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A Tail of New Beginnings
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Life coach and horse therapy
Life coach and horse therapy

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This video provides a quick look at what Equine Gestalt Coaching is all about.
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Happy Valentine's Day!

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Check this video out. A totally normal day could lead to this...
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Like most New Year's, 2017 started out with optimism and a sense of organization. Then a cold blast of winter hit our area leaving the city shut down, people's cars stuck along the highways, in their driveways, and in parking garages. I drive a 4x4 that could handle just about anything, and it did, except for the hill outside the apartment complex when it turned to ice. I slid down it and nosed my truck toward the deep snow and curb, so I could gain the leverage I needed to continue the trek to the stop sign at the bottom of the hill.

The cold weather continued for days here in the Pacific Northwest, and finally, relief came in the form of rain, and more rain. Temperatures increased, and the snow has melted from the streets.

What happened to me during this time was a feeling of dis-ease. I felt a sense of loss, fatigue, and some old fears surfaced. I found myself wanting to hibernate and eat more carb-loaded foods that are laden with the white powdery stuff…sugar. Egad! I longed for warmer weather, the sunshine, and some peace of mind.

Although I started out not being in the best of mind frames, I decided it was a perfect time to take advantage of being at home. I cleared out some old papers, did some more work on my website, and a few other things for my coaching business that kept me busy. I gave myself permission, and that was tough; to relax and enjoy some television, read a book that was just for fun, and sleep in a bit longer.

I guess the point I'm trying to make here is that obstacles can and do get in the way of our optimism, our dreams, our goals, and desires and it's what we do with these barriers that will make or break us. Life is full of temporary setbacks. It's just a given.

What can or will you do to get through the obstacles?

I’ve put together a short list of five things to consider. These five helped me to make the attitude adjustment needed to get through the recent arctic adventure. Perhaps they’ll help you as well.

Breathe – Take the time to think about the situation and then figure out what you can take control of and then act on it. Movement is essential! If we find ourselves stuck and frozen, the obstacle will eventually just feel bigger and possibly overwhelm us even more. So, get moving, even if it's only to clean out a drawer.

Options –What are your options? List them all. Check the ones that seem achievable and cross off the ones that aren't. Opening our minds up to the possibilities can bring mental clarity and a fresh perspective along with new ideas on how to overcome an obstacle. The more options you can give yourself, the quicker you'll overcome the obstacle.

Acceptance – Wishing for things to be different can only take you so far. Denying that the problem exists can worsen the problem. Possible solutions, answers, and opportunities for growth are left unexplored. Truly, the best option is to acknowledging the circumstances and accept them as they are and allow that state-of-mind to assist in opening the windows and doors of solutions.

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the
consequences of any misfortune – William James

Small steps – Once you’ve made your list of possible solutions, you can take small steps towards achievement of the goal. Doing so will help keep you moving forward and can take away that sense of overwhelming circumstances. Think bite-sized pieces of a project, and you’ll be on your way to achieving your goals, as the bit sized pieces become bigger and bigger chunks accomplished. Leaving you feeling a sense of accomplishment.

Don’t Quit – Lastly, don’t quit! Throwing in the towel too soon will never bring the rewards of accomplishing the goal. Massive action is what it takes to overcome the greatest obstacles of life! Be persistent, persevere in the wake of fear and make a commitment to our self to stay consistent with what you desire. As the Nike slogan says, “Just Do It”!

If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up
against the odds – Jesse Jackson

Ultimately, obstacles are life's lessons thrown at us. Lessons teach us about ourselves. They can strengthen our resolve, boost us up for the life long journey ahead and help us to achieve success in anything we set our sights on having.

Solutions, answers, and opportunities for growth are left unexplored. Truly, the best option is to acknowledging the circumstances and accept them as they are and allow that state-of-mind to assist in opening the doors and windows toward change.

If you or someone you know could use some help with overcoming obstacles, reach out to me at www.atailofnewbeginnings.com
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It's lengthy but a good video
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Although, cold and windy, it's a beautiful sunny day here in the Pacific Northwest. A perfect day to work from my home office (my kitchen bistro table) and view the sunshine from inside my apartment.

It's also a great day to continue efforts to create the business I dream of having. That dream is about helping women to achieve health and wellness. My biggest dream is to see heart diseases to no longer see heart disease as the number one killer of women.

Some questions to ask yourself -

Have you survived a heart attack?
Have you been diagnosed with heart disease?
Do you have a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, or other risk factors that could possibly lead you to a diagnosis of heart disease?
Maybe you’ve answered no to all the previous questions, but you’d like to work on reducing your risk for heart disease.

Regardless of where you are starting from, I can help.

I can help you explore and learn techniques that will reduce the demands of “normal” daily stress.
Provide you with an understanding of how important it is to remain physically active.
Support you in your work/life balance.
Provide family and caregivers with ways to support you in your journey toward a healthier lifestyle.

Go to http://atailofnewbeginnings.com/heart-disease/ and get started today on the road to better health and wellness.

In Health,
Vonie
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After many wonderful years in the fitness industry I decided it was time to launch myself on another career path, one that would add value to my current career and give me the opportunity to grow, refine, and advanced my skills towards connection.

Consulting with a friend of mine, who’d been attending a life coaching program, I made the decision that a coaching career seemed like the next best course. So, it began. July 1, 2014, I was officially a student in the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method (EGCM).

The EGCM program was filled with 24 months of curriculum, eight intensive hands-on CORE Workshops, 48 private coaching sessions with my own coach, a comprehensive written (takes 4-5 hours to complete) and continuing education. Wow, that’s a lot of work and how many times did I think to myself, “what have I gotten into? I thought I was done with school.” You see, in 2008, I had graduated from Portland State University with a BS in Physical Activity and Exercise and a BS in Community Health. After all the years of working in the fitness industry I had finally gone to college to make myself official in my field of expertise.

I still am passionate about the work I do in the fitness industry. As a Pilates Instructor/Trainer training private clients in the Pilates Method, I get to help people to achieve health and fitness in a way that they see results based on the work they do in and (homework I give them) out of the studio.

The great part about the life coaching is that I get to help people to achieve a different level of success and fulfillment in their lives. Utilizing the skill sets that I have with my educational background and experience I decided my niche would be working with women and heart disease…a topic very close to home for me.

So, now when someone asks me what I do for a living I tell them that I’m a Heart Health Coach. A coach that provides an opportunity for a different kind of healing of the heart and it all starts with an examination of the heart’s journey – bringing closure to the past and releasing that which holds the heart hostage, healing through forgiveness of self and others, discovering ways to live a better life NOW, and envisioning brighter tomorrows.

I would also tell you that I’m a writer, a longtime fitness professional, a horse woman and that I’m dedicated to the idea of helping women to achieve their greatest health and well-being.

So, if you or someone you know has lived through the nightmare of a heart attack, lives with the fear of having another heart attack, has bouts of angina with no explanation as to why, or just wants to heal their heart in a different and unique way -- please reach out to me and let’s head down the path of new beginnings and bring about the healing the heart so desires.

In Health,

Vonie
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Bringing my business to Google+
The website will be seeing some changes.
New workshop being created for the new year.
Keep checking back for new opportunities.
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