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 By Ellie West    Community    January 25, 2023 

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

 By Ellie West    Opinion    December 7, 2022

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

 By Ellie West    Opinion    November 9, 2022

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

 By Ellie West    Opinion    November 2, 2022

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: 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

 By Ellie West    Opinion    October 5, 2022

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...

 By Ellie West    Opinion    August 31, 2022

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...

 By Ellie West    Opinion    August 24, 2022

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

 By Ellie West    Business    August 10, 2022

Coaches Corner: Relationships

Relationships are the core of everything…they are embedded in every part of our lives. Some of them may be healthy, while others aren’t. We may feel closer to people that we aren’t even related to and feel distant from those in our own...

 By Ellie West    Opinion    August 3, 2022

Coaches Corner: Anything is possible

Since 2020, there seems to have been a shift in people's lives and professions. How often do we think about our purpose and passions but never take action? Returning from a women's retreat, we were talking about our intent. A question came up, and I...

 By Ellie West    Opinion    July 27, 2022

Coaches Corner: Choose Happy

About eight years ago, I first heard the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams while at work on an airplane. With no passengers on board, we played the song as it set the tone for our day. I knew it would be a hit. The song is full of positive...

 By Ellie West    Opinion    July 20, 2022

Coaches Corner: Overcoming Bad Habits

None of us want to be weighed down with our bad habits as they rob us of peace. But why is changing or breaking a bad habit so challenging to overcome? Breaking a bad habit isn’t easy, but it isn’t impossible. Whether we want to admit it or not,...

 By Ellie West    Opinion    July 13, 2022

Coaches Corner: Compassion

Compassion involves a tangible expression of love and cares for those who are suffering. Understanding is not just being mindful of other persons moves beyond a simple desire to lessen suffering. A compassionate person identifies the...

 By Ellie West    Opinion    July 6, 2022

Coaches Corner: The World of Loneliness

Columnist E. J. Dionne Jr. recalls a conversation Marc Dunkelman had with his grandfather, a retired salesman, about how people discover good restaurants using an app. They talked about how to find good restaurants in an unfamiliar city. Marc was...


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