July 2, 2019

Recently, I (Susan) have had a number of friends and family facing health challenges. Some very serious life-threatening issues, and some chronic issues, which do not make life easy.

I’m fortunate in many ways, because, overall, I’m quite healthy.  Yes, I have a shoulder issue that is beginning to wear me down. But it isn’t life-threatening, just frustrating, and at times, quite painful.

However, it’s hard being on the sidelines...

June 6, 2019

We just returned from a Thrive! strategic marketing day.  Our day was facilitated and a part of our new alliance with Stacey Harris.  The day had been set aside to specifically focus on a 90 day plan.

We picked Stacey Harris because she was, from our very first call, the marketing person who got the importance of both the business side/consulting part of thrive, as well as the personal side of Thrive - our work with coup...

May 22, 2019

Mustang – a tough little wild-born, free-roaming horse, often of Spanish blood, that populated the West.

Petey is a wild mustang I had the pleasure of meeting when I, Susan, signed up for Koelle’s Simpson’s Mustang Training: Learning from the Masters. The program was a part of my continued training in the world of Equus Coaching.

During the program, Petey was my teacher in so many ways. After returning, I had a strong pull t...

May 6, 2019

I, Susan, have been watching a lot of Queer Eye lately. Honestly, I wasn’t thinking I’d become a fan. I remember the first run and, though popular, it wasn’t something I watched.

However, this new version is growing on me. CrisMarie got hooked on season one – I only started with season two. Of course, the relationship dynamics between the Fab Five, the five gay guys helping transform the person’s life, is fun and great to watch...

April 24, 2019

I so appreciate the feedback I received from many of you on my piece When The Body Fails: Rebuilding Trust After Cancer. I loved your feedback and interest. 

One woman expressed her desire to come to Find Your Mojo in Montana but getting to Montana wasn’t going to happen this year. She requested I share some of the lessons of horses via video, and included an example of what she’d love to see. 

I decided to create a Yo...

April 9, 2019

Today’s post is an introduction to a retreat I’m designing as part of my studies in the Master Facilitator Program (MFP) with the Koelle Institute. I am sharing my idea here because in many ways this is a big stretch for me. It’s a workshop designed specifically for women facing cancer.

Up until now, I haven’t felt comfortable marketing a program specifically for these women. However, over the years I’ve coached, and helped, ma...

March 26, 2019

Hi, my name is CrisMarie, and I’m a recovering people pleaser.

I’m a lifelong addict.

Growing up, I was so terrified of my dad that I thought if I could achieve and please him, I’d be safe. In school, I got mostly B’s and C’s. Then, I can remember in Mrs. Tucker’s 7th grade English Class, getting a D. My dad’s reaction to that one D was all it took.

I vowed I would never disappoint him again. I would be perfect.

My focus shifted t...

March 12, 2019

Recently we welcomed a group of our Haven colleagues and friends to our community here in Whitefish, MT as participants in our program, Find Your Mojo in Montana.

This Haven version came about months ago when Andrew Bing wanted to share with his friends both his potential new home and promote all that he has discovered through his Mojo experiences. Because of his generosity, we were also able to open the program up for other Ha...

February 26, 2019

So many of the women I, CrisMarie, coach have a hard time saying yes to themselves. It shows up in big ways, but what about all the little ways? It’s the pattern of saying no to you – your wants, your needs and your dreams, that keeps you stuck and not getting the results you want. For example:

  • In our corporate work, I was partnering with a leadership development coach, Terri, who really wanted to go into personal coachin...

February 12, 2019

Do you ever feel like you shouldn’t, couldn’t, or just CAN’T say no to your boss, your spouse, your kids?

Do you have an:

  • Unreasonable boss who always asks you to stay late to finish the report by tomorrow, or take that last minute trip to North Dakota in February!?

  • Controlling spouse who won’t hear of you changing your career?

  • Entitled teenager who refuses to learn how to drive and expects you chauffeur him everyw...

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