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What’s new with you?

Hi there!

What have you been up to lately? Who are you becoming? Where do you want to go? What juicy new projects are you excited about?

Are you in transition? Moving from one thing to the next? Feeling like it is time for a change? Or maybe life is just changing all around you?

I’m currently in transition myself. I’m participating in a Certification program, to help me earn two professional coaching designations: a CPCC (Certified Professional Co-Active Coach) and ACC (Associate Certified Coach). I’m currently accepting new clients and I’m offering a FREE Sample Coaching Session for anyone who is interested.

Working with a coach is a great way to get support for yourself as you move through a transition phase. Coaching allows you to get clear on what you want and why its important. About who you want to be and what you want more of. And how to get there.

I am also working on building a community for creatives who are spiritual but not religious, called Creative Spirit U. Coaching and Creative Spirit U have become my primary two projects at the moment, and my artwork has taken a bit of a back seat for now.

I’d love to hear what’s new with you! Please leave me a comment and let me know what’s the latest and greatest in your world! ♥

Requesting Your Help

Creating a handwriting font. Photo and handwriting © Anne M. Gaal; All rights reserved. http://gaalcreative.com

Hello! Today I would like to start by thanking you for stopping by and being one of my blog readers. You are the best! Thank you! ♥

I am currently in the process of planning for the coming year, and I would love your input. I am trying to decide on my overall theme for the year. I know that I will be coaching in 2014! But I’m also trying to pick and choose between several other projects that I’m considering. Of course, I’d love to do them all, but that isn’t realistic!

So I’d like to ask you for your feedback and input!

What would you like to see from me in 2014?

What would you like more of?
What would you like to see me do differently?

Which of these products would you be likely to purchase?

  • Having your own handwriting made into a font that you can use on your computer such as for letters or in digital scrapbooking
  • Cling-mounted red rubber stamps designed by me
  • A class on dealing with Shadow Emotions such as anger, jealousy, resistance, or fear
  • A CD or downloadable MP3 with guided meditations or affirmations
  • A way to list YOUR art, creativity, or spirit classes online to others in a one-stop shopping place for creative spirits from all over the web

Please take a few moments today to leave me a comment – even if you don’t normally. I would love to hear from you! ♥

Growing a Thicker Skin

Sisters image by Virginia Mol and used with permission: http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/143446

Sisters image by VirginiaMol and used with permission.

Hello! I recently came across an article by Tara Sophia Mohr called Dealing with Criticism: A Guide for Brilliant Women. In it, she states that women have been contacting her about a previous article, looking for more tips and advice about:

Get A Thick Skin. If you take risks, sometimes you’ll get a standing ovation, and sometimes, people will throw tomatoes. Can you think of any leader you admire who doesn’t have enthusiastic fans and harsh critics? Get used to wins and losses, praise and pans, getting a call back and being ignored. Work on letting go of needing to be liked and universally known as a nice person.”

Wow. That’s a mouthful!

But it is oh-so-true that women, especially, have a tough time dealing with criticism because of the way we’ve been raised.

I remember my sister calling me out of the blue one day. I was surprised that she called in the middle of the work day, and even more surprised to hear her crying – to feel how genuinely upset she was. One of her work friends had suddenly changed her tune and had verbally attacked my sister.

And I had to share with her an unfortunate truth: when you arrive at the top, it makes you a target. You suddenly become the alpha leader that everyone else is trying to unseat. And the criticism and attacks really amp up in earnest. I told her that if someone isn’t calling you a bitch, you’re not doing it right. And if someone IS calling you a bitch, then you are probably doing SOMETHING very right.

It seems to me sometimes that women are even bitchier with one another than men. I don’t know why, but men seem to have an understanding that no one can be top dog for long – and they also use that as fuel to drive themselves to better performances. So maybe next time THEY are the top dog.

But women? We can be so mean and cruel to one another. Instead of celebrating our moments of success together. Why is that? How can we change and improve this situation for future generations?

I love Tara Sophia Mohr’s two-step advice:

  • Ask yourself: “What am I making this criticism mean? How am I interpreting it?” What else could it mean?
  • Ask yourself: “How does this criticism touch upon a negative belief I hold about myself? What do I want to replace that old belief with? What new belief would serve me better?”

Tara’s advice suggests that how we react to criticism is a choice we make. We can choose to interpret criticism negatively – or we can use it as a signpost to spur our growth.

We do not feel all criticisms equally. Some we instantly dismiss because we know they aren’t true. The ones that hurt us are the ones that resonate with some baggage we’re carrying. Some negative belief about ourselves that we formed somewhere along the way. Instead of feeling hurt or ashamed, we can use the criticism as an opportunity to see where our baggage needs to be replaced or upgraded.

My best advice about growing a thicker skin?

It doesn’t happen overnight. It happens a little bit at a time, when you stop feeling only the pain and the shame and make the conscious choice to see criticism as a signpost pointing the way to where you can improve your beliefs and your life!

Please take time this week to celebrate someone else’s success

Treat the women in your life like sisters and celebrate their successes with them. Share the successes instead of attacking. Help create a better world for yourself and for the women who follow.

And thanks for stopping by! ♥

Give yourself permission to discover yourself!

Spiral Fractal by pschubert and used with permission: http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/603127

Spiral Fractal by pschubert and used with permission.

Hi there! The other day, a friend of mine (Thanks, Matt!) recommended an article from Inc. Magazine, called 5 Reasons Why Most People Never Discover Their Purpose. In the article, the author, Shelley Prevost, states:

“We are lured into thinking that the purpose of life equals upward social mobility, establishing a career, accumulating wealth, competing (and winning), and holding power… Here’s what I’d like to propose: Maybe our purpose has nothing to do with what we do for a living. Maybe our purpose is really about living authentically and discovering who we really are.”

I happen to agree with this idea. Life purpose is less about the destination and more about the journey. It’s about giving yourself permission to discover yourself. To learn what makes you uniquely you. To stop comparing yourself with others, to stop trying to be like everyone else, and to really learn what YOU want from this journey.

Give yourself that permission! Give yourself permission to be still and silent. To disconnect from media and everyone else’s opinions about you. And to really lean in, and go inside yourself, to discover what makes you authentically you. And what would genuinely bring you joy and happiness and fulfillment and balance and meaning.

And, if this all sounds scary to you, then bring a friend along to guide you: hire a coach! ;-)

What will you discover if you follow this path? Where might it take you? What surprises might you find along the way?

Thanks for stopping by!

Video: Coaching Journey Update #4

Hi there! Today I’m sharing a 4-minute video update about my journey to become a more polished, professional, intentional coach. In the video, I talk about my experience in my second coach training class.

In class, I discovered that:

I am the heart who connects!

I’d love to be your coach and connect you:

  • To your authentic self
  • To the power of choice
  • To more of what you want and less of what you don’t
  • To your big, large, juicy, fulfilling, amazing, wonderful, tremendous, PHENOMENAL life!

Sign up for a FREE sample session at: https://gaal.acuityscheduling.com!

Thinking about becoming a coach?

Discount Coupon Code for Co-Active Coaching Fundamentals from http://gaalcreative.com

Thinking about becoming a coach? I’d like to invite you to a 2-1/2 day Co-Active Coaching Fundamentals course! This class will teach you about improving your listening and communication skills, how to design better relationships, and more! Plus it is an introduction to what Co-Active Coaching is all about!

Here’s a 6-1/2 minute video of my reaction to the Co-Active Coaching Fundamentals course:

This coupon applies to classes in North America (the United States and Canada), which includes the following locations:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Denver, CO
  • Hawaii!
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • New York, NY
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Portland, OR
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Calgary, AB
  • Montreal, QC
  • Ottawa, ON
  • Toronto, ON
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Victoria, BC

You must register before Dec. 31, 2013 to use the coupon!
If you do attend, I’d love to hear from you!

Or, sign up for a FREE sample coaching session with me!

If you like the experience and decide to continue coaching, I am currently asking that you invest $25/month for 12 45-minute sessions spaced over 4 months, paid in advance:

Thanks for stopping by!

I have the most amazing clients!

http://gaalcreative.com/coaching

Hello! Today I’d like to share this fabulous post that I spotted the other day on Facebook – and please know that I share it with Lisa’s permission.

I am having so much fun leaning into and growing into this new role as a coach. And I adore my clients! Each one of you is teaching me so much and I am so grateful that you are also finding it useful and meaningful and worthwhile.

Thank you! ♥