My Rebellious Name Tag

This may not seem very rebellious to most; Perhaps, I am a faux rebel or rebel-wanna-be.

Jen's camp nametag

Close up of camp nametag

This year, instead of my standard college name tag, I am wearing my camp name tag.  Why?  Because camp rules.  Period.  End o' story.  However, you know I can't stop blabbing and thus, I continue.  If I can channel the spirit of camp into my day and "real" life, then, that to me is as good as winning the lottery.  Maybe better as the lottery doesn't buy you long lasting, impactful relationships and a whole lot of time outdoors.

As you can see in the photos, my camp name tag is a simple cross-section of a tree branch cut into a small disk (with a drilled hole for the lanyard).  I decorated my camp name tag with paint pens - we all did this summer at camp. What do you think of the pine-tree-running-water motif I've created?  

When I wear my camp name tag to my college - this is the important part - I bring a little bit of camp with me.  Which if you knew my camp, you would say BRING MORE. 

xo,
Jen




Teacher, Parenting, and Coaching Tip: Ask Great Questions

Jen blogging with new friends at Apperson


For the last few days, I have been blogging with some very, very new friends at Apperson.  I don't know about you, but that is one thing I appreciate about social media - all the connections and collaborations that can happen in weird, random, unforeseen ways.  Let me explain.  I noticed a few weeks ago the Apperson blog was referring readers to Upcycled Education because of this post of theirs.  So, I reached out to Apperson to say thank you; how lovely Apperson included me in one of their blog round-ups.  Then, Courtney from Apperson and I got to talking - through social media, of course - and she invited me to guest blog for them about....huge shocker....coaching!

One of the foundational skills of a coach is to ask curious and powerful questions.  With these three tips, you expand that skill immediately at school, at home, at work, and beyond.  Go read the post if you are interested and say hi to my new friends.

Cheers,
Jen

My Dream Job Found

I think I've discovered my dream job.  Training people to be life coaches.  Let me explain before you stop reading or think I've abandoned the ship.

You have an awesome dial - turn it up

I think you know I have three college degrees.  One from Michigan State University.  One from University of Colorado and one from Johns Hopkins University.  These aren't shabby institutions and yet, I would trade in all three degrees just to have my certification as a life coach.

Why?  Because I can use my coaching skills with every single human on the planet in any place, industry, discipline, or environment - at home, at work, in the community, with family, with friends, with complete strangers, and even at 30,000 feet!  Yep, I've coached on airplanes before.

Whereas my colleges degrees from said institutions are lovely and beautiful to romanticize about, if you are a practical person like me, you want skills that can transcend all areas in your life and can be used daily.  My coaching skills are all that plus more.  If you are unfamiliar with the kind of coaching I am talking about, the kind of coaching I'm talking about supports another human move from Point A to Point B and beyond.  Isn't that what most of us do in life for ourselves and others - in education, in parenting, in business, as leaders?  We support ourselves and others' growth and life journey.  We support other humans (and ourselves) as we adjust our awesome dials (hence, the graphic above) to find our own individual sweet spot to live the most fulfilling and engaged life as possible.

AND, what if more people did that?  What if more people lived their optimal, best, most fulfilling, healthy, low stress, engaged lives?  What impact would that make on our society, our world, our lives? 

I'll tell you what impact it would make.  It would translate to more bliss.  More joy (the message and research of this book).  More connectedness.  Less violence.  Higher engagement, so we don't have to be this dismal poll any longer.  And if you need more hard line research about this, let Harvard Medical share their work or let ICF convince you.  Or just trust me.  Seriously, when have I steered you wrongly?

Now, the dream job part...

With the help of an amazing friend and fellow coach, Sue, we co-created and co-lead my college's first ever Engagement Coach Training Program last academic year.  Yep, my college is now in the business of training life coaches (we call them "engagement" coaches at my college).  AND, I am over-the-moon proud to announce, our coach training program received ICF accreditation which means we are now the only community college in the nation to have an accredited ICF coach training program. 

Cue the largest confetti drop you have!

In the mid-Atlantic, where I live, we are also one of just five higher education institutions that offer a general, coach training program that is ICF approved.  My college joined the ranks of Duquesne, Rutgers, George Mason and Georgetown Universities.  I would say my college keeps great company and our program, by far, is more affordable and - if I may brag - our coach training program is super high quality, hands-on, well-designed, and dare I say transformation and enjoyableI might be bias and honest. What can I say?

Go see what we created - my college's coach training program - and better yet, what if we came to your organization and lead the coach training just for your people?!  Wouldn't that be amazing?!  We would get to spend nine days together in person over 3-6 months, learn a new set of coaching skills that will literally change your life (and the lives of others) immediately, and have the best time doing so.  Plus, we can come to your school, business, non-profit, or organization anywhere in the world!

Let's do that!  Email me.  Leave a comment below.  Send a smoke signal.  We are going to see each other in person and train coaches!  I am not fooling around.  You know, I am serious.

....I just have to point out, I literally have to self-coach myself to calm down.  I am sooooo darn excited about this and the impact having more trained coaches will have on our lives and the lives of others.

Totally psyched and even more psyched that we will get to see each other this year or in 2018! 

Thrilled beyond belief,

Jen

PS - I am a hugger.  So when we see each other in person, if you aren't a hugger, you have two choices:  Either quickly become a hugger or let me know not to hug you.  In that case, we can just smile at each other.  Ha!












Oh, Hi There....

I had no idea it has been so long since I last blogged.  What-to-the-what?!  What have I been doing?

Jen on her Stranger Things Bike

Let's see.  I think I've been really living my life.  And sometimes, you can't or I chose not to document it all on social media. So forgive me.  It's not that I didn't want to share.  I just didn't want to take time away from the actual experiences I was enjoying to take photos, edit them, upload 'em, write something clever... you get me, yes?

With all that being said and quickly explained, I do want to reignite more blogging in my life.  Lately, I have a lot on my mind in both good and creative ways.  This blog has always been a fantastic place for me to hash out my thoughts and get feedback on them.  Plus, I could really use some collaborators.  Allies.  Comrades.  Let's-get-stuff-done-together types of people.  That's you - in case you are still reading. 

Here is a sampler of blog posts coming your way....
  • The one big difference between public schools and independent/private schools.
  • How I left Under Armour's headquarters completely inspired.
  • Why a tea from Colorado has changed my life for the better.
  • Family updates:  Miss O, Mr. UpCyclist and Master Jedi.
  • My new rebellious name tag.
  • Wardrobe re-do.  If you know me, you are laughing about me blogging about fashion, but I have some great wardrobe finds, tips, and tricks to share - especially for you educator-on-the-go types.
  • What's next for Hello, Strategies.
  • My break-throughs regarding money and helping others.
  • And the big-daddy of them all:  How I got into the business of training {life} coaches and why that job is the dream job of mine.

More to come, dear friends - 

xo,
Jen





Happy Fourth of July!


Happy Fourth of July (if you celebrate it)!  We are enjoying Breckenridge, Colorado today and man, do I love it here as you know.  This town and community is just too much fun and so outdoorsy (as are most things Colorado).

Yesterday, my family and I volunteered at the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race check-in.  We are wearing our new, stylish F50 t-shirts below.  It was so fun to see Miss O be so confident and chatting away with total strangers about the race and gear.  That gal is growing up for sure.



This photo below is looking back on Breckenridge Ski Resort.  Mr. UpCyclist took this on his run with Jedi this morning.  Isn't it gorgeous here?!  Pinch me.



And, because this photo of Jedi is one of my new favorites, here is Jedi testing out the Fourth of July parade route at 7am today.  He gives it two paws up!  I love Jedi's smile.
Have a super holiday and wherever you are, get outside, enjoy your loved ones, and keep making the world a better place.

xo from Breckenridge,
Jen