Coaching helps you prepare your future on your terms, ~ Maria Koropecky
Coaching isn’t just for athletes anymore
More and more people are hiring coaches like Life Coaches, Executive Coaches, Business Coaches, Career Coaches, Book Writing Coaches, Voice Coaches, Relationship Coaches, Dating Coaches, Spiritual Coaches, Health & Wellness Coaches, and the list goes on and on, to help them improve some aspect of their life.
But does coaching really work?
Yes, I believe coaching works.
Thanks to a study from the International Coach Federation, (ICF), conducted in 2015, there are plenty of statistics that prove the effectiveness of coaching.
4 Results from Coaching
80% of clients improved their self-confidence
73% of clients improved their relationships
72% of clients improved their communication skills
67% of clients improved their work-life balance.
5 Benefits from Coaching
Increased confidence and self-esteem
Improved communication skills
Better personal relationships
Stronger interpersonal skills
Enhanced work performance.
Also according to this survey:
99% of clients who hire a coach are satisfied and
96% of clients would hire a coach again.
This particular study shows that people are indeed benefitting from working with a coach.
Would you like to see for yourself what it’s like to work with a coach? Consider signing up for a Free Crystal Mapping Session with Wellness Coach, Maria Koropecky. Email Maria to book your free Crystal Mapping Session today.
Whether you’ve been working with a wellness coach for several months or if you’re about to have your first ever coaching session, sometimes it’s challenging to find a topic to talk about.
Working with a wellness coach can certainly be a life changing investment! In order to get the most value during your time with your wellness coach, it’s important to show up prepared and ready to go, and part of that includes having a topic to talk about.
If you’re having trouble answering the question, “What do you want to talk about today?” take a moment to ask yourself some questions before your coaching call to get your mind in gear. Here are some suggestions:
Is there a recent positive experience you’d like to share — maybe something to celebrate?
Is there a recent negative experience that you’d like to reframe?
Did you take the action steps that you talked about during your previous coaching session?
Have any questions come up for you during the past week that you’d like to ask?
Have you had any insights and aha moments?
Hopefully, these five questions will be enough to inspire an animated and productive coaching conversation with your wellness coach, but if not, and you’re still asking yourself, “What am I going to talk about in my next wellness coaching session?”I’ve come up with a list of topics for you to choose from.
Here are some wellness coaching topic ideas:
Rest & Relaxation
“I’d like to sleep better.”
“I’m having trouble coping with stress and I’d like to find better ways to manage stress and relax.”
“I’d like to explore some ways to manage my anxiety.”
“I’d like to add meditation to my morning routine.”
“I’d like to figure out ways to better manage my pain and/or chronic illness.”
“I’d like to go on a vacation soon and I’d like to plan something really special.”
Healthier Lifestyle Choices
“I’d like to make significant changes in my life starting with my health.”
“I’d like to take a break from my digital devices.”
“I’d like to quit smoking cigarettes.”
“I’d like to quit drinking alcohol.”
“I’d like to clear some clutter in my house.”
“I’m feeling stuck in life and I don’t know what to do next.”
“I’d like to heal my broken heart.”
“I’d like to have a better relationship with my partner and family.”
“I’ve just moved to Victoria (or another new city) and I’d like to meet some new people and make some new friends.
“I have a big event coming up (like a milestone birthday, class reunion, wedding, etc.,) and I’d like to look and feel my best.”
“I’d like to balance my hormones and manage my PMS, Peri-menopausal or Menopausal symptoms.”
“I’d like to have clear skin on my face and body.”
“I’d like to have a healthy baby.”
“I’ve seen other people suffer in their senior years and I don’t want to be in the same boat. It’s up to me to take charge of my health now so that I can enjoy my life to the fullest and age gracefully.”
Fitness & Nutrition
“I need to make better choices in regards to what I eat.”
“I’d like to add exercise to my daily or weekly schedule.”
“I’d like to lose weight at a healthy pace.”
“I’m planning to run in a 5K charity event or marathon.”
“I’m recovering from a car accident or sports injury and would like to feel better.”
“I’d like to get along better with my co-workers.
“I travel a lot for work and I’d like to maintain a healthy lifestyle even while I’m on the road.”
“I’m giving a presentation at work and would like it to go smoothly.”
“I’m thinking about changing careers or going back to school.”
“I’m thinking about becoming a wellness coach myself.”
“I’d like to start a workplace wellness program at the office.”
Do any of these ideas jump out at you? With coaching, whatever you talk about is up to you, the client.
As a wellness coach and spa therapist, I help my clients relax and have piece of mind and all of these topic ideas relate to managing stress in some way.
If any of these wellness coaching topics resonate with you, I encourage you to explore them in your upcoming coaching conversations and see where they take you. They just might hold some missing pieces to the puzzle you’re working on.
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“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited, whereas imagination encircles the world,” ~ Albert Einstein (1929)
Thank you, Albert Einstein for saying, “Imagination is more important the knowledge” because if you can imagine it, it means you’re more than halfway there!
In all of my wellness coaching conversations, I always ask my clients, “What would you like to be, do, have, or give?” or “What would you like to create?” It’s a question that looks to the future (rather than the past) and allows my coaching clients to imagine a future that will light them up.
Answers can be as varied as, “I’d like to write a New York Times bestseller,” or “I want to travel and live in another country for awhile,” or “I’d like to marry the love of my life,” or “I’d like to open a wellness centre,” or “I’d like to live in my oceanfront dream home,” or even, “I’d like to win the lottery!”
We live in a miraculous universe that is filled with infinite possibilities and we can literally create whatever we want in the grand scheme of things! Once we’re able to voice our imagined future in a clear sentence, it means we’ve already tapped into, and have become aware of, the existence of a possibility. Now it’s an option that we can choose, if we want! This is exciting!
I know saying we have access to infinite possibilities at any given moment sounds fishy and far-fetched but it’s true! It all starts with a gift we all have — our imagination!
Imagination is the key to creativity and in order for something to be created, it has to start off as a thought or idea in someone’s imagination first!
With that said, I had a chance to play with this idea a little bit over this past weekend by going on a tour of a million-dollar, ocean view dream home in Sidney by the Sea, BC. Talk about imagination!
This 4,551 sq/ft, oceanfront, west coast contemporary design home with five bedrooms and five bathrooms is located at 1686 Lands End Road in Sidney, BC, just North of Victoria, on the edge of Vancouver Island.
Just imagine yourself sitting outside in your backyard with the love of your life, gazing at the ocean and the starry night sky, contemplating the mysteries of the Universe!
The Sidney Millionaire Lottery Grand Prize Package also includes:
over $75,000 in a furniture credit,
a 2019 Jaguar F-Type convertible, and
The Sidney package is worth over $3 million CAD!
Millionaire Lottery Tickets are on sale now! 2 for $100, 5 for $175, 10 or $250 and 25 for $500.
Now that you’re aware of the Sidney Millionaire Lottery Grand Prize Package and you’re thinking, “that would be nice,” the next step is engaging your imagination again, but this time it’s about rehearsing the experience of having what you want in your mind’s eye.
Some people call this process “mental rehearsal” or “visualization” or “remembering your future.”
As powerful as picturing something over and over again in your mind is, for some people, trying to visualize yourself in some future situation can be frustrating. You may be thinking, how am I supposed to know how something will feel before I’ve ever experienced it? If that’s the case, I invite you to:
Find pictures and photos and quotes and websites of what you want to create and study those daily.
You can also write down your dreams as a way of bringing them to life.
You can also sign up for wellness coaching with me, Maria!
Another thing you can do is “Act As If.” While I’m not a fan of the advice, “Fake it till you make it” because it just seems so manipulative and inauthentic, Acting As If will help you practice and rehearse your imagined future as a way of preparing yourself for the big day when it does show up in your life!
Actors practice their lines and rehearse their performances before the big show goes live!
And rehearsing isn’t just for actors.
We can apply this principle as we reach for our dreams as well. Think about test driving a car before buying it — you step into the car, sit in the seat, put on your seat belt, adjust your mirrors, turn the key, and you’re off to the races! It’s a great way to see whether or not you like driving this particular car or not.
When you’re able to enter into the environment of who you’d like to become (whether it’s wearing certain clothes, or going to certain places, or going window shopping, or learning something new in school for a future career), it trains your brain to see the new life you want to create as safe and familiar!
Acting As If is a way of experiencing something in real time, in your own body, rather than solely in your head (which is still really powerful), so you can recall the details of how it looked, sounded, smelled, tasted, and felt with your own senses, from your own perspective, later, whenever you want.
Acting As If is another way of saying, “Living into your dream” and it adds fuel to your creations!
So that’s where this Sidney Millionaire Lottery Grand Prize home tour comes in! When I stepped into the home, I felt like I belonged there, like I was getting a preview of my future!
Winning the lottery is definitely within the realm of possibilities!
If you want to view the Sidney home for yourself before your buy your tickets, tours will be offered soon, so come for a visit!
Tours and ticket sales starting November 10, 2018
on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4pm.
As you can see, imagining your future is easier than you think!
This Sidney home is one of eight grand prize options in the Millionaire Lottery 2018/2019.
The grand prize winner of the Millionaire Lottery doesn’t necessarily have to accept the Sidney home grande prize — they can choose one of seven luxury homes located in:
White Rock/Sooke (two-condo package),
The winner also has the option of choosing $2.7 million in tax-free cash instead of taking one of the prize homes.
Of all of the stellar choices, the Sidney home is the grand prize I’m going to pick when I win this year’s Millionaire Lottery because I’m planning to turn the property into a wellness retreat centre!
I envision a calming spa, a wellness gift store, guided wellness walks on the beach, hosting over night guests, meeting with my wellness coaching clients, and I can see myself giving self-care workshops in the suite or living room — it’s going to be amazing and I can’t wait for you to visit me there!
That’s my imagined future! What’s yours?
Millionaire Lottery Tickets are on sale now! 2 for $100, 5 for $175, 10 or $250 and 25 for $500.
Grand Prize and Final Draws:
Final Sales Cutoff Deadline: Midnight, Friday, January 11, 2019
Grand Prize Draw Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019
The lottery also includes extra games:
the 50/50 PLUS lottery with a maximum prize payout up to $1,140,000 (depending on the number of tickets sold), and
the Daily Cash PLUS game returns with 105 days of winning, with a value of all prizes being $300,000.
The Millionaire Lottery supports VGH and UBC Hospital Foundations and money raised from lottery ticket sales goes to:
Funding innovative research,
Advancing specialized adult health care, and
Purchasing critical medical equipment at Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Vancouver Community Health Services, and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.
Would you like to have some spiritual guidance on this topic? Consider signing up for a Free Crystal Mapping Session with Spa Therapist and Spiritual Wellness Coach, Maria Koropecky. Email Maria and book your free Crystal Mapping Session today.
I’m going to start off by saying Thank You and Happy Thanksgiving!
I hope you’re enjoying this time with your family and friends and you’re tasting all of your favourite treats like turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy and pumpkin pie and all of the fixins’ that come with this special holiday.
I’m sharing this day with family-friends and I’m counting my blessings. I have so much to be grateful for in my life! It’s always nice when people invite me over and serve delicious food made with love.
Most of us (especially polite Canadians! 🙂 ) are taught to say “thank you” after we receive something and that’s great. It’s an acknowledgement of an energy exchange.
Usually, the order is:
Someone gives something to you or does something nice for you; and
You receive it; and
You say, “Thanks!”
But today I want to turn that order on it’s head and suggest saying “thank you” first!
When we say thank you and are grateful for what we have, it means our needs are being met and therefore, there’s no need to fill anymore. Everything is taken care of and it’s a wonderful position to be in.
Sometimes, though, the things we most need and want seem to be missing. So, the question is: How do we create what we want to have and bring the good things in?
The answer is gratitude! Gratitude is the secret sauce when it comes to having what we want in life!
I’ve been studying the work of Dr. Joe Dispenza and he says, “Gratitude is the ultimate state of receivorship.”
The idea is, be grateful first, as if you already have what you’re asking for, and then you’ll receive it.
I know at first glance that what I’m talking about seems to put the cart in front of the horse and it may even sound like a downright lie. But I promise, once you get the balance right, it’s quite elegant!
There’s a sweet spot on the gratitude spectrum that will make asking for what you want and receiving all kinds of gifts and blessings way easier.
On the one end of the spectrum, when you’re asking someone for something (like your parents, spouse, boss, or the Universe) you may be crossing your fingers and hoping and praying and saying, “please, please, please!”
Unfortunately, pleading is not a sustainable or optimal method of manifestation. Sure it works sometimes because people may feel sorry for you, but pulling at people’s strings comes across as really desperate and needy and weak and will more than likely turn people off. It’s also quite manipulative.
As Dr. Joe said in one of his interviews, “hope is a beggar.”
And then on the other end of the spectrum, declaring what you want in no uncertain terms is also a misguided approach. It’s a “Give this to me or else!” expectation. It brings to mind robbing someone at gunpoint and making a demand and scaring the daylights out of people in the process.
Using force comes from a place of fear and hostility and never ends well. And ultimately, being overly demanding never includes gratitude.
Gratitude is the sweet spot
As it turns out, gratitude is the sweet spot between begging and demanding! Gratitude is the secret sauce when it comes to allowing and receiving the good things in life!
Do you know why? Because gratitude is a giving energy! It’s generous and it creates a space for things to happen.
Gratitude is giving thanks that we already have what we’re asking for. Gratitude is coming from a place of faith and trust that what we want and need are already in our magnetic field and are on their way to us and it’s just a matter of time before they show up in physical form.
I know that when I finally receive something I’ve needed, I feel a sense of relief on top of the gratitude. When I feel relief and gratitude, I can relax and know that things are going to work out and I’m OK. Isn’t that way better than worrying and doubting and feeling fear?
Try this next time:
Say thank you and be grateful for what you want to have, do, be, or give;
In your imagination, see yourself having what you want and feel what it would be like to have what you want; and
Receive and have and enjoy what you want!
So the next time you’d like to create something in your life, say over and over again, “I’m so happy and grateful and relieved now that I have….” (especially before you start seeing any evidence that what you’re doing is working) and really feel deep in your heart what it would be like to have what it is you’re asking for and really honestly, sincerely, and authentically, feel grateful in the present moment for everyone and everything that you can think of, including what you want to create.
It’s an amazing feeling!
As you can see, there’s no need to beg, borrow, or steal in our abundant Universe. There’s more than enough for everybody and it all starts with gratitude!
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by Guest Blogger, Paul Joseph from Health and Fitness Travel
and Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach
Now a trillion-dollar industry, wellness has become a buzzword and a lifestyle of choice for many. Each day, as countless people are becoming more proactive about their health and wellness, new companies are sprouting up to serve them. With all of the choices out there, sometimes it’s hard to know what to do next to keep things fresh.
That’s why I’ve teamed up with Health and Fitness Travel to write this piece. As avid promotors of healthy living, Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialists, explore the famous faces responsible for inspiring us to shift our attitudes towards wellness, self-care, and healthy living. From actors, to musicians, to athletes, here are 7 celebrity self-care quotes to inspire and encourage you on your healing journey.
1) Self-Care Tips From A Friend: Jennifer Aniston
With her sparkling blue eyes and phenomenal figure, you can just tell Jennifer Aniston takes good care of herself. As a long-term yogi and an open advocate for organic nutrition, Jen promotes a wholesome diet, getting your beauty sleep, and applying nourishing skin care products daily to encourage a healthy mind, body, and soul.
“Sunday is my spa day. I usually do a little mini facial time where I just give myself a good scrub, use a mask, and then the new Aveeno hydrating facial. I leave it on overnight and when I wake up, I have that dewy, glowing, twinkling skin,” ~ Jennifer Aniston
2) Music For Mental Health: Zayn Malik
A long-time sufferer of anxiety, Zayn Malik, the ex-One Direction singer, has shined a light on the topic of mental health, especially for men. After pulling out of the 2016 Capital Summertime Ball because of his struggles, this defining move opened up the conversation and lead him to the recent #ITSOKAYTOTALK campaign that has raised an alarm to the growing male mental health crisis. With the single biggest killer of men under 45 being suicide, many celebrities including Ricky Gervais, Matthew Lewis, and Harley Bonner are taking part in the campaign to give men the confidence to talk about their mental wellness. Regardless of whether you’re a man or woman, or older or younger than 45, if you’re going through a mental health crisis, please reach out to someone and get help right now. #ITSOKAYTOTALK
“This is for girls who have the tendency to stay up at night listening to music that reminds them of their current situation. Who hide their fears, hurt, pain and tears under the smiles, laughs and giggles on a daily basis. The girls who wear their heart on their sleeve. The girls who pray that things will work out just once and they’ll be satisfied. The girls who scream and cry to their pillows because everyone else fails to listen. The girls who have so many secrets but wont tell a soul. The girls who have mistakes and regrets as a daily moral. The girls that never win. The girls that stay up all night thinking about that one boy and hoping that he’ll notice her one day. The girls who take life as it comes, to the girls who are hoping that it’ll get better somewhere down the road. For the girls who love with all their heart although it always gets broken. To girls who think it’s over. To real girls, to all girls: You’re beautiful,” ~ Zayn Malik
3) Age Is Just A Number: Cameron Diaz
One of Charlie’s Angels is now a vocal advocate for the natural process of aging, stating that beauty is not just about your face… it’s about how you take care of your whole body. Her principles, accompanied by a healthy dose of science, are printed in ‘The Body Book” and “The Longevity Book.” Together, these are revolutionary wellness bibles on how to look and feel well. Her wholesome, holistic, and all-loving approach to aging is truly refreshing, especially these days where women are constantly pressured to keep themselves looking young.
“It is the responsibility of every human, not just dancers, sports stars, kids, and Olympians—to move. To embrace movement. To become movement. To live movement. Because moving can turn a regular Monday into an extraordinary start to your week. It can turn Tuesday into a quest, Wednesday into an adventure, Thursday into a triumph, Friday into a feat. No matter how you spend your days, claiming your right to MOVE is like claiming your FREEDOM,” ~ Cameron Díaz
4) Feeling Fabulous: Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson is incredibly passionate about inspiring others to lead happy and healthy lifestyles. In 2013, she started her own line of athletic wear called, ‘Fabletics’ and it has truly taken off! With her stunning and inspiring Instagram posts of her cardio and Pilates routines, it’s no surprise that Kate has inspired both men and women to ramp-up their fitness while having fun and looking fabulous, too. She’s also been known to emphasize the importance of good skin care, stating that she loves a facial massage and toner to keep her skin looking fresh and rejuvenated.
“The irony is that when we take care of ourselves first, we are in a much stronger place to take care of those we love,” ~ Kate Hudson
5) Meditation For Peace Of Mind: Russell Brand
With Russell Brands’ loud personality and flamboyant wardrobe, it’s hard to imagine him in a moment of serious quietness. After years of struggling with addictions, he realized that to recover, he needed to dig deeper within and confront the side of himself that he’d been trying so hard to cover up. With the help of meditation, the well-known comedian, actor, and activist was able to find peace. A true inspiration within this wellness revolution, he’s also the author of “Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions” and is now helping others by sharing his story and promoting the David Lynch Foundation, which provides transcendental meditation classes to people in at-risk communities.
“You need only allow gentle hope to enter your heart. Exhale and allow hope, and give yourself some time. This is a process of change that requires a good deal of self-compassion, which is neither stagnant nor permissive. We can just start by being a little kinder to ourselves and open to the possibility that life doesn’t have to be bloody awful.” ~ Russell Brand
6) Serving Up The Sun Protection: Maria Sharapova
Playing tennis all day and living in the “Sunshine State” certainly have their perks, but like Maria Sharapova will tell you, you have to remember to take care of your skin health while you’re out there, too. Following sound advice from her mother, the international tennis champion grew up with a great awareness about the effects of the sun on our skin. Inspired by shocking skin cancer statistics, Maria co-founded the sun-cream brand Supergoop to encourage others that no matter how old or young you are, or where you live on our planet, the time to start wearing sun cream is now!
“I still love things that you don’t even need to pay for. Going to the beach and being around five of your friends and having a good time means so much more than going out and spending hundreds of dollars,” ~ Maria Sharapova
7) Queen Of The Green: Beyoncé
After confirmation that Beyoncé would be headlining the much-anticipated Coachella Festival this year, the ‘Single Ladies’ star went vegan. She followed a 22-Day Nutrition meal planner, a program which she co-founded with her husband, Jay Z, and celebrity trainer Marco Borges. The aim of the program was to challenge both themselves and the public to move towards a plant-based lifestyle to benefit not only personal health, but also the health of our planet. She’s a Green Leader through and through! With environmental awareness growing and the love for animals spreading, veganism has been hailed as the single biggest way to reduce our environmental impact on Earth.
“We have to care about our bodies and what we put in them. Women have to take the time to focus on our mental health — take time for self, for the spiritual, without feeling guilty or selfish. The world will see you the way you see you, and treat you the way you treat yourself,” ~ Beyoncé
So, that’s it for now. If you’d like to refresh your wellness and self-care practices with some new ideas, we hope these 7 celebrities have inspired you! Whether you’d like to fuel your body with more nutritious food, or change up your skin care routine, or become a Green Leader in your community, or lengthen your meditations, or spice up your wardrobe, or try a new sport, the important thing is to just go for it starting today!
Looking to go on a Wellness Holiday?
With offices in London, Melbourne, Manila, and Toronto, Paul Joseph is the co-founder of Health & Fitness Travel, the Wellness Holiday Specialists. For advice, guidance, and booking, visit: www.healthandfitnesstravel.com or call 0203 397 8891.
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Having a successful workplace wellness program, corporate wellness program, or employee wellness program in your organization will help:
reduce workplace accidents
reduce stress levels
reduce long-term stress leave requests
reduce chronic disease that is driven by unhealthy lifestyle choices and stress
increase employee retention and
Healthy employees are easier to get along with and are more productive than unhealthy ones, so it stands to reason to implement a workplace wellness program and create a corporate culture that encourages health and wellness.
But what does it take for a workplace wellness program to go from ho hum to a humdinger?
If incentive gifts are part of your Workplace Wellness Program, you’re in good company. Many employers offer all kinds of perks that range from $0 to over $1000 – with $521 being the average per person – to motivate their employees and clients to stay the course and meet their health and fitness goals.
As a Wellness Coach and the owner of CruisingIntoWellness.com, I believe that providing incentives to your wellness program participants can really boost engagement.
People love free stuff – I’ve seen co-workers sell 19 copies of a cookbook just to get theirs free!
There are all kinds of ways employers and coordinators can add colourful sparkle to workplace wellness programs including having healthy snacks in the vending machines, offering group coaching, and using the latest fitness apps. Today, I’m just going to recommend giving merchandise.
At CruisingIntoWellness.com, I’m not talking about the all-too-familiar water bottles, pens, t-shirts, keychains, coffee mugs, or mouse pads. Instead, I’ve curated an assortment of fun, unique, and healthy products that I think your co-workers, employees, and customers would really use and enjoy, with the bonus of helping them stay on track with their wellness goals.
Here’s how incentive gifts work:
When your employees sign up to participate in your wellness program, give them a swag bag full of treats and goodies to help them start off on the right foot.
When your employees show they’re making progress towards their wellness goals, CELEBRATE and offer them their choice of an incentive gift within a low to medium budget range. Repeat often.
When/if your employees start showing signs of wavering and there’s a lull in enthusiasm, draw for prizes to boost their spirits again.
And when your employees reach their big milestones, CELEBRATE and offer them their choice of an incentive gift that they’ve been working towards all along, (keep a list of their preferences on file) within a medium to high budget range.
Here are 19 Popular Incentive Gifts For Your Wellness Program Participants from our Incentives Collection @ www.CruisingIntoWellness.com.
I coach Green Leaders on living the life that lights them up!
You may be wondering what I mean by Green Leaders. Well, to me Green Leaders have heart and interestingly enough, the colour associated with the Heart Chakra, is Emerald Green!
Our Green Intelligence is about our compassion and heart-felt feelings. Green balances our spirit world with our physical world so we can relate to others with unconditional love and kindness. Green is also the colour of nature, healing, and new beginnings.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to do work that allows you to share from your heart, to be of joyful service, to contribute in a meaningful way, to make the world an even better place, and to inspire others to do the same?
To me, that’s what being a Green Leader is all about and I invite you to give yourself a chance and to throw your hat into the ring!
Here are 25 signs you’re an up & coming Green Leader:
You have a big heart and you care about people, animals, and our planet.
You have a creative and nurturing spirit.
You’ve been asking yourself questions like, “What’s my life’s purpose?” and you feel like there’s something really big out there waiting for you but you can’t seem to claim it just yet.
Your new ideas for change have not always been well-received or understood and people have bullied, criticized, and harassed you for being different, but you’re still determined to keep going.
You want to take on more leadership responsibilities at work but you don’t know how to communicate your intentions to the higher ups.
You care about environmental stewardship, and you’ve volunteered on a clean up crew like the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup with the intention of doing that kind of work more often, or even starting your own similar group.
You’ve been on a Green Committee at work or school and enjoyed discussing ideas on how to improve your organization’s Reduce, Reuse, and Recycling efforts.
You’re what they call a “Green Consumer” and are mindful of the environment when you make your purchases, taking into consideration things like how the products are made, what the products are made from, and how far they’ve travelled to get to you.
You’ve thought about voting Green in past elections but there weren’t any Green candidates on the ballot or you were afraid you’d split the vote.
You look for ways to save money and stick to your budget and it bothers you when you notice things like money and resources being wasted.
You can’t stand watching incompetent leaders be in charge and feel like you can do a better job.
You’re opening your own business.
You’ve been the first in your family, neighbourhood, class, or office to do something new and positive, paving the way for others to follow suit.
You’d prefer your personal space to be neat, tidy, and organized but you’re still surrounded by clutter because it’s hard for you to throw things out.
Although you have access to a car, you’re starting to choose to walk, ride a bike, take the bus, or join a carpool more often.
You’re looking to optimize your health and wellness, and practice self-care, but you find yourself over-indulging in unhealthy behaviours from time to time.
You’re interested in eating fresh, healthy, and organic food every day but you still order highly-packaged take-out dinners a few times a week for the convenience.
Spirituality is becoming more important to you and you may be drawn to yoga classes, learning how to meditate, the personal growth movement, reading self-help, leadership, and spiritual books, attending workshops and seminars, distance running in charity events, going to church, praying, etc.
You’re noticing moments of synchronicity, the interconnectedness of events that aren’t planned or repeatable, and it’s really cool!
You’re an advocate for social justice and believe that all humans have a fundamental right to health, wellbeing, education, clean water, nourishing food, safe shelter, and freedom.
You’ve been known to speak for those who have no voice.
You’re grateful for the diversity in the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms of the world.
You marvel at nature’s beauty and enjoy camping, and nature hikes, and spending time outside in all kinds of weather.
You’ve witnessed an environmental disaster first hand and are now motivated more than ever to find solutions and create changes that will lead to a healthy future on a global scale.
Deep down, you’re optimistic about the future.
As you can see after reading this list, I’ve not painted the portrait of a perfect person or somebody who is better than everyone else even though they’re a leader because perfect is boring and more than that, perfect doesn’t exist, other than as a mathematical absolute. We’re all a work in progress and there’s always room to grow.
So, if you resonate with many of these qualities and you’d like to grow into your potential as a Green Leader and help make the world an even better place, please contact me, Maria. As a Wellness Coach, I can help!
Wellness Coaching Can Help You:
discover what lights you up so you can do more of it;
get clear about your life purpose and what you want to do as a Green Leader;
remind yourself about what’s already working;
uncover the hidden obstacles in your path;
figure out ways to blast through the obstacles as they come up;
I hope this blog post finds you well. I’m writing to let you know about what’s going on at Crystal Clear Coaching and my other wellness businesses these days. I feel like things are finally coming together and the foundation for what I lovingly call, my wellness empire, is in place.
I’m hoping that by offering different types of wellness services and letting my clients choose which approach they like best, whether it’s through mind, body, or spirit, I’ll be able to help people relax and have peace of mind. In their own way, all of these roads lead to wellness, and that’s my vision.
Through thoughtful questions and active listening, a coach can offer support in areas such as health, lifestyle, life purpose, relationships, business, career, and spirituality, etc., and can help their clients produce extraordinary, fulfilling, and sustainable results.
If you’re considering the idea of working with a coach, I’d love to offer you a free Crystal Mapping Session. Using the wisdom of crystals, Crystal Mapping is a fun and interactive way to chart your own course in life. You’ll get a taste of what my style of coaching is like and from there, you can decide if you’d like to sign up for a series of coaching sessions with me as well.
Supporting our own Stem Cell system is the key to good health and in my travels, I’ve found a new and unique aquatic-botanical product that supports our own release of bone-marrow stem cells. It’s a health supplement made from blue-green algae that comes from Klamath Lake, Oregon.
So, if you’d like to hear more about stem cell nutrition, to boost your health, to support your body’s own repair system, and get your hands on these supplements made by a company called, Cerule, please contact me, Maria, by email: email@example.com.
My training in the wellness field started in 2010 when I went back to school to become an aesthetician, so I have another business called Homespunspa Mobile Spa.
Since 2011, my team of aestheticians, spa therapists, and nail techs and I have done many, many dozens of spa parties in all kinds of beautiful homes, hotels, schools, and offices in the Greater Victoria area, including Sooke, North Saanich, and Lake Cowichan, and have met all kinds of wonderful people along the way.
So, if you’d like to host a spa party this autumn, just plump up those throw pillows and invite your friends over for some spa time, and we’ll do the rest!
The spa services at Homespunspa Mobile Spa are designed to help people relax and manage stress and if one to one appointments are more your speed, we also offer facials, manicures, pedicures, relaxation massages, and chair massages for individuals. Having a spa service at home saves you time and money and you don’t have to worry about driving through traffic, finding a parking spot, or hiring a babysitter.
As you can see, I’m passionate about wellness and I love helping people be proactive about their health. To further support my mobile spa clients and coaching clients with their health and wellness, I’ve opened an online store called Cruising into Wellness.
In store, you’ll find cruise wear, gemstones, jewellery, essential oils, colour bath pigments, tinted eyewear, Dr.’s Remedy nail polish, and so much more!
Please tell your friends about cruisingintowellness.com and if you’d like, make a purchase and I can bring your order to you at your next coaching session, mobile spa appointment, or spa party.
Check out my new wellness store and save 15% on the whole Medieval Thymes collection until September 30, 2017 @ www.cruisingintowellness.com.
And here’s a BONUS for being one of my clients! -> FREE SHIPPING!
For all of my Canadian clients, (Crystal Clear Coaching, Homespunspa Mobile Spa, and Cerule supplements), I’m offering free shipping on your first-time order of Cruising into Wellness products!
Just enter the discount code HOMESPUN at checkout!
Anyway, that’s my wellness empire 🙂 in a nutshell! Feel free to contact me if you’re interested in any of these wellness products or services. Hopefully, there’s something here that will help you.
Or, if you can think of anyone else who might appreciate what I have to offer, please forward my name to them. Thank you, I’d welcome your referral. I’m at your service.
Gossip is a negative, malicious, and damaging conversation about someone else behind their back.
Gossip is not friendly banter, idle chit-chat, or a productive discussion about work-related issues.
To illustrate my opinion, let me tell you a little story about Cytisus scoparius. Chances are you’ve seen these stunning yellow flowers, otherwise known as Scotch Broom, in the spring, in open meadows and along roadsides, in British Columbia.
On the one hand, this tough and pretty plant improves soil, is a good erosion-control plant, and it can be used to make brooms, hence the name.
On the other hand, Broom is invasive, it prevents other nearby plants from thriving, it’s a fire hazard, it’s toxic to livestock, and its pollen is considered an allergen to some.
Did you know that this species is not native to North America? It was imported here in 1850 with the help of a Captain who planted it at his Sooke farm, just outside Victoria, B.C., to remind him of home.
Little did the Captain know, once established, Scotch Broom is stubborn and difficult to remove. On top of that, it’s an aggressive, invasive species that is well-adapted to spreading: a single plant can produce 18,000 seeds per year! It’s also drought resistant and is able to survive in harsh conditions. Since the 1850’s, with the help of human hands, Scotch Broom has spread across British Columbia and beyond and has caused considerable damage along the way.
You may be thinking, “What a jerk! That Captain had some nerve bringing Scotch Broom to North America! Now, I have allergies!
You may also be thinking, “What does Scotch Broom have to do with gossip?”
Well, ironically, to make my point about gossip, I’ve just told you a story that maligned the character of a person who isn’t here to defend himself. It just goes to show how easily gossip can find its way into any conversation. I know the Captain was not malicious in his intent when he brought these flowers across the pond and I don’t want you cursing his name every time you see Scotch Broom on the side of a road. Instead, what I want you to think of, is gossip!
I told you this story because I really want to illustrate how gossip is just as invasive and destructive in the workplace, as the Scotch Broom is on the North American landscape.
Although gossiping may seem innocuous and harmless at first whisper, it plants the seeds of disrepute and negativity in the workplace.
No organization is immune from it but tolerating gossip in the workplace leads to a stressful work environment.
One little, not-so-innocent story about some unsuspecting person can travel quickly from person to person and group to group. That little story can hang on for years and can seriously damage the reputation and livelihood of the victim.
I don’t know if you can think of anyone who has missed out on promotions or has lost a job because of gossip, but I do. Me. I know gossip was a factor (among others) in the decision to let me go from a government job I had years ago. Aside from the on-going office politics, one of my co-workers belittled me behind my back, to anyone who would listen, and that gossip changed the climate in the office and my manager’s opinion of me.
Gossip in the workplace can also create productivity issues. It’s a huge time waster. If employees are talking about each other and are running to the supervisor to settle their differences, nobody is getting any work done. If gossip is running your office, you can almost guarantee that productivity is suffering also.
Gossip also breeds distrust among co-workers, staff, and managers. People will start to second-guess each other and strained relationships don’t make for good teams. The distrust will lead to low morale which will then lead to staff turnover issues. Your employees – the ones you have invested in – especially the top performers who don’t have time for this nonsense – will find jobs elsewhere. Who wants to work in a place where everyone is unhappy and doesn’t get along?
10 TIPS AND STRATEGIES FOR A GOSSIP-FREE WORKPLACE
Keeping gossip to a minimum is one huge way to reduce the tension and negativity among your employees.
Whether you’re a business owner, manager, supervisor, co-worker, or the reigning office gossip, here are some tips and strategies for a gossip-free workplace:
Tip # 1. DON’T PARTICIPATE IN GOSSIP – EVEN AS A BYSTANDER.
By participating in negative conversations, you perpetuate gossip and you also discredit and dishonour yourself by association. Any participation in gossip will be viewed in a poor light and may cost you a promotion down the line. It also shows that you’re not a “team-player” like you said on your resume.
Tip # 2. HOW TO RESPOND TO GOSSIP.
If you’re constantly hearing gossip from one of your co-workers and you really don’t want to hear the on-going saga, here are some things you can say to get off the hook, out of the conversation, and stop the gossip in its tracks:
I feel uncomfortable talking about “so-n-so” in this way.
I don’t think it’s appropriate to discuss “so-n-so” while s/he’s not around.
Hearing you talk about “so-n-so” makes me wonder if you tell any stories about me like this when I’m not here.
If you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.
Or, say something positive about “so-n-so” to turn the tables.
Tip #3. ASSESS THE CONTEXT
If you by chance catch wind of some gossip circulating around the office, assess the context. The gossip may be pointing to a weakness in the workplace that may need attention. Maybe employees are worried about a big change coming down the pike, for example. If that’s the case, having open communication, where everyone is in the loop, is the best way to handle the situation.
Tip #4. IF YOU HAVE AN OFFICE GOSSIP ON YOUR PAYROLL, talk to them in a closed-door meeting to find out what’s going on with them. Give them some attention and listen to what they have to say, so they feel heard. Forcing gossipers to explain themselves may shed some light on the situation. Once you hear their side, let them know that you will follow-up with anyone else involved, especially the person they are talking about. That alone may curb the gossip to a certain extent. Be sure to make it clear that at this point, the gossip must stop and that it is not tolerated at work.
Tip #5. DON’T LET YOURSELF BE THE SUBJECT OF GOSSIP.
Stay professional at all times, especially during office holiday parties because you never know who might be listening or watching. Keep your personal business to yourself and don’t confide in just anyone.
Tip #6. COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY.
If you have an issue with someone at work, tell them directly in a professional way rather than talking about them behind their back.
Tip #7. IF YOU’RE THE OFFICE GOSSIP.
If memories of past conversations in the office are floating in your head right now and if it’s occurring to you that you may indeed be the office gossip, think about why you feel compelled to talk smack about other people.
Are you trying to make yourself look better?
Are you trying to vent some frustration to feel better about yourself?
Do you enjoy the attention you get when you tell your stories?
Do you feel insecure about your own job?
Do you think you’re doing someone a service by exposing a flaw?
I’m hoping that once the gossiper sees how hurtful their behaviour is to others around them, they’ll change their tune to a more positive and supportive one in the world.
Tip #8. HAVE AN OFFICIAL NO GOSSIP POLICY TO DISCOURAGE GOSSIP.
Brief new employees on your no gossip policy when they are first hired and include “gossip” as a topic for discussion in a staff meeting. Let your employees know that gossip is not tolerated in this place of business and consequences of gossiping may include a written warning in their personnel file, a demotion, or they may even lose their job entirely.
I first came across a no gossip policy when I went back to school at the Aveda Institute and I must say, I was really impressed by their pro-active stance. I really felt respected by the school’s administration, like they had my back, and I really made a point of not engaging in gossip from then on.
Tip #9. FOSTER A SPIRIT OF COLLABORATION AND INNOVATION.
“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas,”~ Mary Curie
Ideas drive business. You’ve opened your business to solve a specific problem in the world and hired your staff to come up with ingenious ideas to deliver on that promise. Getting caught up in petty gossip prevents your staff from flourishing and from coming up with those amazing, out-of-the-box solutions that will put your business on the map. Let your employees feel safe to be creative, do their jobs, and wow your clients instead!
Tip #10. HIRE A LIFE COACH FOR YOUR STAFF.
A good life coach provides a safe place for people to express themselves. Instead of taking the passive-aggressive route of gossiping, employees can voice their concerns to a neutral professional who will help them work through their challenges in a constructive way.
Also, gossiping may demonstrate a talent for communication that has been mis-directed up-until-now and this person may in fact have the potential to be a great leader. Working with a life coach can really help staff members develop their communication skills in positive ways.
Allowing mean-spirited gossip to run rampant in the workplace can lead to a culture of distrust which will negatively impact productivity, morale, and loyalty. Managers should act quickly and not let gossip get out of hand. Pervasive gossip can be like Scotch Broom, and as it spreads, it will wreak havoc throughout a department, then the whole company, and will ultimately affect profits.
I’m sure you don’t want your company to be taken down by gossip, so make sure you nip it in the bud and refuse to tolerate it from here on out.