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The Why & How of Self-Compassion

I fanned the cards so she could pull one. She inspected the variety of colors and bits of images carefully, zoomed in on one and pulled it from the deck. “The Compassion card,” I said. “And that means Self Compassion.” Her eyes teared up immediately. “I’m not that good at that”, she said softly. Gently, …

Delving into Trust

In these times, there is one subject that comes back to me time and time again and that is Trust – in others, in things that we’ve known to be true and in ourselves. Trust is something, when tapped into, can always lead us back to more solid ground. If we’re facing a challenge, or …

Letting Inspiration Find You

Isn’t it a beautiful thing when the well of inspiration is full? You know, when you feel inspired to do the things you want to do and it feels effortless. Sometimes it even feels a little overwhelming because there is SO much to do and it all sounds so good, you don’t know where to …

What Role Can Lightness Play?

There is much in the world that we can feel heavy about. It seems as time goes on, there are more and more senseless acts that cause us to question and feel so much. Whether we focus on these larger events or on our own daily lives, we can easily get trapped by things that …

From Fragmentation to Wholeness

(please note this is an edited version of the May 2016 Valentino Coaching newsletter – just minor changes have been made).   Following the impulses of the moods: When my sister Debra first started drawing the Mood Ladies, she didn’t really know why – she just followed the impulse (read the full story here). When I first started …

Relishing YOUR Magic Moments

Magic Moment: descriptive noun. 1. A moment when time seems to stop and you are immersed in the goodness – in whatever form it appears. 2. A brief time when you feel, sense something deeply; you appreciate it & the feeling/sensation invades your body. You are present. When was the last time you Relished a Magic …

What Game Rules Are You Playing By?

One of my favorite activities to give my clients is to have them explore the object and rules of how they are currently playing the Life Game. Many times this comes up because the client is feeling stuck or I can hear them saying they want one thing, but acting or speaking in a contradictory …

Exploring the Inner Gems of YOU!

If you’re reading this post, I have a sneaking suspicion that you might be interested in something that I’m a big fan of….Exploration. The spirit of Exploration brings with it feelings of new-ness, adventure, curiosity. And whether you’re exploring a new city, new neighborhood, new restaurant, new idea, thought or routine, there is often an …