Go Deep, Be
Courageous, Emerge a Winner!
Serving the Business and Professional
Community since 1983!
N. Elizabeth Fried, Ph.D.
Releasing Stress: Follow Your Passion
Often when I'm doing an intake with my clients I ask about
their hobbies and interests--things that have nothing to do directly with
their business. This helps me to understand what they enjoy and what
they are particularly passionate about. If stress becomes part of a job
performance issue, as their
coach, I can help them focus on ways to reduce stress and reenergize
by doing things they love outside of work.
my own case, when I was in my late 30s, I experienced a series of three
unfortunate miscarriages. The stress and grief from this was impacting
my work. I knew I needed another outlet to share my love for children.
So I became a Big Sister to Yolanda--pictured on the right at age 12. We first
met when she was eight, and I am still in contact with her today. She is now
29 and has a child of her own. Because of our rather unique relationship, The
United Way asked me to do a video with
her in 1993. This two-minute video gives you a peek into that
experience. I hope you'll be touched by her story and perhaps inspired as
well-- just please ignore my crazy hair, braces, and goofy glasses!
Our video story
I mentored Yolanda in a number of ways, especially to
overcome her shyness and interact with all people of all ages. I also
introduced her to the
theater, arranged for singing lessons, and helped her to
learn how to budget and be financially responsible. It would have been
really cool to do what they are doing at Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum
in Compton, California. This organization provides an after school program
Compton kids where they
learn how to fly. Oh to be a kid again! Check it out!