Our Real Work: Jess Ryan, MS

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

October 9, 2016
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i am mother.

This week’s post is a guest post written by my colleague and friend Emily Brown. We are co-teaching a local workshop called I Am Mother. Check it out HERE.   I often wish that my children could have met me … Continue reading

September 25, 2016
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Boundaries for when saying no isn’t an option

Boundaries are about more than saying no (though sometimes practicing saying no to things we don’t really want to do is a good starting point). Boundaries and no get tied together because, well, saying no to outside influences, ideas, and … 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

October 11, 2015
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Well. I Messed That Up.

Practice what you preach. Great words to live by… until you fail to live up to whatever it is you’re proselytizing, be that: Telling the truth. Nonviolence. Respect. Honoring your boundaries. Using your intuition. Loving all beings. Integrity. We comprehend … 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