Tired of Being Misunderstood…A Dear Coach Melanie Letter, Part I

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We all need support through seeking advice and guidance from time to time.  See what Tired of Being Misunderstood had to ask regarding being heard by her/his community and managing their well-being needs in part 1 of my 4-part miniseries of life and well-being advice/guidance seeking open letters from the community and my coaching responses:

Dear Coach Melanie,
I’ve been fighting some health concerns for a while which means I’m often tired, depressed or both and find it difficult to balance my usual workload and commitments.   Continue reading

True Growth Stories

Sunbeams on Tree Stumps (field)We all enter negative mindsets, (guilt, shame, defeatism…) from time to time.  I know I do. It’s common, human and in very small doses serves a purpose- introspection, higher gratitude, clarification.  Like yin and yang, black and white, up and down, positive mindsets would not exist without their relative opposing negative counterparts.

“…Difficult and easy give rise to the same concept; Long and short are derived by comparison; High differs from low only by position; Sound and echo blend into one harmony; Front and back follow one another sequentially.”  — Lao Zi

The real trouble begins when we become trapped in negative mindsets, thus stunting our growth and blocking our ways forward and upward. With that in mind, the other night a thought came to me:  Active-Proactive, Release. Continue reading

Communication Quandary

Communication.
Video Wall with Human Silouhettes
It is such a broad and weighty term.  It’s a subject that commonly comes up in our workplace environment surveys and is frequently noted as a key challenge in our relationships, whether it’s work, family, or friends related.  Perhaps, when we use the word “communication”, what we are really referring to is “effective communication”.   Continue reading

Knowing We’re Growing Together

Two Trees at SunsetOur journey of growth and discovery can find us not always on par with our friends, families, co-workers and partners; our “growth speedometers” are not in sync.  Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to unwanted conflict and tension in our relationships.   Continue reading