The Crazy Maze

Sometimes lining up your skills, passions, and money potential can seem like trying to get the stars to line up. After two years of investing in my education and working long hours, I was just about to order my first inventory for my green products business. I had passion for my product, hoped it would be a money maker, and worked really hard to get the skills I needed.

But my plan had a fatal flaw. 

Some of you know, my dream is to develop a peaceful green earth team and I started my Amazon product company to support this work.  At the same time, I wanted to continue to help people with my peace skills too, so I have continued my work as a mediator in small claims court and for private clients. I was fearful of the risk of buying the product inventory…what if the product failed? And even if it succeeded, would it take me to my foundation dream? I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was trying to start three businesses—not one. Wow was I stressed out!

The Big Shift

That’s when the stars shifted. I decided to go to coach Bill Baren’s Big Shift event in late March. Thank goodness my husband Crisman came with me because at the event I melted down before I broke through. He was incredibly supportive to me in my truth finding process.

At the Big Shift I realized three things.

  • I only have enough time and money right now to make one business work.
  • My core skills set are in mediation, circle facilitation and empathic communication coaching – so peacemaking needs to be that ONE business.
  • With Bill Baren’s coaching program I can finally make my peace business successful, unlike when I was on a mostly Do It Yourself path of building my business.

My Big Shift Coaching program started in June and I am off and running—doing homework and  getting my business fundamentals in place. I help career moms have breakthrough conversations with their teen or tween daughters. Know any moms or daughters who could use some help? Please let me know! 

What Do They Say? 

Here are some things my clients have experienced with me:

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for being a friend to each of us individually and as a family.  Your generous heart inspires me and you remain my teacher.” (T.R., Council Circle client)

“I feel gratitude to you for inspiring the courage, the sharing, the searching and willingness to trust. Thank you for your awesomeness!” (H.W., communication coaching client)

“I just wanted to say how happy I am that you helped me to stay engaged with her in a very difficult moment.  My heart is now open again and full of love and gratitude. Thank you Catherine – I am so impressed and moved by your healing power.” (S.M., communication coaching client)

“Thank you – that was a beautiful, comprehensive summary. You really zeroed in on the points of pain for me.  I feel more space, and freedom.  Yes, being heard and reflected by you Catherine was like a healing balm – covering my wounded heart. I am tearing up.  It feels so good to be heard”. (K.G., business partnership coaching client)

How It Began

I first fell in love with Empathic or Non-Violent Communication when I heard Dr. Marshall Rosenberg speak in San Diego more than 20 years ago. I used Marhall’s work constantly in raising our two girls, navigating my disagreements with friends and family in our community, running our real estate rentals and negotiating life in Mexico. I constantly improved my skills, knowledge and experience. Yet my own learning path was slow, interrupted and lacking strong support. I had no mentor.

As I began to re-conceptualize my peace services business I began to wonder…”What if I could put this information together in a way that would help others avoid all the delays and pitfalls, to deliver massive transformation to their relationships FASTER?”

That is the inspiration for developing my own Empathic Communication (EC) training programs – Return to Love and Reclaim Your Flame. My programs help you skip the long drawn out just-dabbling stage, break through the resistance and actually MASTER Empathic Communication in real time as you get coached and facilitated to create superstar relationships in your life. Your transformation happens in six months! (I sure wish I had this training when I was starting out!)

How Does This Touch Your Life?

I would like to be your peace coach. I would love to support you or someone you care about in creating relationships that are respectful, loving and that meet your needs.  When you or someone you care about are in conflict, please think of me. Please call me at 805-252-6406 whenever you get into a troublesome situation with work or personal relationships. I work by phone, online or live, and will help you move into a new, easeful place faster and more sustainably than you probably think is possible.

And here’s the thing: it doesn’t cost you anything to get started.

I’m offering my free Return to Love breakthrough sessions so you can:

  • Create a sense of clarity about the love you really want to have.
  • Discover the essential building blocks for having the relationship of your dreams.
  • Determine the #1 thing stopping you from having the quality of communication you want.
  • Identify the most powerful actions that will move you toward the love and peace of mind that you desire.
  • Complete the consultation with the excitement of knowing EXACTLY what to do next to create the loving relationship you truly want.

Let’s Get In Touch!  

Please email me – or call me (805-252-6406) to book your free 50-minute telephone or live session.

Most people are not yet in the practice of calling for professional help when they are frustrated with a relationship, so word of mouth recommendations from friends and clients are quite helpful to me. Please let me know if you have friends or associates who are fed-up with personal relationship difficulties, so I can help them sail out the other side with nods and smiles of surprise and relief. I see it happen all the time!

Feel free to simply forward this email to them directly.  I promise to take very good care of them.

Thank you for sharing in and celebrating my news with me! I look forward to hearing back from you when you feel inspired to try my services or recommend me to a friend or associate – or just because:).

About the Author Catherine

Catherine Cooley is a mediator and a communication coach. She has worked in environments of extreme conflict including prisons, the court system and local communities teaching what she calls "Breakthrough Conversations." She specializes in helping people foster clear, respectful, warm, cooperative relationships at home and in the workplace.

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