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The Coaching Experience: A Journey from Pain to Change

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I never dreamed that coaching would change my life so dramatically. I was a skeptic who needed help making a decision, although I wasn’t aware of this need at the time.

I started seeing Gika about four years ago. I had been living in Oregon finishing up my master’s degree and planning to live there for the rest of my life when I hurt my back pretty badly. So badly that I found it difficult to walk because of the constant pain that shot through my lower left side, through my hip and down my leg. The fact that I lived rurally with just the basic amenities and that it was winter in the Pacific Northwest did not help the situation. I was cold and sore. I was a wreck physically, unable to grow food, which was my job at the time, or even to put on my own socks.

But I was also a wreck emotionally. I found myself crying more often than not. Scared that I would not be able to come out of this downspout, I decided to use the little money I had to travel back to Texas and spend an extended Christmas with my family. I resolved to get some sun and some more chiropractic attention and then return to Oregon at the end of January.

There was just one problem. I still felt stressed out and confused about my life and my plan. I didn’t know what to do; I should have wanted to go to Oregon. After all, I had friends there, and it’s beautiful. “People there have values that align with my own,” I told myself. Regardless of these reasons, I could not feel good about going back to Oregon, and I couldn’t say no to it either.

Then I got a phone call one day from a good friend who happens to be Gika’s daughter. She said that her mom, whom I only knew casually, was starting up a new coaching business, and she might be able to help me. I should try it. What could I lose? At the end of that first session, I decided to stay in Texas. I was jobless, penniless, and still in physical pain, but I felt total peace about my decision.

My experience in that coaching session—and every session I’ve had with Gika—is that she gets curious about me and about what’s going on with me. Out of that curiosity comes question after question. Through answering these questions, I am able to clarify my goals, my hopes and dreams, and my desires. For me, coaching is more relevant than counseling because we talk about the here and now. We might hit on a situation from the past, but we don’t dwell on it or over-analyze it. The old stuff is a stepping stone, a back-story, to what is happening right now in my life. Gika also gives me relevant and fun activities to do that help me continue my process when I’m not seeing her, like collage and journaling.

In the years since I moved back to Texas, I have clarified what I want and don’t want. I have regained my strength in every way. I have experienced forgiveness of myself and of the people closest to me. I have accepted my dark side and embraced my light. I have truly accepted help and relied on another human being for the first time in my life. And all of this has rippled out into every corner of my life. Gandhi said, “Change yourself, change the world,” and I have experienced this change through my coaching relationship with Gika. I am so grateful.

Gika says: Coaching Cynthia was sprinkled with surprise and delight. She arrived willing to work hard, to look directly at what she wanted to change, and ready to move forward. She’s an awesome example of how much this kind of work can change your life. Who knew it could be so much fun! Thanks, Cynthia.


Cynthia is a native Texan who has lived and traveled all over the U.S. She loves being in nature, and this love has led her to complete her master’s degree in environmental education. Cynthia currently works with a small conservancy.

Creative Play: An Introduction to the Magic of Feltmaking
February 23, 2011

Date and time

Blue and green felt imageWednesday, February 23, 2011
6–9 pm

Description

Discover and enjoy the magical work of transforming bits of wool into useful, whimsical, or expressive objects. In this workshop, participants will make at least three different felt objects by hand: a felt ball, cording, and a small pouch. The soft merino wool comes in a rainbow of colors. This workshop is a great way to play and to catch a glimpse of the possibilities feltmaking has to offer.

No previous experience necessary. Bring an old towel, a plastic bag, and your curiosity.

Fee

$45 ($40 Jung Center members)

How to register

Registration is closed for this event.

You may register online for this course.

Or if you prefer, you may call The Jung Center at 713‑524‑8253 to register for this event. You can also download a registration form to fill out and fax (713‑524‑8096) or mail to the Jung Center.

Location

The Jung Center of Houston
5200 Montrose Boulevard [MAP]
Houston, Texas
713-524-8253

Instructor

A fiber artist for more than 20 years, Gika Rector combines creativity, an education in psychology, and her role as a personal coach to facilitate transformation in individuals and organizations more

Workshop: Nuno Felting
February 23, 2011

Date and time

Nuno feltWednesday, February 23, 2011
10 am–12:30 pm

Description

Join artist Gika Rector for this introduction to the magical process of making nuno felt…
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Fee

$35, plus a materials fee of $10

How to register

Registration is closed for this event.

Call Twisted Yarns at 281-528-8664 to register.

Location

Twisted Yarns
702 Spring Cypress Road, Suite A [MAP]
Spring TX 77373