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Could You Use Some Support this Month?

Out of curiosity to learn more about a current popular coach, I attended a “training” last week that promised job search tips, insider secrets and lots of other too good to be true promises. You know the kind. All fluff and no substance that are really just a marketing ploy to get you to buy some way overpriced something. Several hundred others were also in attendance. All eager for help. Many expressed frustration in the chat with being dupped into having their time wasted.

After being hollered at and learning nothing in that experience, I vowed to offer something that actually helps the people in my network. We could all use some extra support right now, right?!

I will listen and offer support and advice through complementary virtual 30 minute mini-sessions for the month of September. Whether you want to talk about your career or life in general, I am here for you! Spaces are limited since I am also currently IT support and lunch lady for my 13 year old daughter. Sign up here. And I swear there will be no empty promises or gimmicks involved! Just joyful support of whatever you want to discuss!

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How Can We Pay It Forward Today?

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Last week in one of my local mom groups, a mom reached out to ask if she could help match those in need of help with expenses with those who have extra funds to share. In that simple (and thoughtfully kind) message, she was able to coordinate helping 24 community members with over $3,000 in support in a matter of hours. That experience inspired me to find a way to share resources with a mom in my community this weekend. Having been the receiver of many acts of kindness throughout my life, I know the value of receiving and being inspired to pay it forward in kindness.

Times are surely tough right now and so many are hurting in so many ways. It’s easy to turn inward and focus on self during difficult times. I have found that focusing on others actually makes difficult times a little less difficult. When I focus on others, I am less focused on my problems and the related fears that create noise in my spirit.

My personal challenge for myself and to you is to find one way each day that we can pay it forward to someone else. What can we do or say to bring a little joy to someone else? To remind them that hope and joy abound even in the midst of the difficult times. Try it today and see what happens! #choosejoy

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What’s Your Work? Can You Name It?

“And while we’re here, let’s get to our work!” Wes Moore closes his powerful Super Soul Sunday talk with these words having explained the importance in knowing the difference between our job and our work. Do these words excite you? Terrify you? Do they make you “nervicited” as my daughter likes to say? (nervous and excited mashup)

Regardless of how you feel about it, can you honestly say you are doing your work? Can you even name it? It took me over 20 years to figure out my work. My work is helping others to name their work and find a way to do their work at their job (when possible). I help people just like you to grow their choosing muscles so they can feel empowered to choose joy, choose to do their work no matter how much it scares them, and choose to be fully themselves in this world that doesn’t always respect that choice.

Please don’t put off your work any more. As Wes reminds us, no more days are promised. Let’s start doing our work today! As always, reach out if I can support you. The world needs more people doing their work.

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What Do I Do? Keep Choosing

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At the end of a difficult week for our country, I’ve seen many social media posts asking how they can help with creating the change needed to address our country’s racial injustice and systems of oppression. There are no clear or easy or one size fits all answers. But it is clear we all have work to do! For some it is being on the front lines of protests, for some it’s educating oneself on how to be anti-racist, for some it’s putting resources (money AND network) to use, and many other roles that must be played for change to actually happen this time. Because let’s be clear that this is not new work and some folx have been in the trenches for years.

There’s a lot I feel and could say, but I’ll spare you that soapbox. In my reflections, I keep coming back to my coaching philosophy which is reminding us all of the power of our ability to choose. Choose Joy. Choose Love. Choose Justice.

One of the ways I have chosen to live my values and own my power to choose this week has been to create a crowdsourced list of POC-owned businesses to support. POC = People of Color. This initially started as way to collect and create a list for a local mom FB group and has since expanded beyond. A fellow mom suggested converting to a website for ease of use and expanded access. I think that is a great idea so here we are!

Here is the POC-owned businesses spreadsheet that mostly includes businesses local to Decatur, GA and Metro Atlanta with a few national sites as well. Everything from dentists to clothing to restaurants to plumbers and everything in between. Please share with your networks and shop on these sites before clicking on your favorite meal divery site or online giant retailer.

If you have suggestions to add to the list, add them directly to the spreadsheet. We want to keep this crowdsourced and true to it’s intent to support POC businesses so please make sure you only add POC-owned businesses to the list.

And above all else, please figure out your role and let’s all use our strengths and our power to choose to make change for racial justice a reality. Keep choosing!

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It’s ok to grieve and have ALL the feelings right now

“It’s absurd to think we shouldn’t feel grief right now. Let yourself feel the grief and keep going.”

This is a powerful and feeling-provoking article. Let’s support one another in naming the feelings we have right now and doing what we need to do to support our mental health and overall well-being.

Below, I offer one of my favorite quotes that anchors me when my feelings overwhelm me.