Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.
Ginny and I recently became acquainted and I am thrilled about that! She has a kind and encouraging spirit which is evident not only in her voice but in her art. Enjoy this wonderstruck interview with certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach Ginny Lennox.
What have you been wonderstruck by recently?
I am always wonderstruck by people. I love getting to know them, learning about their lives, and their hopes and dreams. As I get to know and work with people all over the world, I am wonderstruck by how alike we all are.
What part of your day are you grateful for?
I am grateful for every part of my day. Each hour brings something that I can enjoy and celebrate. Several years ago I began to really think about what I am most grateful for each week and began to share my thoughts on Friday with my readers. As I began to publicly share the things I am grateful for, I realized that I was often writing the same thing just in different words. It could be the sunrise in the morning, laughter with my grandsons in the afternoon, and quiet moments in the evening with my husband. Each day is different but every day brings something to be grateful for. The more we become aware of the things that we love, the more things we find to be grateful for.
What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?
I am a morning person. I love to get up early when it is quiet outside and begin to work. The afternoon is the time when I slow down so I deliberately plan my day to do things that take less energy in the middle of the day. I often find that just closing my eyes for five or ten minutes in the afternoon seems to help a lot if I am really tired. Then I seem to pick up again in the evening.
What do you wish you are more conscious of?
I used to live a very rushed life. When I retired I kept saying this is the most beautiful fall that I have experienced in years. Then it dawned on me that it was actually the first fall that I had experienced in years. I would go to work in the dark and come home from work in the dark. My office did not have windows so I really did not get to see many of the beautiful fall colors for most of the week.
Now I am conscious of experiencing and enjoying as much of life as I possibly can. I love to look up at the sky, to feel the grass, to hear the sounds of the birds, and to be outside in nature. I love to drive my car with the top down and the music blasting or to meet a friend for a quiet lunch. Most of my coaching is done on the phone or on Skype so I am always building in time for me to go outside and walk or take pictures during the day. I am very conscious of how I use my time so that I can live a full and balanced life.
How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?
I love this question. I think it is so important to know who you are and what you love to do. When you are aware of what means the most to you it is easier to say yes to the things that you want to do and no to the things that do not fit into your life.
For the past several years I have had a word of the year. It is really interesting how this word has helped me to focus on my goals. This year my word is build. I want to continue to build on the foundations that I laid in three areas last year.
So when an opportunity arises I ask myself if this will help me build my coaching business, or a healthier lifestyle, or make new connections with people who share an interest in creativity, coaching, or the arts. If the answer is yes, then the decision is easy. If the answer is no, then I will have to think a little harder about whether this is something that will bring happiness into my life or the life of someone else. This process has really helped me to focus on what is important to me.
About Ginny Lennox:
Ginny Lennox is certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach. She believes that everyone is gifted and talented and loves to work with women to help them create the life they want to live. Ginny has worked with entrepreneurs, stay at home moms, artists, and writers. Using the Kaizen-Muse strategies she helps women overcome whatever may be blocking them from reaching their goals.
Ginny ends each blog post with the following words. “You don’t need diamonds to make your light shine brighter and brighter. It comes from knowing who you are, what you love to do, and sharing your dreams and yourself with the world. Then it is easy to sparkle.” (I love that!)
Read Ginny’s blog Special Moments In Time at www.ginnylennox.com and visit her on Facebook at facebook.com/ginnycoaching. You can also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.