Coaching Kitchen #123 When the “Same Ole” Isn’t Enough

Life can be so much more than where we each stand, today. I can sense and see the potential in others around me, in myself, and in the collective circles of people throughout the world. It’s hard to be patient, when you want more and know there is more, and the shift comes at a turtle’s pace.

It’s time that we take greater control of our existence, person by person. What nobler cause is there than tuning in to our truths and inspirations, and living them out? What greater care can we offer to others, than to support their spirit and desires, and help them find ways to grow and enjoy life?

This expansion calls for asking questions and hearing the answers • both in ourselves and in those around us. Without introspection and honest answers, discernment cannot occur. Without a willingness to open ourselves and explore, excuses and inaction often remain the course of the day. Without this dialogue the path remains vague.

The changes you want to make in your life will direct the nature of questions important in your discovery. If you want an improved relationship, ask what you want to deepen, or who you want to be when with that person, or what you want to give and receive. The answers will bring focus, and help to guide the conversation and actions in moving forward.

If you desire greater professional satisfaction, ask what has brought you your greatest personal fulfillment in the various roles you•ve played. Ask what environments have stimulated and inspired you. Ask what you desire in your leaders, in the organization’s values, and in the impact the product or services bring to bear.

Start with poignant questions and be patient for the answers. Sometimes you will find them readily, and others may take some time to make themselves known. But, they are there and each carries wisdom and self-empowerment. Listen and trust your “knowing.” We all have it, and we can all develop it further.

Mark and I had a very energizing and thoughtful conversation with our neighbors over dinner, this week. We covered travel, cooking, wines, music, professional experiences and interests, family dynamics, and a variety of other topics. It helped to stimulate my thinking, regarding desired activities and what I want to create.

Our evening also got me thinking about food, since we had enjoyed a very delicious meal ala Mark and Amanda. Here is an appetizer treat for you, from Amanda’s creativity. It’s easy and really gets those taste buds springing to life. Enjoy it with a nice red wine.

Amanda’s Tapenade

1 to 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
• cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
• cup roasted red peppers, chopped (you can find these in jars at the grocery)
1 to 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 to 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Hand mix all of the above. Serve with toasted baguette slices or crackers. Amanda also served goat cheese, which we spread onto a cracker and then topped with the tapenade. I loved that combination of flavors.

Coaching Inquiries: What would you change in your life? What are some powerful questions that would help you to think more deeply about that change? What potential is resting dormant in you, or not being expressed fully? How might fuller expression of self impact your life?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Kate Kriynovich (
LifeTrek Coaching International
Columbus, OH

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