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  • Upside Down Thinking

    On Monday I made a commitment to my personal trainer, who was coaching me, to journal about my upside-down thinking. Why not up the “vulnerability factor” and share that with you? I know that if I wrestle with something, there are other people out there wrestling too.So, when I take the self-compassion test by Dr.   Read More...

  • The Gift of Writing

    Recently I learned that there is not evidence to suggest that weekly or daily blogging supports your business in measurable ways. It takes time, energy and dedication. So, why am I still doing it? As I share my reasons you can be sure that I will be requesting that you consider the possible benefits for yourself.   Read More...

  • The Skill of Truth-Telling

    Whether it’s the omission of a fact, the little white lie or an intentional deception, we have all participated in offering an inaccurate slant on reality. Why do we do it? So many reasons. To impress, to avoid consequences, to avoid being judged, to try and get our own way, to avoid feeling shame, to avoid hurting someone else’s feelings, to get the job or the promotion. Current events have focused a lot lately on how the lack of truth-telling can come back and bite y...  Read More...

  • Don’t Tell Me I Can’t!

    There is a long list of things people have told me I can’t do, shouldn’t do, won’t be successful at doing. Many of those things I have done.  You too? There’s something about a challenge that I find hard to resist.   Read More...

  • 5 Principals of Encouragement

    As a coach I have the honor of getting to hear people’s very personal thoughts, fears and insecurities. We all have them.  We also all get to experience overwhelm at times.   Read More...

  • Lessons in Celebration

    Many years ago a friend gave me a Willow Tree Angel - this one:  I love her. I think of her as “Celebration” but she is actually “Courage”. Fascinating. Courage and celebration do go together I think.   Read More...

  • The Power of Mentoring

    There has been a lot to think about this past week. Somewhere around 100 topics have gone through my mind as things to write about. “Alternative facts”, the “Women’s Marches”, values-based leadership. Some days feel so consumed with negative or stressful news that I’m choosing instead to write about one of the other themes that is filling our lives. Bill and I are the new kids on the block when it comes to owning a wedding venue or being in any ...  Read More...

  • Infusing FUN Into Your Day!

    Bill is Always Playing Games With Me! But I like it.  Games were an interesting part of my childhood. They brought some of my best and some of my worst memories. Now they seem to trigger this happy place (even if I’m losing).   Read More...

  • What Your Busyness May Be Hiding From You!

    What is one of the most common responses you get when you ask someone how they’ve been? “Real busy”. It’s almost like if we aren’t busy something’s wrong.   Read More...

  • 5 Life Lessons from Trailer Living!

    It’s a small but mighty little book. It’s called “Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us About the Mysteries of Life & Living” and it’s by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (known best for the 5 stages of grieving) and David Kessler. This book has impacted my life in some powerful and practical ways.   Read More...

  • Planned Spontaneity

    I grew up in a military family. Lunch was at noon. Supper was at 5:00.   Read More...

  • 5 Lessons for Deep Diving

    I can barely swim so don’t take this literally, that is for sure! I’ve been impressed lately by both clients and friends doing the very hard work of personal deep dives. The people that have touched my life the most in wounding ways have been unable or unwilling to do those dives. So, what is it? What I am referencing is those times in life when we do a much more in-depth self-examination then at other times. When we are willing to recall painful events from earlier in...  Read More...

  • Spiritual Ears

    A trend that is allowing us all to be able to have shared language about our experiences is a move towards talking about our spirituality vs. our religion.  What is spirituality?   Read More...

  • Why I Love to Cry

    If you know me you know I cry easily.I worked hard for that. I had to learn to cry. Some of you can relate, some of you may think I’m crazy.There are the obvious reasons for loving a good cry.   Read More...

  • 7 “Cures” for Grumpiness

    We all have those days. We are just plain grumpy.You know the feeling. You can’t put your finger on one thing you are angry about or sad about.   Read More...

  • Planting Seeds

    Today I planted some snow peas. (Don’t hate me Canadian friends.) There is something so life-giving (pun intended) about starting plants from seeds. Since we are building a commercial venue at The Cedars we have had many landscapers out working.   Read More...

  • Controversial Passion

    Regardless of your opinions on the recent US election, it is highly likely that the process has gotten you more passionate than you have been in quite some time! When we have been lulled in to complacency we don’t even know it. That’s what is so dangerous about it. As the old saying goes “How do you boil a frog?   Read More...

  • Dream One Size Too Big

    I love this sign. Found it in a store last week while looking for a large Texas Star to put on one of our buildings. In this process of Bill and I building a retreat and wedding venue we have had countless people say “Good for you for following your dream!” and “Wow, you are actually following through on your dream!” At the same time I experience these comments as encouraging feedback and sad commentary. They are usually said with a bit of mild shock and disappo...  Read More...

  • What Do Values Have to Do With It?

    This is my first time living in the US during an election. What a wild first experience! It has me thinking a lot about values.   Read More...

  • Defensiveness

    I Am NOT Defensive! It is a truly rare thing to find someone who doesn’t easily get defensive. Extremely rare actually. Today I want to ponder some reasons behind why we get defensive so that we can figure out some more effective strategies moving forward. Increasingly I have people tell me that they read my blog after having had time with me to see if I’m writing something about them. I’m thrilled to have readers but I want to say up front - this blog is not abo...  Read More...

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  • Soul Love

    Hello, I am Teresa Q. Bitner, a professional certified coach, speaker and author in Austin TX. I am passionate about partnering with those who have been knocked down by life and want to build resiliency and move forward with a bold life.   Read More...

  • Themes In Our Lives

    There are times in life when we can see themes running through our lives.Sometimes those themes are good, beautiful and feel like gifts. Sometimes the theme is hard, with hardship after hardship.Truly, after writing a book about resiliency I sure felt like I got to practice it, in some difficult circumstances.I’m actually not superstitious in general but I do joke about being careful about what you write about!Let’s ponder the idea of themes in 2 ways.1) Scientifically.When I was pregnant I noti...  Read More...

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