Sale Ends Tomorrow on Taco Tuesday

Is this graphic gigantic or what?!  Go shop if you need a fun gift for a great educator or coach.  25% off shop-wide (no coupon code necessary) through Taco Tuesday at our new Etsy shop.

It's just fun to say Taco Tuesday, isn't it?



Black Friday Through Taco Tuesday Sale

It's time y'all - our first ever Black Friday through Taco Tuesday Sale starts now!
Hello Strategies Sale
No coupon code necessary.  Just head on over to our new Etsy shop and automatically, all of the products in our shop will be 25% off through Taco Tuesday.  Go find your favorite coach or educator a great gift for the holidays.  

Fun, right?!


Thankful (plus, bonus graphic for you)

thanks graphic

Happy Thanksgiving to all!  I am so grateful for you reading this blog and being such a big supporter of Upcycled Education and Hello, Strategies.

I am off to enjoy a little time outdoors before heading to my in-laws for a Thanksgiving gathering.

With love,


PS - If you want a to use the image I made above, go to this link to find it.  I made the Thanks graphic on PicMonkey, which is still my graphic design crush even after all of these years. 

PSS - See you back here on Black Friday for our first ever Black Friday through Taco Tuesday Sale at our new Hello, Strategies Etsy shop!  Yay!

Etsy Shop Launch - Yay!

Hello, Strategies opened an Etsy shop! Since Etsy started allowing people to sell goods they designed (but did not personally manufacture themselves; after all, how would Jackie and I ever perfectly stamp our YOU ARE AWESOME nickels?), we decided to open a shop.  Etsy is fun. We are fun. And why not?  Plus, I don't know about you, but sometimes, I get an inch to shake things up.

Hello Strategies Opened an Etsy Shop
In honor of our new Etsy shop, we are having our first ever Black Friday through Taco Tuesday sale!  Yep, you heard me.  Jackie and I are going all-in; this sale will last through Taco Tuesday and all of Hello, Strategies products will be 25% off shop-wide. You don't need any special coupons at our Etsy shop - just start shopping Black Friday - Taco Tuesday and you will be good to go.
There are so many fun, useful teaching and coaching products ready to gift to your favorite educator and/or coach.

xo, dear friends - Jackie and I are psyched,


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. 


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.


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,


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 -