November 2010

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In mid-October I had begun to write this section, about the symbolism of Fall as a time of transition, not fully realizing how applicable this topic soon would become in my own life. As a result of the past several weeks – I recently experienced the death of someone very close to me – the topic of “transition” has taken on an entirely new meaning.

I could enumerate all kinds of clichés about someone’s passing. Instead, I’d rather focus on the how of responding to a transition. Transitions are scary because we are thrown into the unknown, experience a break in our routine, a change in the “natural” order of things.

Get Uncomfortable

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Yum, doesn’t that sound inviting?

But hold on a minute. How comfortable are you in your life? Are things just a bit too predictable? Are you nicely settled into a routine? Does your life feel like the same old, same old?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, your comfort level is definite proof that you’re playing it too safe.

You’re not growing. You’re not testing your limits. You’re not moving forward toward your most magnificent self. You’re stuck.

Is this really the way you want to spend your life? Don’t you crave some spice? Don’t you want to tingle with aliveness? Don’t you want to greet each day with anticipation of the opportunities it will bring?

So, what will it take to catapult you out of your comfort zone?

First, check in with your heart. You need to know where you’re going. What do you really want more of in your life? A more challenging job? More time to explore your interests? More peace and quiet? More self acceptance? More time for yourself?

Second, what would your life look like and feel like when you have this? Spend some time creating this vision in all of its glorious details. Talk to yourself in the first person, knowing this is your reality. Make the vision vibrantly come alive for you. Describe where you are, what it feels like to be this new you. Who are you now? What gifts do you have? How is your life different? What do you now know?

Relish this vision. Taste it. Fully feel it. Embrace it. Know that you can have it.

Yum, now this is delicious.

Ready to make it happen?

Yes, you can work on this by yourself. How many times have you already tried that solution? How many times have you succeeded?

What if you could have someone walk alongside you, encourage you, be there when you stumble?

Ensure that you never lose sight of your dream? In fact, someone to help you dream even bigger than you thought possible?

This is what Chrysalis Life Coaching is all about. You can become like the chrysalis, shedding your outer layer, releasing a beautiful, awe-inspiring butterfly, full of glorious details, brilliant colors, and joy in its new found freedom.

Are you living your most wildly audacious and fulfilling life? Isn’t it time?

“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware,
joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

Henry Miller

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Such a deal!

I recently began the 6-month process that will boost my coaching skills tremendously. As part of this training, I need to aquire practice clients to develop these new skills. I am offering a special opportunity for you to partner with me in this aspect of my training. I use the word partner because we will both get fantastic benefits from this alliance.

Benefits for you:

  • A supportive partner as you determine and create your best life.
  • A champion for the actions that you will take to determine and achieve your goals. Often these actions are relatively small, but make a tremendous impact.
  • Access to state-of-the-art coaching techniques, tools and resources.
  • A greatly reduced coaching fee. More on this later.

Benefits for me:

  • The opportunity to use newly acquired skills and to gain experience. Note that I will need to record our calls for supervision purposes, with your written permission, of course.
  • Your honest feedback. As part of our working alliance, I would ask you to let me know what is and is not working for you.
  • More clients. If you are benefiting from our work, I would ask that you let others know of my service.
  • The knowledge that I am supporting someone in the achievement of her best life.

So, how does this work?

We would begin with a no obligation, complimentary session done by phone. I would suggest that you take advantage of this whether or not you intend to enter a full coaching relationship. Why not get a free session from a coach who will help you to kick start your journey to your best life?

After this test drive coaching session, if you believe that you would benefit from my services, here is how our partnership would be structured:

  • We would determine how many 45-minute coaching phone calls you would like per month.
  • You would decide on the monthly fee, depending on your circumstances. This is a special, low-cost offer that completely bypasses the monthly fee of $300 to $500 charged by more experienced coaches.
  • I would be available to you between sessions via email or short phone calls.


Just send me an email. We’ll set up a time for your complimentary session that is convenient for you. Also, feel free to pass along this offer to friends or colleagues.

Regardless of your interest, I wish you all the best in the pursuit of your most fulfilling and wildly audacious life!

Robin Recommends:

four word self help
by Patti Digh

I am a big fan of Patti Digh’s books and blog. She has a

book cover way of grabbing your attention and imparting life-altering insights. And her latest book, four word self help, is ingenious in its simplicity, yet is chock full of simple nuggets of wisdom. She really sho wcases the power of well-chosen words. Try these on for impact:

  • be kinder than necessary
  • give up toxic people
  • motivate someone to care
  • stop counting, start including

Notice that all of her phrases start with a verb, so the wisdom is set in motion. Imagine what our world would be like if we followed the simple actions contained in her book.

All of her books contain beautiful, four-color illustrations, contributed by readers of her blog to help emphasize the concepts she weaves into her essays and advice. So, the reader learns and grows within the context of sumptuous artwork.

Want to know more? Check out her video,  which gives the background behind her blog, 37 days as well as a listing of her publications.