Toot Your Horn, Loud & Proud

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What might happen if you acknowledged your gifts openly?

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Would your lizard brain raise its head and demand silence or. . .would it allow you to shine the way you’re meant to?

Let’s put it to the test, shall we?

I’ll go first , then you let it rip in the comments.


Things I’m deeply proud of

1.  I completed an honours degree in Fine Arts with a dream of making my way in the world as an artist.

While I never made it to the New York art scene, my passion for art oozed into other areas of my life and creativity, one of my core values, was honoured.

2.  Less than a year after knee surgery I ran a half marathon.

After the surgery the doctor gave me a list of things I should no longer do (included running and dancing) – I was 33 and decided to to prove him wrong.

It may not have been the smartest thing to do, but according to Sally Hogshead’s 7 Triggers of Fascination my primary trigger is rebellion (not so surprising!) so what I did totally makes sense.

3.  I’ve been self-employed for almost 12 years, first as a photographer and then as a coach.

There are so many resources now to help you leave the corporate world, ditch your boring job, and design a life you love. Twelve years ago, not so much.

I didn’t come from a long line of entrepreneurs and looking back, I really had no clue how great the challenge. I just kept putting one foot in front of the other, following a vision and correcting course as required.


Credentials (or proof-that-I’m-the-real-McCoy)

1.  I’m a Solution Focused Coach, on a mission to wake you up from your ‘someday thinking’.

I’ve got close to 7,500 hours of coaching under my belt (a Master Certified Coach credential requires 2,500 hours) and have worked with hundreds of amazing people over the years.

2.  I am certified in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming).

I love personal development, and one of my favourite areas of study has been NLP.  Google it and you’ll find over 57,600,000 results but the definition I like the best – finding ways to help people have better, fuller and richer lives. Says it all for me.


Little known facts about my life & beyond

1.  I was a preemie, born 2 months early.

Result? I’m almost always early when meeting others, I’m often short on patience and I just want to get things done!

2.  I don’t have children, but am the world’s greatest aunt.

When my nephew Luke was young, he startled me one day by asking why “I didn’t have kids.” After a moment of “What the hell do I tell him?” I responded, “Because my job is to be the world’s greatest aunty.”

Been that ever since. True story.

3.  I believe in the law of attraction, but not in “The Secret” kind of way.

I believe what we think has a direct impact on what shows up in life, but I’m not talking about fancy cars or millions raining down from the sky (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

No, I’m talking about people and possibilities, opportunities showing up at the right time. And if you’re not ready, willing and able to let them in. . .well, that’s why people say it doesn’t work.


Wild-card secret

Warning: This is not in the least outrageous!

For years I’ve had a longing to pack a bag and take off. Not forever, but long enough to turn life upside down. Perhaps it’s my version of Eat, Pray, Love!


And now for the check-in…

My lizard brain’s awfully quiet and instead I feel a deep sense of accomplishment. Could be that acknowledging yourself is the key to turning down the volume on good ol’ Lizzie!