What’s Your Why?

Hi All!

So sorry I’ve been away for so long. I’ve missed you all terribly.

I am going through some big changes! I’ve become a life coach and am currently working on transitioning this site to one where that practice and my writing can evolve harmoniously. I can’t tell you how much I’ve appreciated having you along for the journey up to this point. I hope you will join me on the new site as well once I get my shit together!

You can also find me on Instagram where I am working hard to curate snapshots and stories that connect to people in the same way I tried to here. It’s a shorter form but my honesty, heart, and wit are all still there. Please check it out.

Since I know a lot of you are not on Instagram, I wanted to share a bit of what I’m doing there with you here. Perhaps some of you will appreciate and relate to the quick and to the point ideas–I won’t be blathering on like I usually do ;).

I hope everyone is doing well out there. It actually hurts me that I don’t have more time to stay in touch and read all of the blogs that I used to. I just want you all to know that I still very much care about what is going on in your lives–and I’m always rooting for all of you. Love my blogging community <3.

 

 

 

What’s your WHY?

In one of the last classes of my life coaching course our teacher asked us, “What is your why?” She then very quickly inserted, “I’m not looking for the generic ‘I want to help people’ line’…go deeper than that.” She then asked us to imagine that we had a billboard in Time Square—one that thousands of people would see as they walked by every day. What would we want it to say?

Full disclosure: I cried like a baby during this exercise. It’s such an easy thing to offer that generic answer, “I want to help people.” It’s not that it’s not true—but it’s so surface. Digging deep and trying to articulate what I want my effect on the world to be—that’s when shit got real.

I’d need three billboards (or a REALLY big one). True to form I’ve never had just one thing to say. These are 3 things that I believe to my core because they are based on my life experience. They are key to how I live and I now feel this unbelievable compulsion to share them with others.

Today I’ll share #1: “The best of what life has to offer is on the other side of your comfort zone.”

Not that original, i know. But I believe it so hard. All the best things in my life: love, sobriety, good health and fitness, a relationship with a power I believe to be greater than myself—have come from and are continuously nurtured by reaching beyond the place that feels easy and safe. When we start to get comfortable with being uncomfortable—that’s where the magic happens.

I’d love to help ease other people into this place of discomfort. Maybe even hold their hand for a bit to assure them it’s going to be okay if they stay a while. Perhaps you are one of these people? If so, I’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch via the comment section, my contact page, or use the link below to set up a get to know each other chat. My first 2 clients will receive a special discounted rate for sessions.

 

https://cathbradleycoaching.as.me/

 

I’ll be sharing my other “whys” in future posts. Please stay tuned. In the meantime—anyone want to share theirs? What’s your billboard in Time Square say?

 

 

 

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16 thoughts on “What’s Your Why?

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  3. Be the change you want to see in the world is my mantra; serve the world through serving others. But that doesn’t quite fit. Be kind and help others shine.

    I really hope you don’t stop blogging here. Oh noes! I’ve loved reading about your journey, your life, your running, your yoga. You don’t have to write loads, but I’d certainly be sad not to see some updates here and there, and I would say that the honesty but self-respect that you bring here can only enhance your personal life coach brand: I’d be much more likely to use a life coach who had and displayed the authenticity you do.

    I’m not on Insta so I hope there’s a way to stay in touch. I enjoy the way you explain new things for me and make me think.

    Well done for getting this far and all the best on your onward journey – I hope I get to see it in some way.

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    1. Such a good mantra–Be the change. I actually think about that one all the time. I think because i am naturally a pretty judgmental person. I am hard on myself and am often hard on other people too. Sometimes I get frustrated with the way people are. It’s good to remember that i am only responsible for myself, and that who knows–perhaps I will be the example someone else needs to see–and that person will be key in changing the world ;).

      Thank you so much for your love and support of the blog. You’ve become such a good friend. I am definitely still here for now. Just trying to figure things out. I am thinking when i have a new site I am going to write on it as well–that’s really how i communicate best–or at least it feels like how I am most able to show who i am. Thank you for seeing me. I have always felt seen by you and that feels really good.

      We will keep in touch! Apologies if i am a poor blogger friend while I figure all this out! (the job i am at right now is really tough, pulling some long hours so time is very tight right now!).
      So good to hear from you Liz! x

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  4. congrats on making your goal this far, Cat. I also find your “why” well articulated and touching. You will make a difference! I checked out your Instagram upon your recommendation and saw that you may move away from the blog. It’s a shame, since I don’t have Instagram, but I’ll be sure to look you up when I can!

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    1. Thank you Dorothea–that’s just what it is, my goal thus far. It’s crazy how it feels like there is a mountain to climb on each small part of the journey! It’s good though, every day there is some little sign that i am doing the right thing, so that is keeping me going!

      And yes–want to eventually move away from the blog. It’s pretty emotional for me! I’ve worked really hard on all the content and with making connections with people like you–connections that i really value. I hope in the end I won’t lose all of those. Thanks so much for your support all this time–really always love hearing from you! x

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