4 Curious Traits of Leaders

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Happy New Year!

Because it’s January, the first month of the calendar year, I’m inspired to write about leaders and more specifically, four curious traits of leaders that may surprise you.

As a wellness coach, healer, and facilitator, I work with Green Leaders as they grow into their potential and I recently wrote a blog post, “25 Signs You’re an Up and Coming Green Leader.” Hopefully, you can relate to many of the 25 signs.

To further inspire you to be the leader you were born to be, here are four more traits to add to the list.

1. Many leaders are born in the month of January.

2. Many leaders are the first born in their sibling birth order.

3. Many leaders are above average in height and/or are considered tall when standing next to others.

4. Many leaders are left-handed.

Olympic Torch 2010.

Let’s talk more about these traits.

1. Many leaders are born in the month of January.

Because of how the school year is set up, kids born in January are often more mature and athletic than their younger classmates. Being the oldest in your class by up to 11 months in your early years can make a big difference in terms of development and can translate into lifelong leadership abilities down the road. One study suggests that even the NHL favours players who are born in the earliest months of the year – most notably, Wayne Gretzky, born on January 26th.

2. Many leaders are the first born in their sibling birth order.

First born children are more likely than their siblings to become leaders because they already have many years’ of practice on their belts. They’re also used to being looked up to by their younger siblings, both literally and figuratively, and they’re the first to go out into the world and report back to the others what they’ve learned. They also tend to be more responsible and protective in nature. They’re also known for being bossy.

3. Many leaders are above average in height and/or are considered tall when standing next to others.

Have you ever noticed that many leaders are quite tall? Being “head and shoulders above the rest” allows visionary leaders to see above the crowds and to focus ahead into the distance. Also, being tall allows the group to see the leader in the crowd from afar, as well.

Oddly, it has been observed that in 67% of ALL U.S. presidential elections, the taller candidate has won the popular vote, even before the days of televised debates.

If you look at evolutionary psychology, this makes sense. We may prefer taller leaders because our ancestors used height as one of the cues of physical formidability and when our ancestors had a big, tall, resourceful, strong, and formidable friend on their team to help them with their survival (like procuring food, shelter, and territory), they had a relative advantage against the elements and a better chance of living another day.

4. Many leaders are left-handed.

Although lefties make up 10% of the world’s population and have been historically shunned, being left-handed can have its advantages. Left-handed people tend to be more “right-brained” and therefore more creative. Growing up left-handed in a world that has been designed for the logical, right-handed among us, can be quite frustrating and challenging – just try using the wrong scissors – but this lefty trait can also make you more likely to think outside-the-box, to see things from a different perspective, to be more intuitive, and become a visionary leader.

What do you think of this list? Which of these traits do you have? As for me, I’m slightly taller than average for women and I’m left-handed.

Olympic Torch 2010.

These four curious traits of leaders come from my own observations and research and aren’t carved in stone. Most likely, you won’t have all four – though that’s possible – and if you do, please tell me, I’d love to meet you and ask if you consider yourself a leader as well.

I’m just offering this list to help you recognize your inherent leadership abilities and to see yourself as a natural-born leader (in case you don’t – yet).

If you by chance don’t have any of these particular leadership traits, don’t worry, leaders come in all shapes and sizes. Good leadership skills can be learned. These four traits just give you a bit of a head start.

Regardless of where you’re starting from now, whether you have zero, one, two, three, or all four of these curious leadership traits, and if you’d like to be a better leader in general, please contact me. I’d love to be your wellness coach and mentor.

Socrates is the Father of Coaching!

By Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Have you ever wondered why all of a sudden, more and more people are calling themselves coaches these days? Where were all of the Life Coaches, Spiritual Coaches, Career Coaches, Leadership Coaches, and Health & Wellness Coaches even 20 years ago, back in the 1900’s?

While there are plenty of socio-economic reasons that address why we’re big into coaching these days (which I won’t get into in this blog post), would it surprise you to learn that coaching has actually been around for 2500 years?

Although the modern coaching profession is booming these days with many people throwing their hat into the ring, the roots of coaching, as practiced today, can be traced, in my opinion, all the way back to Socrates and his Socratic Method.

I said, “the roots of coaching” and not “actual coaching” as we know it today, because there is ONE BIG DIFFERENCE that I’ll get to in a minute. So stay with me.

This Socratic insight dawned on me while I was watching the BBC TV series, “Genius of the Ancient World,” a show where historian Bettany Hughes investigates three giants of ancient philosophy – Buddha, Confucious, and Socrates.

“By daring to think the unthinkable, [Socrates, Buddha, and Confucious] laid the foundations of our modern world. I’ve always been intrigued by the fact that these men, who lived many thousands of miles apart, seemed spontaneously and within 100 years of one another, to come up with such radical ideas. So, what was going on? I want to investigate their revolutionary ideas – to understand what set them in motion. This time, Socrates,” ~ Bettany Hughes.

I had my own aha moment while watching the episode where Bettany travels to Greece to learn about wise Socrates, a man who lived 2500 years ago in Athens, during a time of tremendous upheaval and transformation.

I realized that during my coaching training at the Rayner Institute in 2015, I was actually learning a version of the Socratic Method! So, in my mind, Socrates was the first Spiritual and Life Coach! To me, Socrates is the father of modern coaching!

A little bit about Socrates

The son of a midwife and stonemason, Socrates was born in 469 BC and grew up in the suburbs of Athens, Greece, during a time of great social unrest.

Socrates believed that living a virtuous, happy, and flourishing life was within reach. He emphasized the importance of caring about wisdom and truth and improvement of the soul, rather than seeking status and stuff.

He favoured oral communication over writing.

He was all about asking good questions.

He also “played the fool” in the sense that he didn’t pretend to know more than the person he was talking with, which allowed them to have their own insights.

Socrates also said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Here’s a look at the Socratic Method in play

Fortunately, in case you missed the airing of “Genius of the Ancient World” on TV, you can still watch the whole video on YouTube.

The whole hour is very interesting but if you don’t have time to watch from beginning to end, I recommend starting at minute 24:42 when Brittany (BH) has a conversation with writer, Apostolos Doxiadis, (AD), who in effect plays the role of Socrates.

Here’s the 5-6 minute transcript:

Bettany Hughes narrating: “His Socratic method worked something like this – Socrates would engage someone in the street… He’d ask them an ethical question… The person would attempt to define the concept, but Socrates would find inconsistencies in their answers… They would be forced to withdraw their definition and to reformulate and refine their ideas… This process would spiral into a dizzying round of question and answer. Socrates likens his role to that of a midwife, who helps to nurture and deliver the thoughts of others. But it was never an easy birth.”

Minute 24:42. AD: “So, Bettany, I understand you’re here to do a documentary about Socrates.”

BH: Yes.

AD: Why are you making this documentary?

BH: “I can learn something more about Socrates and I can share that knowledge with the people who are watching it.”

AD: “These are big words – ‘knowledge’ and ‘truth.’ Shall we take one of them? What would it mean…? So what is this thing – knowledge – that you want to impart?”

BH: “In my book, knowledge is love of what it is to be human.”

AD: “So, knowledge is love?”

BH: “Yeah.”

A.D: “OK. So, if you wanted to have an operation for an appendicitis, would you go to a woman who was full of love, but knew nothing about surgery?”

BH: “No!”

AD: “OK, So I would say that the definition of “knowledge as love” is not good enough. So, let’s try it again. Is there one kind of knowledge, or many kinds of knowledge?”

BH: “Knowledge is one thing…”

AD: “Take your time. I don’t know the answers to this.”

BH: “Maybe knowledge is one thing, but knowing is many things.

AD: “To know how the stars move and to know how the liver operates is the same thing?”

BH. “No, they’re not the same thing.”

AD: “Does the person who possesses knowledge in the big way know everything? Between those two, who is probably the best stone maker?”

BH. “Er… The one who…I don’t know! I give up, I give up!” I have to say that the one thing you’ve proved to me is that I know nothing.”

AD: “Ah, no, no. That’s me! [LAUGHTER]. I am the expert at making other people know things, but I’m no good – I know nothing and that is the only knowledge I claim for myself.”

Coaching and the Socratic Method

As you can see, a question leads to an answer, which leads to another question, which leads to an answer, and so on, and so on.

There are many similarities between the Socratic Method and Coaching but again, there’s a big difference, which I’m getting to…

Here’s a continuation of the conversation between Bettany and Apostolos, essentially describing the Socratic Method, with some hints pointing to the coaching process as well.

BH: “That Socratic method is fascinating and stimulating, but it is also infuriating.”

AD: “Yes, because it’s in an oral context, the way we do it, and Socrates famously believed in the supremacy of the oral over the written and that also stirs up the emotions. First of all, in his pretence of being the fool, the ignorant man, of knowing nothing. Yes, and because that is his tool, that he turns, in fact, against his friends – or opponents, as you may take it – and makes them admit to things that they don’t want to admit to, by playing essentially the fool, saying, ‘I know nothing, I know nothing. I can only ask you to tell me, because I know nothing.’ So, he laid an emphasis on the definitions, then on what he called “diaeresis” – division – of breaking down a problem into little parts, analyzing parts, analyzing it. And then, attacking each one separately and then trying, inductively, to group them back together into a more general concept.”

Did you catch the big difference between the Socratic Method and Coaching?

While both methods start off with a blank slate, and use verbal communication to exchange ideas, and are about asking good questions and listening to answers, and breaking down the topic into smaller parts, observing them, and putting them back together again in a new way, the spirit of the conversations are much different.

With the Socratic Method, it’s more of an interrogation rather than a conversation. It’s more of an argument where eventually someone will paint themselves into a corner. It’s a handy technique that lawyers, and detectives, and journalists use all of the time.

On the other hand, with coaching, the spirit is much more convivial. From a coaching session, you’re meant to feel safe to express yourself, to take something away from the conversation, to have more clarity, and to feel stronger, rather than feeling more lost, confused, and frustrated than you were when you started.

So even though Socrates wasn’t intending to create the profession of coaching, he did get the ball rolling, and over generations, just as children build on the ideas of their parents, coaching has grown from it’s humble beginnings, and has taken the art of deep conversations and introspection, to a whole new level.

But still, where would we be today without Socrates and his Socratic Method?

BH: “So, Socrates uses that to make people become aware that things they consider simple, and elementary, and basic, and that they know – they in fact don’t know. And what about the modern world? Do you think we could have the modern world without Socratic debate, without questioning what it is to be human and what it is to be human in the world around us?

AD: “Well, I think that the best way to accept, to find Socrates’ place in it, is to see that the opposite of the Socratic method, essentially, is fanaticism and dogmatism. And in that sense, the modern world very much needs an antidote to those things, at every level.”

Bettany Hughes narrating: “The Socratic method was cathartic. It got difficult issues out into the open and defined concepts with much greater precision. Socrates’ tough questioning, with his trademark irony, was conducted in public, causing a stir wherever he went. He was inviting everyone to seek knowledge of the human good, to identify fundamental truths. But people could only do this for themselves by constantly interrogating their actions and most deeply held beliefs. “The unexamined life,” Socrates said, “is not worth living.” Minute: 29:37.

Enter, today’s Life Coach, Spiritual Coach, Wellness Coach…

“Socrates might have been infuriating, but his tenacious questioning of what it means to be human still has absolute resonance. By stating that the ultimate evil is ignorance and that a good life is within our reach, he challenges us all never to be thoughtless,” ~ Bettany Hughes.

So that’s why I think Socrates is the father of modern coaching. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

Like Socrates in ancient Greece, we’re also living in highly charged times and we’re still wrestling with the same questions about the nature of life and death.

If you’ve reached a point where you’re interested in examining your own life and exploring life’s big questions, consider working with me, Maria, a Wellness Coach. Feel free to email today! Let’s talk!

What Eckhart Tolle Says About Crystals in A New Earth

By Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Did you know Eckhart Tolle mentions crystals in his best-selling book, “A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose,” (2005)?

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.

If you had asked me before I started re-reading this ground-breaking gem, I would have answered, “no, I didn’t know” but I was delighted to read about his appreciation for the mineral kingdom in the opening pages.

There’s more to crystals and flowers and people than meets the eye and I’m inviting you to dig a little deeper and tune into the essence of all beings. By becoming present to the here and now, a whole new world will unfold and new possibilities will emerge — which is super amazing! — and crystals, among all natural treasures, can help open those doors!

The old me would have skimmed over these particular paragraphs but the new me, the more present and conscious me, gets the beautiful connection.

Of course!

In Chapter 1, “The Flowering of Human Consciousness,” Eckhart introduces us to the heart of his book as he describes a moment of transcendent transformation, the day flowers first blossomed on Earth,

“One day, however, a critical threshold was reached, and suddenly there would have been an explosion of color and scent all over the planet.”A New Earth, page 1

That “critical threshold” is related to the “evolutionary leap” that people experience when they finally let go of their ego and pain body and live from their essence, their true and authentic self.

Remember the expression, “Stop and smell the roses?”

Flowers have always been inviting us to relax, be present, and appreciate the beauty of life, and when we actually take a moment to pause, be still, and focus on the wonder of the present moment, peace emerges.

“Once there is a certain degree of Presence, of still and alert attention in human beings’ perceptions, they can sense the divine life essence, the one indwelling consciousness or spirit in every creature, every life-form, recognize it as one with their own essence and so love it as themselves.”A New Earth, page 4

Loving the essence. That was the clincher for me. That’s why I recently started re-reading a New Earth. I heard Eckhart explain this concept of divine life essence to Oprah on a recent SuperSoul Sunday. When Jesus said “Love your neighbour as yourself,” He wasn’t talking about loving people’s egos. Jesus was talking about seeing past the ego (which is just a costume), and loving someone’s essence, and loving your own essence, and recognizing how the essence of our beings are all connected as One in this great, big, living sea.

Oh, to live from my essence!

When I think of essence, I like to picture a pilot light, if that helps. From what I understand, when someone says, “Namaste” they are saying, “The divine in me bows to the divine in you.” In other words, the essence in me recognizes the essence in you. Essence is what you see when you look deep into someone’s eyes.

Isn’t that much better than dealing with someone’s ego? 🙂 Just remember that the next time someone annoys you.

The ethereal nature of flowers remind us about our true essence.

“…flowers would become for us an expression in form of that which is most high, most sacred, and ultimately formless within ourselves. Flowers, more fleeting, more ethereal, and more delicate than the plants out of which they emerged, would become like messengers from another realm, like a bridge between the world of physical forms and the formless…”A New Earth, pages 2-3

By the way, this way of being, is available to us humans and we can be like messengers as well.

 

Eckhart continues to say, the flowers

“not only had a scent that was delicate and pleasing to humans, but also brought a fragrance from the realm of spirit. Using the word “enlightenment” in a wider sense than the conventionally accepted one, we could look upon flowers as the enlightenment of plants.”A New Earth, page 3

And flowers are just the beginning! Crystals are here, too!

“Since time immemorial, flowers, crystals, precious stones, and birds have held special significance for the human spirit.”A New Earth, pages 3-4

We as humans have been fascinated with crystals since pre-historic times. When the Greeks travelled and found dazzling quartz crystals in the Alps, they believed these beauties were actually a form of frozen water that would never thaw. They named them, “krystallos,” which means “ice.”

Hubbard Glacier 2012.
Hubbard Glacier, June 2012.

“The haunting beauty of the mineral kingdom is irresistible, so it’s no wonder that the human race has a long history of wearing and working with crystals. Historians and archaeologists have traced the use of crystals in healing and beauty rituals back to the earliest civilizations. And no wonder: They magnify personal and planetary vibrational energy. Our ancestors used crystals as mystical tools, energy generators, communication enhancers, and medical instruments. Archaeological digs show their use as talismans of good fortune and protection; as well as amulets, jewelry, and magnificent home showpieces.” ~ Excerpt from Crystal Therapy, by Doreen Virtue, Ph.D., & Judith Lukomski.

Perhaps you also have a fascination for rocks and minerals:

* Do you collect rocks and seashells whenever you go to the beach?

* Do you have fond memories of rocks and stones from your childhood?

* Do you have a piece of jewelry that has a special meaning for you?

* Do you by chance have a Himalayan Salt Lamp?

The Art of Contemplation

The next time you come across a crystal, sit with it and contemplate. Appreciate the stone without trying to own it. See past its outer form and tune into its inner essence. Let the crystal help you expand your awareness. Like a flower, it just might be a bridge on your journey of spiritual awakening and enlightenment.

“So when you are alert and contemplate a flower, crystal, or bird without naming it mentally, it becomes a window for you into the formless. There is an inner opening, however slight, into the realm of spirit.”A New Earth, page 5

Tuning into a crystal is not a crystal reading in the sense of fortune-telling. Once your ego is out of the way, it’s more about how the crystals reveal wisdom and a sense of calmness, through timeless intuition.

“In the case of a flower, a crystal, precious stone, or bird, however, even someone with little or no Presence can occasionally sense that there is more there than the mere physical existence of that form, without knowing that this is the reason why he or she is drawn toward it, feels an affinity with it.”A New Earth, page 4

Is Enlightenment Possible?

“Any life-form in any realm – mineral, vegetable, animal, or human – can be said to undergo “enlightenment.””A New Earth, page 3

But Eckhart asks,

“What could be heavier and more impenetrable than a rock, the densest of all forms?”A New Earth, page 3

Yet, even rocks can lighten up and transcend their nature!

“And yet some rocks undergo a change in their molecular structure, turn into crystals, and so become transparent to the light. Some carbons, under inconceivable heat and pressure, turn into diamonds, and some heavy minerals into other precious stones.”A New Earth, page 3

In each case, enlightenment requires,

“a discontinuity in its development, a leap to an entirely different level of being and, most important, a lessening of materiality.”A New Earth, page 3

Enlightenment is just a matter of shedding the dark and heavy density (the materiality, including the ego) and moving towards lightness.

Ultimately, that’s how the Universe works!

We live in a dynamic universe and everything is always moving from formless to form to formless and from slow to fast, density to space, heavy to light, and from dark to light, through the ever expanding cycle of:

1) Creation * Birth * Beginning -> …

2) Maintenance * Middle * Preservation -> …

3) Destruction * Expiration * Ending -> …

4) Transformation * Resurrection * Transcendence * Critical Threshold * Evolutionary Leap -> …

1) Rebirth * New Beginning (on a whole new level) * A New Earth! -> …

And on and on it goes from one age to the next. You can see this spiraling cycle of life as it’s constantly moving toward enlightenment, playing out everywhere! There are no beginnings and no endings and because everything is always moving and changing, there’s no sense in identifying with or being attached to any of it. The ego has nothing to cling to and so it dissolves, creating space for the present moment to arise. This is true, happy-go-lucky freedom.

So, yes, enlightenment is within reach and as we’ve seen with flowers and rocks, it’s part of the natural progression of the Universe!

Are you ready?

“Can human beings lose the density of their conditioned mind structures and become like crystals or precious stones, so to speak, transparent to the light of consciousness?” ~ A New Earth, page 5

We seem to have reached a time where more and more people are starting to awaken.

“What can you do, if anything, to bring about or accelerate this inner shift?”A New Earth, page 6

Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, at the beginning, somewhere in the middle, or at your tipping point, and if you’re reading, have read, or would like to read, A New Earth, and want to talk about your insights and ideas with someone who is open and present and a good listener, please feel free to contact me, Maria. I’d love to connect with your essence.

And if there’s enough interest, maybe we can start a book club!

25 Signs You’re an Up & Coming Green Leader

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

I coach Green Leaders on living the life that lights them up!

You may be wondering what I mean by Green Leaders. Well, to me Green Leaders have heart and interestingly enough, the colour associated with the Heart Chakra, is Emerald Green!

Our Green Intelligence is about our compassion and heart-felt feelings. Green balances our spirit world with our physical world so we can relate to others with unconditional love and kindness. Green is also the colour of nature, healing, and new beginnings.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to do work that allows you to share from your heart, to be of joyful service, to contribute in a meaningful way, to make the world an even better place, and to inspire others to do the same?

To me, that’s what being a Green Leader is all about and I invite you to give yourself a chance and to throw your hat into the ring!

Here are 25 signs you’re an up & coming Green Leader:

  1. You have a big heart and you care about people, animals, and our planet.
  2. You have a creative and nurturing spirit.
  3. You’ve been asking yourself questions like, “What’s my life’s purpose?” and you feel like there’s something really big out there waiting for you but you can’t seem to claim it just yet.
  4. Your new ideas for change have not always been well-received or understood and people have bullied, criticized, and harassed you for being different, but you’re still determined to keep going.
  5. You want to take on more leadership responsibilities at work but you don’t know how to communicate your intentions to the higher ups.
  6. You care about environmental stewardship, and you’ve volunteered on a clean up crew like the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup with the intention of doing that kind of work more often, or even starting your own similar group.
  7. You’ve been on a Green Committee at work or school and enjoyed discussing ideas on how to improve your organization’s Reduce, Reuse, and Recycling efforts.
  8. You’re what they call a “Green Consumer” and are mindful of the environment when you make your purchases, taking into consideration things like how the products are made, what the products are made from, and how far they’ve travelled to get to you.
  9. You’ve thought about voting Green in past elections but there weren’t any Green candidates on the ballot or you were afraid you’d split the vote.
  10. You look for ways to save money and stick to your budget and it bothers you when you notice things like money and resources being wasted.
  11. You can’t stand watching incompetent leaders be in charge and feel like you can do a better job.
  12. You’re opening your own business.
  13. You’ve been the first in your family, neighbourhood, class, or office to do something new and positive, paving the way for others to follow suit.
  14. You’d prefer your personal space to be neat, tidy, and organized but you’re still surrounded by clutter because it’s hard for you to throw things out.
  15. Although you have access to a car, you’re starting to choose to walk, ride a bike, take the bus, or join a carpool more often.
  16. You’re looking to optimize your health and wellness, and practice self-care, but you find yourself over-indulging in unhealthy behaviours from time to time.
  17. You’re interested in eating fresh, healthy, and organic food every day but you still order highly-packaged take-out dinners a few times a week for the convenience.
  18. Spirituality is becoming more important to you and you may be drawn to yoga classes, learning how to meditate, the personal growth movement, reading self-help, leadership, and spiritual books, attending workshops and seminars, distance running in charity events, going to church, praying, etc.
  19. You’re noticing moments of synchronicity, the interconnectedness of events that aren’t planned or repeatable, and it’s really cool!
  20. You’re an advocate for social justice and believe that all humans have a fundamental right to health, wellbeing, education, clean water, nourishing food, safe shelter, and freedom.
  21. You’ve been known to speak for those who have no voice.
  22. You’re grateful for the diversity in the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms of the world.
  23. You marvel at nature’s beauty and enjoy camping, and nature hikes, and spending time outside in all kinds of weather.
  24. You’ve witnessed an environmental disaster first hand and are now motivated more than ever to find solutions and create changes that will lead to a healthy future on a global scale.
  25. Deep down, you’re optimistic about the future.

As you can see after reading this list, I’ve not painted the portrait of a perfect person or somebody who is better than everyone else even though they’re a leader because perfect is boring and more than that, perfect doesn’t exist, other than as a mathematical absolute. We’re all a work in progress and there’s always room to grow.

So, if you resonate with many of these qualities and you’d like to grow into your potential as a Green Leader and help make the world an even better place, please contact me, Maria. As a Wellness Coach, I can help!

Wellness Coaching Can Help You:

  • discover what lights you up so you can do more of it;
  • get clear about your life purpose and what you want to do as a Green Leader;
  • remind yourself about what’s already working;
  • uncover the hidden obstacles in your path;
  • figure out ways to blast through the obstacles as they come up;
  • make incremental changes that add up over time;
  • tap your motivation to keep going; and
  • be the Green Leader you were born to be!

I’m looking forward to hearing from you, Maria

Here’s What I Have to Offer as a Wellness Professional

Dear Friends, Customers, and Clients:

I hope this blog post finds you well. I’m writing to let you know about what’s going on at Crystal Clear Coaching and my other wellness businesses these days. I feel like things are finally coming together and the foundation for what I lovingly call, my wellness empire, is in place.

I’m hoping that by offering different types of wellness services and letting my clients choose which approach they like best, whether it’s through mind, body, or spirit, I’ll be able to help people relax and have peace of mind. In their own way, all of these roads lead to wellness, and that’s my vision.

Through thoughtful questions and active listening, a coach can offer support in areas such as health, lifestyle, life purpose, relationships, business, career, and spirituality, etc., and can help their clients produce extraordinary, fulfilling, and sustainable results.

If you’re considering the idea of working with a coach, I’d love to offer you a free Crystal Mapping Session. Using the wisdom of crystals, Crystal Mapping is a fun and interactive way to chart your own course in life. You’ll get a taste of what my style of coaching is like and from there, you can decide if you’d like to sign up for a series of coaching sessions with me as well.

Please visit MariaKoropecky.com for more info and email me at talktoacoach@gmail.com to schedule your free Crystal Mapping session!

free Crystal Mapping Session.

Supporting our own Stem Cell system is the key to good health and in my travels, I’ve found a new and unique aquatic-botanical product that supports our own release of bone-marrow stem cells. It’s a health supplement made from blue-green algae that comes from Klamath Lake, Oregon.

So, if you’d like to hear more about stem cell nutrition, to boost your health, to support your body’s own repair system, and get your hands on these supplements made by a company called, Cerule, please contact me, Maria, by email: talktoacoach@gmail.com.

You’re also welcome to visit my Cerule page: wellnessmaria.cerule.com/.

Stem Cell Nutrition

My training in the wellness field started in 2010 when I went back to school to become an aesthetician, so I have another business called Homespunspa Mobile Spa.

Since 2011, my team of aestheticians, spa therapists, and nail techs and I have done many, many dozens of spa parties in all kinds of beautiful homes, hotels, schools, and offices in the Greater Victoria area, including Sooke, North Saanich, and Lake Cowichan, and have met all kinds of wonderful people along the way.

So, if you’d like to host a spa party this autumn, just plump up those throw pillows and invite your friends over for some spa time, and we’ll do the rest!

Please visit Homespunspa.com for more info and email me at Homespunspa@shaw.ca to book your preferred date!

Spa party

The spa services at Homespunspa Mobile Spa are designed to help people relax and manage stress and if one to one appointments are more your speed, we also offer facials, manicures, pedicures, relaxation massages, and chair massages for individuals. Having a spa service at home saves you time and money and you don’t have to worry about driving through traffic, finding a parking spot, or hiring a babysitter.

Please visit Homespunspa.com for more info and email me at Homespunspa@shaw.ca to book your spa appointment! Gift certificates are always available.

As you can see, I’m passionate about wellness and I love helping people be proactive about their health. To further support my mobile spa clients and coaching clients with their health and wellness, I’ve opened an online store called Cruising into Wellness.

In store, you’ll find cruise wear, gemstones, jewellery, essential oils, colour bath pigments, tinted eyewear, Dr.’s Remedy nail polish, and so much more!

Please tell your friends about cruisingintowellness.com and if you’d like, make a purchase and I can bring your order to you at your next coaching session, mobile spa appointment, or spa party.

Check out my new wellness store and save 15% on the whole Medieval Thymes collection until September 30, 2017 @ www.cruisingintowellness.com.

And here’s a BONUS for being one of my clients! -> FREE SHIPPING!

For all of my Canadian clients, (Crystal Clear Coaching, Homespunspa Mobile Spa, and Cerule supplements), I’m offering free shipping on your first-time order of Cruising into Wellness products!

Just enter the discount code HOMESPUN at checkout!

Cruising into Wellness online store.

Anyway, that’s my wellness empire 🙂 in a nutshell! Feel free to contact me if you’re interested in any of these wellness products or services. Hopefully, there’s something here that will help you.

Or, if you can think of anyone else who might appreciate what I have to offer, please forward my name to them. Thank you, I’d welcome your referral. I’m at your service.

let's connect on Skype.

Sincerely,

Maria Koropecky

Wellness Professional

Health Awareness Days for June 2017

by Maria Koropecky, Life Coach

Here’s a list of Health & Wellness Days for June, 2017.

Intro for this blog post series, a.k.a the #BeTheChange Almanac.

Here’s a link to JanuaryFebruary,  March,  April and May.

Also, clear here to join our Health Awareness Days LinkedIn group and never miss a day!

Hopefully, these Awareness Days will inspire you to discover your life’s purpose and pitch in where you can.

Spread the awareness and share!

 June is the Awareness Month For:

  • ALS Awareness Month (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
    • #ALSmonth, #ALS, #ENDALS, #LouGehrigsDisease, #makeadifference
  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Honeysuckle, Rose
    • #birthflower, #flower, #honeysuckle, #rose, #summer, #garden, #love, #pink, #red
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Alexandrite, Moonstone, Opal, Parel, Pearl
    • #birthstones, #crystals, #gemstone, #jewelry, #Alexandrite, #Moonstone, #opal, #Parel, #Pearl
  • Brain Injury Awareness Month
    • #BrainInjuryAwarenessMonth, #concussion, #BLUEforBraininjury, #TraumaticBraininjury. #TraumaServicesBC, #ThinkAhead, #TheMoreYouKnow
  • Camping Month
    • #CampingMonth, #camping, #riversmonth, #GreatOutdoorsMonth
  • Great Outdoors Month
    • #GreatOutdoorsMonth, #camping, #riversmonth, #GetOutdoorsDay, #geocaching, #outside, #KeepitWild, #ForestChat, #fishing
  • LGBT Pride Month
    • #LGBTPrideMonth, #LGBT, #LGBTRights, #LGBTQ, #pride, #LoveWins, #LoveisLove, #gay
  • Midnight Sun
    • #MidnightSun, #landofthemidnightsun, #Yukon, #exploreyukon, #Alaska, #Whitehorse, #Norway, #Finland, #visitfinland, #Canada, #sunset, #tourism, #travel, #bucketlist
  • National Adopt a Cat Month (U.S.)
    • #NationalAdoptACatMonth, #AdoptDontBuy, #save, #purrfect, #HugYourCatDay, #cats, #Adopt, #kitty, #kittens, #pets, #cute, #animallover, #meow, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby
  • National Dairy Month
    • #WorldMilkDay, #farm365, #JuneIsDairyMonth, #teamdairy, #iHeartDairy, #JuneDairyMonth, #happycows, #NationalDairyMonth, #dairy
  • National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month (U.S.)
    • #freshfruit, #vegetables, #food, #soup, #healthy, #OneSimpleChange, #yummy, #fruit, #healthyliving, #bonapetit, #gardening, #recipes
  • Ramadan from May 27th (Saturday) to June 25th (Sunday)
    • #Ramadan, #Quran
  • Recreation and Parks Month
    • #recreationandparks
  • Rivers Month
    • #riversmonth, #fishing, #geocaching, #outside, #KeepitWild, #ForestChat
  • Rose Month (U.S.)
    • #RoseMonth, #rose, #summer, #garden, #love, #pink, #red, #funfact
  • Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Month (Canada)
    • #SpinaBifida, #hydrocephalus, #BeyondAllLimits, #awareness, #charity
  • Stroke Awareness Month (Canada)
    • #StrokeAwarenessMonth, #stroke, #StrokeMonth, #StrokeChat, #strokeprevention, #Healthcare, #health

Special Weeks in June:

  • Bike to Work & School Week BC from May 29th to June 4th
    • #BikeToWorkWeek, #BikeMonth, #BTWW, #BiketoWorkDay, #cycling, #smartTRIPS
  • Pet Appreciation Week from June 4th to June 10th
    • #PetAppreciationWeek, #pet, #pets, #animallover, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby
  • Canadian Environment Week from June 5th to June 11th
    • #EnviroWeek, #CANClimateAction, #climate change
  • Sun Awareness Week (Canada) from June 5th to June 11th
    • #SunAwarenessWeek, #Skin, #Cancer, #sunsafety, #skincancer, #sunscreen, #SunSafetyWeek, #sunsafe
  • Garden Days, Canada’s Celebrations of Gardens from June 9th to June 18th
    • #GardenDays, #butchartgardens, #Canada
  • Aromatherapy Awareness Week from June 12th to June 16th
    • #AromatherapyWeek, #aromatherapy, #essentialoils, #spa

Special Days in June:

  • International Children’s Day on June 1st (Thursday)
    • #InternationalChildrensDay, #ChildrensDay, #childrensrights, #SmallVoices, #childrights, #children
  • World Milk Day on June 1st (Thursday)
    • #WorldMilkDay, #farm365, #JuneIsDairyMonth, #teamdairy, #iHeartDairy, #JuneDairyMonth, #happycows, #NationalDairyMonth, #dairy
  • National Health and Fitness Day (ParticipAction) (Canada) on June 3rd (Saturday)
    • #NationalHealthandFitnessDay, #healthandfitness, #fitness, #participaction, #GetFit, #diet, #workout, #health, #gym, #fitnessjourney, #wellness, #UnplugAndPlay
  • Hug Your Cat Day on June 4th (Sunday)
    • #HugYourCatDay, #cats, #cat, #Caturday, #meow, #cats, #kitty, #kittens, #pets, #cute, #animallover, #meow, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby, #purrfect
  • National Cancer Survivors’ Day (30th Annual) on June 4th (Sunday)
    • #NationalCancerSurvivorsDay, #Cancer, #Survivor, #cancersurvivors, #endcancer, #CelebrateLife, #notalone, #CancerSurvivorsDay
  • Victoria Goddess Run on June 4th (Sunday)
    • #VictoriaGoddessRun
  • World Environment Day on June 5th (Monday)
    • #WorldEnvironmentDay, #GoGreen, #environment, #wildforlife, #climatechange, #TweetASapling, #WithNature
  • National Running Day (U.S.) on June 7th (Wednesday)
    • #NationalRunningDay, #running, #runchat, #RunningDay, #WellnessWednesday
  • World Oceans Day on June 8th (Thursday)
    • #WorldOceansDay, #oceans, #ocean, #OceanOptimism
  • Global Wellness Day on June 10th (Saturday)
    • #GlobalWellnessDay, #wellness, #yoga, #livewell
  • National Get Outdoors Day (U.S.) on June 10th (Saturday)
    • #GetOutdoorsDay, #geocaching, #outside, #KeepitWild, #ForestChat, #fishing, #camping, #riversmonth, #GreatOutdoorsMonth
  • The Great Knaresborough Bed Race (U.K.) on June 10th (Saturday)
    • #KnaresboroughBedRace, #Knaresborough, #bedrace
  • Canadian Rivers Day on June 11th (Sunday)
    • #greatcanadianshorelinecleanup, #ShorelineCleanup, #cleanbeaches, #beachcleanup, #CoastalCleanupDay, #EarthDay, #WorldRiversDay, #SaveTheBay, #giveback, #volunteer, #riversmonth, #GreatOutdoorsMonth
  • International Music Day on June 11th (Sunday)
    • #InternationalMusicDay, #music, #musicday, #concert, #WinwithMusic, #DiaDeLaMusica
  • World Blood Donor Day on June 14th (Wednesday)
    • #WorldBloodDonorDay, #giveblood, #RedCross, #BloodConnectsUsAll
  • National Clean Air Day (Canada) on June 15th (Thursday)
    • #CleanAirDay, #GreenAction, #EnviroWeek, #CANClimateAction, #climate change
  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th (Thursday)
    • #WorldElderAbuseAwarenessDay, #seniors, #SayNoToElderAbuse, #respectelders, #olderpeople, #SeniorSafetyTipsoftheDay
  • CDKL5 Awareness Day (disorder in the cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 gene located on the X chromosome) on June 17th (Saturday)
    • #CDKL5, #seizures, #cdkl5unitedinhope, #cdklinsiemeversolacura, #treatment, #relief
  • Colour Days!!! Peach Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on June 17th (Saturday)
    • #colordays, #colors, #colorful, #peach
  • Father’s Day on June 18th (Sunday)
    • #FathersDay, #dad
  • Car Free YYJ Day on June 18th (Sunday)
    • #CarFreeDay, #CFD, #yyj, #yyjevents, #VictoriaBC, #Victoria, #yyjtraffic, #yyjarts, #yyjfood
  • International Sushi Day on June 18th (Sunday)
    • #InternationalSushiDay, #sushi, #sake, #GFSUMMER, #lunch, #foodie
  • World Sickle Cell Awareness Day on June 19th (Monday)
    • #WorldSickleCellAwarenessDay, #GoSickle, #SickleCellAwarenessCOUNTS, #TeamSickleCell, #SpreadTheAwareness, #SickleStrong, #SickleCellAwareness, #findacure
  • World Refugee Day on June 20th (Tuesday)
    • #WorldRefugeeDay, #refugee, #WithRefugees, #refugee, #refugeeswelcome, #RefugeeWeek
  • Summer Solstice on June 21st (Wednesday)
    • #SummerSolstice, #summer, #firstdayofsummer, #makingthemostofthesun
  • International Surfing Day on June 21st (Wednesday)
    • #InternationalSurfingDay, #surf, #surfing
  • International Yoga Day on June 21st (Wednesday)
    • #InternationalYogaDay, #yoga, #YogaDay, #health, #ArtofLiving
  • Music Day (UK) on June 21st (Wednesday)
    • #musicday, #music, #concert, #WinwithMusic, #DiaDeLaMusica
  • National Aboriginal Day on June 21st (Wednesday)
    • #NationalAboriginalDay, #NADCanada, #Indigenous, #FirstNations, #Canada, #Aboriginal, #SummerSolstice
  • National Selfie Day on June 21st (Wednesday)
    • #NationalSelfieDay, #selfie, #SelfieDay
  • Take Your Dog and/or Cat to Work Day on June 23rd (Friday)
    • #TakeYourDogToWorkDay, #TakeYourCatToWorkDay, #PetsAtWork, #dogs, #dog, #cats, #kitty, #kittens, #pets, #cute, #animallover, #meow, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby, #purrfect
  • Beauticians Day on June 26th (Monday)
    • #BeauticiansDay
  • International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26th (Monday)
    • #InternationalDayAgainstDrugAbuseAndillicitTrafficking
  • International Mud Day on June 29th (Thursday)
    • #InternationalMudDay, #outdoorplay, #muddy, #MudDay
  • National Handshake Day on June 29th (Thursday)
    • #NationalHandshakeDay, #secrethandshakes, #HandshakeDay, #handshake
  • World Scleroderma Day on June 29th (Thursday)
    • #worldsclerodermaday, #scleroderma, #unveilscleroderma, #diamundialesclerodermia

10 Ways to Nip Gossip in the Bud in the Workplace

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

“Gossip is the Devil’s radio,” ~ George Harrison

Gossip is as old as the hills.

Gossip is a negative, malicious, and damaging conversation about someone else behind their back.

Gossip is not friendly banter, idle chit-chat, or a productive discussion about work-related issues.

To illustrate my opinion, let me tell you a little story about Cytisus scoparius. Chances are you’ve seen these stunning yellow flowers, otherwise known as Scotch Broom, in the spring, in open meadows and along roadsides, in British Columbia.

On the one hand, this tough and pretty plant improves soil, is a good erosion-control plant, and it can be used to make brooms, hence the name.

On the other hand, Broom is invasive, it prevents other nearby plants from thriving, it’s a fire hazard, it’s toxic to livestock, and its pollen is considered an allergen to some.

Did you know that this species is not native to North America? It was imported here in 1850 with the help of a Captain who planted it at his Sooke farm, just outside Victoria, B.C., to remind him of home.

Little did the Captain know, once established, Scotch Broom is stubborn and difficult to remove. On top of that, it’s an aggressive, invasive species that is well-adapted to spreading: a single plant can produce 18,000 seeds per year! It’s also drought resistant and is able to survive in harsh conditions. Since the 1850’s, with the help of human hands, Scotch Broom has spread across British Columbia and beyond and has caused considerable damage along the way.

You may be thinking, “What a jerk! That Captain had some nerve bringing Scotch Broom to North America! Now, I have allergies!

You may also be thinking, “What does Scotch Broom have to do with gossip?”

Well, ironically, to make my point about gossip, I’ve just told you a story that maligned the character of a person who isn’t here to defend himself. It just goes to show how easily gossip can find its way into any conversation. I know the Captain was not malicious in his intent when he brought these flowers across the pond and I don’t want you cursing his name every time you see Scotch Broom on the side of a road. Instead, what I want you to think of, is gossip!

I told you this story because I really want to illustrate how gossip is just as invasive and destructive in the workplace, as the Scotch Broom is on the North American landscape.

Although gossiping may seem innocuous and harmless at first whisper, it plants the seeds of disrepute and negativity in the workplace.

No organization is immune from it but tolerating gossip in the workplace leads to a stressful work environment.

One little, not-so-innocent story about some unsuspecting person can travel quickly from person to person and group to group. That little story can hang on for years and can seriously damage the reputation and livelihood of the victim.

I don’t know if you can think of anyone who has missed out on promotions or has lost a job because of gossip, but I do. Me. I know gossip was a factor (among others) in the decision to let me go from a government job I had years ago. Aside from the on-going office politics, one of my co-workers belittled me behind my back, to anyone who would listen, and that gossip changed the climate in the office and my manager’s opinion of me.

Gossip in the workplace can also create productivity issues. It’s a huge time waster. If employees are talking about each other and are running to the supervisor to settle their differences, nobody is getting any work done. If gossip is running your office, you can almost guarantee that productivity is suffering also.

Gossip also breeds distrust among co-workers, staff, and managers. People will start to second-guess each other and strained relationships don’t make for good teams. The distrust will lead to low morale which will then lead to staff turnover issues. Your employees – the ones you have invested in – especially the top performers who don’t have time for this nonsense – will find jobs elsewhere. Who wants to work in a place where everyone is unhappy and doesn’t get along?

10 TIPS AND STRATEGIES FOR A GOSSIP-FREE WORKPLACE

Keeping gossip to a minimum is one huge way to reduce the tension and negativity among your employees.

Whether you’re a business owner, manager, supervisor, co-worker, or the reigning office gossip, here are some tips and strategies for a gossip-free workplace:

Tip # 1. DON’T PARTICIPATE IN GOSSIP – EVEN AS A BYSTANDER.

By participating in negative conversations, you perpetuate gossip and you also discredit and dishonour yourself by association. Any participation in gossip will be viewed in a poor light and may cost you a promotion down the line. It also shows that you’re not a “team-player” like you said on your resume.

Tip # 2. HOW TO RESPOND TO GOSSIP.

If you’re constantly hearing gossip from one of your co-workers and you really don’t want to hear the on-going saga, here are some things you can say to get off the hook, out of the conversation, and stop the gossip in its tracks:

  • I feel uncomfortable talking about “so-n-so” in this way.
  • I don’t think it’s appropriate to discuss “so-n-so” while s/he’s not around.
  • Hearing you talk about “so-n-so” makes me wonder if you tell any stories about me like this when I’m not here.
  • If you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.
  • Or, say something positive about “so-n-so” to turn the tables.

Tip #3. ASSESS THE CONTEXT

If you by chance catch wind of some gossip circulating around the office, assess the context. The gossip may be pointing to a weakness in the workplace that may need attention. Maybe employees are worried about a big change coming down the pike, for example. If that’s the case, having open communication, where everyone is in the loop, is the best way to handle the situation.

Tip #4. IF YOU HAVE AN OFFICE GOSSIP ON YOUR PAYROLL, talk to them in a closed-door meeting to find out what’s going on with them. Give them some attention and listen to what they have to say, so they feel heard. Forcing gossipers to explain themselves may shed some light on the situation. Once you hear their side, let them know that you will follow-up with anyone else involved, especially the person they are talking about. That alone may curb the gossip to a certain extent. Be sure to make it clear that at this point, the gossip must stop and that it is not tolerated at work.

Tip #5. DON’T LET YOURSELF BE THE SUBJECT OF GOSSIP.

Stay professional at all times, especially during office holiday parties because you never know who might be listening or watching. Keep your personal business to yourself and don’t confide in just anyone.

Tip #6. COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY.

If you have an issue with someone at work, tell them directly in a professional way rather than talking about them behind their back.

Tip #7. IF YOU’RE THE OFFICE GOSSIP.

If memories of past conversations in the office are floating in your head right now and if it’s occurring to you that you may indeed be the office gossip, think about why you feel compelled to talk smack about other people.

  • Are you trying to make yourself look better?
  • Are you trying to vent some frustration to feel better about yourself?
  • Do you enjoy the attention you get when you tell your stories?
  • Do you feel insecure about your own job?
  • Do you think you’re doing someone a service by exposing a flaw?

I’m hoping that once the gossiper sees how hurtful their behaviour is to others around them, they’ll change their tune to a more positive and supportive one in the world.

Tip #8. HAVE AN OFFICIAL NO GOSSIP POLICY TO DISCOURAGE GOSSIP.

Brief new employees on your no gossip policy when they are first hired and include “gossip” as a topic for discussion in a staff meeting. Let your employees know that gossip is not tolerated in this place of business and consequences of gossiping may include a written warning in their personnel file, a demotion, or they may even lose their job entirely.

I first came across a no gossip policy when I went back to school at the Aveda Institute and I must say, I was really impressed by their pro-active stance. I really felt respected by the school’s administration, like they had my back, and I really made a point of not engaging in gossip from then on.

Tip #9. FOSTER A SPIRIT OF COLLABORATION AND INNOVATION.

“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas,” ~ Mary Curie

Ideas drive business. You’ve opened your business to solve a specific problem in the world and hired your staff to come up with ingenious ideas to deliver on that promise. Getting caught up in petty gossip prevents your staff from flourishing and from coming up with those amazing, out-of-the-box solutions that will put your business on the map. Let your employees feel safe to be creative, do their jobs, and wow your clients instead!

Tip #10. HIRE A LIFE COACH FOR YOUR STAFF.

A good life coach provides a safe place for people to express themselves. Instead of taking the passive-aggressive route of gossiping, employees can voice their concerns to a neutral professional who will help them work through their challenges in a constructive way.

Also, gossiping may demonstrate a talent for communication that has been mis-directed up-until-now and this person may in fact have the potential to be a great leader. Working with a life coach can really help staff members develop their communication skills in positive ways.

Allowing mean-spirited gossip to run rampant in the workplace can lead to a culture of distrust which will negatively impact productivity, morale, and loyalty. Managers should act quickly and not let gossip get out of hand. Pervasive gossip can be like Scotch Broom, and as it spreads, it will wreak havoc throughout a department, then the whole company, and will ultimately affect profits.

I’m sure you don’t want your company to be taken down by gossip, so make sure you nip it in the bud and refuse to tolerate it from here on out.

Health & Wellness Awareness Days for February, 2017

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

<img class="size-medium wp-image-186 alignright" src="http://mariakoropecky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Feb-2017-300×188.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="188" srcset="http://mariakoropecky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Feb-2017-300×188 work tracking software.jpg 300w, http://mariakoropecky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Feb-2017.jpg 642w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” />Here’s a calendar of Wellness and Health Awareness Days and Weeks for the Month of February, 2017.

Here’s a link to the Intro for this blog post series, a.k.a the #BeTheChange Almanac.

Here’s a link to January.

Hopefully, these Awareness Days will inspire you to discover your life’s purpose and pitch in where you can.

Spread the awareness and share!

February is the Awareness Month For:

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Primrose, Violet
    • #birthflower, #flower, #primrose, #violet, #purple
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Amethyst, Bloodstone, Moonstone, Onyx
    • #birthstones, #crystals, #gemstone, #jewelry, #Amethyst, #Bloodstone, #Moonstone, #Onyx, #meditation, #healing, #purple
  • Heart Health Month
    • #HearHealthMonth, #hearthealth, #heart, #HealthySnacksHealthyHeart
  • National Cherry Month (U.S.)
    • #NationalCherryMonth, #cherries
  • Psychology Month
    • #PsychologyMonth, #psychology, #mentalhealth, #mentalillness, #therapy, #counselors, #psychotherapy

Special Weeks in February:

  • Winterlude Festival in Ottawa from February 3rd to February 20th
    • #Winterlude, #Ottawa, #MyOttawa, #ottcity, #winter, #RideauCanal, #Gatineau, #canal, #staycation, #SnowflakeKingdom, #skating
  • White Cane Week (for the blind and vision-impaired community) from February 5thto February 11th, 2016
    • #whitecaneweek, #SeniorSafetyTipsoftheDay, #whitecane, #blind, #visuallyimpaired, #accessibility, #smartcane, #lowvision, #visionloss
  • New York Fashion Week from February 9th to February 17th
    • #fashionweek, #fashion, #NYC, #style, #model, #runway
  • Victoria Yoga Conference from February 10th to February 12th, Victoria, BC
    • #yogaconference, #yogaliciouslife, #yoga, #feelinggreat, #Victoria, #yyj
  • International Flirting Week from February 12th to February 18th
    • #flirt
  • Love Week from February 13th to February 17th
    • #LoveWeek
  • London Fashion Week from February 17th to February 21st
    • #fashionweek, #fashion, #Milan, #Italy, #style, #model, #runway
  • Milan Fashion Week from February 22nd to February 28th
    • #fashionweek, #fashion, #London, #style, #model, #runway
  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week from February 26th to March 4th
    • #NEDAwareness, #NEDAweek, #eatingdisorders, #Recovery
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week from February 14th to February 21st
    • #reproductivehealth, #health, #pregnancy
  • The 9th Annual Tapping World Summit 2017 from February 22nd to March 4th
    • #tapping, #EFT, #WorldSummit

Special Days in February:

  • Winter Walk Day on February 1st (Wednesday)
    • #WinterWalkDay, #WellnessWednesday
  • Groundhog Day on February 2nd (Thursday)
    • #GroundhogHay, #spring, #BillMurray
  • World Play Your Ukulele Day on February 2nd (Thursday)
    • #WorldUkuleleDay, #UkuleleDay, #ukulele, #youtube, #uke, #music, #HarpUkulele
  • Facebook’s Birthday on February 4th (Saturday)
    • #Facebook, #socialmedia, #marketing, #fb
  • Take Your Child to the Library Day on February 4th (Saturday)
    • #gotothelibrary, #readabook, #read, #LibraryGenius, #books, #ChildrenRead, #teachingreading, #Readingactivities, #learntoread, #websiteforkids
  • World Cancer Day on February 4th (Saturday)
    • #WorldCancerDay, #Cancer, #health
  • International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation on February 6th (Monday)
    • #UnitedNations, #UN, #comfortwomen, #ZeroTolerance, #humanrights
  • Boy Scout Day on February 8th (Wednesday)
    • #BoyScoutDay
  • National Kite Flying Day on February 8th (Wednesday)
    • #KiteFlyingDay, #kiteflying, #kite, #flyakite, #beach, #kitesurfing, #kitesurf, #kiteboarding, #fun, #sun, #sea
  • Inventors’ Day on February 11th (Saturday)
    • #InventorsDay, #SharkTankTuesdays, #SharkTank, #propertyrights, #ProfessorBranestawm
  • Students Run LA’s 22nd Annual Friendship Run on February 12th (Sunday)
    • #studentsrunla, #SRLA, #friendshiprun
  • Family Day in BC on February 13th (Monday)
    • #BCFamilyDay, #familyday, #family
  • Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show on February 13th (Monday)
    • #WKCDogShow, #WestminsterDogShow, #BestinShow, #dogs
  • Valentine’s Day on February 14th (Tuesday)
    • #ValentinesDay, #Valentines, #Valentine, #love
  • National Innovation Day on February 16th (Thursday)
    • #nationalinnovationday, #innovation, #startup, #tech, #technology, #leadership
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th (Friday)
    • #RandomActsOfKindnessDay, #KindnessDay, #kindness
  • Family Day in AB, SK, ON on February 20th (Monday)
    • #familyday, #family
  • Colour Days!!! Pink Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on February 17th (Friday)
    • #colordays, #colors, #colorful, #pink
  • Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day on February 20th (Monday)
    • #HoodieHooDay
  • Love your Pet Day on February 20th (Monday)
    • #pet, #animallover, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby
  • Pink Shirt Day (anti-bullying movement) on February 22nd (Wednesday)
    • #PinkShirtDay, #endbullying, #antibullying, #StopBullying, #PinkitForward, #PinkShirtPromise, #kindness
  • Walking the Dog Day on February 22nd (Wednesday)
    • #WalkingTheDogDay, #dog, #walk, #pet, #animallover, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby, #WellnessWednesday
  • World Thinking Day (Girl Scouts and Girl Guides) on February 22nd (Wednesday)
    • #WorldThinkingDay, #GirlScouts
  • WE Day Montreal FR: 23 Février (jeudi), Théâtre St-Denis, Montreal
    • #WeDay, #YouthSpark, #BeTheChange
  • WE Day Montreal EN on February 24th (Friday), Theatre St-Denis, Montreal
    • #WeDay, #YouthSpark, #BeTheChange
  • Oscar Sunday (89th Academy Awards) on February 26th (Sunday)
    • #Oscars, #redcarpet, #AcademyAwards, #Movies
  • Floral Design Day on February 28th (Tuesday)
    • #FloralDesignDay, #birthflower, #flower
  • National Science Day on February 28th (Tuesday)
    • #NationalScienceDay, #ScienceisGREAT, #science
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Best Gemstone to be a better Leader

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Today’s question is: What makes a good leader?

Leadership is a very hot topic these days and unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve probably talked about this in some way, quite recently.

Lead from Love

Saint Mother Teresa 3rd class relic.Over this past weekend, I attended a lecture about Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997). Although she came from humble beginnings, she became a world class leader and now she’s a Saint. Her message was about love. She lead from her heart and she let love lead the way. It was all about love for her and love just poured out from her, making the people around her feel truly loved in her presence.

So, leading from love is a quality of a good leader.

Create a Safe Space

Creating a safe space and a safe environment for other people to be able to do what they need to do is another quality of a good leader.

Think about it, if you don’t feel safe around your leader, you’re going to have a hard time working with them. It’s like getting into a car with a driver that you don’t trust Visit Your URL. Something is telling you that it’s going to be a bumpy ride and chances are you’re not going to get where you want to go.

Maybe the driver doesn’t know where they’re going, maybe they’re texting while driving and are distracted, maybe they’re yelling at other drivers on the road. Being in the car with someone like that doesn’t feel safe does it? And maybe it would be better to take the bus instead.

When people don’t feel safe around their leaders, they start acting up. They show up late, they leave early, they create drama, they gossip, they’re distracted, they make excuses, they sabotage efforts, and they don’t do their best. They’re not inspired.

A good leader makes people feel safe

We’re all called to be leaders in our lives. Opportunities for leadership are everywhere including in your family, in school, in clubs, in religious organizations, on sports teams, at work, and in your community.

The great leaders are the ones who lead from the heart and help people feel safe.

rhodonite

There’s a stone that ticks both those boxes! It’s called Rhodonite. You can find Rhodonite on the beaches around Victoria and it’s easy to spot because it’s pink and black.

Rhodonite helps remind us to be more loving towards ourselves and each other. It’s also the stone for Self-Actualization — which is all about being OK, safe and enough, no matter what’s going on around us. In order for leaders to create a safe environment, we have to feel safe ourselves. We have to be at peace with ourselves first. And that’s where Rhodonite comes in.

Right now, during these uncertain times, we really need people to step up and be good leaders. If being a better leader is your intention, please contact me about my coaching services. I guarantee working with a coach on a weekly basis will definitely make you a better leader.

Thank you so much for reading. Please leave me a comment below and tell me about your ideas on what makes a good leader.