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Let’s get this party started!

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How is it already May 31?!? That means tomorrow is the start of our month-long anniversary celebration of community! (Catch up on the details of that if you missed them the first time around.) meet my tribe I'm so excited to be introducing some of the amazing members of my tribe of powerful, wise women to you and want to share a brief overview of the major events of the month that involve...
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Meet Tania Elfersy of The Wiser Woman

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From the moment I read one of her blog posts, I just knew that Tania had to be the first person to do a Q+A in the (Sorta) Secret Sisterhood Clubhouse! https://youtu.be/IOeWdNSgRW0 Check it out, then leave me a comment with your biggest aha! moment. (You can also email me your comment to keep it confidential.) If you're watching during the month of June 2019, don't forget to join our month-l...
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Oooh! Aaah! Fabulous prizes!

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In scrolling through my calendar recently, I came across a few dates of note: May 2 is the 4th anniversary of when I officially established my practice although it's been five years since I started taking clients. June marks the 1st anniversary of the (Sorta) Secret Sisterhood. And on a personal note, July will mark 10 years since we moved to Ann Arbor: how is that even possible? Thi...
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What’s in a name?

Have you ever changed your name? My friend Audrey, a business coach for women entrepreneurs, has a podcast called Women Are the Journey, on which she talks to women about the entrepreneurial path (yup, I'm in there!) and also does solo segments called "Chew on this" about her own journey. If you identify as a woman and an entrepreneur, check out the podcast for a weekly dose of inspiration, ...
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When the POTUS is late for dinner

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A quick shout-out to those who filled out my Tell me about yourself survey—I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day to help me out—and a request of those who haven't yet to do so: 100% anonymous, strictly market research, no commitment. And now back to our regularly scheduled programming! I was given Michelle Obama's book, Becoming, by a beloved mentor and fellow bookworm for my...
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Survey says…

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My brain and I are on vacation this week, so instead of struggling to come up with a new post, I've decided it's your turn! I'm always interested in providing you with the content, products, and services you are most interested in, and in 2019, I will continue to offer the following: 1:1 coaching (virtual and in-person) focusing on—but not limited to—women 40+ The (Sorta) Secret Sisterh...
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The struggle is real

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This month, I'm taking a look in the rearview mirror at 2018 and a peek ahead at the road ahead in 2019. I invite you to hop in and take some time to reflect on and forecast on your own life alongside me! 2 steps forward, 1 step back We're closing in on the two-year anniversary of the 2017 Women's March on Washington, and I've been considering what has changed—and what hasn't—for me as a woman i...
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Green lights, stop signs, and speed bumps

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My son is learning how to drive (yay? yikes? jury's still out but leaning towards yay), and something that we've been commenting on is that he seems to have a green light superpower. There are stoplights on our stretch of road that I never seem to get through without having to stop—that's okay, I think about them as a pause button—but somehow when he's driving, they magically change to green as...
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Making space for the invited inevitable

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  Make space in your life for the inevitable arrival of what you want. ~Danielle LaPorte If you've been with me for a while, you know that in addition to being a health coach, I also work a part-time  "side hustle" as a grants and reports contractor for a nonprofit. I started there the year it was founded and have worn numerous (and sometimes multiple) hats, moving between part-time cont...
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Is self care really the answer?

"Self care" has become a real buzzword in the past decade—and it can include anything from an hour (or a day) at the spa to meditating to practicing yoga to drinking green smoothies to slathering yourself, your pets, and your house with essential oils. I don't have anything against these activities in principle—well, you can probably tell by my aggressive use of sarcasm font that I might have s...
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Who are you comparing yourself to?

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I recently walked the Dexter Ann Arbor 5K in 40:49 (beating last year's 52:12 by a long shot despite the pouring rain)—I had meant to run this year, but some troublesome arthritis got in the way. Afterwards, I asked a much younger colleague how she'd done, and she said, vaguely, "Oh, really well—much better than I'd hoped!" Later, I found out that she'd placed 2nd in the 25- to 29-year-old w...
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Normal vs. common | Learning in the loud moms’ corner

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I'm not much of a gym fan—I've flirted with them before, even had (always brief) love affairs with them, but I always return to working out at and from home. When we lived in California, it was easy to get enough exercise outdoors year round. When we moved to Michigan (before we had Kermit the Dog and the kids were younger), it got a bit more difficult. I needed to move more, my daughter was...
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Are you in the (Sorta) Secret Sisterhood?

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Let's take a look at the business side of health coaching for a minute. As a business owner, I spend a fair amount of time networking, and in networking groups—as in business—it's vital to know who your "target market" is and to narrow your focus—your "niche"—down to a very specific group of people whom you serve. There are entire books written about the topic, whole classes and webinars dev...
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Whine + cheese | What’s the payoff?

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Very often, when I encounter a deeply-entrenched, clearly unhealthy habit in a client, I get curious about the payoff: every habit, according to research in this area, brings with it a reward, a hit of pleasure hormones. That's ridiculous, you might think. What possible payoff is there in a habit that doesn't support your health? Well, I guess you could ask any smoker that question.... Havin...
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