I want to share a story that illustrates the wonder of the Christmas story.    I was about six and my older sister Becky was about eight, my father told us to “get dressed” we were going to the store.  Our first thought was wow Dad is taking us to the store; this is going to be special.  Off we went.  Our first stop was the local hardware store.  Dad announced that we should look for items that kids between five and ten would like to receive.  We started to go to work and picked out a few gifts.  Dad paid for them and had the cashier wrap them up.  Becky and I just looked at each the, “What is going on here?  Are those for us?”   The next stop was the grocery store.  Into the basket went a turkey, potatoes, milk, candy and a few more items to make a great Christmas dinner.  We were excited.  Dad started to drive out to the country side, singing carols as we went.  We turned into a long driveway and I wondered what we were doing.  At the end of the driveway, Dad simple asked us to grab the presents.  We walked into the farm house.  I don’t know if this is true, but I remember it had dirt floors, or maybe they were just dirty.  Dad yelled out the woman’s name as we set the packages on the table. The woman walked into the kitchen and started to cry.  She gave my dad a big hug as tears rolled down her cheeks.  Dad looked at her and said, “Santa left these things at our house by mistake, but they had your name on them.”  We then turned to leave and my father said, “Merry Christmas” and winked at the lady as she started to look at what was in the bags.  Getting back in the car, we were silent for a moment and then drove home once again singing Christmas carols. 

This experience affected me deeply and molded who I wanted to be.  What are the experiences in your life that helped mold you?  Who are the people in your life that had a hand in that molding?  Who do you want to be?

It was just about a year ago that I put web site development on my to do list.  I knew that in this day and age I needed to get the word out that I was doing Life Coaching and how excited I was to be doing it.  So on to the list went “develop web site”.  There was a little panic inside of me, “What! I don’t know how to do that, I don’t even know where to start.”  I would go down my list of things to do and when I got to “develop web site”, I would again feel the panic and skip over it.  This happened over and over and over again.     Finally about a month ago,  I realized that I could no longer avoid it.  This had to be done if I was going to move forward with my Life Coaching business.  I struggled with where to start and what to do.  Breaking it down in steps I took the first step.  I bought a domain name.  Celebrate.  I did it.  I have a domain name.  Then what?  I finally came to the conclusion that I wasn’t going to be able to do this on my own.  I didn’t have the skills and needed to hire someone.  I reached out to a couple friends who led me to Jane.  Jane was great!  She asked me questions about myself and what me vision of Life Coaching was about.  A couple weeks later my site is up and running.  Developing this web site is so much like life.  We sit back afraid to take steps forward.  We don’t want to disrupt the status quo.  We know we need to make a change but what and how.  Sometimes we need to have a little help and encouragement to do so.  That’s what Life Coaching is about.  Having someone there to help you through your road blocks and get you up and running with your life.  What changes do you want to make in your life?  What are the road blocks that you want taken down?  Life is so much better and less stressful when you face your fears head on. p bar.
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