Celebratory 55’s

Ray at Walden Pond 2013One morning, a few days ago, I checked up on the statistics for the Sunrise Journeys website, and I was delighted to see that the views of all the posts, pages, and pictures totaled 5,555.  Beyond the value and appreciation I have for being connected with a like-minded community, I was struck by the symmetry of the number.  5-5-5-5.  There is much in my life for which I am grateful, and I’ve decided that this additional abundance is worth kicking off a season of celebration at Sunrise Journeys.

I can’t help but attribute my delight for where/how I am to the culmination of a series of turtle steps.  Good stuff has happened in my life; a positive attitude and positive changes have produced many positive results.

Five years ago I was stuck in a downward spiral: my Dad was in the end stages of Alzheimer’s Disease; my Mom, siblings, and I were all struggling through prolonged grief and loss; I was lonely; and I was struggling to do good work at a job that didn’t suit me and left me unfulfilled.  Life was T-O-U-G-H.

Little-by-little, step-by-step, things changed for me.  Even now, I can’t pinpoint one specific moment where change began.  I think it was a combination of dissatisfaction and hope; small changes in my actions as well as my perception.  Realizing the satisfaction I felt helping my family through our grief and loss.  Recognizing the personal connection I was lacking in my professional life.  Meeting a lovely woman and taking the chance to hope and believe I might be loveable and wanted.  Learning, for the first time, what it truly means to love and believe in myself, and understanding that a sustainable, healthy relationship is built from the foundation of self-awareness and self-acceptance, not the need or expectation that the other will provide what I myself cannot.

I left my job and career.  I began training as a life coach.  I practiced self-care.  I rested more, played more, and laughed more.  I got my own life coach.  I adopted sobriety, running, and meditation as practices in my life.  I took the plunge and trained for nine months in the Martha Beck program.

I now strive to accept my failures; I accept my human imperfection, knowing that failing is an innate part of daring and attempting—the foundations on which living and growing build.  I love in ways wider, deeper, and greater than I think I ever have before.  I like myself more and am more satisfied with myself.  I am physically and mentally more healthy.

Ray with Thoreau at Walden Pond 2013I’ve been married two-and-a-half years [Celebrate]!  I opened Sunrise Journeys Life Coaching [Celebrate]!  I’ve communed with like-minded people and coaches, both virtually and face-to-face [Celebrate]!  At my last physical, my doctor was so pleased by my lifestyle changes and test results that he took me off my blood pressure medications [Celebrate]!  I’ve met Martha Beck [Celebrate]!  I’ve traveled to California, Montreal, New York, Toronto, and Italy [Celebrate]!  I’ve completed my Martha Beck Life Coach Training [Celebrate]!  I’ve published 160 posts and have had over 5,555 views from 29 different countries [Celebrate]!

I am still a work in progress.  I still need to focus on accepting what is the now in my life, while envisioning where I want to go next.  I connect with my clients and all those in my life, because we are all playing between the reality of what is and the limitless abundance of what can be.

My next challenge is to complete the certification process as a Martha Beck Life Coach.  Here’s where you can join me in celebration.  I will be accumulating the requisite coaching hours in order to complete my application.

  • In celebration of my 5-5-5-5, I am offering a 2-for $55 package.  For the lucky first five to contact me, each will receive: a complimentary introductory session, plus two 55-minute sessions—All for $55.  That’s almost 3 hours of coaching!!!
  • Explore (No Risk!) with the complimentary session.  If we’re not the right fit, then that’s that.
  • If you already have a coach, please pass this offer on to a friend.  Or, better yet, you can order the 2-for $55 package as a gift!
  • After the complimentary session, we’ll work together, focusing on who and how you choose to show up in the world, and we will Look Forward to Your Ideal Future!

Let’s celebrate and grow together.  Namaste, Friends.

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