A dear friend recently asked me how best she could support my continuous success, especially in more challenging times. The offer of service was so sincere and heartfelt it got me to thinking about what family, community and being of service meant to me in my life. I so frequently muse to myself and those around me, that one of life’s many beauties is that as adults we can choose our family and community. We can choose to use our natural gifts, and apply our skills and talents in service to one another.
For me and mine, family has become that bond which is not necessarily tied through blood, marriage or obligation, but a decided union of nurturing kinship both through attraction (our common values, shared beliefs, mutual love and respect) and Universal design (we were put in each other’s paths for a purpose and a reason). Continue reading →
In part 2 of my 4-part miniseries of life and well-being advice/guidance seeking open letters from the community with my responses, Transition Steps seeks support in life after divorce:
Dear Coach Melanie,
I’m recently divorced from my husband and we don’t have any children. I have a well-paying job and nice home, but I’ve started to notice my life doesn’t fulfill me the way I want it to. I’m afraid of making the next big step out on my own. Continue reading →
It’s mid-January and you’re already feeling discouraged and losing momentum with your New Year’s resolutions. You are not alone! Amidst all the hype and prospect of a new year and turning over a new leaf, it is easy to get ramped up towards realizing goals. However, once reality hits and our schedules normalize again, negotiating the doing part of working on and achieving our resolutions may become more taxing and seem less unattainable. Which can often bring on the beginning of that slippery slope of rationalizing and justifying our delaying and procrastinating the goals we have set out for ourselves. Continue reading →