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Having trouble getting out of a negative headspace? Try this.

Having trouble getting out of a negative headspace? Try this.

Have you ever found yourself in a super negative headspace, where you are just spiraling into an evil mental rabbit hole of doom and can't seem to get out? Me too. It sucks. The good news is that brain-based coaching has allowed me to develop some super-simple tools for getting out of an awful emotional headspace like that in 15 minutes or less. 

GUEST POST: My Coaching Experience, by Jessica Trainor

GUEST POST: My Coaching Experience, by Jessica Trainor

Today, I'm excited to share the 2nd in a series of interviews about coaching, featuring my former client and now apprentice, Jessica Trainor. Jessica is not having your shit, and I love it. She is a whip-smart, fiercely loyal, crazy talented, and a seriously fabulous brain-based coach in the making. A year ago, she was working as an office manager. Today, she is freelancing full-time as an opera singer, voice teacher, and much more while simultaneously training to become Rowan Coaching's next coach. I'm so proud of my clients, and Jessica is no exception! Since I've been training Jessica, I've been really interested to see her perspective transform from client to coach - which is not only something that inspires me, but something from which I learn! In that spirit, I had a few questions for her...

What to do when "I never have time" actually means "my brain literally cannot"

What to do when "I never have time" actually means "my brain literally cannot"

Last night, I signed on to Skype for my monthly mastermind meeting with other female solopreneurs. This month, it turns out we all had something similar on our minds: we are too damn busy. Some say it is the entrepreneur's natural state. I refuse to accept this. Beyond the fact that this idea is fundamentally out of alignment with one of my core values, quality of life, I sincerely believe that what's actually occurring is not a crisis of productivity, but a crisis of available mental space. 

This is the second article in a new series from Rowan Coaching called, "Managing Your Own Business and Depression." Check out the first article, "Unraveling the Stigma of Depression to Get Sh*t Done," and tune in soon for more posts in the series!

NEW SERIES: Managing Your Own Business and Depression

NEW SERIES: Managing Your Own Business and Depression

Today I'm going to share something vulnerable with you: I have clinical depression. Now I'm going to share something exciting with all of you who have struggled with depression (or any other really tough time): this doesn't have to prevent you from achieving your dreams. YOU get to decide, and I have a few really helpful ideas for you to try on your path. Stay tuned for more articles in this series, as we explore together how to get your brain to be an asset instead of an obstacle!

4 Steps to a Balanced Schedule (and a Better Life)

4 Steps to a Balanced Schedule (and a Better Life)

Are you ready to stop being a slave to your calendar, and let it serve you instead? If so, simply follow these steps to wrestle your schedule back into shape.  It's like sending your schedule on a retreat. When it gets back, it will be refreshed, energized, and full of great ideas about how to live that balanced, "best self" life. 

Activity: Connected Gratitude

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Activity: Connected Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving! This is always a fun holiday to celebrate, as well as a wonderful culturally built-in moment of reflection: what do we each have to be thankful in our lives?  This is such an important practice, and one I encourage you to build into your lives as often as possible, for a single, important reason - YOU WILL BE HAPPIER.  In fact, gratitude is one of the most consistent indicators of happiness, regardless of personal health, and across socioeconomic lines. 

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Why Worrying Doesn't Work (& What To Do Instead)

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Why Worrying Doesn't Work (& What To Do Instead)

Worrying doesn't work, and recent neuroscience research opens the door to understanding why. Let me explain. As it turns out, our brains can't distinguish between what's imagined and what's real - at least not from an emotional perspective.  So if you spend a lot of time imagining and reimagining the worst case scenario, you're constantly putting your brain in a threat state. Read on to find out why this is a problem!

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