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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 around my kitchen. “Look,” I called out, “spring is coming!”

Neal looked at me and said, “As you wish.” Of course he’d say that. I’m his princess bride after all and we recently celebrated thirty years of marriage to prove it.

I knew what he was thinking though . . . “Wishful thinking!

The ants – I’m sorry to say – didn’t survive long. This is my kitchen. Spring maybe coming but it’s not here yet. These ants were way ahead of their time and their little excursion was doomed from the beginning.

Are you feeling antsy these days?

Are you getting impatient and restless and wish you could just burst out and pick up where you left off before this seemingly endless winter took over your life?

Of course you are! It’s been a long, hard winter and we can’t wait to get on with our lives. We crave the warm, sun-filled days of spring and summer.

Do you feel held back and frustrated?

That’s okay too. These are all signs that spring is indeed around the corner. We just have to take care of some loose ends first.

For us in the North East that means clearing our roofs, keeping our driveways and roads clear of snow and ice, and waiting for the big thaw to arrive.

For those of you who live in warmer parts of our world, it maybe a little harder to accept this reality of waiting.

Nonetheless, wait you will. Life tends to move in cycles and the change of seasons is a wise and thoughtful process. There’s a method to this madness.

Back to tying loose ends.

Try to see this time as an opportunity to take inventory, reflect, brainstorm, and get your ducks in a row.

What needs your attention?

Are you getting ready to launch a new project? Go over your plans one more time. Do you have everything you need? Is there anything you’re overlooked?

Is there a relationship or an area in your life that needs extra nurturing?

What do you have to let go of? Are you struggling with forgiveness? Are you taking care of your health? Is there a recurring theme in your life that you need to pay attention to?

Spring is coming. We’ll be out and about soon. The time for reflection and introspection will be replaced by activity and the enjoyment of the new season.

Take this time to listen to yourself, your instincts, and your deeply held desires. You won’t regret it.

If you feel like it, drop me a message and tell me what this season means to you and how you cope with it.

OR, sign up for the Seed Starter coaching session. Some extra support may be just what you need to put things into perspective and get things straight before you burst into action again.

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Yota Schneider

Yota is a mentor, teacher, and retreat leader who helps people navigate life’s inevitable changes mindfully and intentionally. Her approach is deeply influenced by her cultural roots, work and life experience, and her long-term practice of mindfulness meditation.
In addition to her work with individual clients, Yota speaks and writes on mindful living, overcoming self-doubt, and the art of letting go.
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