Teachers of the Apocalypse

This is a tribute to all of the teachers that are staying on board and making it all work for our kids. 1 in 5 teachers have quit or lost their job because of the extreme pressure and expectations which has had an impact on their mental health and concern with Covid. They teach because they love the kids and imparting knowledge is a gift that feeds their soul knowing they have contributed to the lives of our youth. Their mission is to empower their kids to learn, grow and experience life to it’s fullest, using critical thinking skills to navigate their lives, which impacts our world.

I have picked a variety of ages to see if we might find parallels among them, no matter what grade or subject they teach.

Here’s to our teachers as we bow in gratitude and appreciation! Kudo’s to all of you and thank you so much for contributing to this important post!


Meet Angela Reinertson: Mom, Grandma, Owner of RiverStar Winery

Angela is my neighbor and lives down the street from me. Her 3 kids were roughly in the same grade as mine. The difference is her kids are all married with grand kids and mine are not but hey, I am a Cat Grandma 🤣. Angela and her husband Rob ended up taking custody of her son’s children 4 years ago and they also bought a winery around that same time. She home schools her kids and more recently started working in the classroom assisting as well. My head spins when I think about how they made this all work and she never complains for a second.

“PPE” Margaritas

What are the biggest challenges teaching during the pandemic?

The biggest challenge doing distance learning is just keeping them on schedule.  I have Robbie who is 1st grade and Payton who is in Kindergarten and Rose is Pre-K (she is the only one who actually gets to go to school). They have staggered schedules all day so that’s a lot of logging in and out. I feel like it’s soooo much screen time and that bothers me but the children never complain. 

How has this affected your mental health?

My mental health is doing ok… some days I feel overwhelmed and can’t wait til the school day is over but other days we sail along. All I care about is that the children are safe, healthy and happy!

What suggestions do you have for other teachers, students and administration?

I’ve always admired and appreciated our teachers, now more so than ever!  Our teachers are putting so much time, energy and effort to support the children.  We are all in this together but MAN I can’t wait til they go back to school!

What creative things have you done to make teaching more enjoyable?

We take a lot of outside breaks during the day so they can run around.  Sometimes they do their classes outside (when the air quality is good) I stay positive for them and I think that’s what makes them want to do their best!

Are you getting any breaks?

I don’t get many breaks during the week… my niece and nephew have been helping with the morning work twice a week and that is much appreciated. 8:15-2:00 every day is exhausting but it gets done! 


Meet Lizanne McCord

Lizanne and I have been childhood friends and neighbors in Daly City, California since we were 5 years old and went to our local public school together. She and I have remained friends ever since which is such a blessing! Lizanne teaches in the Belmont-Redwood Shires School District, in California

Lizanne and her Co-Teacher 1 year ago

What are the biggest challenges teaching during the pandemic?

I work with elementary school students from kindergarten to fifth grade. I work in a learning center so we work one on one and with small groups of students. Some of the biggest challenges in teaching during the pandemic were learning computer technology and all the different programs that come with teaching virtually. Also, another challenge is keeping the material interesting so that our students are engaged in the curriculum. If a student doesn’t show up at their scheduled time or chooses only to show part of their face or not to turn on their video at all, I can only control so much on my end. 

How has this affected your mental health?

How this has affected my mental health, after zooming from 8:30-2:30, my eyes feel strained and I’m ready to get away from any screen. I will take a walk and a zoom class which helps with my mental health.

What suggestions do you have for other teachers, students and administration?

Some of my suggestions for other students are to continue to stay focus, work hard, have the attitude that this situation is temporary so make the most out of virtual learning. One suggestion I have for the administration is to teach one day or one week with students on zoom so they can experience what the students and staff experience.

What creative things have you done to make teaching more enjoyable?

Some of the creative things I have done to make teaching more enjoyable are the following, when I start with any student, I do a daily check-in to see how they’re doing and how the school work is going for them. We start with a brain break which they can choose to walk or jog in place, do jumping jacks, or stretch. When we’re done with our 30-minute session they have a choice of doing a scavenger hunt or play I spy. I feel this helps to transition back to their classroom, after working with me.

Are you getting any breaks?

Yes, I’m getting my breaks. My schedule allows me to take a 15-minute break in the morning. I have a 45-minute lunch break also. When a student doesn’t show for their allotted time then that allows me to get other work done. I take Cindy’s Wednesday evening Yoga class on zoom. The stretching and Yoga poses helps to alleviate stress. I feel better and sleep well after taking her relaxing and wonderful class.


Meet Michelle Rickelman

Michelle is my niece and is doing an amazing job teaching all while having 3 kids and pregnant with her 4th. A girl after my own heart. Congratulations Michelle! Love and miss you!

Michelle has been teaching Early Childhood Special Education for 13 years in Riverside School District 96 in Riverside, IL.

What are the biggest challenges teaching during the pandemic?

The three biggest challenges I have come across while teaching during the pandemic include:

First, making sure each child gets what they need, since every child is unique with their own learning styles and interests. I teach 3-5 year olds, some are typically developing and some have special needs; and I am currently teaching hybrid (in-person) and remote at the same time. So, this has been a huge adjustment with figuring out how to plan and implement activities that can be done in the classroom and at home at the same time. 

Second, incorporating technology into everyday activities has been a learning curve for me- prior to this school year, I was more focused on the face to face interactions, encouraging pretend play and creative thought, and building relationships than I was on incorporating technology into my classroom. 

Third, teaching both hybrid and remote together has also increased the workload by quite a bit- it often feels as though there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done.

How has this affected your mental health?

I am blessed to have a huge support system at home, so while I definitely notice an increase in my stress level and anxiety, I feel as though I have been able to manage and juggle everything thus far. But I feel this is in large part due to my love of teaching as well- I love teaching early childhood and being their first experience with school. It is all about developing the whole child and understanding that every moment is a teaching moment. I get to help them develop a love of learning and excitement for the world around them- and the progress that each child makes during the school year still leaves me speechless after 13 years. 

What suggestions do you have for other teachers, students and administration?

I would just suggest for everyone to be patient with themselves and with others; and to really lean on others for support when needed- don’t feel like you have to do it all on your own.

What creative things have you done to make teaching more enjoyable?

Some of the creative things I have done to make teaching more enjoyable are the following, when I start with any student, I do a daily check-in to see how they’re doing and how the school work is going for them. We start with a brain break which they can choose to walk or jog in place, do jumping jacks, or stretch. When we’re done with our 30-minute session they have a choice of doing a scavenger hunt or play I spy. I feel this helps to transition back to their classroom, after working with me.

Other Notes:

I think teaching through the pandemic has really helped foster a closer parent-teacher relationship and has really helped parents/families feel more involved in their child’s education- especially since those students who are doing the remote option need a parent near to help them with the technology pieces.

Teaching has been one of the most fulfilling and rewarding jobs! And though I was hesitant at first about teaching in-person and remote to 3-5 year olds, who learn best through hands-on concrete experiences, seeing the kids smiling faces through the computer or their smiling eyes from the smile hiding under their mask makes it all worth it.


Meet a San Mateo County Preschool Director

This interviewee has decided to stay anonymous. They have been working in Early Development for 25 years, and been a Director for 9.

What are the biggest challenges teaching during the pandemic?

The hardest part about teaching right now has been finding the sweet spot where we can make it as enjoyable and educational for the kids, and stress-free for the parents. We have taken big steps to ensure each child’s’ safety, as it is always the priority. Making sure kids can be kids, be curious and be goofy in this period in time has been a challenge. We as teachers and parents are learning something new everyday.

How has this affected your mental health?

Anything that puts our families at risk will take a toll. But getting to work with children makes it all worth it. This new layer of stress is remedied by incredible staff, parents and their families. There’s no amount of stress that makes it not worthwhile.

What suggestions do you have for other teachers, students and administration?

Amid the chaos of this pandemic, it is easy to forget to find joy in learning and community. Stay safe and stay optimistic.

What creative things have you done to make teaching more enjoyable?

We do parent classes in the evenings where we serve wine. Does that count?

Are you getting any breaks?

Of course, I have a healthy work-life balance, though I find myself thinking about being in the classroom in my free time.


Meet Renee Georgakas

I am so thrilled to once again feature my daughter Renee here and acknowledge her dedication to teaching and her innovative and creative ways she brings fun in the classroom.

Renee teaches 8th Grade Science at Rolling Hills Middle School in Campbell, California

What are the biggest challenges teaching during the pandemic?

While Distance Learning may have a few perks, such as teaching with a new kitten in my lap or switching a load of laundry in between classes, the challenges have been immense.  The amount of time that we have all spent adapting our methods of teaching, learning new technology, and modifying science labs to work virtually has been overwhelming to say the least.  After 10 years of teaching, it feels like starting over in an entirely new world.  Connecting with students has never been more challenging and frustrating, as it is a daily battle to convince 8th graders to keep their cameras on during class.  Staring at dark muted screens, without the ability to see and hear student reactions makes you feel more like a robot some days, and less like a teacher.  It is still the highlight of my day when the occasional student unmutes themselves to ask how I am, share a response, or just tell me a random story about their lives.  Don’t get me wrong, I do have some fantastic students this year, who are engaged and interactive, but it has never taken me this long to get to know my students on a more personal level.  This is the biggest reason that I am eager to get back to the classroom in person, but only when we are really ready, and have the ability to ensure the safety of all people on campus.  

Aside from the endless planning, the grading, and state “engagement reporting” procedures have been quite out of control, especially as a middle school teacher.  In addition to taking daily attendance, we are required to enter 2 grades daily for each student (one for engagement and one class assignment).  With 164 students, this in and of itself takes a good chunk of time to get done.  While we may be at home teaching, it feels like there is always something more to do, and like I am constantly falling behind in one area or another. 

How has this affected your mental health?

Mental health is just fine.

What suggestions do you have for other teachers, students and administration?

The one thing I know is that the focus should be on the students, and making distance learning as engaging as possible.  This is my number one priority.  I have made virtual labs to keep students engaged, but also try to do simple at home labs with household materials to get the students exploring science and off screen for a bit during the day.  I give students brain breaks, use interactive online platforms for student responses, and daily breakout rooms for team collaboration.  Despite the challenges we are all doing our best to make sure that students are actively learning on a daily basis.  It may not be ideal, but we are all making the best of this situation.  The daily motto in my class is “This is all new, we are learning together.  Things may not be perfect, things are going to go wrong, but we will make it work.”  I feel that through this time, both teachers and students need to be patient and understanding of one another.  It is through this mutual respect and support that we will make this work for as long as we must.

Are you getting any breaks?

Breaks? What breaks?


Meet Lauren Ruth

https://www.lauren-ruth.com/

Lauren and my daughter Renee met when they were in grammar school and we are close family friends.  Lauren is a talented artist as well and a dear friend.

Lauren is Assistant Professor of Art at California State University, Chico.

What are the biggest challenges teaching during the pandemic?

Connecting with students is more difficult online. In my sculpture classes I provide students with continual feedback and can gauge their level of engagement in real time. There isn’t a good substitute for this online. I can’t read the room on Zoom. It is also difficult to give demonstrations and provide feedback on three-dimensional artwork using a screen. Of course, we can’t use the wood shop or metal shop either. Fortunately, sculptors can use other materials, like fabric and found objects, so we have options for making art in the online format. When I need a silver living, I say that this is forcing artists to become more resourceful and creative.

How has this affected your mental health?

I am stressed and overworked. I put nearly all my time into my online classes, but it never feels like enough. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I’m not comfortable with my teaching being merely “good enough.” I think a lot of educators feel this way. I was stressed and overworked before the pandemic, but now it’s more acute.

What suggestions do you have for other teachers, students and administration?

I am teaching a graduate-level seminar and I love our discussions over Zoom! When the group is smaller and everyone participates, it is a joy to connect with students. We are all hungry for intellectual stimulation. 

What creative things have you done to make teaching more enjoyable?

We do parent classes in the evenings where we serve wine. Does that count?

Are you getting any breaks?

Break? What break? I haven’t taken a day off since August!

Thanks for including me and looking forward to the post! Also, I’ve attached an image of one of my recent sculptures. If you’d like to include it, a caption for the image is below:

Lauren Ruth, Chimeras, 2020, Laser cut acrylic and digital print on vinyl, 20”W x 5”H x 1/8”D (Image courtesy of the artist)

Meet Aria Lindsay

Aria is the daughter of a friend of mine who is also a teacher, who lives in my community. She is a teacher as well but decided it was best not to teach this year in Covid. We are blessed to have you in the teaching world Aria!

Aria teaches in a public high school in Davis, California

What are the biggest challenges teaching during the pandemic?

There are many huge challenges associated with teaching during a pandemic! I teach Animal Science, Floral Design and Biology at a large public high school in Davis, California. All of these classes traditionally include a great deal of hands-on work. During the regular school year we spend a huge portion of instructional time working on the school farm, creating floral arrangements, and doing hands-on labs. The pandemic has put a hold on all in-person activities and made me completely rethink how to run my classes to best serve all of my students.

One of the biggest challenge of teaching during a pandemic has been connecting with my students in a meaningful way. When I am in the classroom, I have a lot more time to work with my students and get to know them one-on-one. This constant interaction leads to the organic community building that occurs each year in my classroom. This community building has proven especially important for my students who are English language learners and my students with special needs.

Distance learning has forced me to rethink how to build a community in my classroom that fosters student buy-in. It has made me place intentional community building at the forefront of my educational objectives. I now dedicate a considerable portion of my daily instructional time to facilitating social interaction between my students. While this cuts into my instructional time, the extra engagement that I am getting as a result makes it work every second! It has contributed to my students’ social emotional learning, allowed me to reach my disengaged students more effectively, and helped me get to know my students over the course of the school year.

How has this affected your mental health?

Teaching during the pandemic has been a challenge for my mental health. While the hours that I spend every day actually teaching have been reduced, the workload has increased substantially due to the curriculum overhaul that has had to take place. I explained to one of my friends earlier this week that I treat every class period like an hour-long interactive workshop. Historically, I have been able to reuse projects and lesson plans from previous years. With the new online formatting, each lesson plan and project requires substantial tweaks or a complete redesign. This means that each class meeting takes me a couple hours to prep and practice for before delivering a new lesson or introducing a new project. I am working longer hours than I ever have, which cuts into my ability to practice self-care, work out, cook, clean, and otherwise take care of myself. I am concerned about burnout because I know that the rate that I am currently working at is not sustainable long term. I have found solace in many of my fellow teachers, who have bonded together in online forums and are more open to sharing resources than they were previous to the pandemic.

What suggestions do you have for other teachers, students and administration?

My main suggestion for anyone involved in distance learning is to focus on the new opportunities that this format provides. While it is easy to fixate all of the things that we as a community are missing out on, the thing that has kept me going has been focusing on things that I can expand. I have used this time to develop the social media outreach and online visibility for my student organization. We now have active Instagram and Facebook accounts that have allowed us to build new relationships with community stakeholders, student members, and parents. This virtual format has also allowed my students to get more industry exposure. I have found that this format lends itself well to bringing in guest speakers, who now don’t have to take time off of work to speak to my class over Zoom.

Additionally, I have taken extra time this year to integrate new technology into my classroom. I have spent more time than usual teaching my students about digital citizenship and how to use various online platforms that I previously overlooked during traditional classroom learning.

What creative things have you done to make teaching more enjoyable?

In order to make teaching more enjoyable and impactful for both my students and myself, I have focused on making all of my curriculum accessible in an asynchronous format for my students. This has resulted in a shift to more project-based learning. All of my assignments are posted on Canvas (or school’s learning management system) along with supporting documentation and recordings of my class sessions. While this is not required by my school, I feel passionately that every one of my students should be able to access my curriculum on their own schedule. This has helped to address the opportunity gap and resulting achievement gap in my classroom. While no system addresses this perfectly, I have found this to be a good start!

This solution along with a very flexible late work policy makes teaching more enjoyable because I know that my students educational needs are being met, even if their home situation or work schedule prevents them from fully engaging in live Zoom sessions or turning in work on time. It also helps me answer a lot of common questions from students, families and administration that many educators are currently facing.

Are you getting any breaks?

The short answer is no. When life gives you lemons, sometimes you just have to work really hard to make lemonade. I am giving it my best shot and hoping that I come out of this pandemic stronger than I was at the beginning.

The thread I hear from all of them is that they are doing their best to infuse the class to the best of their ability as they are struggle to find ways to take care of themselves. We are so blessed to have their committment and dedication to serve our youth.

Thank you all for your time and contribution! I know that this took time you don’t have much of but we are all extremely grateful to you. I know I personally am and I can assure you my readers will be as well!

Bless you and bless us all!

Thanks for Reading, liking (if you do of course), commenting and or sharing,

❤️

Cindy

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Star Dust Fri-Yay Fun-Day

Today I’ll sprinkle Star Dust in my coffee and eat my cheerios.

I’ll wear my bat woman cape for extra protection and put my touch stone in my pocket.

I’ll move slow instead of hitting the ground running and I’ll treat me as good as I do my animals.

I’ll wear my purple top because when you are old and wise, you wear purple, or so they say.

I’ll climb back in bed and do my cat cow and sleep the day away.

I’ll forget my routine for a change and break free; turn off my devices and listen to music and play my ukulele.

I’ll start my day with chocolate and end with chocolate with a cherry on top and maybe I’ll even watch a movie for a change.

I’ll hide from the phone and play hookie for the day and wait for the fog to go away and the light to fill my soul.

I’ll turn up the music loud and dance like a rock star.

I’ll swim naked in the pool and and head to the hot tub by moon light.

I’ll drink champagne to celebrate the fact that I got up, and the earth blessed me another day.

I’ll take in Vitamin D from the sun.

I’ll sing under the moonlight and thank the planets and the stars in the galaxy for a spectacular show and Star Dust they blessed me with.

Tinker Bell sends her fairy dust and is ready to come out to play!

Tinker Bell's Pixie Dust -Black Background | Tinkerbell, Pixie dust, Fairy  art

But now there are bills to pay, animals to feed and clients to see.

Have a really great Friday and weekend and be kind to yourself because if you aren’t who will be?!!!!!

Do you have any fun plans real or imagined?

Thanks for reading and liking (if you do of course, comment and or share.)

Star Dust of Love, Laughter and Joy,

❤️

Cindy

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Don’t Confuse Net Worth W/ Self Worth

This piece was done by a dear friend / client of mine, Lynn Cornish and greets you upon entry of her home, welcoming visitors, to remind them of what matters most in life. Lynn lives in Portola Valley, California with her 2 dogs Ozzie and Bubba who are the light of her life. Lynn has been painting for 30 years and paints with 20 other artists in a warehouse in Redwood City, California. Her art is sometimes provocative, whimsical and always vivid and bright, capturing the essence of what happens on any given day.

Lynn with Ozzie and Bubba

This particular piece “Don’t Confuse Net Worth W/ Self Worth” is inspired by the area in which she lives in Silicon Valley, the dot com capital, where 1 % of the richest population resides. It could be easy to get swept away with power and greed but her message speaks to the heart, reminding us that truly Wealth is Health and not indicative of people’s contentment or happiness.

Lynn knows first hand that wealth does not equal health as her brother Robby suffered with mental illness all of his life. She tried for years to the best of her ability to help him with therapy, programs, housing, finances etc. He lived as rich a life as anyone could have with his serious condition of schizophrenia. He frequented thrift shops often and drove the car she gave him proudly and everyone knew him by name. He told many stories in lucid times and his favorite line was “It’s nothing to write home about” and laughter would fill the air. Everyone still laughs when they talk about this story and although I never met Robby, I feel as though I knew him by the stories that she and her brothers and sister in laws share when they get together in fond memory. Robby had an episode as is often the case with mental health issues that landed him in jail on a 5150 in March of 2015. I personally reassured Lynn that this was a good thing (I know first hand with family members that suffer from mental health issues) because he would now get the help he needed which is most often the case. She was trying to post bail because she was worried sick about him but sadly and tragically he was murdered in jail by his roommate who also suffered mental health issues on St. Patrick’s Day March 17th 2015.

Robert Anthony Hearn

Lynn makes generous donations to mental health organizations along with many other worthy causes.

Mental Health treatment, care and respect for each individual cannot be overemphasized in a world where 1 in 4 suffer from mental health issues and trauma. It does not discriminate and one never knows if or when one of us could be part of this percentage.

Lynn’s house reflects her fun loving, giving and vivacious personality that captivates everyone that comes in contact with her. Her walls are a gallery that infuse happiness and joy while looking at her art and her expansive view of the bay and majestic mountains.

Most days you will find her hiking the hills with the deer, turkeys and extraordinary wild life that are protected in her area.

Here’s Lynn‘s website if you want to check it out, just for fun. I am a HUGE fan and the lucky recipient of piece that hangs in my entry.

The one above is ear marked for another one of her friends but we are all battling her for it or urging her to make a lithograph for our homes as well. If you are interested in that please let her know.

This beautiy hangs in Lynn’s Dearest friend Wendy’s home
And this one in my entry

One day when working with Lynn I saw this in her garage and she said she was painting over it because she didn’t like it. I grabbed it so fast it would make your head spin and I LOVE IT. What’s more is my husband and I don’t agree on art at all AND WE BOTH LOVE IT!!! That speaks volumes!!!

A side angle view with Buddha standing guard

Look closely here…. no irreverence intended but even Buddha agrees this year has been F_____. Just keeping with the theme of things from last post. Lol!!!!

As always, thanks so much for reading, liking (if you do of course), commenting and or sharing. I’m most grateful for your time and kindness.

Here’s to our Wealth in Health with Love and Always Laughs,

❤️

Cindy

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Silver Linings of Covid

Life has thrown us heartache and grief, yet we must continue to look at how we will show up and hold our hearts sacred, mourn the dying and reach out to those in need while we find The Silver Lining during unfathomable times. 

Quote and Photo by Cindy~ This Stupa from Bali greets clients upon entry. Although the rock is from New York, representing 911, it applies here as well

We are called into uncharted territories while we make our way into the next chapter of our lives. 

Regardless of where you find yourself on the spectrum of life, we are all being challenged to find our rudder and compass while we navigate these uncharted waters.  They can be turbulent no matter what your age, profession or living arrangements.  

Inertia can set in and create immobility and confusion, not knowing which direction to go in, or doing wheelies if you will, popping from one wheel to the other.  Or we start spinning into rapid fire without a direction or even asking what direction you want to be going in.  All of a sudden it’s as though a tornado hit and you are in the eye of the storm with no clue how you got there, on a desert island, alone.

You may be forced out of what you have known for so long and this creates uncertainty and confusion like being in a rip tide, lost at sea. 

Wherever you find yourself, it’s no doubt different than where you were and most likely it’s a double edge sword.  

I love what Bharath said in his last post which made me laugh and anytime I can laugh these days I welcome it!

“Times: I’ve changed. Do you like what I’ve become? No. Do I wish to go back? Hell no! Don’t ask too many questions, don’t ask for directions, I am alive and so are you; cross my path, wave at me and I might wave back. I’ve changed”.

Photo by Emiliano Arano on Pexels.com

I for one have chosen not to do massage at this time which is a big portion of my business currently, even though 42 counties in California allow it indoor with modifications.  I have invested oodles of time and money in a profession that I’m not sure I will want to continue in which is mind boggling, but time will tell how I choose to move forward.

My staff is reluctant to start as well and we have taken a huge financial hit in this arena but we cannot open, even though our pocket books argue.  We will and must listen to our moral compass when we know there will be another wave hitting in winter; even though our competitors are starting back. Money will never be our God, sacrificing integrity over greed.  Instead we have all managed to find ways to shift and be creative while we wait for the storm to pass.  I know of 4 people ( friends of friends)  that have died and 12 that have been injected in various degrees. One was a near death experience where he came back into his body and he is using an inhaler and he is only 42. My heart aches for your losses and my heart holds yours while you grieve. 

We are rewarded in life by following and listening to our hearts and tapping into our internal resources while lining up with the truth of the Law of Attraction ( basically what we need comes into fruition with intention and follow through).

Listen to your heart!

I’ve been embarking on the venture of Zooming with Clients, blogging and writing which has been incredible in some aspects but has come with a lot of  hiccups, not being computer and tech savvy.  It has changed my relationships with others that are generally up close and personal, tactile with lots of interaction, to one that is more isolating and introspective.

A little Help from my Covid Kitty’s Ollie and Star

I savor my quiet time but I find that interruptions throw me off kilter where before I was a genius at multitasking and juggling lots of balls.  I have holed away and I find it annoying to be in anyone’s presence that distracts me, primarily because I lose my train of thought.  

I don’t know exactly where I’m going with all of this but I am being led by my intuition even though it makes no sense at the moment.  I do check in with myself to see if I should jump ship and the answer is “No, just keep going”.  We don’t always know what the gifts are in the moment but through time, they make themselves clear. 

This Quote by Cherie Carter-Scott Mother of Life Coaching where I was certified
My Silver Linings of Covid:
  • I’m loving taking pictures, which I’m not that good at but having fun with.  I am featuring other friends and clients photography and art which is so inspiring.
  • I am learning some incredible new skills to live in a technological world in which there is no escaping.
  • I am able to spend time with my beloved Harry, my 14 year old King Charles Spaniel who is lame before he retires to the rainbow bridge.  
  • I trained my once feral cat to adjust to indoor outdoor life and my dog Hunter, not to eat either cat.
  • 2 of my adult children have lived with me since moving out in college which has allowed us to redefine our relationship as adults .
  • I’ve had some time with my mom and Dad.
  • I let the dust and fur stay on the ground and laundry pile up.
  • I have saved a ton of money but not going buying gifts and eating out. 
  • I’m taking a writers workshop.
  • We’ve had a bumper crop of tomatoes and zucchini  this year and I’ve made lots of tomato sauce for winter, which I never have time to do.   
  • I’ve made some Youtube videos of my own for classes.
  • I’ve enjoyed some great hikes in our hood.
  • I’ve discovered some great musicians thanks to my friends’ generosity.
  • Getting your comments, reading your masterpieces of poetry, thoughts, pictures etc has been such a gift to me and enriched my life.  It has made me a better writer and person.  I have learned so much culturally and in history that I am embarrassed to say I didn’t know. 
  • I have made some amazing new friends on WordPress from all over the world who have even zoomed with me to help me.  Thanks Kumar!
I ASKED SOME FRIENDS TO GIVE ME THEIR SILVER LININGS OF COVID AND ONE SAID “NOT SURE WHAT YOU MEAN BY SILVER LINING, COVID SUCKS” 🙁. WHILE THIS IS TRUE, WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO LOOK AT THE BLESSINGS SUBTLE AS THEY MAY BE.

Silver Linings from Friends and Family:

  • I’ve saved a lot of money living at home with my parents with meals but I’m drowning in anxiety working everyday really hard not making a damn dollar and I don’t see a way out… I want to buy a house.
  •  I’m lucky to have my girlfriend at my side steadfast.
  • I’ve tapped into my organizational skills and cleaned my whole house.  It eases my anxiety. 
  •  I learned that I don’t need to hang dry my jeans and all my workout clothes all over my bathroom and closet because they don’t shrink in the dryer like I  thought for the last 40 years.  
  • I like that I don’t have to rake the sand traps when I’m golfing as I visit lots of them😬
  • My golf score has never been lower
  • I’m living my best Covid life with no commute working online, getting daily exercise and staying a month at a time in different remote spots for free of charge all while in business school online.
  • The freeways are not crowded and the air seems cleaner when there’s no smoke and I smell more of the wonders of the land, plants and trees.  
  • I’ve explored lots of new recipes in my cookbooks because we aren’t going out to dinner. 
  • We’ve enjoyed supporting many musicians for our Instagram shows and they are so appreciative for the support as they’ve had no opportunities to perform for six months. 
  • I’ve done more hiking in our beautiful area and feel blessed to enjoy the beauty all around us. 
  • I am trying to appreciate a slower life with more time to contemplate myself and the world around me.  I am also working on becoming more aware of discrimination and racism in this country, including examinations of my own shortfalls. 
  • My discovery of how important it is to get outside each day to exercise. There have been periods of time that I did not get outside for any length of time for weeks or months!
  •  Life actually slowed down!
  • we will have had 2 kids living with us for extended periods of time. Family time!!!!
  • taking over 30 online classes on various topics. 
  • learning how to Zoom to connect. 
  • less traffic. 
  • love being home!!!
  • playing piano
  • My hockey net
  • YouTube Music
  • Poetry
  • I am appreciative of what my mom has done for us for years. The way she cooks food inspite of being tired so I try to help her with chores some days.

So what about you?  What is your Silver Lining of Covid?  

Anything special you are learning about yourself?

As always, thanks so much for reading, liking ( if you do, commenting and or sharing).  I am so grateful for your continued support truly!

Blessings and love while we light our path on our journey’s,

❤️🙏

Cindy

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Murder Mystery 36th Birthday

Hi Fri-Yay Funday Friends,

I hope you’ve had a good week and are ready to chillax on the weekend or at least part of it. So, what do you do in Covid for your birthday? I have a theory which is you barely used this year, so it shouldn’t count! My daughter loves theater and dressing up. She has a theater background and has been the Activity Director for the middle school where she teaches, so we surprised her with a Zoom Murder Mystery Party. I have great ideas but lack in execution. So my son, “Peter”, much to his chagrin, arranged it all. It was totally worth it because “Sally” had a ball and she forever thanks you, and so do we. 💋

Sally Meets Bobby…. Is she the murderer?
And however will the murder unfold?

The Cast

Can be Played with 8-12… We had 9
Could Kevin have killed Bobby to get the Baseball Scholarship that Bobby would have gotten?
Kevin says; “I would have liked to knock him off but hey winning is everything and without Bobby, there is no win.”

The Birthday Girl Sally, Guessed the murderer and she was over the moon. Here she is below with her brand new birthday gift to herself. What better time than in Covid when you are locked in your appartment all by yourself.

“Sally” AKA Renee and her new Covid kitty Casian
Just Chillin…. but just wait, “I can’t wait to shred your couch” 😹
But how could you get mad at me, with this face?!

Review of the Game

Sally: “Loved it because I was with my family and love to dress up & I guessed the murder.
Peter:My head was spinning it was so confusing and so much work to set up I should have been the murder.”
Clerical Katie: “I can’t believe I didn’t get any bribes.”
Dolly: “I was actually out 50 bucks. Only use the free version. You have to do everything anyway including m.c. it.”
Coach: I cashed out winning 350.00 and didn’t do a thing but buy the decorations.
Cindy Sensational: “The devil made me do it.”
Gabby: “It was great to see everyone and celebrate Renee’s birthday together even though we were miles apart.”

Although we always have fun together we would NOT reccommend this game as it was way too much work! If you do want to try one, get the free version!

As always, thanks for reading, liking (if you do of course), commenting and or sharing.

Have a great weekend!

Blessing and Love,

🙏❤️

Cindy

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Ignite the Light

On my daily walk, I meet this friend

Reaching Far and Wide

Searching for the light

Sheltering you and me

Bursting with color

Before it’s deciduous and ………leaves.

Reminding you that when darkness comes, leaves fall and all is cold and barren, you can reach inside for respite and light.  It’s always there even in our darkest hour. You may be knocked to your knees, seething in anger and fear which is understandable. When the candle is ignited and you blow it out, bring it inside to illuminate your soul while you remember the burst of color from fall.

Have a blessed Day as we stand tall in fall!

Thanks so much for reading and please like ( if you do of course), comment and or share.

In Love and Light,

Cindy

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JUST DO IT!!!!

Your body like your mind is your temple.  Moving allows it to come to life freeing restrictions, creating new neural paths in the center of your brain, heart and belly. Feel the wind beneath your wings and Sweat drip down your face, as you get stronger everyday! – Cindy


I know a lot of you have umpteen reasons why you can’t get yourself to workout either because of time limitations, it doesn’t seem necessary, or inertia sets in making it difficult to put it into action.  Some of you suffer from injuries or pain, depression etc. so I get how difficult it can be, really I do, but can I tell you a secret?

You Can’t Afford NOT to Work Out! 

It’s vital to your health. There are so many forms of working out so you can be as creative as you can imagine and make it your own. 

Still need a reason?  

I will send my bodyguard over to “snap” you into shape if I have to. LOL

Hunter (in the back) and his Sister DeNali our viscious Guard Dogs….. LOL


One of the biggest mistakes people make is waiting until they have time for a full hour workout and then doing nothing because they don’t think minutes count.  

Well, guess what?  They do!!! Minutes count and making them part of your daily routine and sneaking them in adds up and makes a difference.  

If you have an hour by all means, do it…. Walk, bike, do yoga, lift weights, dance etc.  But if you don’t;  put the music on for 10 min and dance or go for a quick walk, when you get off the couch, do some squats or stretch, do a few core exercises, etc. Do that 3 times through the day and you have 30 min. under your belt. 6 x’s 60 min.  

WOW… Right?!!!! Never again tell me you don’t have time.

Why Workout?  

  1. It’s vital for your General health;  moving toxins and getting the blood flowing, it lowers blood pressure, moves lymph, reduces insulin levels thus helping with diabetes. 
  2. It gets your cardiovascular system going which is good for your heart, lowers your pulse rate so your heart doesn’t have to work as hard. You lose weight and burn more calories keeping your BMI and waist circumference to an optimal level.
  3. It Elevates your mood:  Serotonin is released which is the hormone that aids in brain function and feeling good  which wards off depression and anxiety and hey, we all need that especially right now.
  4. It is good for memory and Alzheimer’s:  A head Dr. From Stanford Hospital did a talk and he referenced the 4 most important things to help stave off Alzheimer’s.

The 4 most Important things to help Alzheimer’s are:

1. Exercise

2.  Exercise

3.  Exercise

4.   A healthy Diet and optimal weight 

       Yes, more beneficial than crossword puzzles and music which are of course good too.

5. It strengthens your bones and is good for Bone Density

6. Your skin looks healthier. 

Don’t Have a Gym? 

Well, most of us don’t but you do have a body which is heavier than any weight you can lift so 

KISS………!

Keep it Simple Stupid.

What you need for your You’re home Gym:

Shoes:  that’s all you need for walking

A mat: for exercises and stretching

Free weights: if you want them

Bands:

Besides which it’s Covid free and I don’t know about you but I’m not heading anywhere near a gym except my own right now.

My Training room that serves as a Yoga studio, Gym and meditation room
You can just use your own body weight or some balls, bands and free weights.


People think because I’m in the business, it’s easy to do but the truth is,  it isn’t and I don’t always love it but I have reaped the benefits of all of the above so I prioritize it in my life and just do it like Nike tells us.  I hate advertising but I do love that saying they coined so well.  I also know variety is important to the body and brain so I mix things up.  If you want your body to change you have to mix it up. 

This is NOT necessary but hey I see clients but they usually become Coat Racks

How much Exercise do we actually need a day?

Here are the Guidelines most all fitness professionals agree with along with the CDC agree on

  • Moderate-Intensity Aerobic activity. Get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week.
  • Vigorous-Intensity Aerobic activity. Get at least 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week.
  • An equivalent mix of moderate and vigorous intensity aerobic training.
  • Strength training. Do strength training exercises for all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week that work on all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

I like to break this down into weekly segments of 30 min a day but you can do whatever suits your schedule best.

To be considered vigorous, an activity should meet or exceed a level of 6 to 7, which is considered hard on the RPE scale. This includes jogging, biking, or swimming.  The RPE is the rate of perceived exertion that you personally determine similar to the pain scale.  Each of us have our own personal level we must listen to.

The Break Down:

Break this down to 5 times a week of 30 min walks. Or whatever distribution of time that suits your schedule best.

Strength Training for 2-3 days or 5 days with splits.  If you are limited on time this is a great way to divide your training.  

If you are short on time and it works better for you to split your routine into several short workouts throughout the day, do it! Any exercise is better than none! Don’t worry that you won’t burn as many calories or get good results. 

Stretching is vital to do in some form or another.  Yoga is my go to.

Circuit train which gets your cardio in as well as your strength and cuts your workout time down considerably:  30 min is equal to a

Examples of this are:

CrossFit – Designed to improve your overall physical abilities, including your endurance, strength, flexibility, speed, coordination, balance, and more. Combines many forms of exercise, high intensity.

Circuit stations training – Circuits are made up of exercise for a determined period of time, followed directly by rest or active recovery.

Tabata – a timed interval method that alternates between 20-second intervals performed at maximum effort and 10-second stages of rest, repeated eight times for the ultimate exhaustive four-minute workout.

H.I.I.T. – As you can tell from the name, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is challenging. It takes your cardio workout to another level, as you push your pace out of your comfort zone. You can use HIIT with any type of cardio workout, whether it’s running, using a stair climbing machine, rowing, or jumping rope.

My Personal Workout Schedule:

I walk an hour about 4 days a week and 1 time a week an hour and a half

Yoga for 30 min 3-4 days a week and an hour 1 time a week Circuit train 2 times a week.

Strength Training:  2 times a week

Daily Meditation: 15- 20 minutes

Tai Chi and Qigong 3-4 days a week 20 min. 

My Favorite Workout

My favorite workout is integrating a warm up of about 5 minutes, mixing in Yoga and Strength with light weights and ending with a meditation.  This way I integrate everything that is needed in a work out in the most efficient use of my time.

Here is a 40 minute sample workout that you can and should try out yourself.

Remember to stretch and drink plenty of water.

JUST DO IT and please let me know how it goes.  

Stay Fit, Have Fun, Be the Light and Be Strong!

You’ve Got This! 

Love,

Cindy

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Golf Widow

Happy Fun Fri-Yay Everyone!

I’m a golf widow on many of days but I’m not complaining by any means.

The boys days spent on the green are my sanctuary of peace;

writing, doing yoga or practicing my tai chi and meditation.

While they chip, I peck away with my kitties and dogs under toe.

Sometimes they land in the sand trap like I do in a wordless phase but

we both often hit par or a birdie at the end of the day.

We’re both on the back nine that’s for sure but not my son who’s

taken the lead, and just won his annual tournament with his friend with a score of 2 under par.

Whoo Hoo!!!!!

The last time we were all together we went to the driving range with the whole fam and it was actually lots of fun.

I picked up my driver and hit airmail (a term for the ball going longer than expected) and I’m no Ace player.

I’m going to go out today and try my luck if the smoke let’s up and it’s not too hot.

Below are some pictures of the the highlights of my husband and son’s courses they have played.

Most day’s they travel far and wide to find a good deal but these are some of the best courses you’ll find in our area and they were so privileged to play, so I wanted to share them with you.

Enjoy!

Stanford Driving Range
Half Moon Bay Golf Links Course, California
Half Moon Bay Golf Links overlooking the bluff

There are two different golf courses that are set upon Northern California’s dramatic costal bluffs. It is an hour south of San Francisco. The Bay Area resort’s parkland-style Old Course, originally designed in 1973, features cypress-lined fairways and an oceanside 18th hole. The aptly named Ocean Course features a traditional Scottish design, a water view from every hole and challenging play with tight fairways and knolls. This is 30 minutes from our home so my husband and son often play here. On a beautiful day, you can see forever. These pictures don’t do justice the the course. This is where my son won the tournament with his friend Chad.

Spy Glass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California
Spy Glass Golf Course

Spyglass Hill Golf Course is in Pebble Beach, California and is ranked # 10 in America’s 100 Greatests public Corses. It is the Greatest meeting of Sand and Trees. The defining takeaway at Spyglass Hill is how starkly the first five holes juxtapose the rest of your round. It features 6,862 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. ASGCA, the Spyglass Hill golf course. It opened in 1966

Spanish Bay Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California
Spanish Bay Golf Course

My Husband just got home from playing here on Wednesday and had a great time. Again, smoke from the fire made for dismal pictures but none the less, it’s pretty hard not to have a great time in all of this beauty. Spanish Bay Golf Course is in Pebble Beach, California nuzzled among the undulating sand dunes on the western tip of the Monterey Peninisula sits The links at Spanish Bay. Designed in 1987 by a team comprised of Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tom Watson and Sandy Tatum, The Links at Spanish Bay was modeled after an authentic Scottish course.

Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California
My son Garrett

This was by far the biggest highlight of Covid for my husband and son playing with their friends. Pebble Beach Golf Links is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the world, overlooking the coastline of Carmel Bay, opening to the paacific ocean on the south side of the Monterey Peninsula. It is considered the No. 1 Golf Resort in America. With three top 50 public courses canvasing the spectacular coastline that wraps around California’s Monterey Peninsula, golf at Pebble Beach is a truly unforgetable moment.

Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco, California

This was an acopoliptic day on the course with the smoke from the fires. Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco, California. The park has 27 holes of championship golf-the 18-hole Harding Park Course and the 9-hole Fleming Course (when they open up 3 holes, I might try it. Lol). It opened 95 years ago on July 18th, 1925. It is named after Preident Warren G. Harding, an avid golfer. The course covers 163-acre (0.66km 2) along the shores of Lake Merced, in the city’s southwest corner.

This book that sits on our living room table was compiled by Connor Licolli, my Godson as a labor of love to his Grandfather Hal Gevertz. It is a compilation of 357 articles of his writings from 1971-1983 and 1987-2009, which were originally written for the San Mateo Times Group Newspapers and later for the Northern California’s Golf Today. It is a beautiful coffee table book and I’m so proud of you Connor!

Thanks so much for reading and have a great weekend until we meet again.
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Love and Blessings,

❤️

Cindy

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Be The Sea Of Change!

Mother Earth is angry and the ocean reflects its displeasure mirroring the injustice in her waters and sky. 

The rock guised as monsters reckoning with earth; bound by greed, no bounderies of caste or creed,

but not defining me.

Denying climate change, pain and suffering while the haves and the have nots, don’t measure up.

 It’s not too late, so listen up folks.  I won’t and can’t hold this anger, nor should you,

but I will merge with Grandmother Earth and Grandfather Sky and

protect her and be the sea of change.  

Will you  join me?

Hi Friends,

I’m struck by dark nights that haunt us on so many levels right now and this picture of Jason’s evoked such powerful feelings. The light is beckoning us so no matter what you are going through. Remember things get worse before they get better and when you think you can’t go on, take one moment at a time, one breath at at time. We’re is this together and we will get through this; stronger and brighter than ever before, united once again, take a stand.

As always, thanks for reading and please like (if you do our course), comment and or share.

So much love and blessings,

❤️

Cindy

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Interview with a Fitness and Life Coach

Good Morning,

I am so honored that Kally from MiddleMe invited me to interview on her blog. Kally comes from a corporate background, and is a online entrepreneur. She does a mirage of various projects and assisting start-ups and is a writer and a recruiter, coaching freelancers.

I hope you enjoy the interview……

One of the reasons that MiddleMe is such an awesome platform is due to the interaction we get from the diverse audience all over the world. I love that I have readers from Singapore to India all the way to the United Kingdom and United States. From retirees dishing out precious wisdom to essential staff sharing their stories with us. 

Today, we have the Founder of Uniquely Fit, Cindy Georgakas with more than 35 years of health and wellness experiences, serving others with a passionate goal in mind – to help other people to find inner peace and healthy living, come and share her thoughts and experiences with us. 

Hi Cindy, over in MiddleMe, we are all about having passion in what we do and helping others. We are honored to have you today to talk about your work and passion. Please introduce yourself and Uniquely Fit.

Thank you so much, Kally, for inviting me to interview with you. I follow your site regularly and find it very informative with such heartfelt passionate messages for humanity.  

I was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in Daly City and I kept migrating south for warmer weather after college. I live in an incredible rural community in Woodside, Ca. about 40 minutes south of S.F. with just over 6,000 people with beautiful mountains to hike and beaches to visit which I love and keep me fit. I’m happily married with 4 children, 4 furry family members, 2 horses on our property and 5 ageing parents who are local.  

Uniquely Fit was born out of my passion for fitness with the premise that every person is unique and different and each individual’s needs must be honored. The business has expanded and grown over the years offering more services and now with Covid reinventing itself yet again, with Zoom One on One sessions, group classes, outdoor sessions and I’m more active on blogging.  

I modelled my studio after Jane Fonda’s aerobic studio she opened in 1982 in S.F. and I opened mine in San Mateo California within weeks of her opening hers when I was 26 years old. It was such an exciting time in my life building from the ground up and training staff.

At the time we had low and high impact, aerobic classes, with small free weights.  

I also taught pre and postnatal exercise, birth coaching and baby massage with one massage therapist on staff. We had 15 instructors and 20 classes a week.

We have now expanded into having 4 massage therapists, yoga classes, No Guts No Glory (boot camp), personal training, Life Coaching, Craniosacral Therapy and we have a Nutritional Consultant on staff.

What made me want to set up Uniquely Fit? What is your mission behind Uniquely Fit?

With a major in Recreational Therapy, I started in convalescent hospitals where I felt I had very little actual control in helping people. I would go to work and come back in the morning to someone I worked with the day before, in my office (dead… yes you heard it right). Somehow they got put in my office as a holding spot. 

After a few times of that, it was too heartbreaking for me because I grew to love each person I worked with. I decided to move into the wellness side of health and worked and managed different health facilities and taught workshops. After a few years, I decided to go off on my own and “do it my way”.

My mission is for each person to find their passion in their lives through movement, finding exactly what feeds them physically, emotionally and spiritually. I also struggled with my weight and one time went from 115 to 160 lbs in 6 months so I had a lot to teach with that experience.

How do you feel when you have successfully helped others? 

I feel awesome! There is so much fulfilment when someone I work with reaches their objective because I know how much they have put into it to get there. It also motivates me to keep walking my talk because you can only help people if you truly live the process. My clients become my biggest inspiration!

What does inner peace mean to you?

It means accepting myself for who I am and relaxing into the present moment and connecting to the Spirit, God, Buddha within or whatever it is for you, where all is well.

Can everyone find inner peace in the end? 

Peace is a state of mind and it is much easier when our basic needs of security are met but it is achievable and attainable in every moment if we can stop and quiet our mind, and allow it to fill our souls. It is NOT always easy but nothing worth having is. It takes patience, practice and practice, you must. 

I try to help people achieve one goal a week with very small increments and when they master that add another. Meditation, breathing, music, journaling, walking, Yoga, Qigong are all modalities that help foster inner peace.

I have noticed that you have many skills like Occupational and Recreational Therapy among many others. What pushes you to pick up new skills and improve yourself?

I found out early on that O.T. was very tedious and the repetitiveness of the work wasn’t full filling so I moved forward into what was more satisfying to me.  

As long as we are alive we are growing. There are times that my clients call me into new things out of the blue. I never would have taught a spin class or started massage if one of my clients didn’t “twist my arm”. Of course, they always make it an offer I can’t refuse. If there is a client that is struggling, I continue to access what is needed and will take other classes or certifications to find the best modalities to help them. 

That is how I started doing Craniosacral Therapy and Music as Medicine. Other times, it is just a calling and I trust it and go with it. It has never steered me wrong. Other times I refer out.

What kind of challenges excite you?

 There is usually an instinct or aha when I know it is something I want to pursue and usually there is a bit of fear when I think of it. My mind says, “oh forget about it” and I so wish it would go away but when it doesn’t, I have learned to trust it. This reminds me recently of taking the mules down the Grand Canyon. 

First of all, I’m scared of heights so what part of me was crazy enough to want to do that I asked. I DON’T, I answered and I remind myself it’s ok to change my mind. But it kept persisting so I researched it a lot and I was so hoping I would change my mind but it wouldn’t go away and one thing I’ve learned is I have to follow that voice. I took me and my fear and gave it over to the donkey. It turned out to be exhilarating and so beautiful and I would have missed a lot by foot. I have a sign in my office that says If your Dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.  

I’ve just started writing a book and it’s the same calling here and I keep thinking just forget about it while I continue typing.

What does being passionate mean to you?

It means having a purpose that I am excited to work on that brings me joy, exhilaration and meaning and sharing that with the world.  

Do you think it is important to have passion for your job? Why?

I do because it doesn’t feel like work then. It feels like an extension of your mission and purpose in life. I love what I do but with that said after 6 -8 clients in a day, it is still something I need a break from. 

The gift of a little more time right now is that I can explore other things I love as well. I see clients from as young as teenagers to 100. My soon to be 90-year-old client does a 5-minute plank, and is working on Zoom on an architectural project at the Historical Museum of Art in San Mateo. He still drives to come to see me and if this isn’t passion, I don’t know what is.

What advice would you give to someone who says they can’t find passion in their work?

I would say perhaps it’s time to look at what really would feed them in their job. Reinventing yourself is really important in life and it’s NEVER too late to start over. Sometimes it’s not the job that is the problem but the way they hold it. That is when I would do a one on one session with them to discover their passions.

You do offer Life Coaching as a part of your services. Can you please elaborate on what is life coaching?

I do and it is one of the highlights of my career. I was trained by the best in 1979 by Cherie Carter Scott, Mother of Life Coaching from Motivational Management Services. She recently produced a movie called “The Workshop” which can be seen on Netflix.

 Have you ever had a question that keeps rattling around in your head and you never can get resolution on it? That is the perfect time to get a session. It can be as little or big as you can imagine. It could be deciding on how to let go of anger, moving, finding a new career path etc. 

I was trained to use a Socratic approach and ask questions so people can access their own answers. The answers are always inside and it is my job to ask the right questions so someone can access them.   

What is the difference between a life coach, a counsellor and a psychiatrist?

The difference is we have a very specific set of guideline in a life coaching session which can be broken down like this:

  1.  Objective: What do you want from this session?
  2.  Desire and willingness to get clear on it.
  3.  Exploring Feelings and fears. 
  4.  Releasing what is in the way of getting what you want.
  5.  Making a plan of action.
  6.  Checking in to keep you on track.

Counselors have a good listening ear and usually offer much more evaluation and input.

A psychiatrist can dispense medicine and is usually much less available for exploration and implementation. They are great with finding imbalances in the system and prescribing medication when needed and often work with a psychopharmacist, who is a specialist in choosing medications. 

All modalities can work independently or in conjunction with each other.

How is your business surviving during this pandemic? What changes did you make to accommodate the safety regulations? 

It’s doing well with some gaps and it is slowly returning to more in-person visits with 6 ft distance and masks etc. 

We take everyone’s temperature before starting with a handheld device to the forehead, sanitize everyone, have long wait times in between clients and different outdoor spaces to work in. We have sanitizing products, gloves and wipes available and hand washing is a must. Everything is left outside 2 days and then brought in and is wiped down. I am doing one on one sessions on Zoom as well. 

People are adapting to the new normal and finding ways to soothe their bodies without actual touch but with substitutes such as foam rollers, balls etc as I direct them. Life Coaching as you can imagine is really needed right now with the constant changes and fear rightfully and that is being instilled. This gives them their power back.

Any tips for small businesses to survive during this time?

Be consistent and keep the ball going. Never before have I been so grateful to have so many platforms available to do my work and to shift into. I continue to put out my monthly newsletter and I suggest you keep as many systems in place as possible so you don’t fall behind and are ready to go as things shift; BECAUSE THEY WILL! 

After my 2nd child, I brought my business home and ran pre and postnatal classes and baby massage out of my house and decided to semi-retire. Not long after that my husband’s business came to a crashing halt with the stock market crash and close. In one month I picked up the pieces and built my business back up to being booked with a waiting list and built a staff and made lemonade out of lemons. That was 25 years ago, and if I can do it, so can you. This is the silver lining when change hits you in the face. It’s the getting up that matters, not the falling down. That is life.  

So, try things on for size, when doors close, remember windows will open. There are 9 NO’s to every Yes, so be resilient, don’t give up and don’t take it personally. Remember what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  

Once again, thank you for taking time in sharing your experiences and tips with us. 

You are so welcome Kally.  It was lots of fun and my pleasure and I do hope it has been useful for your readers.  

Please feel free to reach out if I missed anything and Stay Strong and keep the faith everyone. 

If anyone wants to reach me for questions or a session etc feel free to email me at  uniquelyfit@gmail.com, visit me on my website at  uniquelyfit.net or blog  uniquelyfitblog.com  or other social media sites here:
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Cindy

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