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This may take a few minutes to process

Typically, I’m a patient person. When others have talked about me as a co-worker, trainer, family member or friend, the majority of the time they say, “Amy is so patient.”

While I’m grateful for the positive comments….my comment to myself is, “PLUTTH!”

Finding that as I work on developing my business, my patience runs thin. I don’t have time to wait. I don’t have time for others to make a decision. I don’t have time for the crap. I don’t have time….I don’t have time!

How many have you felt that way? I’m sure I’m not alone here.

Then I say, “WHOAAA. Get back, Loretta.” For those who aren’t Beatles fans, it’s a reference to one of their songs…and yes, I now know how un-PC that is…I digress.

As I was uploading some new and creative things on a social media site, I got the message, “This may take a few minutes to process.” Whaaaat??? Again? Another few minutes? How long is that? Two minutes, five minutes, ten minutes???

Then, I reminded myself to breathe and be patient. Be patient because the final outcome WILL come – and when it does – it will be AWESOME!

Some of you may be facing challenges of being patient – either in your career search or your own business. You are putting in hard work, hustling day in and day out, putting yourself out there, doing things others may not be doing and perhaps still haven’t achieved the dream yet.

Yes, this may take a few minutes, a few days, a few months, even a few years to process. John Lennon (my favorite Beatle), at the young age of 16, formed a band in 1957 and it took five years before George Martin actually recorded the first session of the Beatles in the Abbey Road Studies in 1962. The rest is history.

Be patient. Don’t give up. Patience brings awesome things in our life and many times we give up before it has time to create itself into being. Imagine the possibilities when you keep striving!

It is coming. It is coming. Keep up the hard work and hustle! Keep doing what you are doing and if something isn’t working, take time to learn from others and create a different course of action. In the end, it will all be worth it!

If you want a coach to create a course of action with – give me a shout.

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Coach John Wooden’s 7-Point Creed: #4: Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible

As a young child, I was not a reader of books. I wanted to play outside – ride my bike, climb trees, play sports, sneak off in the middle of the night with my best neighborhood friend and meet up at the tennis courts. The nature lover in me has continued.

When I got older, both my granddad and my mom influenced me on the importance of being informed and increasing my vocabulary. And one of the ways of being informed was reading. Reader’s Digest was a staple in our household and Word Power was a must! In addition to that, I was encouraged to read newspapers, journals, history books, whatever written material I could get my hands on. Reading soon became my passion. I wanted to learn and grow. I wanted to understand the world, the different cultures, the history behind what I learned. I wanted to absolutely drink that knowledge in and be informed.

I also became a scholar of the Bible, having read its entirety in different versions four times. I also studied other spiritual philosophies. Being deeply committed to learning principles to better myself as an individual, I studied Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist philosophies. The more I read, the more I realized what I didn’t know, which just encouraged me to read even more!

As an entrepreneur and coach, professional development reading has become my passion. There are so many ways to learn from the rich experiences from other professionals.

Below are four points to apply from reading:
1. Broaden your mind. If you are prone to sticking with one type of material, consider broadening your reading material. How can you expand your learning by reading something you have not been exposed to – whether it is history, religion, a different culture, a different genre entirely?

2. Tap into your creativity. When you read and are broadening your mind, you have this amazing opportunity to tap into your creativity. Perhaps you get a new thought or an idea from reading. When you do so, write it down and then apply an action step to make that new thought or idea come into reality!

3. Learn from others in your professional industry. See what they have written. What golden nuggets can you pull out? There is a wealth of knowledge out there – and people are gracious enough to share their knowledge so that you can learn and grow. Take advantage of that opportunity.

4. Listen. As you broaden your mind and learn from others, you also learn to listen. Use your knowledge so that you are able to relate to others and listen effectively. When you listen, you will build rapport by being fully present to who they are. In doing so, you can develop rich relationships with others.



Coach John Wooden’s 7-Point Creed: #3: Help others

Coach Wooden’s third point in his 7-point creed is to help others. When you think about helping others, what comes to mind? As a coach, one of my passions is to help others grow and accomplish goals in areas of their life that are important for them. I love to see people shine as they are being true to themselves and in their own element — where they are living in a space they feel confident and purposeful with what they are doing.

There are many people in our world today that are facing challenges in their lives. It’s been shown that a simple act of kindness goes a long way. These acts of kindness can take little effort on our part. A smile. A thank you. An encouragement. A conversation with presence. A simple question – “how can I help you?”. How do you show your kindness?

When you think about it, being a service to others is also a way for us to grow. There have been many studies that suggest that one way you can pull yourself up from the doldrums is by helping someone else out. There is joy that comes from helping others. You are connecting with someone on a very human and individual level.

A short article outlines 7 benefits of helping others: http://mentalfloss.com/…/7-scientific-benefits-helping-othe…

1. Helps us live longer
2. Is contagious
3. Makes us happy
4. Helps with chronic pain
5. Lowers blood pressure
6. Promotes positive behaviors
7. Gives us a sense of purpose and satisfaction

So how do you want to help others? What purposeful action can you put in place today to show others you care?

If you want help achieving your own career or life goals, I am happy to help you! Schedule a free strategy session with me today!

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Coach John Wooden’s 7-Point Creed: #2 – Make each day your masterpiece

I am fortunate to live in a very beautiful area in Virginia – my deck looks out on an environmentally protected area with lots of tall trees and a wooded forest.  If I am lucky, occasionally I will see a deer or two walking through the woods.  In the fall, it is especially awe-striking with the reds, oranges and yellows of the leaves creating a picture perfect site.  I give thanks for these images as I breathe it all in.

Each weekend, I take an early morning walk with my dog to another area of our neighborhood where the golf course is located.  Today’s walk was especially stunning as there was white frost on the ground, a mist on the pond with a flock of geese gleefully playing on the water, and the sunrise appearing slowly through the towering trees.  It was gorgeous!  It was truly a masterpiece!  I was very glad I had my phone to capture the beauty of the quiet, still morning and felt exceptionally blessed to be a part of it.

Mornings are my favorite time of the day (after I’ve had my coffee, of course!) because there is a new energy, a feeling of having a fresh start, and a time to reflect on what I want my day to look like.  We have this amazing opportunity to create our own masterpiece – each and every day. It’s a wonderful thought, really.  Whatever has happened the day before, we can take learning lessons from that and grow each day.

Some strategies for building your own masterpiece may include journaling the night before what lessons you learned, what you feel positive about that occurred, and what you want to accomplish the next day.  Or perhaps reflecting first thing in the morning what steps you want to take to make it a great day for yourself.  Where do you want to focus your time?  What is important to get done?  How will you stay focused?  If things get off-track, how will you refocus?  Or in the morning, visualizing asking yourself at the end of the day, “This was a great day because I did x, x, x”, then DO IT!

What do you want your masterpiece to look like?  How will you create it for yourself?  If you want strategies for how to build your masterpiece in your life or career, book a free strategy call with me today!

Have a masterpiece of a day!



Recently seeing the movie Wonder, it got me wondering about some things, myself.  The movie, inspired by the novel written by R.J. Palacio, tells the story of a young boy, Auggie, who was born with a rare genetic facial disorder.  Roughly 600,000 people in the US have been diagnosed with this disorder.  The movie was inspiring in many ways and ultimately about how resilient and courageous human beings can be in the face of adversity.

Some thoughts from the movie and lessons learned:

  1. Auggie was bullied by some of his classmates because he looked different than the others. When other classmates got to know him, they saw his beautiful qualities – he was smart, funny, cute, kind and in essence – really a lot like them.
  • Lesson: Continue to be your beautiful self even when others do not see your worth.  Those who are worth having as friends will value you.  Move on from those who do not.
  1. Auggie developed friendships with classmates that lifted him up, helped him step out of his comfort zone and feel accepted.
  • Lesson: Be kind to others.  We never know what someone has going on in their life and one simple act of kindness can elevate them in ways you may never know.
  1. Auggie had amazing support from his family from the very beginning, so much so that the daughter, Via, often felt invisible to her family. From my perspective, one of the most incredible story lines from the movie is how the daughter persevered in her own path, came out of her own shell, and absolutely shined at the end and her family DID take notice.
  • Lesson: Ensure your voice is heard.  When you feel invisible to others, be courageous in expressing your own voice.  Make yourself known and heard.
  1. Auggie’s father, Nate, kept things light for his family. His comedic quips in moments of awkwardness, brought a sense of relief.
  • Lesson: Humor goes a long way in breaking down barriers.
  1. Auggie’s mother, Isabel, was the strength and glue that held the family together, especially when it came to Auggie. She knew when it was time to “let him go” and for him to go out into the world, which could possibly be a cruel one for Auggie.  In doing so, she represented “tough love” as this empowered him to break out of his shell and come into his own.  After that, she followed up on a dream she had previously put aside.
  • Lesson #1: Demonstrating tough love is sometimes necessary in order for another person to grow and flourish.
  • Lesson #2: It is NEVER too late to give up on your dreams!

 If you want to step out, be courageous, achieve your dreams, ensure your voice is being heard, all the while continuing to be your beautiful self and having fun along the way, give me a shout.



Should I Stay or Should I Go

Some of us may have been on this path before – sitting at a desk, slugging away on the computer, working through whatever tasks have been handed out that month, that week, that day…and you are counting the hours until it is quitting time. And perhaps when it is quitting time, you are still so focused on work that it is a challenge to maintain the sense of work/life balance that you crave.

And then it hits you. You ask yourself the question, “Should I stay or should I go?” And with that question, anxieties start to rear its ugly head and you hear a whisper in your ear. “Pssst… you can’t possibly leave this job. This is safe. This is secure. What else is out there for you? Do you really want to take that risk?” Then another internal voice whispers, “But I am so sick and tired of working at a job day and night for which I have no passion. I know there is something else I can be doing to fulfill my career dream and one which is purposeful for me.”

So you are now realizing that you are at a crossroads. One path may be safe and secure (or is it?) and that path leaves you longing for something else. Another path is filled with uncertainty and still an excitement for something new and purposeful. You have reached a point where you want to make a decision. What do you do?

How can you decide what you WANT to do in your career? A simple action to take is doing a self-assessment. Get out a piece of paper and ask yourself some questions. “What are my core values?” “What am I passionate about?” “If money were no option, what would I want to be doing?” “What did I want to be when I was growing up?” Then…evaluate where you are now. Are your values and passions aligning with your current position? Are you achieving the purpose you want for your career?

If you are struggling with a career decision, feeling stuck or want the motivation for living your passionate life – give me a shout! Here is the link to my calendar:


In the meantime, take a break and listen to that classic song and decide for yourself!





Time Management: What would you do if you had an extra hour?

How many times have we said, “If there were just more hours in a day then I could get everything done I want to get done.”?  What are those “things”?  In the ideal world, how many hours in a day would that require to get everything accomplished?

Sometimes it takes doing an inventory of exactly how we are spending our time.  What activities are we prioritizing over others?  For most, perhaps it is the thought that there are so many priorities in our life that it becomes overwhelming.  When that happens, it is beneficial to take an inventory of how we are spending our time.  What are your time wasters?  Spending time on social media?  Feeling that you must respond to an email immediately?  Watching television?  Reading/watching the news?  Now don’t get me wrong – I’m all about being informed.  The question is – how much does it take to be informed?

Perhaps it is mindlessly surfing the internet or spending time with people who are not bringing value in your relationships.  Maybe it is spending time wanting to please other people in your life instead of focusing on yourself.  Or getting bogged down in decision-making because you strive to be perfect before taking action to move forward.

It can be many of these things.  If you are facing challenges on wanting more hours in the day, an action is to take an honest inventory of how you are spending your time.  Track it.  Look at it.  When you do, ask yourself this question – “Is what I’m doing now bringing value and moving me forward in the areas I want in my life?”  You may be amazed at the time wasters in your life.

Each of us has different priorities in our lives.  What is important for you?

For tips, tools and resources on time management, give me a shout.

p.s.  For those of us in the States, most of us are “falling back” this weekend and gain that extra hour.  How do YOU want to spend that extra hour this weekend?

Finding Something You Love

Have you ever lost something that you loved and found it again?  If so, do you remember the thrill, the relief, the excitement of finding that lost thing that you cherished?

A few years ago, we lost our cat, Casper – the white cat with one green eye and one blue eye (eyes just like me).  She is an indoor cat and loves to go out on the deck to soak in the sunshine.  Her ears perk up at all of the sights and sounds around her environment.  Because I know she loves it so much outside, one day I let her out on the deck and walked away to do other things.  When it came time to leave for another engagement, I shut the deck door (assuming Casper was inside) and didn’t give it another thought.  To my horror, when I woke up the next morning, Casper was nowhere to be found.  I started replaying all of the events in my head.  What happened the previous day – what were my steps – what could have gone wrong?  Then realized – I had shut the deck door without checking if Casper was in or not.

In full panic mode – we searched for our beloved Casper for three full days.  On the last day, I was ready to give up the search, being tired from posting fliers, knocking on doors, walking, riding my bike yelling out her name.  Then as I was about to give up, a dear friend told me to keep searching, keep looking, because today could be the day.  And guess, what?  It was!  We found her huddled underneath a shed…scared, lonely, frightened, a little dirty, a little beat up – and HAPPY that her humans found her!

Tears of relief, joy, happiness and ultimate love streamed down my face as I picked her up and put her in my arms.

Perhaps you are searching for something you love.  Perhaps you have lost something and want to find it again.  Perhaps you know there is something else out there – something that will bring you passion and joy in your life.  Often times, we have the tendency to give up too soon to find it.  Your passion is waiting for you to embrace it!  Keep pursuing your dream!  Keep pursuing your passion!  It does take a lot of hard work, a lot of sweat, a lot of hustle to find it.  And when you do – the joy of finding it is amazing.

If you want to find that thing you love that is missing in your life, I want to be your partner in getting you there.  Let’s bring your passion into being.  Contact me at Amy@SolidGroundCareerCoaching.Com

Feel Like Dancing

How many of us when we go to a dance party (or perhaps you remember from your past) will stand near the wall or in a corner somewhere watching other people dance?  Yes, that used to be me.  I was a wallflower hiding my sad self away from the fun.

I don’t know when that changed or how it changed – perhaps a sign of getting older and not being bothered by what people think.  Now, I’m usually the first person out on the dance floor.  Heck, I’ve even crashed wedding beach parties!  People who know me find this interesting because I’m generally seen as quiet and introverted.  Not sure what happens when I hear that beat – my feet just can’t stop moving.

Recently I went to a coaching conference and on the last night, there was a dance party.  I boogied on the floor to disco and all the great dance tunes.  Now – would I call myself a great dancer?  LOL – absolutely NOT!!!!  In fact, I’m sure when I’m dancing, it reminds people of the “Elaine Dance” from Seinfeld.  The funny thing is – I don’t care.  Regardless of what other people are saying or thinking about me –  when I’m dancing, it is total freedom.  It is releasing my inhibitions.  It is about being my true self.

Sometimes in our day to day life, we forget to be our true self.  We worry about what people are thinking about us.  We may set standards/expectations on our self that may be unfair.  We may feel pressure from others to act or perform a certain way.

When I dance, I notice in that moment, I am living my life with passion.  After the dance is over, I often feel the guarded and closed off part of me start to creep back.  Every day, it’s a reminder to live my life with passion.

What one thing can you do to live a passionate life?

Give me a shout to explore more at Amy@SolidGroundCareerCoaching.com and Dance On!


A Bike Ride

I went on a bike ride this morning and noticed a few things about joy.  Generally, my bike ride is 45 minutes long consisting of three 15-minute loops around the neighborhood.  The first two laps, I focus on cycling as fast as I can and then the last lap is my “joy ride” with the intention of being free-spirited.

Today, I realized that the first two laps were a struggle.  My thoughts became negative.  “Ugh, here comes that big hill again.”  “Why can’t the wind be coming from my back side as I’m going up the hill rather than giving me resistance?”  “Boy, my butt sure does hurt!”  “How much longer do I have to go???”

By the end of the second lap, I almost called it quits because I was tired and didn’t think I could make it another round.  Then I thought, “Well, I will just go a few more minutes and experience my joy ride.”  My thinking became focused on the joy of riding the bike and not the work of the workout.  I weaved in and out down the road, a smile came to my face as I felt the wind against my skin and my butt even stopped hurting!   I started remembering how much fun I had as a little kid riding my pink Huffy bike in the neighborhood – popping wheelies and showing off in front of the other kids.  Before I knew it, I had completed the third lap.

The difference was a change of thinking.  I changed my mindset from one of struggle to one of joy.

What if we lived our lives every day waking up with the mindset of joy?  How much smoother would our ride be?  How would that influence others around us to live with joy in their hearts?  How would our worlds, both personally and professionally, be changed?

If you are interested in experiencing joy for yourself, give me a shout.  Enjoy the ride!