Our Real Work: Jess Ryan, MS

Coaching and consulting. Something's calling. It's your life.

February 14, 2016
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Why A Good Relationship Will Make You Question Everything

As a caveat to this post, you may not have relationship “issues”. But, if you get really honest, and examine the interactions with your family, friends, partners, or pets you’ll find most of us have some sort of issue. Since … Continue reading

December 20, 2015
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When the holidays make you want to cry on the inside (Make room for “and”)

December is here with twinkling lights and jingling bells, joy and merriment, gifting and giving. Or maybe you see December with its darkening days and nonstop noise, seasonal sadness and letting go of the year, consumerism and excess. Maybe the … Continue reading

November 22, 2015
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Where to Turn When the World Is Crazy (hint: no interwebs or media required)

What do I do? What can I do? When it’s not in my backyard, when my kid is safe and my belly is fed, I can turn the radio off, shut down social media, just pretend I don’t see it. … Continue reading

November 1, 2015
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Stop trying to make everyone happy (and other non-selfish things to do this time of year)

Are you excited, filled with dread, a little stressed with the holidays looming? It’s a crazy time of year. I hear situations like these all the time—any of them sound familiar? As soon as I walk through the door of … Continue reading

September 27, 2015
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Life’s Short: One Human’s Plea To Do Something…Now

My new neighbor has an affinity for loud, french, accordion music. Mid-morning or as the sun sets, the melodies vibrate from her speakers through closed windows and doors and dance into my house. I could be an asshole about this … Continue reading

September 13, 2015
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Warning: Weak Boundaries May Cause Illness, Exhaustion, Martyr Syndrome…and Ghosts

I’ve been getting a lot of calls from former and current clients. It appears as though their unsteady or non-existent boundaries are haunting them, literally and metaphorically. One client can’t seem to shake a ghost. For reals. Others are finding … Continue reading

August 30, 2015
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I Swear, This Really Is About You: When Good Parents Go Wrong, Even if You Don’t Have Kids

I was fairly certain I was sending him into the belly of the beast. The potential for God-knows-what: infectious disease, stolen shoes, a common bathroom, irrational behavior. My mind churned with all the possible scenarios of what could happen to … Continue reading

August 16, 2015
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Are You Ready to Let This Go? 5 Steps to a Bring Out the YOU That Will Change the World

There are moments in life that feel too intense. A person, place, or situation feels like it’s sucking the life out of you. It’s obvious it needs to go. Then there are times when life is good and all is … Continue reading

August 2, 2015
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What Backpacks, Mice, and Friends Can Teach You About Breaking Through

“Gahhhh. This sucks.” How many times have you said that? Flat tire. Lost job. Ex-partner. A mouse dies in the wall…in the middle of summer…and you just have to let it smell. Or something much, much bigger. Sometimes things are … Continue reading

July 5, 2015
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The Best Way to Find Yourself and Other Things Your Smartphone Won’t Tell You

Our relationship has seemed a bit like Carrie and Big’s, but this summer, we’re getting back together. For good. Nature and I have broken up numerous times. Like the time I got systemic poison ivy on a three week camping … Continue reading