Articles written by Ellie West
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Coaches Corner: Are you living with a scarcity or abundance mindset
I grew up in a large family, and one limiting belief passed on to us was a scarcity mindset. I remember Dad telling us to get a good job with benefits, work hard, save as much as possible for 40 years, and then retire, as money doesn’t grow on tree...
Coaches Corner: Disappointments
Disappointments in life will happen. Life is not easy or fair, and none of us are exempt from struggles or disappointments. Do not fall into the entitlement trap. There will be things in your life that will throw you off course. But you can get... Full story
Coaches Corner: There is beauty in imperfections
“Where there is imperfection, there is an abundance of beauty.” I am not sure who the author is, but I love this quote and have it on the wall in our basement, and while watching a show, I will occasionally glance at it and begin to reflect on... Full story
Coaches Corner: Are you feeling stuck?
How many of you feel stuck... in life or vocation? I have often felt stuck and had plenty of reasons to believe I wasn’t enough or capable. First, I was in a remedial reading group in second grade. Second, I stood before my peers with a dunce hat... Full story
Coaches Corner: You have the power to build up or tear down
Gossip...according to the Oxford dictionary, is informal talk or stories about other people's private lives that may be unkind or not true. Webster's dictionary defines gossip as "casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people." W... Full story
Coaches Corner: Have your dreams been crushed?
Have you ever had a dream of yours crushed…maybe even as a child? Many of you have, and in retrospect, you have forgotten how to dream. Do you often feel stuck in your current vocation or life in general? Zippia, the career expert, states that 65%... Full story
Coaches Corner: Be intentional with your inner circle
How do you choose friends? Do you value personality, integrity, morals, and values? We must be very intentional in how we choose our inner circle. The right friends for you should help you to become more humble and willing to serve others from all wa... Full story
Coaches Corner: Expand Your Knowledge
At the end of December, I asked my husband if he was up for a challenge this year. He looked at me a bit perplexed and said, "hmmm, what is the challenge? I said, "a typical book has 55,000 to 65,000 words. If we spend 45 minutes a day reading, we... Full story
Coaches Corner: New Year Reflection
Have you asked yourself some reflective questions this past week as we jump into the New Year? What challenges or fears were thrown your way, and how did you overcome them? Were you able to break through your challenges, fears, sadness, and... Full story
Coaches Corner: Word for the Year
For the last several years, my husband and I have chosen a word for the year. The WORD we choose allows us to set our intention for the year. Your WORD is a powerful reminder to stay focused on your goals. My WORD and my husband's WORD are printed... Full story
Coaches Corner: The Christmas Card
Writing and sending out Christmas cards is slowly becoming a distinct and lost art. Social media has taken over our human connectedness. Sure, we can scroll on social media anytime, day or night, and see what's happening locally and worldwide. But ar... Full story
Coaches Corner by Ellie West: Giving Tuesday
In 2012, Giving Tuesday was born out of the need to counteract the outrageous spending after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is an important date as we have an opportunity to honor the value of generosity in giving back. This global movement is... Full story
Coaches Corner: The Blind Horse
Thanksgiving is behind us, and we are gearing up for Christmas. This year, I have realized that not everyone enjoys or even celebrates the holidays. Perhaps, it may be challenging for some who may have lost their job or a loved one, are going... Full story
Coaches Corner: What sparks a light in you?
"You often feel tired, not because you've done too much, but because you've done too little of what sparks a light in you." ~Alexander Den Heijer This quote is accurate, especially during the holiday... Full story
Coaches Corner: Gratitude all year
Several years ago, I saw a post about a gratitude jar. Each day throughout the year, you write down what you are grateful for that day and drop it in the jar. At the end of the year, you open and read each gratitude. I loved the idea, so we adopted... Full story
Coaches Corner: Gifts and Talents
On my growth journey, I, like many of you, may have tried to discover your gifts and talents. You may have had the same questions I have had over many years. What gifts and talents do I have to offer to anyone? It wasn’t until I started to embrace... Full story
Coaches Corner by Ellie West: Friendships
A “friend,” according to the dictionary, is “a person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically one exclusive of sexual or family relations.” It comes from the Old English freond, of Germanic origin, and is related to Dutch...
Coaches Corner: Life...is like Swiss Cheese
I am in a season of life where I frequently ask myself, “What are God’s plans and purpose for my life? I am reminded of the familiar verse…. “For I know the plans I have for you.” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm... Full story
Coaches Corner: Limiting Beliefs
How often do we ask ourselves this question: Who am I? Am I authentically me, or am I who I think I should be? Have you identified with what you do for a living and believe that is who you are? I thought that what I did for a living was who I was.... Full story
Coaches Corner - Not everything goes as planned…while we wait
For everything, there is a purpose. Timing is divine if we allow it. We will be anchored if we can push through those times that don’t go as planned. In writing my book, I had many setbacks and roadblocks until the day before my “big” public la... Full story
Coaches Corner: Power in the Pen
If there is one thing I learned from my Dad, it is always to write a personal thank you note to those who gave you a gift or someone who has done something kind or extraordinary for you. He always told me that a verbal thank you is never enough. I... Full story
Coaches Corner: Facing storms in your life
“Not all storms come to disrupt your life; some come to clear your path.” -Unknown. What happens when you see a storm brewing and moving into your area? Do you have a feeling of fear that comes over you as you run for cover and perhaps hide?...
Coaches Corner: Fall shows us that change can happen
As the summer months wind down, we enter into a new season - Fall. You step outside, and you can feel it. There is something different in the air. The cooler temperatures, the cozy sweaters, the warm...
Coaches Corner: Follow your Heart
Throughout history, many cultures have emphasized the importance of following or listening to our hearts. When we speak of the “heart,” we are not referring to the physical organ but our spiritual heart. Our heart is the key to our deepest...
Coaches Corner: Importance of Self-Care
Self-Care seems to be a buzzword in recent years. Oxford dictionary defines self-care as taking action to preserve one’s health. Self-care includes everything you do to take care of your well- being in your physical, emotional, mental and... Full story