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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 executive coach, I can help them focus on ways to  reduce stress and reenergize by doing things they love outside of work. 

YolandaIn 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 for Compton kids where they learn how to fly.  Oh to be a kid again!  Check it out!