Extraordinary Self-Care as Daily Practice? Yes. Really.

Why Practice Self-Care? Really. - Life Coaching with Teresa Young

We all want the lives we want, right? The lives we’re working for and deserve. So how exactly—and why—does the daily practice of extraordinary self-care matter in a culture chock full of ambitious individualists? Get ready for this news flash, friends:  because the nose-to-the-grindstone success model you may be sweating is… well… history.

To get in on what’s possible in 21st century life, it’s truly time for a new kind of superpower:  truly extraordinary self-care, routinely. Now stay with me while I break down my take on what that means, toward everything you intend to be and do. Continue reading “Extraordinary Self-Care as Daily Practice? Yes. Really.”

Remembering Hurricane Michael – Reflections in the Midst of Disaster

Hurricane Michael via CNN

Hurricane Michael smashed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10, 2018. I originally wrote the short pieces below to keep some wonderful folks posted on my efforts to help my family in its aftermath.

 

October 19, 2020

Mission critical:  get to Panama City

I’m in Houston right now on my way to Panama City. I’m feeling both anxious and grateful to all the people who are helping me help my family. Because Hurricane Michael just punched them and their whole community down to the ground last week.

My dad and one of my brothers have been texting me to prepare myself. “This place is ruined.” Continue reading “Remembering Hurricane Michael – Reflections in the Midst of Disaster”

In Painful Times, Stay Strong with Non-Judgment

Try Non-Judgment - Life Coaching with Teresa Young

We all experience challenging, painful times, even heartbreaking moments. They’ve been part of life’s journey since, well, forever.

Cut to these days, and we’re all increasingly connected through our smart devices. Indeed, besides whatever complexities we may be managing, troubling news and even horrific developments can come at us 24 and 7. And at times, they do.

It’s a constant onslaught to process. To feel our way through, in ways that can drain us energetically. Continue reading “In Painful Times, Stay Strong with Non-Judgment”

Why in the World Would You Want (and Deserve) Life Coaching?

Why Life Coaching - with Teresa Young

First, some truth from me to you:  there was a time when I regularly asked myself “why life coaching?” Because, honestly, I cringed at the term. Despite my passion for the profession, I tap-danced all around that particular phrase when describing what I feel privileged to do. It was funny, really. Life coaching just felt cliché somehow.

But then one intense day, a very special lady in my life, my elderly mother, unexpectedly ended all that. She got down to the essence of things the way moms do, saying, “Why beat around the bush? You’re a life coach.”

Great big wave of her little hand. Great big emphasis on life while—more truth here—at the end of her own. So, instead of feeling annoyed by her opinion, it was instant goose-bump city for me. Long story short, cut to now:  I’m a life coach.

So what is life coaching, really?

A few weeks ago I happened onto an insightful article about coaching. The author provided short definitions for different types. But her take on life coaching felt narrow to me. She described it as being about personal change, with niches within it like youth, addiction, and divorce. Continue reading “Why in the World Would You Want (and Deserve) Life Coaching?”

On Positive Mindset: Rock These 8 Fun Steps for Maximum Badaddness

Rock a Positive Mindset - with Life Coach Teresa Young

Ready for your daily jam to feature maximum enjoyment and badaddness? Then your positive mindset is the ticket. And excuse my French, as we said back in the day. This topic just gets me going.

Because the truth is that you, despite all the parts and pieces of you that can be quite a cast of inner characters, can be your own personal cheerleader-in-chief on the daily. You can in fact allow only helpful thoughts, with a clear call to take a hike to all else that may want its negative say.

What’s more, it can be fun, yo! Ready to play? Just say yes. Off we go.

1.  Sniff like a bloodhound for negative voices.

You may not have a natural ability to notice “voices” inside you, thoughts that are discouraged or fearful for whatever reason, or that are just plain struggling to trust that the life you want is possible. But like any skill that you work at, you can learn to do this. Let’s go there.

First, work to notice those “you can’t” or “the sky is falling” voices when they strike. The “what does it matter, it’s all bullshit anyway” variety. What else do they say, exactly? Listen closely.

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You’re Afraid. So What? Now Just Befriend Your Fear to Loosen Its Grip.

Befriend Your Fear - with Life Coach Teresa Young

Say what? Befriend a fear? I know. I know it sounds crazy. But stay with me here. Because the truth is, that fearful voice in you may be for you in a way.

Think about it. Imagine it. Then step on into the game this friendly neighborhood life coach is encouraging you to play.

Yes, befriend your fear. Try it here.

After all, we each have our own version of Aunt Agnes Who Made Us Nervous, Professor What’s His Name who demanded perfection, or that jacked-up little league baseball coach whose rants you internalized. So let’s get strategic. Continue reading “You’re Afraid. So What? Now Just Befriend Your Fear to Loosen Its Grip.”

Ready for Some SuRpriSe? Time to Invite the Unknown Into Your Life.

Invite Surprise with Life Coach Teresa Young

When’s the last time you got a surprise from someone, or from life itself? And I do mean in the good kind. Can’t remember? Ready to change that? Well, then it’s time to invite some surprise into your life.

Because the truth is that often, for all our talk of wanting more of this or a different that, we tend to travel the same well-worn paths over and over. We “soldier on”, acting out habits that have grown stale. And those habits can include putting off casual daydreams—or rich fantasies—of adventure or change. Instead, we stay in our well-worn lanes.

 

We tend to travel the same well-worn
paths over and over, acting out habits
that may have grown stale.

Continue reading “Ready for Some SuRpriSe? Time to Invite the Unknown Into Your Life.”

Thanking Our Veterans Today and Every Day

Life Coaching with Teresa Young - In Thanks to All Our Veterans

In thanking veterans, the truth is that such quiet greatness, such discipline, such sacrifice, in lives during and beyond years of service, defy words that can do any justice to them. With that truth acknowledged, I can also acknowledge my own eternal gratitude. My eternal admiration and awe. Though I do understand the discomfort many veterans feel receiving it. Continue reading “Thanking Our Veterans Today and Every Day”