Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Interview: Jamie Ridler

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.

I am so excited about our guest today. Jamie Ridler is a creative living coach whose work I have followed for years. I've worked with her through one-on-one coaching, group workshops online, and self-study programs. Jamie is a rock star! She has a gentle way of encouraging you to find your path and follow it. I can't say enough good things about her, so let's just read her words.

JamieRidlerWhat have you been wonderstruck by recently?

I am wonderstruck by the sheer volume of gorgeous opportunities there are for learning in everything we do. With a bit awareness, a smattering of intention and a dash of curiosity, life turns into an amazing studio of experimentation, creation and discovery. I am amazed by it every single day.

What part of your day are you grateful for?

Every single bit of it. Losing my mom to cancer this past summer has made me hyperaware of the power and preciousness of every moment of life.

What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?

The awareness that we each have only a certain number of days. I can find myself driven and overly forward-focused when I start to worry that there won’t be enough time, that there isn’t enough life in front of me. What helps me stay grounded is my delight in the present, my deep commitment to not only sharing my gifts while I’m here but also to enjoying the process along the way.

What do you wish you are more conscious of?

I often stop to remind myself that things are wonderful now, that even without more achievements, more creating, more sharing, more discovery, life is rich. I want to be more conscious of the fact that even if there were no more moments, my life would be complete.

How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?

The first step has been getting clear on what that is! One of the gifts of getting older (especially after years of self-reflection) is being really grounded in my priorities and really clear on where I want to spend my energy and my time.

After that, my approach is really practical. Every week I set myself goals that are directly linked to my top priorities. (In fact, I recently shared some free focus journal sheets to support people in doing just that. You can get them here (http://jamieridlerstudios.ca/working-with-your-focus-areas-and-free-journal-sheets). Over the years it’s become very clear to me that the less aligned my life is with what’s important to me, the more my happiness, energy and health suffers. The more focused I am on what really matters, the more vibrantly alive I become.

And just before we go, I wanted to share that as I was readying to send this to you, What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong started playing. I’ve heard it so many times but today I stopped and really, really listened. My eyes filled with tears and my heart grew with love and I thought, “Yes, this is what it means to be wonderstruck.”

Here it is for you and your readers.



About Jamie Ridler:

Jamie Ridler is a creative living coach and the founder of Jamie Ridler Studios. From coaching to workshops, from podcasting to blogging, Jamie’s work helps women find the confidence and courage to discover and express their creative selves so they can be the star they are.

Find Jamie here:

Website: Jamie Ridler Studios
Podcast: Creative Living with Jamie
YouTube: Creative Living TV
Facebook: Jamie Ridler Studios
Twitter: @starshyne
Pinterest: @starshyne
Instagram: @starshyne

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