Category: Notes From Christina

A Note from Christina

Things are whipping along this spring season! We launched the 2015 Cohort of Visual Coach Certification these last few weeks. Another wonderful cohort to guide through the ins and outs of adding Visual Coaching, and my SHIFT-IT System®, to their process toolkits. This year’s cohort attracts participants from Canada, United States, South Africa, Germany and… Read more »


A Note From Christina

Spring has super sprung here in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia Canada. Blossoms are everywhere —hanging from trees and sprouting up from the ground. And trees, big and small, are bursting into leaf. It’s beautiful and boy oh boy am I (and apparently JJ too) allergic this year. We are both sneezing away! A small price… Read more »


Christina Merkley: My Right Brain Journey

A few posts ago I shared my left-brain journey. Now I’m going to share my right-brain journey. Not as a narcissistic exercise or true confessions but rather to hopefully be of help and service. To give equal attention and merit to the right-brain sides of us, which often gets short shrift or even derogatory treatment… Read more »


A Note from Christina Merkley

We had an important milestone this week … the first ever Drop-in Community Webinar for our new Interactive-Visuals eCommunity. This is a complementary service for graduates of our visual programs. A place to connect with other Visual Keeners from across the globe, to continue your learning with visual skills, to network, and to share tips… Read more »


Documentary: Citizen Four

Was able to catch up on a few films I’ve wanted to watch and was not disappointed. Citizen Four won Best Documentary (long form) at recent Oscar Awards. It’s the story of young whistleblower Edward Snowden as filmed by Laura Poitras … one of the journalists he contacted with the massive stash of NSA surveillance… Read more »



[Cave Digger Documentary] Excellent SHIFT-IT Inspiration

I love documentaries  and I love documentaries about quirky, talented people. And how they overcome the odds to do what they feel compelled to accomplish in their life. Ra Paulette definitely fits that description and he and his passion are the focus of Jeffrey Karoff’s short documentary called Cave Digger (nominated for 2014 Academy Award).… Read more »


A Note from Christina

It’s a fascinating time of catalytic change. My regular drumbeat of classes is proceeding this season plus all sorts of new stirrings are going on inside of me, literally hammering to get out (ouch). The SHIFT-IT Online cohort is up and running. All introduced to each other and to the SHIFT-IT Visual Coaching System® …… Read more »


[Tree Change Dolls] A Sign of an Important SHIFT in Perceptions of Female Beauty for Little (and Big) Girls

This crossed my desk and I’m happy to share. Beautiful little video about one woman’s life long love of dolls and the surprising inspiration she got — and the viral reaction across the internet to that inspiration. Quite the transformation don’t ya think?! This is a great SHIFT-IT example of one woman who was open… Read more »


[Balance to My Digital World] The Many Moods of Victoria’s Shoreline

It has snuck up on me these last years — working virtually with my SHIFT-IT clients and those I mentor in visual skills. I do occasionally travel and some clients do travel to me here in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia Canada … however, the majority of my work nowadays involves working with folks from around… Read more »