For many of us, our lives have become a checklist of tasks, and we've learned to evaluate ourselves by our productivity. The 30-Day Choose Happiness Challenge offers a refreshing shift in perspective, inviting participants to prioritize their happiness by engaging in activities they love every single day for an entire month. This challenge, beginning in September, encourages us to put intention and attention into the things that make us smile and nourish our souls. Focusing on what truly matters is a natural catalyst for positive changes in our lives.
The Power of Choosing Happiness
Choosing happiness is a revolutionary act in today's fast-paced world. It's about consciously making choices that uplift our spirits and nourish our well-being. While responsibilities and obligations are essential, they should not overshadow the simple pleasures and passions that light up our lives. The 30-Day Choose Happiness Challenge recognizes the significance of prioritizing joy, as it allows us to strike a balance between doing and being.
The Challenge Unveiled
Starting in September, the 30-Day Choose Happiness Challenge encourages participants to dedicate each day to an activity or experience they genuinely love. This activity could be anything – from spending time with loved ones, engaging in a creative hobby, taking a nature walk, reading a favorite book, indulging in self-care rituals, cooking a favorite meal, or simply taking a moment to appreciate the beauty around us. The goal is to shift the focus from measuring our lives by productivity to valuing moments of happiness and contentment.
Breaking the Routine
One of the most remarkable aspects of this challenge is its ability to break the monotony of daily routines. By actively seeking out activities that bring joy, participants step out of their comfort zones and create new, exciting experiences. This break from the ordinary infuses a renewed sense of enthusiasm into life, making each day feel special and worth cherishing.
The 30-Day Choose Happiness Challenge also promotes mindfulness – the practice of being fully present in the moment. As participants engage in activities they love, they learn to appreciate the nuances of each experience. Whether it's the aroma of a homemade dessert, the laughter shared with friends, or the feeling of grass beneath their feet, mindfulness deepens the connection to these moments, amplifying their impact on overall well-being.
Creating Positive Change
As the challenge progresses, participants often notice positive changes manifesting in their lives. This shift is not just a coincidence – it's a result of focusing on happiness and self-nourishment. When we prioritize joy, we become more attuned to our needs and desires. This heightened awareness can lead to healthier habits, improved relationships, reduced stress, and enhanced creativity.
Building a Supportive Community
Embarking on the 30-Day Choose Happiness Challenge doesn't mean you're on this journey alone. Enrolling friends, family, or colleagues to join you can create a sense of camaraderie and accountability. Sharing experiences, challenges, and triumphs can deepen connections and encourage everyone involved to continue prioritizing happiness long after the challenge concludes.
The 30-Day Choose Happiness Challenge is an invitation to transform the way we perceive our lives. By dedicating 30 days to engaging in activities that bring joy, participants embark on a journey of self-discovery, mindfulness, and positive change. As September approaches, let's prepare to embrace this challenge and remind ourselves that life's true value lies not solely in what we accomplish, but in the happiness and nourishment we cultivate along the way.
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There is a genre that has taken center stage in recent years: life coaching podcasts. These shows offer guidance, support, and inspiration to listeners who seek personal growth and development. But what if you decided to embark on this transformative journey with a complete stranger?
⭐ Breaking Boundaries and Challenging Assumptions: When you collaborate with a stranger, you step outside your comfort zone and challenge preconceived notions. Each person brings their own perspectives, life experiences, and areas of expertise. The diversity in ideas and beliefs can ignite thought-provoking conversations that push boundaries and encourage personal growth.
⭐Learning from Different Perspectives: Having a co-host who is a stranger offers an opportunity to learn from their unique life story and experiences. Their insights may open your eyes to new perspectives and expand your understanding of the world. This exchange of knowledge and wisdom can inspire personal growth, empathy, and compassion.
⭐ Nurturing Authenticity and Vulnerability: Starting a life coaching podcast with a stranger cultivates an environment of authenticity and vulnerability. As both hosts navigate through life's challenges and share their personal stories, listeners can relate to their struggles, triumphs, and moments of vulnerability. This transparency fosters a deeper connection and creates a safe space for personal growth.
⭐ Embracing Serendipity: One of the most exciting aspects of embarking on a life coaching podcast journey with a stranger is the element of serendipity. You have no idea what unexpected turns, connections, or insights may arise. Embracing the unknown and being open to spontaneous moments can lead to profound discoveries and enriching experiences for both hosts and listeners.
⭐ Mutual Support and Accountability: Through this collaborative endeavor, both hosts become each other's support system. As you embark on your personal growth journeys together, you provide each other with guidance, accountability, and encouragement. This mutual support helps you stay committed to your own development while also inspiring and motivating your listeners.
⭐ Inspiring Others: By documenting your transformative journey with a stranger, you have the power to inspire others to embark on their own paths of personal growth. Through your vulnerability, insights, and shared experiences, listeners can gain the confidence and motivation to explore their own potential and strive for positive change in their lives.
Starting a life coaching podcast with a stranger is an extraordinary adventure filled with discovery, growth, and connection. Follow us on our journey!
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You might have heard that gratitude can change your life, shift your perspective, rewire your brain and help you manifest your goals. Let’s put it to the test! Join me in sharing what you’re grateful for every day in May, and let’s do a real-life experiment to discover how gratitude impacts our lives!
Join me where you hang out online, and lets discover how gratitude impacts our lives! Here's where you can find me:
I'm looking forward to being grateful with you throughout the month of May!
The 10 Stages of Personal Growth & Development
Personal growth is anything that positively transforms your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being and brings you closer to who you truly are. Personal growth isn't just about learning - it involves applying the knowledge and skills that you learn so that they become a part of who you are.
A person's personal growth is a journey, and it is not always a linear one. When clients come to me, I assess where they are on their journey, whether they are at a particular stage for the first time, and what tools they need to move forward. There is no right or wrong, or good or bad to any of these stages. Certainly, some of them are more comfortable and enjoyable, but each stage holds value and purpose. These stages can be a description of where you are at overall in life, or a depiction of one particular area in your life. Sometimes, during our lives, we transform completely from head to toe, and other times, we may transform only a single area of our lives or a single role we play. Either way, the process is the same.
Stage 4 - Acceptance
This is the stage where we come home to the truth that it's all an inside job. If we want something different in our lives, then we have to be different. We have to show up differently in every damn minute of our lives. In every situation, every action, and every conversation. We accept the truth that this will require us to change our thoughts and challenge our belief systems. We realize that we must let go of who we thought we'd be in order to become the person we are. This stage is often accompanied by feelings of grief, sorrow, awe and wonder. This stage is rich with epiphanies (my favorite part).
Stage 5 - Clean-Up
This is the stage where you have to clean up all of the messes you made up to this point in your life. This could mean repairing relationships, having difficult and often uncomfortable conversations, leaving a situation that isn't working for you, paying off debts, making amends, and taking accountability (yup 100%) for every fucking situation of your life. In my opinion, this is the most difficult stage of the journey because due to lags in seeing results, you are still experiencing the results of your old life even though you are making new choices. I've seen this stage last a few weeks to several years. It all depends on how deep your clean-up needs to be. This stage requires you to fiercely belief in yourself. It is also extremely valuable if you find another person (coach, partner, friend) who agrees to fiercely believe in you regardless of your outcomes. This stage can often be a moment-to-moment focus as you dig in and begin to reconstruct your life. Stage 5 is often accompanied by feelings of frustration, shame, relief and levity.
Stage 6 - Self Discovery
This stage of the journey is when you discover yourself (for the first time, or the 50th time). During our lives, we are constantly evolving and we have the opportunity to deepen into who we really are over and over again. This is one of the most beautiful truths of being human. Stage 6 is my favorite stage!!! This stage is so much fun! This is where you go on an inner investigation of yourself and your life. You discover who you really are, and what you really need to be satisfied when it all ends. When you are on your deathbed, will you feel complete, fulfilled and ready to transition? As Seth Abbot so beautifully says, "When my body won't hold me anymore, and it finally lets me free.. will I be ready?" This stage is often accompanied by feelings of belonging, peace, deep joy, acceptance, and inspiration.
Stage 7 - New Habits & Routines
During stage seven, you design habits and routines that are perfect for you. Not what someone else told you that you "should" do, but this is the opportunity to really experiment and discover what activities make you feel most like, you. What combination of things allows the authentic, courageous you to flow through the haze of this human body and human life bullshit? Those are the things that you need to be doing. For me, it includes things like massive amounts of time alone, working out, nature, writing, deep conversations investigating the truth with other people in my tribe, great sex, tons of one-on-one emotional intimacy with the other humans in my life. These things bring out the most me in my life. New habits and routines are going to form the "launching pad" for the change that you're calling into your life. This stage is often accompanied by feelings of progress, hope, vision, and the feeling of being alive.
Stage 8 - Fortitude and Tenacity
Now that you know what you need, you must call upon your inner fortitude and tenacity because change is fucking hard! It's so god-damn hard, and it takes a 100% commitment to yourself to achieve the things you want to achieve and become the person that you want to become. It takes fortitude, tenacity, courage, discipline, experimentation, curiosity, and believing in yourself. This is the stage where you are, literally, pulling your future self into existence. So, yeah, it is going to take some grit. This grit already exists inside you, even if you never activated it before. Every human has it naturally built in, it only needs to be activated. This stage is often accompanied by feelings of power, vigor and definitiveness.
Stage 9 - Courageous Action
Now that you are clear on who you are now (at this stage in your life), it is time to go out into the world and take courageous action to create the life you want. In stage 8, you pulled your future self into existence. Now it's time to pull your future life (the life that you've been dreaming about) into existence. This sage requires support, brainstorming, balance, connection to self, intention, and presence.
Stage 10 - Resilience
Stage 10 is where you build your resilience. This requires a series of failures and successes, each time retaining clarity, focus and passion for where you are going and the person that you are becoming. This is the stage where you go out into the world, and you get knocked the fuck down, and then you get up with dirt on your hands and your needs, and you square your shoulders and you go back out into the world again to accomplish your vision. This stage requires accurate self-assessment, the ability to pivot quickly, self-trust, and deep connection to your inner self,
When we choose to lead bold, authentic lives not only do we find more joy and purpose, but we have a larger positive impact on the world. It is our purpose to live with purpose. Each of us has a unique, innate thing that drives us and makes us who we are. This is the space that we, as humans, need to cultivate to lead us in our lives. When we commit to living our lives authentically, they become an adventure, a game, filled with strategy and investigation - and it is so much fun.
The data is clear that speaking with an unbiased professional who is trained to ask deep questions to unlock your inner wisdom has the power to transform your life. We all need support on this human journey. It would be a f*cking honor to support you in your journey.
Seriously, let’s chat about this more. Together, during your free, no-obligation coaching session with can uncover where you are at in your journey, and what skills and tools you need to get to the next stage. In an introductory session, my goal is for both of us to decide if we are the right fit for working together, and if by building a strong coach-client relationship we can bring forward the truest, most beautiful, YOU.
The 10 Stages of Personal Growth & Development
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Personal growth is anything that positively transforms your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being and brings you closer to who you truly are. Personal growth isn't just about learning - it involves applying the knowledge and skills that you learn so that they become a part of who you are. For a downloadable PDF of the chart below, click here.
The Personal Growth Timeline
A Life Coach is a professional who helps people access greater fulfillment and meaning in their lives. Life Coaches work with clients on both specific life goals like getting a new job, opening a business, buying a house, losing weight, improving a relationship, etc- and also on less defined goals like cultivating more spirituality, increasing self-love or self-trust, developing intimacy and vulnerability, improving self-confidence & courage, etc.
Very Well Mind states it beautifully here: "Many people seek out life coaches for guidance in navigating a significant life change, such as taking on a new career. In plenty of cases, however, people turn to life coaches simply for help in building a happier, more meaningful life."
Here are just a few of the indicators that working with a life coach could be helpful for you:
Life Coaching is primarily wild curiosity & the art of investigation.
Choosing the right Life Coach is extremely important. A powerful coach/client relationship can help you go further than you ever thought possible, accomplish your goals, realize your dreams, and experience more fulfillment, ease, and joy in your life.
#1 - CONSIDER CERTIFICATIONS
While there is currently no legal certification required to say that you are a Life Coach, there is a governing board called the International Coaching Federation (or ICF). The ICF makes sure that coaches have adequate education hours and client hours to offer you the highest level of coaching. I highly recommend choosing an ICF-certified coach. That being said, I have collaborated with amazing coaching who were not ICF certified. Trust yourself and your judgment.
For me, as a coach, ICF certification was important. In 2010, I graduated from IPEC, one of the most highly acclaimed coaching schools in the world. IPEC's coach training program exceeds all requirements set forth by the ICF.
#2 - INTERVIEW COACHES
Almost every single coach offers some kind of free consultation or free mini-session. I recommend scheduling several. While ICF coaches will all have similar education, each coach brings to the coaching relationship their own unique gifts, skills, and experience. Asking your coach what unique gifts they bring to the coaching relationship during your free consultation is a great idea. You can also ask them to describe their style of coaching, or outline the process they use to help clients reach their goals. Remember - you are interviewing someone for the position of GUIDE on your journey of life. If you were going to trust a guide to take you to the top of Everest - you'd ask a few questions. This is your one wild and precious life, be intentional about the people you surround yourself with.
Remember, each and every life coach is a good fit for some people and not a good fit for other people. No coach is a good fit for every single person. This is a good thing. There are many amazing coaches out there that are not a good fit for you. If a coach is not a good fit for you, it doesn't mean anything, so there is no need to feel weird about it.
#3 - TRUST YOUR GUT
This is the most important part of choosing a Life Coach. You have a thing inside of you - call it your knower, your intuition, your higher self - whatever language you use to name that thing doesn't matter. What does matter is that you learn to trust it. That thing has the answers for you (and only you), and it is there to guide you in your life. When choosing a coach, let your gut guide you.
#4 - DISAPPOINT WHOEVER YOU NEED TO
It is your job to disappoint whoever you need to in order to follow your inner knowing. That means that you might have to disappoint the coaches that you had a free consultation with. You might have to disappoint a partner or friend who had an opinion on who you should coach with. This is not only okay, it is a practice that you must become an expert at if you are going to live the life that you were born to live. You didn't come here to be a people pleaser, you came here to shine your light.
#5 - A NOTE ON BEING UNCOMFORTABLE VS. BEING UNCOMFORTABLE
There are two types of discomfort, one you should feel while working with a coach and one you should never feel while working with a coach. When you pay attention to how you feel in your body, you can recognize the two feelings and how they are different.
When you feel uncomfortable on the inside, in your chest - like a start exploding outwards - that is the good kind of discomfort. This discomfort is accompanied by clarity and a sense of openness in your heart. That means that you are growing, or that you are about to take an action step that is going to result in your growth and development as a human. This feeling is an indicator that you are on the right path and doing the right thing.
When you feel uncomfortable from the outside, like pressure pushing down on your shoulders, in on your chest, or squeezing your head, like you're in a vice or a meat grinder - this is the bad kind of discomfort. This discomfort is accompanied by confusion, fuzzy thoughts, trusting another person over yourself, or shoulding on yourself. This means that something is out of alignment - and it's an indicator that it is time to stop, step back from the situation, and spend some time alone so that you can assess the situation.
I mention this because it's of utmost importance to understand as you go through your journey of life, but also because it pertains to finding a coach. If you feel pressured during your coaching consultation- if you feel that type II uncomfortable, that is a sign that the coach is not a good fit for you, and I recommend that you continue to seek free consultations until you find a coach/client relationship that feels safe and uplifting.
Life Coaching sessions are exciting, they are boring, they are fun, and they are challenging.
Like any journey, the journey of life and the sections of your path that you walk with your coach will contain a vast array of emotions and experiences. There will be fun times and there will be challenging times. Some sessions will include huge epiphanies that are earth-shaking and life-changing, other sessions will feel almost boring as you plod along the path to your goal. Some sessions are filled with laughter and they are incredibly fun, as you begin to live into your entire being and play full-out in life. Other sessions can include processing things like sadness, grief, or shame and they can be challenging as you begin to set your burdens down and release the things that have been holding you back.
I think we sell ourselves short and set ourselves up for disappointment when we expect any particular experience to be all one certain way. The truth is that being a human is complicated and nuanced, and life is complicated and nuanced. The universe is filled with chaos that we can't control and it impacts our lives in ways we don't fully understand, and while I'm usually a pretty science-driven, analytical gal, the truth is that this is a magic in all of this that I can't explain. Life is both the mundane and the extraordinary - and that is what your sessions will be too.
While each coaching session is unique and each client is unique, the average coaching session looks like this:
In 2010 Mindy Amita Aisling graduated from iPEC, one of the most highly acclaimed coaching schools in the world, far exceeding the requirements set froth by the International Coaching Federation. Immediately after graduation, Mindy launched her life coaching business, serving clients all over the world, and was highly successful both locally and internationally.
In her second year of coaching, she was featured in the New York Times as a successful coach under 40. Mindy wrote grants for community members to attend workshops free of charge, and she developed curriculum for educational courses on life and How To Be Human. She was a keynote speaker for a variety of groups, offered a series of classes and workshops, hosted community enrichment & advocacy events, and coached individuals and businesses both locally and remotely.
In addition to her education as a coach, Mindy is also a certified mediator and has served as a mediator privately, and for the Deschutes County Courthouse.
Currently, Mindy focuses almost exclusively on one-on-one coaching work with individuals and businesses who are seeking to have a more authentic and aligned life and/or business. Mindy is also in the process of revising her curriculum from in-person courses to online DIY Coaching Courses for fellow autodidacts.
What unique gifts do you bring to your coach/client relationships?
I am highly empathetic. Yup, I'm one of those people that is brought to tears by life almost every single day. Some days they are sad tears, but some days they are tears of awe and wonder, or joy and gratitude. I am seriously moved by life and the experience of being human. This natural empathy allows me to connect to my client's experience of life in a very real way and allows them to feel tremendously seen and heard.
I am direct. I say what I mean and I mean what I say. I don't beat around the bush, or sugarcoat things. Often times when people say they are direct they are actually using this as an excuse to be mean, or "brutally honest" - nope, that is not what I'm talking about. When I say that I am direct, I'm referring to this natural inclination - or need even, to be completely transparent and authentic. I talk about the things that all humans experience but most humans shrink away from giving voice to, like shame, desire, fear, insecurity, resentment, yearning, hope, and love.
I am curious. My wild curiosity is one of the things that I love most about myself, and my clients have reported that the space of curiosity that I bring into our sessions has been valuable in our coach/client relationship. I find the world, the experience of being human, and each individual's unique story, gifts, challenges, and traumas... all of this is endlessly fascinating. I have no space for judgment in my life or my work because judgment cancels curiosity. Judgment and curiosity can not exist at the same time, and given the choice between feeling judgment or curiosity - I'll choose curiosity every single time.
What is your coaching style?
My philosophy is that every single person already has all of the answers for themselves and their life, they only need to remove the obstacles that are in the way of accessing their inner wisdom and clarity. Many times when clients come to me, they have a belief system that they are somehow not whole, that they have to be someone or something different in order to succeed - that they are not enough. Nothing could be further from the truth. When I am coaching, I am holding the space for my clients to realize their wholeness, and to come home to who they really are. My clients gain the ability to stand so firmly rooted in who they are, that even life's biggest challenges don't shake their roots.
What are some of the goals that you've helped your clients reach?
Wow, over the past 12 years of coaching, I've also grown as a coach and a human, and I've tried on different niches of coaching to see where my greatest strengths are. When I first started coaching, I was also an NFPT fitness trainer, so I focused primarily on health, wellness, balance & self-care. Then I went back to school for more training, became certified as a mediator, and focused on communication, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, and relationship. Given my rich past in entrepreneurship, I've worked with a plethora of clients on opening businesses or changing careers. For a short time, I branded myself as the 'clarity coach' and helped people who were stuck in making a decision for their life. Now, I would say that my primary focus is authenticity - and that path includes many of the previous areas of my expertise. I would say the top 5 goals that I've helped my clients achieve over the years are:
What is the process you use to help your clients reach their goals?
Each client is a bit different, so the process isn't always this linear, but in an effort to over-simplify the answer, so that it's easy to communicate, I'd list the steps as something like this:
I also have coaching package designed with a specific goal in mind, and the process for these is slightly different.
When people ask the question, "How much does Life Coaching cost?" they are usually referring exclusively to money. While I'll address that in this blog, I also want to talk about the other valuable commodities that we invest in anything and everything we do in our lives (because I don't think we talk about them enough). Life Coaching is an investment in YOU - you will need to invest time, effort/energy, and money. Let's talk about it.
Life Coaching: The Time Investment
Most coaching sessions occur one hour per week. This can vary based on the client's needs, and possibly, on requirements that the coach has. Some coaches require a certain level of commitment, and other coaches are more flexible in their approach.
Outside of session time, you will need alone time for reflection and processing, time to do your homework/action steps, and time for increased self-care. The amount of time that you spend on these things will determine the speed of your personal growth and the accomplishment of your goal. Depending on your unique situation, and the work that you're doing within your sessions, this could be an additional hour a week, or several hours a week. You can discuss this with your coach during your sessions.
Live Coaching: The Energy or Effort Investment
The biggest cost that you pay to achieve anything in your life is your energy. Each of us has a different level of core energy, and our life circumstances and level of health can also impact the amount of energy we have to spend on the various things we need to do in life. While the "spoon theory" is lingo used for chronic illness, the concept can be used universally. You have a limited amount of energy to spend every day, and you have to consciously and intentionally choose where you are spending that energy. Any form of personal growth & development, including life coaching, is going to require you to spend energy. At the beginning of a coaching relationship, the amount of energy you have, and how you spend that energy, is something that you should discuss with your coach.
Life Coaching: The Money Investment
Life Coaching, like the exchange of any service, requires payment. Life Coaches charge anywhere from $25/hour to $2,025/hr - there is a vastly wide spectrum of rates. The most common rate is $150 - $250/hr. Many coaches offer discounts for packages or sliding scale rates. You can discuss rates and packages with your coach during a complimentary session. Remember, there is no shame or weirdness in talking about money - that is a limiting cultural belief system, and I recommend you don't buy into it. Money is just another form of energy - and how much you have or don't have doesn't define who you are. It's okay to talk bluntly about money with your coach.
Remember, you are not paying for that single moment in time while you are working with your coach. You are paying for all of the time they invested in education, training, certification, etc - to get to that moment and have the ability to coach you - and you are paying for all of your future moments that will stem from coaching with them. The growth and discovery you make as a client will impact the rest of your life, and those future moments are the moments you are paying for. If you live for another 50 years, that's 438,000 hours. If a 3-month (12 hours/1 session per week) package with your coach facilitates a shift in you that impacts the rest of your life - that's a pretty good ROI.
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Mindy Amita Aisling, is a professionally trained and board-certified leadership, authenticity, and entrepreneur coach.
Mindy exceeds all requirements set forth by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) for Master Coach certification.
Mindy is also a licensed mediator, communications coach, and conflict resolution practicer. As a mediator, she has worked both in private practice and as a court appointment mediator at her local county courthouse.
Through her innovative approach, she assists clients in examining their limiting beliefs, questioning their assumptions about how the world works, and releasing the notion that they are anything less than perfect. As a result, individuals who work with Mindy cultivate the ability to stand firm in their beliefs, live authentically and decisively, and discover an experience of life that is easy and graceful.
In 2021, Mindy founded How to Be Human and Entreprenerd. These programs have enabled her to share her wisdom and knowledge with a broader audience in service of her vision of helping others live authentic lives This, in turn, has empowered more individuals to lead their most TRUE and COURAGEOUS lives.
When she is not working, Mindy can be found playing outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, creating art, spending time with friends & family, or with her nose deep in a book.
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