“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.”
What are you grateful for today?
Sometimes it is as simple as that – taking a moment to notice. I have a gratitude journal that sits by my bed collecting dust most days because I forget that gratitude takes practice.
When I take the time to simply notice what I am grateful for and write it down, I become aware of the fullness of life. My attitude shifts. I am able to let go of the thoughts and habits that artificially stir up trouble. I feel more centered, more grounded which means when I bump into a real problem, I am able to respond with more grace and a sense of humor.
Today I renewed my commitment to a simple practice of gratitude. I started the day by writing down 3 things for which I am grateful and I am committed to do this simple practice for 40 days. Hopefully by then it will become a daily habit!
What simple practice of gratitude will you do?
TRANSITIONS: Successfully Navigating the Moments In-between
Thursday, October 14 at 10:30 AM CT
It’s Fall in the heartland. The trees are changing from vibrant green to shades of red and gold. The days are shorter; the air is crisp. We are slowly and surely moving from the heat of summer to the chill of winter. FALL is a season of TRANSITION.
This month The Growing Edge Teleclass will explore TRANSITION. Sometimes they are challenging, sometimes they are graceful. They are inevitably part of the natural rhythm of life.
Join me on October 14 as we tap our collective wisdom and knowledge about navigating transitions.
• Why are some transitions smooth and easy?
• How come some are rough and require lots of effort?
• What makes a transition exciting?
• What has you dreading a transition?
• What resources do you count on when you are in the midst of a transition?
I will share some strategies for staying sure-footed as you dance with the rhythms of life’s transitions.
I promise that you will leave our conversation inspired and ready for any transition that comes your way (or is already underway!)
I am looking forward to growing with you this month!
Despite what the calendar says, summer is officially over next week at our house when school starts again. We are making the most of the last few days of our relaxed routine with extra trips to the beach, staying up late reading or roasting marshmallows at a backyard bonfire, long walks around the neighborhood, and savoring the casual conversations with friends and neighbors.
We have plans for a fun-filled escapade to the Mall of America, a few last play dates, a camping expedition and a hiking adventure in the woods surrounding our neighborhood.
This week is a celebration of all things SUMMER – fun, spontaneity, adventure, connection, recreation!
How will you be celebrating summer?
Sunny summer regards,
Happy Mother’s Day Everyone! (one day late). I hope that you are taking some time to celebrate the wonderful women in your life. This week I was thinking about my Mom and appreciating the gifts she has given me over my lifetime, and then it hit me …
My Mom was my first life coach!
She was the first person who created a safe space for me to be all of me. She showed me that life was full of learning and that learning could be FUN! She saw my greatness when all I could see were my limitations. She nudged me out of my comfort zone, giving me opportunities to try things she had a hunch I would love. Most of all she loved me with out reservation or conditions.
Thanks Mom for giving me the best foundation for my life and my career!
Who was your first life coach?
What would a partnership with a coach give you today?
Call me and let’s get to work!
What do you want to be when you grow up?
- Construction Worker
- Professional Soccer Player
- Olympic Athlete
Those are some of the answers to that question around our house these days. Each answer gives clues about that person’s passion in that moment. It is delightful to witness how those passions blossom.
I love asking myself and my clients that question. It invites us to dream, to wonder, to change. The question nudges us to consider possibilities and assumes that there is always room to grow!
My husband is percolating on plans to ride his bicycle across America. My nephew would like to be a successful ballet dancer in New York. My thriving flight attendant friend looks forward to the day when she can return to the Missionary work that feeds her soul. When I grow up, I want to create a lucrative business cooperative for women entrepreneurs who are as dedicated to their families as they are to their work.
So how about you – What do you want to be when you grow up?
Image source: https://www.nbcolympics.com/freestyle-skiing/index.html
The blank page…
The pristinely white fresh layer of snow…
A new year…
Aren’t these vivid, tangible metaphors inspiring? I get to write my own story, make my own path, and set my personal intentions.
What DO I want?
Sometimes the prospect of endless possibility is paralyzing. It is so big, so wide open that it overwhelms me. I don’t know where to start. I am frozen, not empowered!
And then I take a deep breath and come home, home to my heart.
Today, I am surprised to discover that my heart is brimming with joy and satisfaction. I had no idea how full it is. I feel the heart to heart connection to those I love and those that love me! As I linger here, I can feel the swirling juice of life course though my whole body. I see faces, recall sweet moments, sink deeper into that ever present pool of love.
Wow … who knew? I have been so caught up in the hubbub of activity, I lost track of simply being. Now I know what I want for today. I want to carry this delightful heart-filling joy with me as I go on through my day – coaching my clients, prepping for my class, cooking dinner, connecting with my husband and children. Coming home to my heart, I can carry my being into the doing of the day.
How are you living with possibility today?
Now that we are almost done wrapping the presents, I have started to think about wrapping up the year. Most people have some kind of ritual or tradition of saying farewell to the year. During December, I offer my clients the opportunity to recap this year using The YAHOO/BOO HOO/AH-HAH list. (Try saying that 3 times fast.)
Under the YAHOO, we look at accomplishments, what you are most proud of, and any other items to celebrate; BOO HOO – goals not achieved, regrets, disappointments and any sad moments; AH-HAHs – key learnings or lessons this year offered.
Then my clients create a personal ritual for closing out the year. Once that is complete, we tackle setting intentions for the next year.
How will you wrap up 2009?
It is the middle of the night. The moon is shining bright. I can’t sleep tight.
My mind is full and it isn’t visions of sugar plums dancing inside of my head. It is that never ending TO DO list caving in on me:
- Buy Groceries
- Send Holiday cards
- Balance the books
- Deadlines this week
- Piles of email
- Kids’ homework
- OMG – I forgot to get my blog ready for tomorrow!
“CALGON TAKE ME AWAY!” ;-D
I think I need a retreat. Thank goodness my FREE Teleclass this week features the delightful, down-to-earth Retreat Coach, Michelle Burns. She is going to lead us in a mini-retreat to reconnect, get grounded, and BREATH. There is still time to register HERE. Michelle is absolutely passionate about this crucial tool for success. I am happily anticipating this hour of playful reflection and conversation. Hope you can join the fun and respite.
Last week I got the chance to play with some very wise women in my FREE monthly teleclass. We tackled the topic of INTUITION – what is it, how are we aware of it and what happens when we disregard it!
Here is what we came up with…
Intuition is that deep sense of knowing that we can’t quite explain. Everyone has it – just like everyone has a mind of their own. Sometimes we very good at listening to the wisdom our intuition offers. Sometimes we actually talk ourselves out of listening to our intuition.
Intuition sends information through a variety channels:
• It can be that unexplained feeling that you just can’t shake.
• It can be a vivid image or symbol that appears out of nowhere.
• It can be a persistent thought that doesn’t go away.
• It can speak to you though physical sensations – a backache, a pain in the neck.
• For some it speaks in vivid dreams or visions.
Intuition is always right – however, our interpretation of the signals our intuition sends isn’t always accurate. How often have you found yourself saying – “I knew it! I knew something was up. I just couldn’t put my finger on it.”
When your intuition nudges you this week, get curious. Discover what you know, without knowing how you know it!
Testimonials from My Clients
There is no colleague I respect more than Mary Olk. She has an unwavering commitment to personal and professional growth for her clients and herself. She is a truly gifted inner guide—extraordinarily insightful, self aware, highly skilled, and wise. I am especially proud she has chosen to integrate the Gremlin-Taming® method into her own naturally potent style of facilitating others to tap into and channel their potential. Her clients are beyond fortunate to have her in their lives.
Rick Carson Dallas, Author, Taming Your Gremlin® and A Master Class in Gremlin-Taming®
“Working with someone like me, not as goal oriented, is tough! But with Mary I learned you can be goal-oriented and it doesn’t have to be like you’re in the military.
She listens beautifully. She reflects it back with a question that makes me think about it in a way that I hadn’t. And she’s funny.”
Mary Moga Higher Education Administrator
“I am somebody who needs homework. I need someone to say ‘Do X Y and Z and get back in touch,’ instead of ‘Think about this and we will talk.’ Mary structured things for me in that manner. Otherwise it is easy for me to put things on back burner.
There were two big main issues that Mary and I worked with: I had too much on my plate, and my marriage was blowing up. So we worked on both.
I gained a good sense of not only who I was but trusting that I had the answers, which is really where you want to get to: That you can trust yourself with the way you are feeling and that the decisions you are making are right for you.”
Dayle Quigley Hayward, Wisconsin, emergency room physician
“I’ve pretty much doubled business over the course of working with her. I know it is tough to attribute it to one single thing, but I know with certainty that she is a part of what has allowed me to do that. And, working with Mary has helped me have much more authentic conversations with people in my life, whether those are people I’m dating, or my relatives, friends or colleagues. She’s helped me get a clear sense of my voice in all those types of relationship.
She has helped me get out of my own way on the goals that really, really matter to me.”
Annemarie Estess San Francisco, small business owner and coach trainee
“For sales people in general a great coach is an asset because we are forced to deal with negative emotions every day – there is a lot of rejection and fear. The resilience needed to withstand that is greater when you have an asset like Mary.
She helps me think through what is going on. If there is conflict with my values, she helps me articulate what is going on. From that we trade action steps to progress through a challenge, or take on an opportunity. She takes what is within me and helps me make sense of it and create actionable steps.
Mary does not bring a one-size-fits-all approach – this is a customized approach we have worked on over the past four years.”
Gabriel Harren Minneapolis, Sales Rep and Entrepreneur
THREE WORDS: Professional, Humor, Authentic
Mary's sense of humor, coupled with her raw authenticity, gave me a huge play ground to be myself and to experiment with letting go of concepts about myself that no longer served me. Our work was, and continues to be, life-changing.
I send my closest friends and family to Mary when someone needs a coach. Enough said. I know you'll get nothing but excellence when you work with her.
Jane Massengill Master Certified Coach