Leaping Into the New Paradigm

What I’ve noticed over the last several weeks is that major shifts are happening with individual clients as well as in organizations. Divisive messaging and dysfunctional actions without integrity are being recognized and called out. As a result, positive cultures are being created to a more impactful degree, bringing more people together. Those who do not wish to accept or respect differences, or do not try to find common ground with one another are no longer a fit in these cultures. It’s as though a…

Polarization

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably noticed how divided and polarized our society has become. Without even being dramatic, we believe this is one of the most pivotal points in human history that will determine the fate of humankind as we know it. As a society, we are currently arguing over masks/no masks, vaccinate/don’t vaccinate, social distance/don’t social distance, mandate/don’t mandate…and this is missing the bigger picture of what’s happening on a cultural level. No matter what your stance is…

Featured Graduate Tracie Walser

My career in nursing spans 20-plus years and includes roles in clinical practice, teaching, research, and nurse coaching. My bedside nursing practice has a strong foundation in the Emergency and Trauma setting. I credit this experience and a significant amount of reflection on what changed my professional and personal trajectory, gravitating toward holistic nursing and the coaching profession. As a front- line witness to the impacts of chronic disease and stress, I wanted to empower those around me to invest in and improve their well-being.…

Choosing Love Over Fear

Once fear sets in it can be all too easy to just get more and more afraid; this is part of the dynamic of fear. But how do we get out of fear once we are in it? Let’s explore choosing love over fear. Making this choice and raising your vibration can be a difficult task, however it’s imperative to consciously engage with your thoughts and actions and ask yourself some important coaching questions: How can I engage with this world in a way that…

Happy Interdependence Day!

Yesterday in the United States we observed Independence Day. Traditionally, the day is filled with parties, picnics, great food, and fireworks. Since the start of the pandemic however, areas in the country still might not be open for gatherings. Did you change how you celebrated this year? Today, July 5th, Dr. Linda Bark likes to call “Interdependence Day,” a day to celebrate connection, collaboration, and working together to form the whole. Independence and interdependence are both important to celebrate. As social beings, we have a…

Featured Graduate Brooke Shepard

Brooke Shepard, DNP, BSN, RN, APRN-NP, FNP-C, HNB-BC, HWNC-BC Brooke currently works as a health coach on a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing study (funded by the National Institutes of Health), to test a virtual health coaching intervention. The study is designed to support heart failure caregivers and was recently expanded to include frontotemporal dementia caregivers to help improve their self-care. Brooke has also recently taken on the role of Medical Director and practicing provider for LIVE Hydration Spa, and utilizes her coaching skills…

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

  Most of you are probably familiar with this book by Dr. Seuss. Linda remembers gifting a copy of the book to her daughter for her high school graduation…and now she is gifting one to her granddaughter for her high school graduation! (Linda also referred to the book during class and graduation ceremonies when she was teaching at JFK university!) We’ve been thinking about the book recently because there are many people starting new things right now. Many of our students and graduates are starting…

Integral Assessment

  Overall, how aligned do you feel your life is with your sense of purpose and values? Fifty percent aligned, ninety, or maybe only ten percent? We have been noticing many people expressing desires to live a life more aligned with their integrity, authenticity, and with meaning…and making substantial changes as a result. We’ve updated our former Holistic Assessment to a new Integral Assessment because we are addressing this issue as well. It’s a tool to help you identify which area(s) of your life need…

What Does Justice For All Really Mean?

  With the recent verdict surrounding the George Floyd case here in the United States, we’ve been thinking about the world we’ve been envisioning for years; a world with a solid foundation in kindness, understanding, equality, fairness, and justice for all. (And we’ve worked hard to weave these principles into our coach training for years.) What does ‘justice for all’ really mean? And how do we create it? The conviction in this case was so rare that it made headlines around the world; it makes…

How Are You Listening?

For those of us that have taken our coach training, we know all too well how easy it is to forget and/or get out of the habit of deep listening…because deep listening really isn’t the norm in our society; it’s up to us to make it the norm. Deep listening involves truly being present to what another person is saying without judgement, without an agenda, and without thinking about your response while the other person is talking. Different types of paraphrasing (like what we teach…