Laying my cards out on the table here (as if I knew how to do it any other way).

by liza

I have been putting off launching this blog FOR-E-VER because there’s nothing I hate more than pigeon-holing myself into a corner I can’t get out of. And yet every online course, ebook and guru teaches the same lesson. Pick a niche and pick a market if you want to be successful. I’m in that awkward what’s-next-for-me period of my life so I’ve come up with my own rules of engagement in order to feel comfortable taking this next step. This is my blog after all and I’ve decided to run it the way I run the rest of my life. I lay all the cards out on the table at the outset. If you want to hang with me, follow me, join me, read my Keep Reading…

cockfights and muscle memory

by ayan
photo by Jake Rieman

On a trip back to the Philippines about 20 years ago, I found myself on a magical island known for its witchcraft and faith healers.  But alas this story is about neither of these. It’s about a Sunday afternoon jaunt to the local cockfighting arena.  This one was much smaller than the ones I recalled as a boy in Manila.  Imagine a dirt floor where two men each hold their fighting cocks primed for attack.  The place is oppressively hot.  The noise deafening.  The smell of cigarettes, beer, and sweat (intoxicating).  Bets are taken.  The announcer in the middle of the ring seems to have everyone twitching with anticipation.  Some of you are probably saying that this is no place for a boy and I Keep Reading…

A Mother’s Day Gift to Myself

by liza

This is a piece I sent out to my circle of women friends 6 years ago on my first Mother’s Day as a mom. It was written by Nancy McBrine Sheehan. As I read it again on this eve of Mother’s Day 2011, I find I am still learning many of these lessons. I realize, it may take me a lifetime, but whenever I touch this path in the slightest, I can feel a beautiful, happy, and strong difference in Luna, and in myself.   And so, I commit to you, to Luna, and to my coming child that I will always do my best to bring myself back to this path. I write it here today thereby giving you all permission to hold me to it and so that you too may give yourself permission to live a fulfilling life.

Mothering Myself

In a society preoccupied with how best to raise a child,

I’m finding a need to mesh what’s best for my children with what’s necessary for a well balanced mother. Keep Reading »

The Underbelly of My Belly

by liza

It’s been a while since I posted. I’ve been uninspired. Blah about everything. I feel heavy, lethargic, tired. I can’t  get up and dance with Luna even if she tries to lure me with her favorite Michael Jackson tunes. I feel a lot of fear. I feel protective. I’ve completely lost my filter for what to say, how to say it, and who to say it to. My truth seems to be involuntarily spilling out of my mouth at inopportune moments and I’m offending people left and right. I haven’t even been enjoying Ayan’s food. Nothing he cooks excites me anymore. And worst of all, my “mimis” as Luna likes to call them are enormous, and I’ve got a good 5-10 pounds of extra padding all over my body. Every time I catch my reflection in a window – by accident – I sink deeper into depression.

But today’s a new day. March 1st has arrived. Finally. The sun is shining. I’ve seen some flowers peek out of the ground here and there. The prairie dogs are squeaking on the path to Wonderland Lake here in in Boulder. Things are looking up.

Winter Blues? I don’t think so.

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Democratizing Free Travel

by liza

One of the things you’ll find when perusing this website is that I love coaching. I’m particular about who I work with. (Having been an acupuncturist for years, I’ve found that many people ask for help but actually don’t want to make changes.)  I’m also specific on what I focus on. (Since there are enough Life Coaches out there, I figure, it would be more beneficial if I just stick to my unique ability rather than cover lots of ground.)

Dream in Clear Vivid Color

What I enjoy doing more than anything is create Clarity & Strategy in the minds of my clients.  Many of us are moving & working towards one goal or another – pay the bills, buy a car, buy a house etc…without ever having stopped to think about what it is we really want in the first place. Without a dream and a clear goal, people are moving on some kind of hamster wheel to nowhere.  I LOVE helping people get crystal clear about what they really want. I require dreaming in high definition.The Aha’s, the relief, the enthusiasm and new energy people suddenly find when they can name their dreams and have concrete plans to get there – is worth every minute I spend working. Personally, I never asked myself the question until I was in my late 20’s and then it took me a decade to peel away the layers of social and family expectations to really figure it out. Life is too short to waste that much time. Keep Reading »

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