Lean On

Originally published on the Pastry Box Project one year ago today on August 10, 2014 I haven’t been sleeping well lately. I’ve had a lot on my mind. Building my coaching business. Finding a new place to live. Trying to buy a sailboat. Negotiating contracts on upcoming speaking gigs. Rewriting a book proposal for what [Keep Reading…]

Because I Didn’t Smile

Originally published on Medium two years ago today on July 23, 2013 “You haven’t smiled even once today,” he growls at me. “Yes I have.” “No…you haven’t.” And I sulk some more. So what if I’ve been lost in thought today? I have a lot going on. There’s a lot on my mind. Why do [Keep Reading…]

If Not Now

Originally published on the Pastry Box Project one year ago today on July 10, 2014 I turn 32 tomorrow so I’ve been thinking a lot about growing up. To the aspiring practitioners I coach and mentor every day, I’m a senior in the field. To the people who met me when I was just starting [Keep Reading…]

On a Year as a Certified Coach

Today is my one-year anniversary of being a certified coach. On June 6, 2014, I became a certified professional coach through New Ventures West, and was set off on a whole new adventure. My business and my life have changed dramatically. I went from a decade as a user experience practitioner serving businesses exclusively to [Keep Reading…]

A New Way to Be

Originally published on Medium two years ago today on June 1, 2013 Finding my spirituality. Doing yoga on the beach. Starting to meditate. Searching for retreats. Wondering about Buddhism. Reading about mindfulness and mindlessness. Eating better. Sleeping more. Waking up at the same time every day. Riding my bike. Spending less money on frivolous things. [Keep Reading…]

Living Life as an Observer

On being a loner and grappling with loneliness Originally published on Medium two years ago today on May 19, 2013 For as long as I can remember, I expected to spend my life alone. I’m an only child and got used to playing by myself at a very young age. I was never one for [Keep Reading…]

A Lifetime of Bullies

Originally published on the Pastry Box Project one year ago today on May 10, 2014 It started when you were five on the kindergarten school bus. An older girl threatened to punch your mom if you didn’t bring her caramels. Your mom caught you stealing caramels from the kitchen drawer, found out, and it stopped. [Keep Reading…]