Articles posted by Yota Schneider

Author: Yota Schneider

Full Speed Ahead? Not So Fast.

    Are you going stir crazy or not yet? I am! Yes, I love the change of seasons. I even enjoy winter; given a warm coat, a bowl of hot soup, time by the fireplace, and not having to drive on icy roads . . . that is. The Seasons of Change model is the foundation of my coaching practice. There's a reason for that. Not only is there infinite beauty in each season but they also provide us with guidance that can ease our anxiety about change and infuse our transition - from what was to what will be - with meaning and purpose. Two days ago, I found three ants crawling ar...
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Saying No: An Act of Self-Care and Self-Respect and It Doesn’t Have to Be Hard.

  Imagine a stream of water. Its source begins at the top of a mountain. Down it travels toward the sea; its water supply renewed by rain and melted snow. The stream winds through villages and towns and soon it takes the form of a strong, plentiful river. The people who live along its banks use the water to grow their crops and sustain themselves. They’re grateful, but soon, they begin to take the river and its abundance for granted. They’ve come to believe that the river will be there forever, filled with cool, clean water for them to use and support their lives. Then, things ...
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Take the plunge – Expect a miracle

  It all started with a silly picture and before I knew it, I was invited to be part of the Business Bloggers Mastermind Group that Tea Silvestre (of Story Bistro) facilitates. A couple of hours after that, I attended my first meeting and before the night was over, I’d committed to writing a blog post every week -- for eight weeks -- and have it reviewed by the group. Had I just lost my mind?  It’s possible, but not because I joined the group. I’d better start from the beginning. A few days before joining the Bloggers Mastermind, I’d discovered Téa’s website and blog and loved what sh...
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You Got Rhythm

  The surprisingly positive changes that come from listening to your personal rhythm My mother loved to dance. She taught me how to listen and feel the rhythm of the music. "You can't dance if you don't have rhythm," she used to say. She taught me the waltz and the tango, and some folk dances. The Flamenco from Spain, the Kalinka and the Cossack from Russia, the Tarantella from Italy, and of course a number of Greek regional dances.  Music and dancing were a big part of my childhood and the main form of entertainment during family gatherings, national holidays, seasonal celebrations, a...
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Warning! Unknown territory ahead!

How to get back on the driver’s seat when change takes you off course. My twin daughters are high school juniors. Our family of four is dancing -- or should I say spinning -- to the tune of change these days. Not that change is new to us. These girls have been changing our lives since they took their first breath and even before that. And you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way. The day I had my first ultrasound the doctor pointed to the screen and said, “Here’s one head and . . . here’s the second. Congratulations! You’re having twins!”  My husband jumped up. He couldn’t contain...
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Being Authentically You!

How to get past self-doubt and know that you're enough. “Come to think,” he said,” I’m not sure what success looks like. And, the truth is, even if I got what I say I want, I still wouldn’t feel successful.” "Mark" and I -- OK, his name isn’t Mark but the dialogue is true and I do like that name -- have known each other for a long time. His words that day weren’t a surprise. It was the way he looked at me that was different. He was opening the door to a conversation about something he’s always been sensitive about. “What’s going on?” I asked. “Well,” he replied, “I’ve been working with...
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Personal 1-on-1 Coaching

Personal 1-on-1 coaching is perfect for you if you enjoy working one-to-one and need the  accountability and fast pace personal coaching can offer. During our collaboration, you'll be able to: -- Gain a new perspective -- Explore possibilities -- Develop a strong vision for yourself -- Set clear intentions -- Develop new strategies, and -- Assert your creativity and individuality in ways you'd never done before. How does the process work? What can you expect?-- I recommend you consider a 3-month commitment which will give you the opportunity to achieve measurable res...
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Online Workshops

Get the support, inspiration, and tools you need to achieve what you want. During these workshops you'll get the opportunity to: -- Engage with dynamic material that has been developed with you in mind -- Interact with like-minded people and engage in lively and meaningful conversations -- Share your challenges, perspectives, and insights, and receive immediate feedback -- Receive personalized attention and coaching throughout the course -- Have access to The Community Garden; an interactive Facebook group where you can connect and interact with other workshop participants and m...
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The Seed Starter

The time has come to launch a long-held dream and make meaningful changes in your life. You're looking forward to this new chapter but you don't know where to begin or how to go about it. How is your energy level? Do you feel confident and excited, or hesitant and doubtful? Are you getting impatient with yourself? There's no right or wrong answer. No matter what is going on in your life, it's yours to recognize, experience, and work with. Whether you're launching a new project, entering a new stage, or evaluating your relationships, you're asked to let go of the old and move forw...
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Off To College Already? How’s That Possible?

Parenting is a two-way street. It's not only my girls I'm parenting. I have some learning and growing up to do too. Five airports, three hotels, thousands of miles, two car rentals, five college tours later, we got back home at 1am on Saturday morning. I was tired and sleepwalked through the day. Neal and I went to N.Haven to return the rental car and took the opportunity to go and sit at our favorite Mexican restaurant. Yes, there were margueritas involved. We needed this down time but, of course, we still got to talking about . . . well, the girls and colleges. The thing about ha...
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