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Babies

I love babies – their chubby cheeks, trusting eyes, and their drive to explore the world around them. I enjoy cuddling them and hearing them laugh. And don’t get me started on that special baby smell. I admire their eagerness to try new things. Fall down? They get right back up and try again.

Babies are new life. New life represents pure potential. We hold this pure potential from birth. The wonder is that we lose it and spend so much time later in life trying to find our way back.

Without knowledge, babies interpret the world intuitively. They have a sixth sense of who they feel safe with. I remember our babies did NOT like sitting in Santa’s lap. Who was this strange man with a white beard holding them apart from the safety of mama?

Babies use non-verbal senses to get what they want. They communicate by crying, putting everything in their mouths, gurgling, reaching with arms outstretched for a hug.

Theory of Mind

Babies teach. They don’t just learn. It’s a reciprocal relationship. Think about it. Does a baby know what she wants? Yes, in spades. Does a baby know who she is? While they lack self-awareness, they intuitively know they are of “one mind” with the universe, something that gets lost as the theory of mind develops in early childhood.

Did you know that a child doesn’t understand he is separate from others, meaning he has his own mind and can think distinctly, until he’s at least three years old? I remember a time when our son ran down the street as I was preparing dinner. He was three. In his mind, of course I knew where he was going (he was heading toward the park) because we are of one mind. He taught me a lesson I wasn’t expecting on mindfulness with no effort on his part!

What babies teach us

Babies grow. They evolve at a faster pace in the first two years of life than they do for the rest of it. Who hasn’t been startled at the changes in a baby you only saw a few months ago?

Babies gain knowledge. I remember our eldest daughter teethed on an orange starfish. One day, we put it just beyond her reach … and she decided she wanted to crawl to get it. “Starry” was important to her and she was going after what she wanted!

Babies connect the dots. My dad always said our middle child was an engineer. You may not be surprised to hear that my dad was an engineer so he was partial to finding engineer traits in his grandchildren. Our little engineer had two pieces that needed to fit together. Instead of jamming it every which way until they fit (which would be my non-engineer method), she looked at each piece carefully and figured out how to connect the two pieces in one shot. She connected the dots.

Love

The greatest gift babies bring us is they epitomize love. Babies are love magnets. They bring out the best in us. I’ve seen it time and again. We rise to our better selves when we hold a precious baby.

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Imagine what the world would look like if we saw each other as precious babies – pure potential, innocent, loving and loved? This week try to see the people around you as babies. It’s a fun exercise. How would you behave differently if you saw the baby in your boss … or your enemy … or yourself?

You have to be open minded in order to grow. The coaching that Laura gave me opened my eyes to what and how I was doing things and allowed me to see the bigger picture. I am not done yet but I already see the changes in my everyday life.

MM

I think coaching is a great way to help you clear your mind when you get stuck with overwhelming situations or when stepping into changes in your life.

MO

Coaching is life changing. It pushes you outside your comfort zone and challenges your perspectives.  It is highly motivating and the exercises and techniques used are both fun and informative.  I think the main benefits of coaching are to see yourself, others and the world more clearly.  I think coaching is valuable to anyone regardless of where you are in your life or career.

LE

I honestly never thought I’d need a coach. I thought coaching was for CEOs and industry VIPs. I didn’t think it was for the “little guys” (i.e. me). Now, I’m of the belief that everyone – yes, EVERYONE – needs a coach. Coaching has really benefitted me and I’m so grateful to have had that time with Laura. It’s changed my life!

VB

Laura is very patient. She took the time to understand what was causing me to be stuck where I am today and help me build a better vision so I can continue to grow.

MM

I think Laura’s coaching was what I had been waiting for. Laura was so approachable, kind, and open. Her willingness to help and support made a difference for me. I found in her coaching new strategies, ideas, and perspectives that I could incorporate into my goals and objectives that I didn’t see before.

MO

Laura is an incredibly intuitive, positive and caring coach. Her techniques helped me recognize both my strengths and areas I might want to explore as I embark on the next chapter of my career. The exercises she employed were instrumental in providing self perspective and challenging my frames of reference.

LE

Laura is a natural coach. Her probing and compassionate questions helped me learn about myself: my value system, interests, goals and strengths.

LM

Coaching sessions with Laura gave me new perspectives on how to process specific feelings and situations in life.  She showed me how to sit with my emotions, acknowledge them, and then use visualization strategies to move through them.  I now feel more confident and in control of how I choose to walk through life.

CP

From the beginning, Laura put me at ease, creating a safe, open space for me to talk and share freely without fear of judgement. I loved the variety of approaches she used depending on the topic we were working on and it was fun being able to try out things I wouldn’t have considered before! With Laura’s coaching, I substantially grew my confidence in the workplace, overcame fears, dealt with issues I’d been carrying around for many years and, most importantly, learned to value myself and define a path forward into the future.

AG

Laura’s coaching was a breath of fresh air and EXACTLY what I needed at that point of my life. I didn’t realize how impactful coaching was going to be, but by the end of the sessions together, I left feeling refreshed, inspired and genuinely curious about what my future held for me. Because of Laura and her coaching, I believe I became a better person – someone who is more open-minded, someone with a clearer focus, and someone who is willing to explore opportunities and possibilities far more than I ever did before.

VB

I engaged Laura for coaching as I took on an expanded role leading an asset management company in Canada. As a female, I knew I would be a role model and had high expectations of myself. I was feeling overwhelmed and anxious.

In our first few coaching sessions we worked through exercises that allowed me to reflect on my purpose, leadership style and what mattered most to me. I continue to be grounded by the clarity I achieve in my coaching sessions – allowing me to be resilient and confident when challenges came my way.

OS