Marilyn's Musings Blog


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  • You Write the Ending

      One year ago today we woke up for the first time in our apartment here in Austin. Two years ago  we were just settling in to me being stuck in Canada waiting through an unexpected immigration delay while Bill spent 2/3s of his time staying with and caring for his elderly parents in the US. Today, our dear friends and architects will see our land, future home of The Cedars Event Center.   Read More...

  • How to Heal

    Based on questions and feedback from some of you, today’s blog is about the process of growing and healing. We will, obviously, just be touching the tip of the iceberg. There are a number of components that make up the healing process.   Read More...

  • Give Me A Break!

      If you’ve been reading my blog weekly you know that I’ve been writing on some heavy topics. This is not an apology for that - we need to go deep to live well. We need to have fun to live well too.   Read More...

  • Super Challenging Forgiveness

      Many of you offered me vulnerable feedback from last week's blog. Thank you for your honesty about how hard this forgiveness thing can be. As promised, here is part two on this important topic.   Read More...

  • The Challenge of Forgiveness

      Part 1 (Too big for one week) Here we go, this is a tough topic. It's one I'm passionate to speak and write about though.  I think we so often get in wrong in ways that can cause long-term damage, limit our resiliency and leave us feeling bad about ourselves.   Read More...

  • Is Today the Means to an End?

    You are sitting by a wonderful crackling fire. It's cool and foggy outside. You can hear the surf of the ocean even though the thick fog prevents you from seeing it.   Read More...

  • The Power of Persuasion

      After a month away in Canada we came home to a pile of mail. Among the pieces was a "Labor Law Compliance Notice". It says in the letterhead, "Texas State Compliance" with an address on Congress in Austin.   Read More...

  • Baby Steps

      Have you watched the old classic "What About Bob?" Definitely one of my all time favorite movies. Having a therapist background I find it hilarious. One of the best, most quotable lines from the movie is simply "baby steps".   Read More...

  • The 5-Year Plan, LOL

      Coaches are all about setting goals, creating your future, being intentional. 5-Year Plans are good things. They represent great intentionality, opportunities for clear strategies and fantastic actions to get you to that 5-year destination.   Read More...

  • Self-Soothing Lesson

      It was an incredible honor to spend this past weekend with the most amazing, resilient young person. I can't stop thinking about him. He made an indelible impression on my heart.   Read More...

  • Leadership Skills and Your Love Life

    For 10 years now I have been coaching business leaders and executives and providing leadership development for companies in the form of certificate programs, seminars, coaching skills training and retreats. One comment I have received often is that a by-product has been an improved marriage or life partnership.  When you stop to think about it, it makes sense. I thought I'd list some of the leadership skills and principles that just make sense to "try at home".   Read More...

  • Sustainable World, Sustainable Life

      What, you may ask, does sustainability have to do with coaching? I would argue that they are extremely connected concepts. As my husband and I embark on the long process of building a multi-purpose, eco-friendly event center in the Texas Hill Country we are experiencing a steep learning curve.   Read More...

  • A Big Big Day

       Yesterday was a big big day for my husband and I. Bill and I met just over six years ago. For many years before meeting we each had had a dream of owning a retreat/wellness center.   Read More...

  • Drenched, Not Dripping in Irony

    Just a couple of weeks ago I replace my favorite song with a new one. This is no small thing. My previous favorite song has gotten me through a lot of very important, often highly stressful transitions and events!   Read More...

  • No Voice

    Today I have no voice to speak of. Everything is coming out squeaky and sporadically. For those of you who have met me, you know that’s rare!   Read More...

  • Biased Opinion About Coaching

    In my new role at the President of the International Coach Federation, Austin Charter Chapter I get asked a lot of questions. I love that, I'm a coach after all, I love questions. One question I get asked is "Do you think everyone needs a coach?".   Read More...

  • Part Entrepreneur, Part Coach

    After transitioning to living in Austin, TX I have taken time to really focus on my own professional development and have taken time to really intentionally focus on  where I want my business energy to go. For many years I used to say to friends: "I wish Psychology and Business could get married!". It was such a joy to discover executive and business/leadership coaching 10 years ago and realize that they did indeed "get married".   Read More...

  • Does Intimacy Have a Place at Work?

    I've been studying intimacy lately in preparation for launching my Life Partner Coaching Program. Defined as "a close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group." in Dictionary.com. It's a word we most often associate with our life partner, our soulmate.   Read More...

  • Comic Wisdom

    Facebook is such a source of wisdom at times. Recently many people have been posting the link to Jim Carrey's speech at the Maharishi University graduation ceremony. There are some profound statements in his talk that I want to highlight here.  "You can fail at what you don't want so you might as well take the chance on doing what you love." "So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality." "The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is." And last...  Read More...

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