Dealing With Criticism and the Haters! The Coach, Critic, Criticism, Corrections, and Critical Assessment

A guest post written by my husband, Don Nenninger. Want to deal with the haters in your life? Have a critic in your family of origin who is always telling you another way to do it better, or why you’re not good enough? Work someplace where criticism is the norm? If any of these are

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Create Your Home Place

How do you define home?  Home is a physical place, but it is also a spiritual, emotional, and psychological place, too.  For many, home means a place of belonging and acceptance.  These feelings are vitally important to the development of identity not only growing up as children, but even into adulthood as well. Home is not necessarily a place, but

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You Are Here

Have you ever seen a map of a place, and in the middle of it there is a little marker with “YOU ARE HERE” on it?  Sometimes it’s nice to know where you are–like if you’re in a crowded mall, or on a complicated hiking trail. I think the YOU ARE HERE marker is a

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I’m Not Good Enough

I’m not good enough.  Is that something that crosses your mind a lot?  I would bet that a majority of people who read this article suffer from I’m not good enough.  You may not even be aware of it. I’m not good enough.  It’s a feeling that is pervasive in today’s world.  Want to know how to make

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Love Defined

Love.  I recently heard a guest on an Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday show define love as kindness.  I would also add appreciation for when you appreciate something, you are in a space of love. Love has many nuances to it.  I love my husband, but this love is different than my love for our children

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When Drama Drags You Down

Drama got you down?  Have you ever had one of those weeks–or months–that seems like there’s a situation occurring wherever you turn?  Drama in the family, crisis situation at work–it affects your sleep, your thoughts, your life! When you feel overwhelmed by negativity or stress, one thing that is helpful is to recenter yourself through

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Reordering Your Priorities

As a woman, I know all too well the superwoman feeling of having to do it all.  Let’s see…we’ve got work needs, home needs, personal needs, relationship needs, financial needs, social needs, spiritual needs–Whew!  No wonder work and life responsibilities are hard to balance!  So here’s a question for ya (life coaches and counselors love

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Be Amazing

Life certainly can hand you some challenges.  Let’s face it:  Sometimes you wonder what the heck you signed up for!  And yet, through it all, at the core of you is a changeless spirit–it’s not suffering, not judging, not doing or being anything but just being what is.  Your core, your essence, or what I

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Inspirational Quote of the Week–Martha Beck

“Imagine what you’d do if it absolutely didn’t matter what people thought of you. Got it? Good. Never go back.” ~Martha Beck Confidence.  One of the definitions of confidence is the “belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance.” (dictionary.com).  When you’re confident in yourself and your abilities, you don’t give a

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It Starts with a Question

This week I’ve been studying solution-focused brief therapy and it reminds me a lot of life coaching.  The therapist uses questions to get their clients to focus on solutions, not their problems. They also use a lot of “cheerleading” and they are very positive.  I love the idea of being solution-focused as opposed to problem-focused. 

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Happy New Year!

Happy new year to all! Wishing you success and abundance in all areas of your life! The first of the new year is traditionally the time to sit down, assess our lives, and based upon our assessments, create goals and resolutions to help create an extraordinary life.  We look to the past to see what

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Quote of the Week

This week’s quote is by Anthony Robbins: “How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?”  ~Anthony Robbins I thought this quote was especially pertinent with the New Year right around the corner.  Most people begin shifting their attention from the holidays to setting goals and creating a

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7 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Joy this Holiday Season!

Ahhhh….the holiday season.  Let’s see…there’s holiday parties, gifts to purchase and wrap, kids to calm down, memories to make–not to mention all those holiday recipes to make too!  Oh, and there’s holiday cards to purchase, address, and send, and…oh boy!  Is your stress level rising as you read this?  Are you going over a mental

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Quote of the Week

This week’s quote came from Facebook: “Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does.” It reminds me of the Golden Rule, which is based on your behaviors:  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Or, do no harm.  It is a lovely sentiment, but often times people are

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Do You Dream Big?

This past winter, my daughters were excited at the thought of no school because of an impending blizzard (the whole area was abuzz with the news of an upcoming storm–another glorious, full-blown, might-lose-our-power-yet-again storm!).  How fun it’d be, they thought, to have the day off, go sledding, play with our puppy in the snow, sip

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Quote of the Week

I love quotes.  I collect them–really!  I have a document on my computer that is 70 pages of just quotes.  So, you can imagine the dilemma each week having to come up with a quote–because there’s so many of them! Since it’s Thanksgiving this week here in America, I thought I’d share one on giving

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Quote of the Week

This week’s quote is a great one to remember if you tend to neglect yourself in the process of supporting others in your life.  Or, if you feel guilty about spending time improving yourself–whether it’s improving your body, mind, or spirit. Life is a gift and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to

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The Liebster Award

I’d like to thank Vicki M. Taylor for nominating my blog for the Liebster Award!  Vicki’s blog is Your Writing Coach, so I felt it was especially kind of her to nominate me!  Woohoo! I’m a curious type so I wanted to know what exactly was a Liebster Award.  According to Sopphey Says, the Liebster

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Quote of the Week

I love quotes.  I love their succinct messages and their pearls of wisdom.  I got the idea for this post series from a fellow blogger, Leah Davidson at RaisingFlowersandSkids.com.  Not only does she post a quote of the week on her website, she selects quotes of the week for her family too, and posts them

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What Makes You Happy?

I am writing this post in the midst of doing a 7-page paper on strategic family therapy.  It’s Tuesday and it has already been a busy week.  As the new Executive Director of a smaller nonprofit, I’ve come into the position with some great ideas for growth, surrounded by great people, and a not-so-great accountant

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Why I Love My Husband

Before my website crashed on that fateful day of August 26, 2013*, I had written a post about things I love about my husband.  I originally got the idea off another blog and I don’t remember whose it was, but I came across the idea again thanks to beautythroughimperfection.com‘s site.  Hey, I’m up for spreadin’

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15 Ways to Cut Down on Stress

Stress.  It wreaks havoc on your physical health, not to mention your emotional health and well-being. What gets you stressed out?  Some familiar triggers are: balancing work and life, finances, your job, your family, a conflict, boundary issues, or traffic/commute. What are some great ways to lessen the stress in your life?  Here are some suggestions: Stop comparing yourself to others

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Inspirational Quotes — 25 Great Quotes to Make Your Day Better!

Inspirational quotes are a fantastic way to motivate and inspire you.  They help shift your focus–especially when you need that little extra push or positivity in your life!  They are actually a great little tool to have in your life skills tool belt.  When you are feeling discouraged, down, frustrated, angry, stuck, unmotivated, confused (yeah,

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