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We Create Our Own Stress

An excerpt from my dialogue with Paul McAleer on our podcast Designing Yourself, Episode #18: Under Pressure (originally aired July 24, 2014), with minimal editing for readability. I require deadlines. When I don’t have deadlines, and things are open-ended, they just don’t get done. When someone makes a request of me, even something totally benign [Keep Reading…]

Problems Cannot Survive in the Present

We had been under sail for the last hour, at meager speed, hugging Point Loma. Just as we passed the point and finally crossed over from San Diego Bay to the Pacific Ocean, we picked up a lot more wind and we were soaring. As the wind changed, so did the waves. Big rolling waves [Keep Reading…]

Getting Ready to Change

An excerpt from my dialogue with Paul McAleer on our podcast Designing Yourself, Episode #16: Ready Set Go (originally aired July 1, 2014), with minimal editing for readability. Two weeks ago I was finally certified as a professional coach. I was in this yearlong certification program where I was trained to be a professional coach [Keep Reading…]

What to Show for My Success

An excerpt from my dialogue with Paul McAleer on our podcast Designing Yourself, Episode #15: Growing Up (originally aired May 30, 2014), with minimal editing for readability. We got rid of a lot of stuff when we left New York. We could only keep what fit in the Jeep. That was it. So it required [Keep Reading…]

Rewriting my story (again)

[Below is the latest iteration of my About page, where I attempt to tell the story of my life thus far with clarity and meaning. Life is messy, and so is writing about it. But I keep trying.] . . . Whitney Hess, Certified Coach I help people bring their whole selves to their work. [Keep Reading…]

Just Do Some Thing

An excerpt from my dialogue with Paul McAleer on our podcast Designing Yourself, Episode #14: The Breakthrough (originally aired May 23, 2014), with minimal editing for readability. [To Roz Duffy] So much of what you’re talking about is about trying and doing, which are actions that you take, as opposed to fear and anxiety, which [Keep Reading…]

Transforming Work into Life’s Work

An excerpt from my dialogue with Paul McAleer on our podcast Designing Yourself, Episode #13: Making Things Happen (originally aired May 7, 2014), with minimal editing for readability. It’s really too bad that we don’t have another word for this, because it ends up giving work a bad name. This precise thing, this feeling of [Keep Reading…]