Arms Open Wide!

As much as you might think coaching is an exclusive service only accessible to the lofty executive and management sector – it is not. Coaching is for anyone who has a desire, a dream or seeks direction. It is an open-ended support system that can serve in so many ways beyond the boardroom. Coaching deserves to be more visible, more …

Agile Goal Setting?

I sat staring in disbelief over my bowl of steaming pho. My son, a computer programmer, and I were having lunch in a quiet down-town restaurant. (There is not much more I love in life than having one of my special people all to myself over a meal!) Amazing topics of conversation usually surface and this day was no exception. …

What’s in a Peanut Butter Jar?

Grandad kept an immaculate peanut butter jar – the sides were neatly scraped down and the top layer of paste was nice and smooth. He played with this condiment. He cared for it; he had fun keeping this little container of his morning feast neat and tidy. As kids, we took great glee in driving a knife straight into his …

Head Over Heels Women’s Retreat

Head Over Heels  Every once in awhile life just brings together the most serendipitous set of circumstances; so it is with this upcoming retreat!  What a thrill to collaborate with Sherri-Lyn Shaw and Kristin Panylyk in creating a one-day retreat for women in Edmonton. This retreat emerged from a series of shared conversations around the issues of self-confidence and body …

“Should” is an Opinion

Recently I have been on both sides of these kinds of statements: “You should do this…” “You should have asked me.” “It should have looked like this…”  “You know what you should do?” “You should do it over…” This 6-letter word was on auto-repeat in my head and in my conversations. It felt so blatantly shaming, demanding, and self-centered that I …

What’s in a Name?

A new name. My name. Classic Life Coaching As a sole-proprietorship, my company is legally one-and-the-same entity as ME. However, there is a very different perspective when it comes to everyday living. Let me explain. For nearly a year I operated my company under my personal name – Janet Waldon – and recently I realized I was struggling to hold …

Plumb-Simple

My Dad has a tool in his workshop that has been in my mind’s-eye all week. A plumb-bob. This simple device is basically a symmetrical lead weight suspended on a long string and it is used to determine vertical accuracy in carpentry or masonry work. It is a simple instrument that can confirm basic geometry as structures are built or …

Embrace Life

A thought to hold onto as we move into Valentine’s Day … I’ve noticed many people hold this day as a tribute to their lover and I challenge it to be about loving what is right here, right now – about loving life as it is. As a divorcee, I now understand that love transitions. What used to be didn’t entirely …

What’s in a Mermaid?

I recently participated in a virtual training program  called Metaphor Magic, designed and facilitated by Lily Seto. (I first met Lily at my TPLC training in Banff last April and we have connected several times since for “coffee dates” on Zoom; she sits at her desk on Vancouver Island while I am at mine here in west Edmonton!) Today I thought I …

The Decision to Act

I read this quote attributed to Amelia Earhart and smiled to myself – so it was today, as I set out to write the 3-hour International Coaching Federation Coach Knowledge Assessment exam. I have been pursuing my ICF credential since February 2016. This designation as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) requires me to fulfill three criteria: 60+ hours of coach-specific …