckman Model. And it’s something I’ve come back to again and again in the decades since in my facilitation and coaching work … it’s a model that has really stood the test of time, not only in my practice but for process consultants across the globe.

November Vol 8 Issue 12: Yes Virgina, There Is a Santa Claus … You!

I’m in the midst of fulfilling our fall programs here at SHIFT-IT Coach, Inc.  Have completed SHIFT-IT Online Group, and am in the middle of Thrive in the Time of Awakening & The Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals … plus am navigating interesting curriculum and biz expansions for 2013 and beyond.

October Vol 8 Issue 11: Is it Procrastination or Right Timing?

The leaves are a lovely smattering of colours here in the Pacific Northwest. As fall descends upon us and we nestle in for cozy time, switching out light clothes for heavier ones and taking a more insular approach to the gorgeous environment we live in.

I’m feeling that satisfying ‘back to school’ vibe too … as all fall courses are up and running and I’m having fun meeting new students and connecting further with ones I’ve worked with before (with Yorkie JJ on my lap as I run the webinars).

September Vol 8 Issue 10: (SHIFT-IT) Trust Your Rapid Acceleration

It’s been a fascinating fall so far … I feel like my Inner Being has pushed the accelerator button … sending me into rocket mode! Ahhas, insights, breakthroughs, clarity, momentum … is happening at such a rapid speed. Do you feel that push of energy too? And I’m not talking caffeine! The intensity factor seems to have gone up another notch with our individual and collective SHIFTS. And those who are sensitive can consciously feel the acceleration occurring. It can be very uncomfortable at times (as negativity and old ways of being are transmuted) but an exciting process for sure!

September Vol 8 Issue 9: (SHIFT-IT) The Positive Role of Angst and Discomfort

September is one of the consistently lovely months on Canada’s west coast. As such, I have been taking advantage of our lovely weather before the rainforest showers kick in. Normally I wouldn’t be up to catch the dawn like this … but J.J. my new Yorkie (and his teeny bladder) have successfully turned me into a morning person where nothing else has. Well, he gets me up … I’m still working on being chipper at that hour.

August Vol 8 Issue 8: (SHIFT-IT) Create Your Signature Style

As the SHIFT-IT Coach, I help fascinating individuals get their ‘it’ into the world. Your ‘it’ may have a visual component or your creativity may be expressed in other ways. Whatever expression your creativity takes, our work together is a process of helping you discover your innate signature style.

August Vol 8 Issue 7: (SHIFT-IT) The Importance of a Safe Haven for Your Authentic Self

I hope you are having a lovely summer (if it’s the warm season where you live). And that your creative and authentic self is shining – whether you express it with markers or not.

May Vol 8 Issue 6: (SHIFT-IT) How to Handle Visual Skeptics

Lately I’ve been experiencing some similar conversations … chats with my students, mentees and interested bystanders about how to persuade authority figures who are skeptical about the visual way of working. And I figured it warranted an article.

April Vol 8 Issue 5 : (SHIFT-IT) Keep Perspective on Your Developmental SHIFT

Spring has sprung. The early cherry trees have burst into bloom … this morning as I walked back from the gym it was like walking through petal snow … so many of them blowing through the morning breeze.

March Vol 8 Issue 4 (SHIFT-IT) How to Successfully Launch a Visual Practitioner Career or Hobby

Things are going really great these last few weeks.  Really hitting our stride in this season’s programs. SHIFT-IT Online wrapped up after its 7 week run … wonderfully supportive cohort with members with a high degree of personal awareness and ability to be vulnerable and share. A real pleasure.

February Vol 8 Issue 3 (SHIFT-IT) Relationship: Are You a Distancer or Pursuer?

It’s a mild winter here in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada now. We had our snowstorm over the holidays but now it’s the usual rain, rain, rain (which keeps the trees green).

January Vol 8 Issue 2 (SHIFT-IT) How to Effectively Select a Visual Practitioner

2012 started with a whimper (me in bed with a nasty flu … hate it when I get time off and that happens) but now it’s off to a BANG … with lots of course registrations and private coaching & private training inquiries flooding in.

January Vol 8 Issue 1 (SHIFT-IT) Visual Tools to Map Your New Year

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2012!

As a coach I love the New Year energy … and this year is such a special one too!

Every year I gift my readers a ‘Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat” tool set … so see this issue’s article for exactly that. It’s a way for you to harness the New Year energy and do some powerful personal visioning for yourself … in a visual way of course!

December Vol 7 Issue 18 (SHIFT-IT) Transformations Via The Tube

I’ve had an ‘interesting’ fall with lots of changes. Good change … but even positive change requires some integration time.

While not a big T.V. watcher generally … I’ve found myself cocooned in front of the tube (or more accurately my laptop screen) as the days have grown shorter and darker … being a voyeur on other people’s transformation experiences.

December Vol 7 Issue 17 (SHIFT-IT) In Appreciation of Jerry Hicks: Wouldn’t It Be Nice If …

Last week I heard the news on the passing of Jerry Hicks from Abraham-Hicks – a man who through his wonderful work has influenced me deeply.

I only met Jerry in person once (briefly on one of the Abraham-Hicks cruises). But I, like so many from around the world, feel a strong affinity with him and his mission via The Abraham-Hicks teachings.

November Vol 7 Issue 16 (SHIFT-IT) The Brouhaha About 2012

You’d have to be living under a rock to have not got a whiff of the 2012 speculation. In a nutshell, its all sorts of theories that propose that this year (and/or the years leading up to and following it) are special. The depth and breadth of that specialness is what varies. Some think our world is going to be obliterated. Others think we are going through a dimensional shift (3D, 4D, 5D … which we may or may not recognize when it happens … or its going to happen to some but not others). Others think it’s all a bunch of bogus hogwash.

October Vol 7 Issue 15 (SHIFT-IT) The Four Ways of Working Visually

Interactive-Graphics is a wonderful way to work – whether in a group or individual setting. I’ve been in the overall field for 17 years now – and have worked in all of the four main genres: custom chart work, graphic recording, graphic facilitation and graphic coaching.

September Vol 7 Issue 14 (SHIFT-IT) Use Visual Life Maps to SHIFT Your Path

I was recently reading Jane Fonda’s new Prime Time book (having really enjoyed her autobiography a few years back). In both, she talks about the power of reviewing one’s life and the positive impact doing so had on her ability to navigate her next chapter with grace.

September Vol 7 Issue 13 (SHIFT-IT) My Journey with Graphic Coaching

I was interviewed about my Graphic Coaching niche for an American T.V. show earlier in the year … called Meet the Experts.

While Arielle Ford and I didn’t have time to go into it, many people ask me how I came to have such an unusual profession … so this article outlines the evolution of Graphic Coaching and the path I took to create this my unique work and how I now teach others to do it too.

August Vol 7 Issue 12 (SHIFT-IT) Smartly Use Your Summer for Strategic Growth

I’m an independent professional — and most of the people I coach are too (or they want to be). As such, the summertime presents an interesting opportunity for those of us who are consultants, facilitators, trainers, coaches and the like. With over a decade of being self-employed, I’d like to offer a few suggestions for those who might be newer to the terrain … so you can truly enjoy this special time of year.

June Vol 7 Issue 11 (SHIFT-IT) Thrive Tips for These Accelerating Times

About 18 months ago I was feeling the pull to create a new program. A program where I would teach my clients not only about the online way of working but also about the other side of business expansion — emotional and energetic mastery. Something that most online biz programs do a poor job of addressing, if at all.

June Vol 7 Issue 10 (SHIFT-IT) The Generosity of Memoirs

When I’m really busy I look for simple ways to shift my energy and step out of my own life for a while – get a ‘different vibe’ so to speak. I like to put myself into someone else’s shoes — so I can lose myself in their world (and vicariously learn a bit in the process too).

May Vol 7 Issue 9 (SHIFT-IT) Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch

A good mentor is worth their weight in gold. Sometimes their advice, wisdom and perspective on a situation can open up a whole new way of being – that shifts the trajectory of one’s life.

April Vol 7 Issue 8 (SHIFT-IT) Soften The Sting Of Betrayal

I tend to write The SHIFT-IT e-Zine around actual things that are happening in my own SHIFT-IT process and that of my clients – and this issue is no exception. Unfortunately the subject is betrayal, or at least perception of betrayal. Lately I have had a series of betrayals and so have some of my clients (Law of Attraction tends to work that way). Long-term friends or clients doing crappy things, esteemed mentors being hostile, employers or employees being self-centered and dates/mates acting out. Seems to be in the air lately for a lot of us.

April Vol 7 Issue 7 (SHIFT-IT) How To Create and Evolve Your Offerings

I’m coming off a busy and buzzing week … providing ongoing coaching to my Biz and Life Accelerators (incubator where I teach the basics of building an online biz while simultaneously doing your inner work), launching the 2011 cohort of Certified Graphic Coaches, and putting together two new webinar series to run late May – early July with wonderful collaborators.

March Vol 7 Issue 6 (SHIFT-IT) Lessons Learned from 10 Years as a Solopreneur

This week marks the tenth year anniversary of me going into business for myself. Back in 2001, I left an internal position that had served me very well … as a Graphic Recorder/Facilitator/Trainer for The Grove Consultants International (pioneering group graphics firm in San Francisco founded by David Sibbet). It was a heck of a time to leave and make the leap into self-employment … given September 11th occurred later that year (one of many trying events that the American economy has been dealt this decade). But these things are only known in hindsight of course!

March Vol 7 Issue 5 (SHIFT-IT) What’s Your Default: Shame or Grandiosity?

In my role as The SHIFT-IT Coach I have the honor of observing many different types of people up close in the sanctity of our coaching alliance. My clients hire me because they want a SHIFT … usually in the area of ‘right livelihood’ … either creating a solo professional practice of some sort or a related small-medium size business, or enhancing an already existing one (taking it to the next level). I also assist on life issues, like resolving family conflicts, relationship dilemmas and occasionally body, fitness and health concerns — as these more personal aspects are often connected to the business or lifestyle shift they desire.

February Vol 7 Issue 4 (SHIFT-IT) ORPHAN RESCUE (PART TWO)

After the initial round of soothing, see how what you are saying is ‘landing’ with your orphan. Are they taking it in? Are they understanding what you are saying to them? Find out if there is anything else that they are concerned or confused about and explain that layer of things to them too.

February Vol 7 Issue 3 (SHIFT-IT) MAP & INSTRUCTIONS PART ONE

Do you ever get overly emotionally triggered by things in your life? Do you seem to react more than is necessary? Is old baggage preventing you from creating what you really want in your life now? If so, my latest visual map, called “Orphan Rescue”, is an integration tool that unlocks the mystery as to why you react the way you do and how to SHIFT-IT — so you can create the life that you really want.

January Vol 7 Issue 2 (SHIFT-IT) ORPHAN RESCUE AND RESOLVE DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS

As a coach (with a pioneering visual approach) I’m a huge proponent of literally mapping out your vision (your desired destination) as well as your game plan (actions to reach that destination). However, I’m an even bigger proponent of clarifying and doing your INNER WORK … getting to the heart of what is causing interference (resistance) with what you want … if writing and implementing a vision and action plan just isn’t enough to quickly manifest what you want (which in many cases it isn’t).

January Vol 7 Issue 1 (SHIFT-IT) Envision a Successful 2011 With My Gift of These Four Visual Maps

Whether you’ve been doing personal visioning and planning work for a while, or are new to it, we can all benefit from doing a Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat every once in a while: checking in on how our life is going and what mid-course corrections we might want to make.

December Vol 6 Issue 23 (SHIFT-IT) Graphic Coaching: The Benefits of Working Visually with Individuals, Biz Partners & Couples

I had a very exciting past week – just got back from San Diego where I taped an American television show called “Meet the Experts”. The host, Arielle Ford, is a well known Law of Attraction author and publicist to well known personal growth gurus Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Louse Hay, Debbie Ford and Wayne Dyer.

December Vol 6 Issue 22 (SHIFT-IT) Build Your Team to Assist Your SHIFT Acceleration Book Picks

Earlier this year I kicked off a brand new, deluxe coaching program … called The Biz and Life Accelerator (applications now complete for this year). It is a 9-month Elite Mastermind of solo entrepreneurs and small business owners in the 50-300K range. We apply both outer and inner work models to growing our businesses and ourselves.

November Vol 6 Issue 21 (SHIFT-IT) My Top Ten Acceleration Book Picks

On Twitter last week I was asked about my favorite book recommendations. Erin Kreeger from Ontario, Canada was asking for my favs in the graphic facilitation and visual thinking genre. Inspired by her question I’ve decided to expand the genre to my overall ‘Acceleration Reading Picks’ … the Top 10 books that have influenced me in my biz and life SHIFT.

November Vol 6 Issue 20 (SHIFT-IT) The Hero & Queen Archetypes and Law of Attraction

Wow, things have been accelerating in my world — how about yours?! We are in the midst of building a new website … today’s new e-zine design is the look of things to come. We also started two new programs this month … an online version of my Fundamentals of Interactive-Graphics course and also my premium Biz and Life Accelerator (incubator that focuses on both the outer world tools of using an online biz model and the inner world skills of aligning your energy and mood via Law of Attraction and Soul Integration techniques). I am thrilled with how both groups are proceeding!

October Vol 6 Issue 19 (SHIFT-IT) Mentees, Expansion And Wouldn’t It Be Nice If:

In the last few weeks I have been blown away by the rapid expansion that is occurring around me — of the visual way of working, the acceptance of the importance of inner work & energetics and to the blooming of my students, mentees and workshop attendees as they unfold in their own unique ways.

October Vol 6 Issue 18 (SHIFT-IT) Visioning Rule: Go As Specific As It Still Feels Good

I’ve been doing a lot of visioning work lately — with corporate graphic facilitation clients, with drop-in coaching clients on the Monday night SHIFT-IT Central calls, and with applicants to my new Biz and Life Accelerator. During some of these experiences I have been reminded of a useful visioning and Law of Attraction rule — go as specific as it still feels good. In this article I’m going to explain what that means and give examples of how you can get this rule working for you.

September Vol 6 Issue 17 (SHIFT-IT) Tips to Accelerate Your Biz and Life, Now!

There often comes a time in life … sometimes several times, when we feel the need to get serious and ‘put the pedal to the metal’ so to speak — on accelerating some or several aspects of our life. As The SHIFT-IT Coach, people in this stage are usually my best clients. They are ready to make a SHIFT and are determined to make it a successful one. And they know that getting good, quality instruction and support will make their SHIFT quicker and more efficient. And softer and sweeter by having the company of inspiring others by their side.

September Vol 6 Issue 16 (SHIFT-IT) The 4 Methods of Interactive-Graphics Work

Interactive-Graphics is a wonderful way to work – whether in a group or individual setting. I’ve been in the overall field for 17 years now – and have worked in all of the four main genres: custom chart work, graphic recording, graphic facilitation and graphic coaching.

August Vol 6 Issue 15 (SHIFT-IT) 6 Tips & Visual Map to Create Powerful Personal Vision

I spend a lot of my work time helping individuals, groups and organizations figure out what they want and how to go about getting it. A key ingredient in that recipe is creating a compelling and engaging Vision. Identifying one’s desires then painting a sensory rich picture of that compelling destination as a preliminary step to manifesting it

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August Vol 6 Issue 14 (SHIFT-IT) Craft Your Powerful SHIFT-IT Statement

This week my team and I launched a new program at SHIFT-IT Coach, Inc. The new program is called SHIFT-IT Central® and its weekly time is Mondays at 5 pm pacific.

It’s a low-fee weekly program for new and seasoned SHIFTers … a supportive community to learn and effectively apply SHIFT-IT, Law of Attraction and Soul Integration principles to your evolving journey.

July Vol 6 Issue 13 (SHIFT-IT) Go for Your ‘A’ Life

Each of us has it … that leading edge in our life that calls us forth … that image and feel of our ‘A’ life beckoning us into Becoming Our Next Self.

July Vol 6 Issue 12 (SHIFT-IT) Latest Law of Attraction Tidbits

If you are a new e-Zine reader, you may not know of my deep appreciation of The Teachings of Abraham — ala Abraham-Hicks.

Jerry and Esther are the inspirational husband and wife team who have faithfully been bringing this information through and sharing it for the last 20+ years….

June Vol 6 Issue 11 (SHIFT-IT) Flex Your Focus Muscles for Fast Results

I’m in Southern California this week, in the La Jolla and Del Mar area. Julie (my biz manager) and I attended a training conference and I added on a few days afterwards – to check out the area and have some peaceful thinking and writing time.

June Vol 6, Issue 10 (SHIFT-IT) Top 10 Soothing Thoughts for Adult Learners

I’ve been surrounded by A LOT of adult learners lately – through the clients I train and coach and through my own learning ventures (I’ve taken up both golf and painting in the last few months).

May Vol 6, Issue 9 (SHIFT-IT) Find the Feeling Place of Success

Manifestation lessons show up in the most interesting places – this week it was on a sunny golf course.

I’m on the wait list for a one-year trial membership at a golf club where my parents have been members for years (the lovely Royal Colwood course here in Victoria, British Columbia). I could tell a funny story about one of the sand traps on a Friday night in high school … but I’ll restrain myself.

May Vol 6, Issue 8 (SHIFT-IT) Attract Visual Thinkers in Your Clientele

I have been exposed to a lot of techniques and approaches over my career and I have made a very conscious decision to primarily work in the ‘INTERACTIVE-GRAPHICS’ medium (meaning I use graphics and visuals to help facilitate reflection and decision making for groups and individuals). I’ve made this decision because working graphically is so effective and rewarding.

April Vol 6, Issue 7 (SHIFT-IT) Yes, Your Creativity is Valuable and Worth Developing

The last few weeks my team and I have been busy fielding inquiries and booking spots for my upcoming trainings The Fundamentals of Interactive-Graphics and The SHIFT-IT Certification Program. It’s always an interesting process as we witness the different manners and attitudes in which people value their creativity and make their way into my programs (or not).

April Vol 6, Issue 6 (SHIFT-IT) The Art of Being ‘Generative’

I had a personality test done a few years ago – back when I was in a coaching group with some other online entrepreneurs. It gave me some really revealing results about myself and my style of relating. Or, should I say, my styles (plural) of relating.

March Vol 6, Issue 5 (SHIFT-IT) When You Change and They Don’t Like It

You have a goal or a whole set of them. You figure out your Vision. You create and implement a plan. You deal with your own ‘Trouble at the Border’ issues … all those little (and sometimes big) internal and external gremlins along your path. And your New World and New Self begins to manifest right before your eyes.

March Vol 6, Issue 4 (SHIFT-IT) Inner Ways to Move That Outer Home

In my own private coaching practice, I’ve encountered several clients, in varying places from around the world (Vancouver, London and Miami) who were vibrational stuck in the process of selling their home and came to me for some ‘SHIFT-IT’ coaching to get their process smoothly flowing. Here are some concepts and ideas from these sessions to help you if you are in a similar situation:

February Vol 6, Issue 3 (SHIFT-IT) Get to the Heart of It

As its February, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I have really fond memories of this celebration as a little girl. I think its then that I first discovered my love of paper and design – those cool little Valentines Day kits … of hearts with the little perforated edges that you popped out to give to your friends (the smell of the heavy pink and red inks, all the writing of heartfelt notes and the inevitable paper cuts).

January Vol 6, Issue 2 (SHIFT-IT) Shift to Self-Employment – Plot Your Plan

I’ve opted to write this issue’s article on the shift from working inside an organization to ‘going out on your own’ – becoming an independent solo practitioner and/or small business owner … and how to plot your plan to do so.

January Vol 6, Issue 1 (SHIFT-IT) A Classic Visual Manifestation Aid

Its an oldie but a goodie, the Vision Board exercise. Sometimes called a Vision Collage, Treasure Map, Vision Map, etc. A wonderful ‘graphic’ way to define and align with what you really want.

December Vol 5, Issue 24 (SHIFT-IT) Creation Tips for a Rockin’ 2010

Well, an early Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to my SHIFT-IT readers … as this is the final issue for this year.

December Vol 5, Issue 23 (SHIFT-IT) Do You Have a Healthy Sense of Self?

Well, its definitely moving into the winter season here in Victoria, British Columbia – which thankfully just means overcast and rain for the most part (so far no snow).

I’m having a hard time believing its December already – you too?

November Vol 5, Issue 22 (SHIFT-IT) How to Expand Your Ability to Receive

Getting reports back from my Graphic Coaching Clinic graduates – about how they are integrating their new skills. Congrats to Kelly for a successful reception to the Process Overview Map she created and used the very next week with her Nation. To Martine for the fabulous visual handout she posted on the Global Community of Graphic Coaches Facebook page – and to Ann on getting in weekly icon practice and moving forward on her Life Preserver visual tools. Keep the reports coming in ladies and get your private mentor call booked – I love helping you to integrate your visual learning! us attendees are making great headway …or marker way more accurately!

November Vol 5, Issue 21 (SHIFT-IT) Live Your Authentic Life

Hi there :) … right now I’m standing in a room that is pretty much papered from wall to ceiling – filled with all sorts of visual work. It’s the third and final day of The Graphic Coaching Clinic – and my fabulous attendees are making great headway …or marker way more accurately!

October Vol 5, Issue 20 (SHIFT-IT) Add Some Yin to Your Repertoire

Holy smokes, its mid October already … geez, where DOES the time go?

We’ve had such a beautiful extended sunny season here in Victoria B.C. that fall has kind of snuck up on us

October Vol 5, Issue 19 (SHIFT-IT) Strange Days Indeed, Most Peculiar Mama!

Hosted the ‘Unleash the Power of Working Visually Webinar’ … with over 300 of you registered from around the world – thank you for your excellent live questions and comments

September Vol 5, Issue 18 (SHIFT-IT) our Orientation to Life?

One thing that’s always on my Positive Aspects Map is my appreciation of the beauty of Canada’s west coast, where I have the good fortune of living.

The weather was so nice that I slipped away for the awesome Grilled Seafood Salad at Milestone’s in the Inner Harbour (with this great view out the window).

September Vol 5, Issue 17 (SHIFT-IT) How to SHIFT Your Cranky Mood – Fast!

Well, it’s officially September … boo hoo.

We’ve had such an excellent summer here in beautiful British Columbia that I (as the sun worshiper that I am) am reluctant to let the season slip away.

However, I soothe myself with the thought ‘you can always travel to the sun when you want to’. So visions of Palm Desert in December make me perk up. Ahhhhhh, a rainy winter isn’t so bad when I break it up with a few little travel trips!

August Vol 5, Issue 16 (SHIFT-IT) Develop Your ‘Spidey Senses’

I’m enjoying the last weeks of summer here on the west coast. Beautiful dawns and pretty sunsets – it continues to be a lovely season. The fall is lining up nicely. There are three programs I’m facilitating: the SHIFT-IT Virtual Group that starts this Saturday. The Manifestation Mastermind in Oct. Followed by The Graphic Coaching Clinic (skills training) in early November. As much as I enjoy summer, I’m ready to get into some coaching and graphics skills training with you all!

August Vol 5, Issue 15 (SHIFT-IT) Hot and Bothered? You Aren’t Alone!

We’ve been having a heat wave here in Victoria, British Columbia the last while (makes up for the lousy summer in ‘07 when it rained for two months!). Heat wave for us means we jumped from 20s to 30s (got consistently over 100° F). I know, not a big deal for some of you … but its record breaking for us islanders – wink! Even slept on my roof deck one night to keep cool (natural A/C) … watching the stars.

July Vol 5, Issue 14 (SHIFT-IT) My Best Tips For Attending Your First Abraham-Hicks Workshop

Ahhhh, I love the Pacific Northwest summer. With early birthday celebrations (the real day is Tuesday but I will be working), going over to Seattle to catch the Abraham-Hicks workshop, and seeing all sorts of new and old friends – well, let’s just say I have been having A LOT of fun lately.

July Vol 5, Issue 13 (SHIFT-IT) Ouch, My Uranus is in Opposition – You?!

A belated happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians and a happy 4th of July to you Americans!

June Vol 5, Issue 12 (SHIFT-IT) Tips for a Successful Transition

Happy summer – the solstice is this weekend! Powerful time to set your intentions and align energy for your next phase of things.

June Vol 5, Issue 11 (SHIFT-IT) The Ever–Expanding Visual Community

Been a busy time since last issue. Hosted my 3-day Graphic Coaching Clinic here in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Thankfully the weather cooperated beautifully so attendees were able to work outside on the lovely terrace at times.

May Vol 5, Issue 10 (SHIFT-IT) What ‘In the Vortex’ Means

Spring has sprung in Victoria — trees are bursting into leaf, cruise ships are in port and I’m hauling the deck furniture back out. There is something so stabilizing about the reliable ebb and flow of the seasons isn’t there!

May Vol 5, Issue 9 (SHIFT-IT) Recommended Relationship Resources

Wow, its May already isn’t it! How did that happen? Time is flying by. With my first ever Graphic Coaching Clinic just around the corner, I’m preparing for the great group of folks that are coming (from all across North America and two from the U.K. even!). Fascinating people with all sorts of diverse backgrounds – the common denominator is they all resonate with the visual way of working and want foundational skills to apply to their own coaching, consulting and training processes.

April Vol 5, Issue 8 (SHIFT-IT) The Pros and Cons of a Dysfunctional Past

When you SHIFT one area of your life, it can often have unexpected consequences in another.

Over several years, I’ve shifted my livelihood from being a traveling Graphic Facilitator to being The SHIFT-IT Coach.

April Vol 5, Issue 7 (SHIFT-IT) Turn Crap to Gold

Last week I did a quick trip to Los Angeles … for some fun, sun and Abraham vibes.

March Vol 5, Issue 6 (SHIFT-IT) Triggered? … Could Be an Orphan Callin’ Out!

The month is trucking along … and I’m doing lots of fun things, a few are quite meta-physical (cause I’m fascinated about the meta-physics underlying change and transformation work).

March Vol 5, Issue 5 (SHIFT-IT) The W5’s of Coaching with Graphics

It’s been a whirlwind of good stuff since I got back from the Abraham-Hicks Mexico Cruise. Right away I was back in connection with Abraham … as Hay House Radio offered a call-in show with Jerry and Esther Hicks. And I made it on as a caller!

February Vol 5, Issue 4 (SHIFT-IT) The Economy According to Abraham-Hicks

Well, I’m back from the Abraham Hicks cruise down in Mexico … and quite frankly, I’m now missing the warmth, the beauty and the relaxation. Ahhhhh, I wish they offered their cruises for two weeks instead of just one.

February Vol 5, Issue 3 (SHIFT-IT) How to Decipher the Law of Attraction

What do Canadians do in the midst of gloomy February … head to the nearest sunny locale! Luckily I’ve figured out a way to combine the pursuit of sun with something that warms my heart and mind too – the soothing guidance of ‘Abraham’ via the work of Esther and Jerry Hicks.

January Vol 5, Issue 2 (SHIFT-IT) It Doesn’t Have to Be a Dirty Word

Made you look with that title didn’t I!? What’s the dirty word I’m talking about – ‘internet marketing’.

You’ve probably noticed that I use a variety of internet marketing and visibility tools to get the word out about me and my work. And as such, a good portion of my client base is at least somewhat interested in how to use the internet to promote their own niches. I say ‘somewhat’ because they have varying degrees of internet marketing and sales resistance – and its that resistance that I’d like to help shift in this article.

January Vol 5, Issue 1 (SHIFT-IT) Attract Your Life Partner Via Four LOA Tips

There must be something in the air right now, because a lot of my clients are focusing on ‘relationship’ in their coaching sessions. Either that, or its just good old ‘like attracts like’ happening as this is an area that I’m focusing on presently– so I’m attracting matching clients. It’s amazing how that works.

December Vol 4, Issue 19 (SHIFT-IT) TELL YOUR 2009 STORY

Whether you’ve been doing personal visioning and planning work for a while, or are new to it, we can all benefit from doing a Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat every once in a while: checking in on how our life is going and what mid-course corrections we might want to make.

December Vol 4, Issue 18 (SHIFT-IT) INTEGRATE BOTH YOUR LEFT BRAIN AND RIGHT BRAIN

I knew this week that I wanted to write something about the visual approach. Something about the importance of our creative sides and ‘art’ in general. Something about the INTEGRATION and importance of both sides of our brain – the rational AND the creative.

November Vol 4, Issue 17 (SHIFT-IT) FAITH IN THE WORLD, YOURSELF AND YOUR INSTINCTS

From all appearances, the world seems to be going a little haywire here in late 2008. The environment is taking a beating, the economy is going through global testing of a new level, and many people are uncomfortably suffering through situations that they feel they ‘have to’ do rather than want to do.

November Vol 4, Issue 16 (SHIFT-IT) MY AIRPORT SURPRISE

As I backed my car out of the garage, focusing on the mirror that was close to the wall … I heard a sickening crunch on the other side of the car. In my haste to get to the airport and my focus on the mirror side, I had left my driver’s side door wide open … and driven it right into the doorway … Crap! No damage to the garage entrance thankfully – but I did a real number on my car window. It wouldn’t close properly … a good five-inch gap. No way could I leave it parked at the airport in rainy November weather like that. So, I re-parked it in the garage and called a cab.

October Vol 4, Issue 15 (SHIFT-IT) CREATE AN ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE OF LOA

As a Law of Attraction practitioner I’m doing my conscious best to bring this philosophy and way of being into my business and into its organizational culture – to walk my talk. To not only coach others in how to use these powerful principles in their work and life but to build a congruent business and working environment that practices what it preaches.

October Vol 4, Issue 14 (SHIFT-IT) A TOOL TO RIDE THE ECONOMIC WINDS

It’s been a windy time of late with the economic and political happenings in the U.S. and abroad whipping up an emotional and physical storm. And a hugely important time from a vibrational standpoint – because, how we focus now will determine what kind of future we create individually and collectively.

September Vol 4, Issue 13 (SHIFT-IT) DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A CULTURAL CREATIVE?

Social demographers and researchers have been tracking the emergence of a new category of people in the last 50 years. Known by several labels (‘cultural creatives’ ‘integrals’ and ‘greens‘) this group of 50 million (25% of the adult population in North America and an additional 80-90 million estimated in Europe) is unique for their shared interests in ecology/global awareness, social justice, self-actualization, spirituality and self-expression.

September Vol 4, Issue 12 (SHIFT-IT) ARE YOU THE PACK LEADER OF YOUR VISION?

I have a guilty pleasure confession to make – I’m a bit of a DVD nut. Lately I’ve been blitzing through the third season of a favorite National Geographic channel show, called the ‘Dog Whisperer’. Have you seen or heard of it? It follows the ins and outs of ‘dog psychology expert’ Cesar Millan.

August Vol 4, Issue 11 (SHIFT-IT) IT AIN’T ALWAYS PRETTY… OR EASY

Business growth is learning how to work effectively with the Law of Attraction (LOA) – and both can take a while to get the hang of! There are times when you are sailing along and all is going fantastic (when you are in alignment) and other times when you can’t seem to do anything right and attract one tough situation after another (not in alignment).

August Vol 4, Issue 10 (SHIFT-IT) MEETING GRAPHICS FOR BEGINNERS

After 14+ years I’m pulling down my shingle as a graphic facilitator and graphic recorder (using visuals in large group settings) in order to devote more time and space for my rapidly growing ‘graphic coaching’ business (using visuals in smaller settings with individuals, couples and biz partners). November marks my last Meeting Graphics 101 training ever… so in homage to my graphic past… here’s an article about the benefits of these wonderful group skills with some tips for beginners entering the field.

August Vol 4, Issue 9 (SHIFT-IT) SIX MARKETING MINDSET LESSONS

I just got back from an intense ‘success workshop’ that rattled me (some of the things modeled about wealth acquisition and law of attraction methods, while not necessarily incorrect, did rub against my value system). Those of you who have been on my list for a while, realize that over the last several years, I’ve been incorporating more and different types of marketing techniques in my own coaching and info product practice. This issue’s article is a bit of self-therapy … to help me articulate what I believe and stand for on these interesting topics.

July Vol 4, Issue 8 (SHIFT-IT) YOUR LIVING SPACE: HELP OR HINDRANCE?

Did you know that in dreams, a house almost universally is a symbol for one’s life? That this dream imagery is an archetype that transcends all borders and cultures – a sign of just how important homes and living spaces are to the human psyche.

July Vol 4, Issue 7 (SHIFT-IT) HOW TO KNOW WHEN TO GO

Been working in a certain area for a long time? Ready to move into newer territory? I hear ya! But how do you know when it’s truly time to go? Listening to these signals can make your SHIFT easier and smoother … and enable you to make your transition in style.

June Vol 4, Issue 6 (SHIFT-IT) REALLY BIG PICTURE VIEW OF LIFE

The last few days I’ve been watching a remarkable documentary series that has interesting considerations when one looks at it from a SHIFT-IT and Law of Attraction perspective. The series is called “Up”… 7 Up, 14 Up, 21 Up, 28 Up, 35 Up, 42 Up and 48 Up. Have you seen it?

May Vol 4, Issue 5 (SHIFT-IT) 6 TIPS TO CORRECT A NEGATIVE SPIRAL

We’ve all have them. Sometimes they last a short period. Sometimes they last weeks, months, years, decades – yikes, perhaps even a lifetime. I’m talking about downward spirals. Where negatives things pile one on top of another, until it seems that is the only reality that exists.

April Vol 4, Issue 4 (SHIFT-IT) DAILY PRACTICE TIPS

One of my SHIFT IT clients, Margaret from Denmark, asked me during one of her coaching calls to explain what my daily practice is like. She wanted to know what a regular day was like for me and what I do to live the SHIFT-IT and Law of Attraction principles that I teach and preach.

March Vol 4, Issue 3 (SHIFT-IT) YOUR JOURNEY TO A CREATIVE-BASED LIFESTYLE

It’s OK to Follow Your Bliss: Chances are, you already at least somewhat know what you like and want in your profession and personal life. If so, let me emphasis that it is ok for you to follow your own bliss. It’s ok to be into things that others around you perhaps don’t understand or get (at least not yet). We are each wired with our own likes and preferences. So, start following the things that YOU like most — the things, ideas, experiences that bring you joy and pleasure (even if you have NO CLUE about ‘how to make money’ with them).

February Vol 4, Issue 2 (SHIFT-IT) ENERGY LESSONS FROM A SWEET TEXAN COUPLE

Ok, if you have been reading me for a while, you know my current idols are Jerry and Esther Hicks of The Teachings of Abraham fame. Maybe you are sick of reading about my fascination with Law of Attraction (LOA), but frankly, I just can’t get enough of this great information. I’ve been studying it since 2000, but this year I’m finally, really getting it (after listening to over a decade of their recordings since I got my hands on their full collection a year ago!)

January Vol 4, Issue 1 (SHIFT-IT) COOL ‘FRONTIER’ TOOLS TO WAKE YOU UP!

It’s a brand new year. And in January, the news media trots out the different experts to talk about goals, aspirations and new year resolutions. I totally believe in the ability of people to change their lives (if I didn’t … it really wouldn’t sense for me to be called The SHIFT-IT Coach now would it?!). However most of this advice tends to be pretty boring and conservative – the same old, same old.

December Vol 3, Issue 12 (SHIFT-IT) DO-IT YOURSELF SHIFT FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Whether you’ve been doing personal visioning and planning work for a while, or are new to it, we can all benefit from doing a Mini SHIFT-IT Retreat every once in a while: checking in on how our life is going and what mid-course corrections we might want to make. Ideal times to conduct a mini retreat are late December / early January when a brand new year is upon you, when you have some vacation time to step out of your usual existence, or the anniversary date of a particular event or coaching alliance (for example, clients will often do a review session like this on the anniversary date of their initial SHIFT-IT retreat with me to freshen things up).

November Vol 3, Issue 11 (SHIFT-IT) RAISE YOUR VIBE VIA POSITIVE ASPECTS MAP

In order to become a match to the things that we really, really want in our lives, we first need to vibrate like them. That means we need to somehow come into the same energy or frequency as them. My Law of Attraction teachers, Esther and Jerry Hicks (via the teachings of Abraham) have many processes that will help us do this. Right now I’d like share one of those processes with you – a deceptively simple one called ‘Positive Aspects’. And, as I’m a ‘graphic coach’, I’ve created a visual map to aid you in doing this, so you can even more deliberately focus your thoughts and feelings.

October Vol 3, Issue 10 (SHIFT-IT) POINTERS FROM MY OWN SHIFT-IT JOURNEY

This week I celebrate and relinquish an old identity and step fully into a new one – and boy does it feel good! After 12+ years as a strategic planning facilitator, change management consultant and graphic mapmaker – I am ‘folding up my flipchart stand’ so to speak, in order to focus exclusively on my SHIFT-IT graphic coaching and law of attraction practice. So, in this article, I’m going tell you how I made my own shift, so you can apply the same SHIFT-IT principles to your own career and lifestyle change.

September Vol 3, Issue 9 (SHIFT-IT) BE THE SCRIPTWRITER OF YOUR LIFE

“Be a creator, rather than a regurgitator of what is”. How’s that for an opening line – out of the mouth of Abraham, my favorite Law of Attraction source. Couldn’t think of a better way to grab your attention – to the importance of getting your focus off of your present situation and onto what you really do want – that creation that lies beyond your regurgitated status quo.

August Vol 3, Issue 8 (SHIFT-IT) WHY BOTHER WITH A PERSONAL VISION

A few issues back I wrote a tips sheet on how to create a Vision Board (otherwise knows as vision collage, or treasure map). A great preliminary visioning exercise that helps you begin to define what it is you next want for yourself in your life. As discussed, there are lots of other ways to do visioning work beyond this classic exercise. I’ll list a few here, however I think its worth going into why visioning is a useful thing to do, regardless of what method you use.

July Vol 3, Issue 7 (SHIFT-IT) SEE YOURSELF THROUGH A LIFE WHEEL

Feeling kind of off? Energy being sapped? Not as satisfied as you used to be? Chances are one (or several) of the eight main areas of your life are not functioning as well as they could be. As a first step to realignment, may I suggest doing a Life Wheel on yourself. A handy little tool that will help you quickly and easily pinpoint what areas are out of whack and provide the inspiration and motivation to get you back on track.

June Vol 3, Issue 6 (SHIFT-IT) HOW TO DEAL WITH THE ‘BAD’ STUFF

Urrrggghhhh, doesn’t it suck when you get in those situations where something or somebody really gets to you. Maybe it’s an unpleasant work situation with an employer, client or colleague, or a personal one with a friend or family member. Or some sort of agency, organization or outfit you have to deal with that isn’t going well. Whatever the players, the energy is still the same: it feels like something is being done onto you and you’ve lost your sense of personal power and control. And, ultimately, you want to get it back and feel good again.

May Vol 3, Issue 5 (SHIFT-IT) TIPS TO CREATE VISION BOARDS

In the underground hit movie The Secret (introductory movie on Law of Attraction principles), there is a scene where a man unpacks and shows his Vision Board to his young son, only to realize that they are now living in the very house that was pictured on his board (created several years prior). And, during one of Oprah’s recent shows on The Secret, guest Lisa Nichols showed her Vision Board – in it were the words ‘Lisa Reveals All on Oprah’ – she definitely manifested that one!

Apr. Vol 3, Issue 4 (SHIFT-IT) BE BRAVE WITH YOUR INNOVATIONS

Last week I hosted one of my Graphic Bootcamps: an advanced skills training workshop for people who want to learn more about the graphic way of working with groups and individuals. I noticed a really interesting trait in my attendees: a lot of them are just itchin’ to make their work more fulfilling and interesting – to try something new (in this case – using graphics in their work).

Mar. Vol 3, Issue 3 (SHIFT-IT) SPEED UP YOUR MANIFESTATION PROCESS

Question: What is an effective way to speed up my manifestation process? Answer: Get happy about where you currently are. Yup, getting ok with where you currently are is a great way to get what you eventually want.

Feb. Vol 3, Issue 2 (SHIFT-IT) INSIGHTS FROM THE ABRAHAM-HICKS CRUISE

Transitioning? Ready for a change? Want to become your next self? Now is a great time to do some good reflection and shift work on you and your life. Stake out your vision, determine your next steps – deal with that itty bitty shitty committee that is keeping you from moving forward.

Jan. Vol 3, Issue 1 (SHIFT-IT) DECIPHER THE LAW OF ATTRACTION

Law of Attraction is turning up all over the place it seems (actually that is part of the law!). Perhaps you have been hearing about it? Its getting a lot of play in movies like The Secret and What the Bleep Do We Know, etc. My favorite teachers of it, Esther and Jerry Hicks (ala Abraham), are topping the charts with their books on the subject: Law of Attraction, Ask and It Is Given, and The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent.

Dec. Vol 2, Issue 12 (SHIFT-IT) SURVIVE TRANSITION & ICKY NEUTRAL ZONES

Sick of what you are doing? Ready to leave your old world but not sure what your new world is? In that painful in-between place? Ahhhhhh transitions. The tricky challenge of moving from one world or way of being into another. When life kicks us out of our comfort zone so we can become our next self.

Nov. Vol 2, Issue 11 (SHIFT-IT) LESSONS FROM THE DOG WHISPERER

I have a guilty pleasure confession to make – I’m a bit of a DVD nut. I watch a lot of movies (especially when I get fed up with TV and have my cable disconnected). Lately I’ve been blitzing through the first season of this National Geographic channel show, called the ‘Dog Whisperer’.

Oct. Vol 2, Issue 10 (SHIFT-IT) THE W5s of GRAPHIC COACHING

Graphic coaching is a new, visual way to do coaching and personal development work. This article gives you the lowdown on this emerging methodology: the who, what, where, when and why of it, as well as a little bit of the how thrown in for good measure…

Sept. Vol 2, Issue 9 (SHIFT-IT) THE ART OF THE VISUAL BIO

Visual bios are really handy documents – they are a creative and unique way to summarize and share your career path with others. I’ve seen them applied in job interviews, grad school applications, used by CEOs, experts, workshop leaders, etc to communicate the path of their development, etc. They are different from the Life and History Maps that I’ve written of before – Visual Bios focus pretty strictly on your career or professional path (as opposed to your whole life)…

Aug. Vol 2, Issue 8 (SHIFT-IT) SIX WAYS TO CORRECT A NEGATIVE SPIRAL

We’ve all have them. Sometimes they last a short period. Sometimes they last weeks, months, years, decades – yikes, perhaps even a lifetime. I’m talking about downward spirals. Where negatives things pile one on top of another, until it seems that is the only reality that exists. In the last few weeks I’ve fielded several calls from colleagues and friends who are in a down place. They’ve hit a bump, a logjam — what seems…

July Vol 2, Issue 7 (SHIFT-IT) WHY GRAPHICS? THE CLARIFYING POWER OF INTERACTIVE VISUALS

I have been exposed to a lot of techniques and approaches over my career and I have made a very conscious decision to primarily work in the graphic facilitation medium (meaning I use graphics and visuals to help facilitate thinking and decision making for groups and individuals). I’ve made this decision because …

June Vol 2, Issue 6 (SHIFT-IT) ABUNDANCE, PROSPERITY AND MONEY CREATION

Having problems in the money department? Struggling to look after yourself properly? Lacking a sense of abundance and prosperity?…

May Vol 2, Issue 5 (SHIFT-IT) HOW TO CREATE WORK YOU REALLY LOVE

Life is short. We spend such a large percentage of our time earning our livings at ‘work’ — doesn’t it make sense to actually do something we like and enjoy? …

April Vol 2, Issue 4 (SHIFT-IT) SINGLES WANTING PARTNERS

In the coaching groups I run there are usually at least a third or so of the participants who are single and no longer wish to be — who would like to focus their SHIFT-IT process, at least partially, on shifting the relationship area of their life…

March Vol 2, Issue 3 (SHIFT-IT) BODY AND WEIGHT RELEASE GOALS

In my SHIFT-IT and Graphic Coaching work I help clients identify what they really, really want and help them get it. One area that commonly comes up is desired changes to their physical body, weight and physique. In working with different clients, male and female, here is some ‘food for thought’ about the issues and complexities connected to this interesting area…

Feb. Vol 2, Issue 2 (SHIFT-IT) SELF CARE, TOXIC ENVIRONMENTS, BEING “SELFISH.”

Time and again I encounter clients who sacrifice their own health, mental outlook and well being for work and others. Over time, they have developed unhealthy patterns and habits that accumulate in shocking ways. As entrepreneurs or employees (internal managers and leaders) they don’t eat well, don’t sleep well, don’t take proper time off —- bit by bit they gain weight (or drastically lose it), burn themselves out from constant stress and adrenaline rushes, and develop lifestyles that are unhealthy and unsustainable…

Jan. Vol 2, Issue 1 (SHIFT-IT) IDEAL TIME TO UPDATE & REALIGN

Whether you’ve been working on goal / personal visioning work for a while, or are new to it, we can all benefit from doing a mini visioning process every once in a while; checking in on how our life and its trajectory are going and what mid-course corrections we might want to make. Ideal times to do a check-in on how your life is going are…

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