Do You Give Yourself Permission?

Whether you’re my best friend or we’ve never even met, I know a secret about you: you’re capable of more than you realize. How can I be so sure? Because the 70+ people I’ve coached over the last 14 months have proven it to be true. Over and over and over again, I watch people [Keep Reading…]

Proud to be Whitney Hess, PCC

I am so proud to announce that I have earned my official designation as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the International Coach Federation​ —credentials I’ve been pursuing for a year! I received my coaching certification from New Ventures West​ in June 2014, and since then have accrued more than 750 hours of client contact. [Keep Reading…]

I Need Help

Originally published on the Pastry Box Project one year ago today on September 10, 2014 If you want something done right, do it yourself. That’s what we’re taught anyway. So we hone our self-reliance over a lifetime of hardship. We convince ourselves of others’ inadequacy and marvel in our own superiority. Everyone else is simply [Keep Reading…]

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…]