Two New Classes Coming to the Academy in January!

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Hello Friends!

Since the first day we opened the doors to our Academy for Personal Development, through all our classes and personal coaching our mission has been inclusion, experiential education, and kindness.

In 2019, we offered eight classes: Clear Communication, Clear Communication BASICS, Grieving Together, Dialogues, and our daily Facebook LIVE “Coffee and the Course," taught by us. Qi Gong, Yoga, and Meditation, taught by members of the Grand Junction community who are aligned with our mission.

We are excited to announce that in January 2020 we will be adding two more classes: THE PRESENCE PROJECT and MASTER CLASS! We will be teaching both of these classes.

Beginning January 8, 2020, from 6 to 7PM, THE PRESENCE PROJECT will begin. This class will focus on supporting those who are working through Michael Brown’s book, ...

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Kindness Creates Connection

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Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
~ Eric Hoffer

Hello Friends!

We hope you are all doing well and are looking forward to a beautiful month of December with friends and family.

Today, we would like to share a brief reminder about kindness. For many, December is a month of celebration, joining, and sharing. It can also be a month of stress, over-scheduling, and financial worry. Sometimes, our stress can get the better of us, and we forget to be kind – yet kindness is the key to enjoying life.

What does kindness look like?

Among other ways, we show kindness when we:

  • Greet those we meet with sincerity. We inquire how they are doing and actually wait to hear their response, caring about their answer.
  • Create connection through our smile.
  • Show courtesy for others by opening the door for them, not pushing our way into the checkout line, waiting our turn, and acknowledging the presence of those around us.
  • Thank our hosts and express our appreciation....
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.
~ W. Clement Stone

We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! You are all so very important to us, and we are grateful to have you in our lives.

Hopefully, we will see some of you tomorrow for Qi Gong at 5pm and Clear Communication at 6:30pm.

The following events are cancelled this week:

  • Yoga with Terry on Tuesday and Thursday morning
  • Meditation with LaVaun on Wednesday evening
  • Grieving Together on Thursday afternoon
  • Dialogues with Annette and Ada on Thursday evening

Next week, we will be back with a full schedule – and will be sending out our December calendar on Monday.

Love to all,
Annette and Ada

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Welcome to Our Coaching Space!

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While many people are aware of us because of our communication classes and programs, one of the highlights of our lives is our coaching practice. We have been coaching now for a number of years, and it just gets better and better.

We love to meet our clients wherever they are in their journeys and customize our coaching to meet their needs. No two clients are alike, and no two coaching sessions are alike.

In our coaching sessions, we get very specific as to what our clients need to do to move forward in their lives.

Such as:

  • Do they need help with their communication skills?
  • Do they need to look at some of their past hurts and bring healing into their lives?
  • Are they looking for a new job?
  • Are they planning a major life change?
  • Or, are they stuck and need to bring understanding and compassion into where they have previously lived in blame and resentment?

Regardless of our clients' current struggles, we believe and know that healing is possible.

Whatever you may be facing at the...

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FREE EVENT: Stress Less During the Holidays - November 21st

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Stress Less During the Holidays, The Lodge at Grand Junction, Thursday, November 21st, 5:30-6:30PM!

The holidays can be a very stressful time. While there may be joy, we can also experience some big challenges.

If we are traveling, we might have to contend with icy roads or crowded airports. If we spend beyond our means, there will be the burden of debt. If we are hosting or attending gatherings, some of the guests may be stressful – causing us to spend the time together biting our tongues to keep the peace.

What do we do about all this? How can we manage holiday stress?

This is the topic of our presentation, Stress Less During the Holidays, at The Lodge at Grand Junction (2656 Patterson Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81506) on November 21st from 5:30 to 6:30PM!

We won’t be merely theorizing how to stress less during the holidays, we will be offering solutions and taking your questions.

We hope you will be able to join us. 

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November 2019 in the Yellow Room

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The events listed on the calendar are events taking place in the Yellow Room located at 216 North Avenue, Suite 1, Grand Junction, CO 81501.

Also this month:

On Thursday, November 21, beginning at 5:30PM, we are putting on a "Stress Less During the Holidays" workshop at The Lodge at Grand Junction (2656 Patterson Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506). We will be giving a short presentation on managing holiday stress, then we will be having a Q&A to discuss and share your unique situations.

This event this FREE, and we would love to have you join us!

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Moving and Grief

anxiety grief group Oct 28, 2019

When it comes to grief, most of us immediately think of The Five Stages of Grief presented by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her book, On Death and Dying: 1. Denial and Isolation, 2. Anger, 3. Bargaining, 4. Depression, and 5. Acceptance. What isn’t well-known is that this grief model applies to people with a terminal illness - THEY are dying.

For those who are experiencing grief in their lives and who are not dying, we must add anxiety to the grief process. Claire Bidwell Smith does an amazing job of explaining the role of anxiety as it relates to grief in her book, ANXIETY, The Missing Stage of Grief.

We are learning a lot from Ms. Smith, and her book brought up a memory for Ada that helped her realize JUST YESTERDAY her experience with anxiety as it relates to moving in her childhood – which was definitely a SIGNIFICANT LOSS to her.

Ada’s story:

It was the night before our big move from Seattle, WA to Grand Junction, CO. I was crying – wailing –...

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There IS Something in You That Knows

A better and far more helpful way to think of miracles is this: You do not understand them, either in part or in whole. Yet they have been done through you. Therefore, your understanding cannot be necessary. Yet it is still impossible to accomplish what you do not understand. And so, there must be Something in you that does understand. ~ A Course in Miracles, Chapter 16, Section III

In spiritual circles, including those related to A Course in Miracles, there is a tendency to focus on the "awakening" experience. That moment of crystal-clear understanding when the veil of not-knowing is lifted and the Light of God shines completely without anything to obscure it.

Many hold the belief that they are trying to get somewhere. Or, they must work at being something more or better than they are right now. Yet this way of thinking only works to confirm the identity that we are small, limited, frail, and weak. The egoic mind says, "This weakness must be overcome, but that's not really...

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New Group: Grieving Together

A few weeks ago, we started our newest group, GRIEVING TOGETHER. We have wanted to offer a group with this focus for a very long time. What’s unique about our group is that we are creating a space that welcomes anyone who has experienced a SIGNIFICANT LOSS – as opposed to focusing only on the death of someone close. Additionally, this significant loss does not have to be recent. It could have been experienced many years ago.

The reason we are opening our group up in this way is because our coaching experience has shown us that people suffer from loss every day, and there are very few places where they can be comfortable enough to feel and share their pain. In our group, a significant loss is a significant loss – and each and every situation is held with tenderness and care.

During the past few meetings, we have talked about many different losses. While the losses have taken various forms, what has been consistent is the respect extended which honors what this...

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