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Courage From Crisis

My friend Karen was the poster child for a type A, overachieving, people pleaser. She never spoke out and did exactly what was expected of her. Then she was diagnosed with breast cancer at 25 years old. Seemingly overnight she transformed into a badass. Her attitude was “I don’t have time for BS anymore!” She started speaking her mind, advocating for herself, and setting boundaries. I am still in awe of the way she turned a crisis into courage. But, here is the thing...it doesn’t take a crisis. It just takes you deciding that you’re done. It takes you changing your beliefs about what you “have to” do or be. You don’t. This is your life and you get to decide how you show up and where to draw

Creating Fear

Most of what we are afraid of hasn't happened yet or isn't happening to us in this moment. Let's take COVID-19 for example. Most of us are hearing about the scary stuff from the comfort of our homes, where we likely have food and supplies. It's the "what if" that is causing the fear... But, the truth is for most of us that "what if" isn't happening to us right now. We are feeling stress from events that may or may not happen to us. Our brains are wired to worry and be on alert for danger. It's a survival mechanism. But, we don't have to throw up our hands and roll over, we can choose to have different thoughts. When you find yourself in a fear spiral, take a deep breath or three. Then when y

Dream Killers

What stops you from going after your dreams? I asked this in my Facebook group recently. The responses ranged from not feeling good enough, to lack of confidence, family obligations, and fear of both success and failure. Here is what is interesting, all of the responses were based in fear. Fear of not being enough, of what will happen, of judgement...you get the picture. What I shared with the women in my group and what I want you to hear loud and clear is that all of that fear is BS! Our brains like the status quo. It wants to keep you safe so it feeds you all kinds of garbage to keep you stuck right where you are-not taking any risks. You are enough, heck you are more than enough! You were

Fitting In vs Belonging

"Fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be to be accepted. Belonging, on the other hand, doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.” Brene Brown I just got back from a week in gorgeous Akumal Mexico with a group of about 30 people.  They’ve traveled together before. I was always intimidated to join them. I’m introverted, I need down time to recharge. Too much socializing and group time can be exhausting. While that is all true, it’s probably not the whole reason why I’ve shied away. No one in this group has ever made me feel like I needed to “fit in” that was my job.  It was my job to tell myself the same old fear based “not

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