- Karen Walsh, LCI, Life Coach
“This is not who I am. This is not who I want to be. This is not who I was born to become.” Have you ever felt this way, or are you struggling with these emotions right now? If so, you probably think something is wrong with you, or your life. Actually, these honest feeling are healthy, and quite normal. These feelings are nudging you not to sleepwalk through life, but to mindfully examine on how you are spending your time, and how you are using your gifts. These feelings don’t necessarily mean you need a new job, new location to live, or new relationships. What you need is already inside you. Like a sculptor, you need to chip away at the “stuff” that is in the way of your true inner being.
How do you go about “coming home to yourself”, and living the life you were meant to live? The first step is realizing you want more out of the life you have already created. You’ll need time. This is no race, and there are no material prizes for reaching your goal. What you will receive is peace, knowing you are honoring your true self.
Although you can certainly take this wonderful journey on your own, I invite you to join a group of like-minded people to help you on your way. You will need times of solitude, and time to reflect and journal, but coming together once a week to share your discoveries, share your challenges, and celebrate your successes makes the journey a joy, and keeps you from going back to sleepwalking through your life! We will explore finding work, or volunteer opportunities that ignite our passions, ways to move beyond instant gratification and materialism, and how to let go of worry and anxiety to live a calmer, more balanced life.
Please join us at Life Skills Resource Group Orlando starting Thursday, September 23, to explore “Perfectly Yourself. 9 Lessons for Enduring Happiness”, based on the book by Matthew Kelly. This new life coaching series led by Cindy Fabico, MA, LMHC, and Karen Walsh, LCI certified Life Coach, is an 8 week course that will be held on Thursday mornings, 10:30- 12:30, and in the evenings from 7:30-9:30. Click here to go to the groups page for more details and registration information. Don’t wait- it’s your turn to meet wonderful new friends, and find the happiness that comes from being “Perfectly Yourself”!
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Karen Q. Walsh, CLC, Certified Life Coach
At Life Skills Resource Group Orlando, we offer Life Coaching Groups 4-5 times a year. Some of the topics we have covered include “Creating the Life You Want”, “Quantum Success”, “You Can Heal Your Life”, “The 7 Levels of Intimacy”, and starting April 15th, 2010, our newest group, “Secrets of Success” (limited registration available in morning group, evening sold out).
But sharing the titles of the groups does not begin to explain the life changing experiences these groups have been for the participants. For if I told you there was a special place in Orlando, with a special group of people, who came together once a week for 8 weeks, and though most were strangers at the beginning, they came away “family”- would you believe me? Would you believe it’s possible to bring together strangers, and in 8 short weeks, find a community with an incredible bond?
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Jessica Stage, MSW, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
Isn’t it amazing that the first month of 2010 is almost at its end? Many of us may have made, and even broken New Year’s resolutions by this point. We decided that we would “eat healthier”, “go to the gym every day” or “find the love of our life”. However, just making resolutions is not the way to change your life for the better. Maybe the reason that you can’t ever seem to make it to the gym is that your poor self image makes you feel embarrassed to work out in front of others. Maybe you have always had negative feelings about food that cause you to binge eat whenever you are stressed. Maybe you have found the right person in the past but repeat the same relationship mistakes over and over again. Sometimes the best way to find a new you is to learn how to change your thoughts and actions through a relationship with a counselor or therapist. The qualified counselors at Life Skills Resource Group in Orlando have collective years of experience helping other people like you to overcome the challenges of their past mistakes and open a door to a better life. Whether it is by going to one of our inspiring life coaching or relationship building groups, having couples therapy with the person that you love or partaking on a journey of individual therapy, one can learn so much from our professional therapists!
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The other day I ran into an old friend from my children’s elementary school days. The “kids” , who are all now in their late teens and twenties, were the main topic of conversation. Of course we both started out with our “success stories”. Details on the son or daughter who makes us look good, makes us feel like a “good parent.” We danced around our other children’s lives until I decided to take the plunge- I told the truth about my child’s struggle with where he was going in life. He wasn’t the “perfect kid” you brag about, and I admitted feeling very guilty about not having ALL the answers on how to help him. I could actually see the relief on her face, and I could see her entire body relax as she admitted her own “unconventional child’s” struggles.
Karen Walsh, LCI, Certified Life Coach Specializing in Children, Teens, Young Adults
Wow- the world didn’t end to admit the truth- we have a normal family, not a perfect family!! She told me how good it felt to talk to someone, and not feel judged. We parted ways, but her words stayed in my mind and on my heart. How many other parents out there feel alone and afraid to talk to friends and family due to fear of being judged or a belief that they will be burdening others with their challenges?
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CREATING THE LIFE YOU WANT
At LIfe Skills Resource Group in the Dr. Phillips area of Southwest Orlando we are committed to offering affordable classes and groups for our clients and the community in general. Over the past year we have held parenting classes for parents of toddlers, school age children and teenagers as well as Life Coaching Groups with topics including: “Creating the LIfe You Want”, “Quantum Success”, and “You Can Heal Your Life”.
We are very excited to be offering our most popular group “Creating the Life You Want” for the 3rd time. This is an 8 week group coaching experience following the #1 New York Times bestseller Take Time for Your Life by Cheryl Richardson.
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