First off, Iíve missed you! Secondly, I am so sorry for being out of touch this last year. I havenít gone away and I have not left my business. I just took a break from writing my newsletter but I neglected to communicate with you where I was at. I value your readership, support and feedback and hope you will forgive me.
I have been inspired to write again and welcome you into the next stage of the journey through my move, work and life in the last year in hopes my experience and learning may assist you in yours. And, please do read to the end to hear about the exciting announcement. I look forward to staying in touch and hope you will do the same!
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M. DiGiovanna, President, ThinkPeople
Like Starting at a New High School
This time marks a year since moving from Boston to Boulder, Colorado and the time has really flown. Shortly after my move, work got really busy and I ended up being on the road more than I expected. I am blessed to have work in many parts of the country but I didnít expect the pace to increase so much after I moved. Before moving, there was that small thought and fear in the back of my mind that after I move away my clients will forget about me. Quite the opposite happened so it just goes to show that if you continue to provide value in what you do and make a difference for others, people will still hire you no matter how far away you are. Building strong partnerships with clients over time of course contributes to that success as well. So, even though I moved just over a year ago, I actually have only physically been here for about 10 months, and Iím just starting to feel settled in. I guess itís true that it takes about a year to settle into a new place but I was overly optimistic (and hoping) it would take less :-).
Colorado is really a beautiful state. The mountains are gorgeous, the weather is great and the people are very friendly. Boulder is a fun town to live in! Itís a bike friendly town with lots of great restaurants, art galleries, cafes and live entertainment. You can find every alternative modality of healing, interesting discussions to engage in, incredible artists and craftsman, lots of rock climbers, skiers, runners and bikers and people who are very environmentally conscious. And, I am still not used to seeing the Marijuana dispensaries every few miles (no, i've not dispensed any). So far, itís been an interesting and eclectic place to live and there is still so much to see and explore.
Settling into a new place after having lived in New England (CT, then MA) for over 40 years has felt like going to a new high school at the most awkward time in your life Ė adolescence! Itís really tested my courage, self-confidence, resilience, patience and stick-to-it-ness. While I am grateful to have family and a few friends here before moving, there is still nothing like talking to an old friend Iíve known for 20 years. Itís strange to make new friends as an adult and itís been challenging to share who I am and what I do in my work when I have established 3 different businesses over time (ThinkPeople, Workshop University & Flames of Grace). So, Iíve learned the power of narrowing my niche and focus and to share pieces at a time so as not to overwhelm. As a result, though I have come to a cross-roads where being known for just one focus is not enough for me, so I am experiencing a time of deep exploration on how I can integrate my businesses and bring all facets of me into what I do here.
I have always thrived on change and have a deep commitment to growth and development. What Iíve been missing, however is connecting with people on their ďlifeĒ challenges and writing about life experiences (not just focusing on work). We are whole, complete human beings and if we donít honor all of us, those pieces we neglect feel dead inside. With that new awareness, I am thrilled to announce an idea I started years ago that I WILL complete by Thanksgiving. I will be publishing my first Volume of ďMonthly Workouts for the Mind, Heart & SoulĒ. Each month will include two workouts to take on every other week and I will incorporate photography I have taken over the years into each chapter. I look forward to officially announcing when it will be available to purchase!
I appreciate your commitment to reading this far and look forward to staying in touch. As my Dad always taught me, ďStay in communication, even if itís just to say ĎI donít have a lot to say right now'".
Jean M. DiGiovanna
Monthly Workout: Starting New Again
In easing back into writing, I have a short workout this month below:
I look forward to hearing what you experience! (please e-mail me at email@example.com)
- Set aside 15-20 minutes for this workout in a quiet place with a journal and pen where you will have no disruptions.
- Jot down a list of all the major areas of your life (e.g. work, home, family, finance, fun, friends, self-care, spiritualityÖ)
- As you look at each area, which ones feel the most neglected?
- How has that neglected area drained your energy or aliveness?
- Pick one of those neglected areas to focus on. What in you needs to come out to fully honor that area? What has been neglected that you need to address?
- Come up with one specific action you are willing to take on to more fully honor that area of your life.
Starting New Again
Moving to a new place can be exciting and fun.
It can also be challenging where you you just want to run!
There is a reason for change and time for reflection,
and the learning is second to none.
Look inside to find the answers, seek out help to discover,
that you are not alone. You have one another.
Take the leap into the unknown and you will soon feel free.
You'll notice the waterís not deep and many jewels you will see.
~ by Jean M. DiGiovanna
Learn how to Leverage the Power of Workshops & Webinars to Grow Your Business (Presenting at 4 different events)
Teleclass by Jean at Workshop University hosted by Market Your Coaching Business
Wed, October 12, 2011 7-8pm EST
Whether you are exploring workshops or webinars for the first time or are an experienced workshops/webinar facilitator, this highly interactive session will uncover the critical success factors to creating high impact workshops and webinars, teach you a repeatable process to identify your signature topics, review the 5 biggest mistakes to avoid when getting started and the top 3 ways to keep your audience engaged. You will leave with immediate steps to reach a larger audience using workshops and webinars. Details or to register: http://www.expertteleclassseries.com/
NOTE: If event is not on their web site yet, check back soon.
Wed, October 19, 2011 6-8:30pm EST
Presenting at ICF Coaching Chapter in NY City
Details or to register: http://www.icfnycchapter.org/events.php
Fri/Sat, Nov 4-5, 2011 in Denver, CO
Breakout session at Grow Your Business Grow Your Life Live! Event hosted by Denver Coaching Chapter
Details or to register: https://dcf.memberclicks.net/event-list
Fri, Nov 12, 2011 7:30am-5pm in Malvern, PA
Breakout session at Regional Coaching Conference in Phil, PA
Details or to register: http://www.philadelphiacoaches.org/coachingconference.html
EVENTS & OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
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