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Happy Thursday!

This week I have learned that Tuesday is not a great day for me to send out a newsletter. My Mondays are largely taken up with a volunteer gig, and this Tuesday and Wednesday? Well, I haven't been at my best lately, and this week proved that sending a newsletter in the first half of the week is not a consistently attainable goal. So, expect this newsletter every other Thursday from now on!

Green soft-serve ice cream with a out-of-focus city scene in the background

How does coaching work?

In my last newsletter I talked about how coaching is service wherein I help people reach their goals and live their best lives (beach, sarong, etc). But what about the nuts and bolts? What the heck is coaching, Amy?!

This is how it works. We start with a short meeting, almost a pre-meeting, where we discuss your goal for coaching and we decide how many sessions we'll have over what period of time, how often we would meet, etc.

Then I send you a quote. (But if you book before August 31, you can pay whatever you like! 🙌🏼) Once you have paid the first installment (or whatever we agree to), we arrange our first meeting.

Our first meeting is a doozy. We'll schedule all the rest of our meetings, and we'll talk about the coaching code of ethics, confidentiality, and some other important administrative stuff.

And then you tell me everything. Well, everything you want to tell me, but of course the more I know, the more useful I can be. After you've told me everything, we'll talk more about your overall goal for the coaching engagement, and I'll probably send you away with some homework.

That first meeting will probably be an hour and a half to two hours long. Subsequent meetings are shorter, between 30 minutes and an hour. We'll talk about how you've been since our last meeting; any tasks, challenges, or inquiries you committed to and how they went; and then we'll talk about whatever you want to work on that session. The topic for each session doesn't have to be related to your overall goal — if something else is on your mind and it would be more helpful to talk about that, then we will talk about that.

And so, over the course of six or eight or twelve sessions, you'll talk and realize and clarify and experiment and practice your way to your goal. You'll figure out things that you didn't realize you knew, you'll learn more about your strengths, you'll see your problems in a new light, and — I hope — you'll be a little bit braver, stronger, and more resilient.

Training and Practicum

Next week is my final week of coach training at the Adler Graduate Professional School! After I complete the week, I'll be officially trained (but still many hours of coaching away from certification). Two weeks later, my eight-month practicum starts.

For the practicum I am required to coach for at least 40 hours, and at least 4 different clients. As I said before, I'm offering a pay-what-you-can rate through July and August to make sure I get those hours.

If the timing isn't right for you, but you know someone who might be interested in coaching, please forward this email to them. (I can work with clients all over the world through video calling.) I'm particularly interested in working with researchers, software developers, musicians and creative entrepreneurs.

I Read New Scientist

So you don't have to!

An article by Linda Geddes in the June 1, 2019 edition of New Scientist magazine says that the average Westerner spends 90 percent of their life indoors. Indoor light is way dimmer than outdoor light during the day, and way brighter at night, so the rhythms and cycles of light and dark in which we evolved are disrupted. This leads to poor sleep, daytime drowsiness, and depression. So what can we do about it?

During the day
  • Turn up the lights - lighting should be bright and blue-white.
  • Wake up at a regular time and open the curtains as soon as you rise.
  • Eat breakfast in the sunniest spot in the house, or outside.
  • Walk or cycle when you can.
  • Sit next to a window if you can, or consider using a very bright desk light.
  • Get outdoors as much as you can (but be sure to prevent skin damage).
  • Exercise outdoors rather than inside.
In the evening
  • Lighting should be dimmer and warmer; dimmable, colour-changing light bulbs would be awesome if you like a gadget-y solution.
  • Use table lamps rather than overhead lights.
  • Listen to your body and go to bed when you feel sleepy.
  • Use blackout blinds or a sleep mask to block light from street lamps (and get rid of light sources in your bedroom).

Fun and Interesting

Thank you for reading this far!

If you like what you read, hit reply and let me know, or hit forward and let someone else know. If you have questions or comments, hit reply and let me know. If you have seen something interesting out there, hit reply and let me know. Are you seeing a trend here? If so... hit reply and let me know! I look forward to hearing from you. ❤️

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