Big breakthroughs are exciting and feel fantastic, but making them stick takes turning turning an aha into a habit because lasting change takes practice.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about decluttering a drawer in my bedroom and rediscovering these old aromatherapy beads and how, after using them one time, I woke up the next morning able to breathe through both nostrils for the first time in, well, ever.

It dawned on me this weekend that I haven’t taken a decongestant in days, something that was as routine as brushing my teeth three short weeks ago. My sinuses aren’t totally clear 24/7, but they’re consistently clearer than, well, ever.

I didn’t get this seemingly miraculous result from using the beads once.

I’ve used them every single day since I freed them from that drawer. Multiple times most days.

I got positive, short-term results that first night because they work for me. The positive results stuck because I practiced.

I’m not here planting seeds for my pending aromatherapy bead selling side hustle nor to dispense medical advice for the stuffy sinus sufferers of the world. Not interested in the first, not qualified for the second.

I’m here to remind you that lasting change takes practice.

It drives me crazy breaks my heart when a client tries out a tactic or tool I recommend, gets a positive result, rejoices in amazement and delight, and then a few weeks or months later comes back all bummed out, wondering why they’re dealing with the same issue over again and we figure out that it’s because they stopped doing the thing that worked for them in the first place.

It drives me even crazier reminds me that even experienced master coaches are fallible humans when I notice that, more often than I’d like, I do the exact same thing.

Nearly a month in, my results from the aromatherapy beads remind me that while change can be hard, ongoing practice makes it easier.

My clients’ experiences are similar.

  • Young career professionals are more successful and less stressed when they take small, daily actions to launch their careers.
  • Boomers like me, who are navigating transitions toward vibrant third acts are more successful – and happier – when they check in with how they’re filling their PERMA daily.
  • Executives who come to me for help growing leadership and communication skills are more effective when they practice their emerging skills every day.

Change can be hard. Ongoing practice makes it easier, but that practice doesn’t have to be drudgery.

When you hire me to help you navigate your right life, I promise not to try to sell you aromatherapy beads – or to force you into a daily practice that you dread.

Instead, I’ll help you figure out how to get a big breakthrough or two of your own and come up with the most effective and delightful ways for you to practice so you can create the lasting change you want.


Let’s connect to talk about ways I can help you make the lasting changes you seek.

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