Year End Reflections
As 2021 wraps up, I am reflecting on year two of the global pandemic and the highs and lows of the year. There are so many things that made me proud, and of course there are some things I wish had gone differently.
I am feeling particularly grateful for the time I had in California, reconnecting with family and friends after two years. Definitely a high point of the year, and I’m still basking in the glow!
For me, 2021 started with a bang. I had a few client retreats, one of which did not go smoothly, and that rattled my confidence a bit. Seems perfect that from there Denise Corey and I launched our first of several workshops offered this year on imposter syndrome. Doing the research and diving deeper into the subject certainly helped push me through that rough patch.
Earlier this year I began to partner with a client where I am one of several instructors who facilitate new supervisor training each month. I have enjoyed the work, the other facilitators, and the program manager who runs everything behind the scenes for us. I look forward to the monthly sessions and the fresh crop of students each month. Every cohort is so unique!
On the personal side, we had some health challenges in our family. The highs: amazing quality time with our nieces and getting closer to them. It has also been wonderful to support my mother-in-law, who has a strength unlike anyone I know. I am thankful she asked for help when she needed it, and all of us stepped up.
A high point was collaborating with fellow coaches and friends this year on various workshops and events: Mike Brown (he/him), Denise Corey, Bronson L. Edwards, MSE, PCC, La’Wana Harris, CDE, ACC, Michelle Sinon Jones (she/her), Sackeena Gordon Jones, PhD, MCC, Debbie Laxer (she,her) MBA,SPHR, ACC, Ruth Pearce PMP ACC CIC JD. I greatly appreciate their partnership and their depth of knowledge. We are stronger together!
I branched out to offer group coaching this year, which was new and fun for me and for my clients. I love how the group learned from observing their colleagues who were being coached. One group coaching client who works in an organization where I also do one-on-one coaching made the comment “I feel sorry for the people getting individual coaching because they don’t have the benefit of the group!” Definitely a high point!
Reflecting on all of my clients, I am so grateful for each of you––for your trust in me, for your referrals, and for all that I learn from you.
Over the next month I plan to do what I’ve done since shifting gears to focus on Calhoun Coaching & Consulting full time in March of 2020, which is listen to what the needs are in the world and figure out what gifts I have to offer to help fill them. Still reflecting and deciding what’s to come in 2022. I hope you will also take some time to reflect on your year and set goals and intentions for 2022.