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I’ll write this one before anyone has a chance to know I exist in this blogland.  Because this is sooo unlike me.  First I must laugh at myself at the title.  Typed it in as a result of feeling that way…  then, thought.. oh how odd of me to be doing this movie thing!  So what the hel–, this is now categorized in movies.  I’m humouring me with this one.

Today I discovered water in my basement.  Moved things and discovered a cement wall crumbling. Could hear water running.  A friend came over to discover that an old pipe had broken beneath my bathroom.  Not sure yet how much of an ordeal this problem is… besides a difficult to replace pipe, a crumbling wall, it’s also possible that my bathroom is sinking.

It’s a fabulous little home, my home.  A fabulous little home built in 1954.. a habadashery of additions and changes and oddities.  Well this one is one of the oddities.  So, I sit waterless,  while a friend sits pondering the logistics of the problem, and I wonder if this is an insurance claim.   BUT here’s the life coaching portion of this blog, and the amazing part of this event.

I was babysitting the wee precious grandbaby Evalee this morning.  My dear friend Nicole came over to get her ‘baby fix’.  As it happens, Nicole had a free day, and I asked her to coach me after Evalee went home with her parents.   Nicole is not a life coach… but she has spent many many years passionate about self development…and has been a buddy through all my life coaching development,  and so she does a nice job coaching me.   My problem?  SOOOO many things to do, coaching and artwork inspirations to develop, business things to take care, promotional ideas…. I really really needed to actually make the list and priorize.  And add in some time ‘away’ from all these things – I love what I do, but it’s important to take pauses  and I haven’t been lately.

And so after a great coaching session, I came to realize that first I must get the basement organized… long story to why it became so chaotic… but for now, the basement needed to be organized to help my creativity classes function better.

Nicole said she could stay and help me do it today.  (She’s amazing!) We entirely cleaned one room, and started working on the next when she discovered the water.   We cleaned the water, baffled at how it got there, and realized it wasn’t going to stop.  No minor seepage happening here!   So the point of the story.. if I had not been life coached today, we would not have been in the basement, and by now, this evening, my entire basement would have been flooded.

So, yay to life coaching.. who knew the benefits could extend this far?  hee hee.  Yay to ‘inspiration’ that guides us to be so inspired as to work in a basement today.  

Well. Isn’t this interesting? I started this blog post to whine. I really wanted to whine about the pain in the butt that this event is.  And it is.  I wanted to whine about the car breaking down, too.  I am so not a whiner.  But I was definately having a moment of ‘reality bites.’  But look what happened?  I got that shift in perspective that I needed instead!  (I swear, sometimes I’m so positive, it’s crazy.) 

And this all reminds me of something I wrote not so long ago, on the topic of reality vs imagination.   

We sit in a reality that we believe to be true, until we allow our imaginations to visualize something different.  Our perspective is our reality.  If it is not serving us well, a coach can encourage exploring other perspectives…..

Nice work on the shift from ‘reality bites’ syndrome.. to ‘wow, nice of the universe to line us up to be working in the basement!’   I wouldn’t say this one took a lot of imagination to get there, maybe a bit of creativity, but the main thing is ‘shift happens’, thank goodness.  Okay, I feel better now.


About Janet

Artist/writer with a tall ship and mystical twist, Certified Professional Life Coach (ICA), Master Creativity Coach (KMCC), Curator/owner of Writerly Kits, workshop leader and creativity group facilitator trainer. Outdoor enthusiast and Tall Ship sailor. Been through breast cancer and found her own tools of play, lightness, creativity, nature, thinking differently and visualization assisted healing through and after treatments. Ever ever so grateful for all the wondrous people she is surrounded by.

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  1. see my comment under your ‘Bucket List’ :)Thanks for all the nice things about me. Even tho the circumstances weren’t the best for you, it was good to hang out with you and little Evalee too. Oh, yes, your painting on the top of the page did come through, I love it. Let me know if you want some company or need a hand with moving stuff. love nicoli


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