Giving Thanks

As we come to another Thanksgiving… it makes me want to share what I am grateful for this 2011 Holiday Season. This year has been an interesting ride, and it’s not over yet. I want to THANK YOU for being a part of my life. I am so overly grateful for the awareness that I am still growing, still learning and that Thank Goodness – I am not done evolving!

5 people I am ESPECIALLY grateful for this Thanksgiving:

  1. My husband. Hands down. We have been through SO MUCH since reconnecting in 2008. He is my partner. In the good times, and the not so good. I am absolutely 100% SO MUCH MYSELF with him. I am the best me with him, and I am the worst me with him (and yet he still loves me). I could not IMAGINE being where I am today without his love and support. I am hopeful that this next year, our family will grow, and we will continue to grow stronger as a couple.
  2. My Auntie. She is the person I go to when I don’t think anyone else understands. Of shared faith and family, I feel so grateful she is just a phone call away.
  3. Laura Hall – A fellow coach, she “saw” me during one of my 3 day coach training weekends, in a way that made me feel so vulnerable yet SO relieved, a fellow ‘Searcher’, she helps me become a better me. I think it still hasn’t hit me that I’m NOT letting go of this one… I honestly think she is going to seriously help change my life.
  4. ChaChanna Simpson – Another coach & for a time, my accountability partner. I am SO grateful for the gentle push that I received from her to help me do all I needed to become certified. I wouldn’t have gotten it done as quickly if it weren’t for her.
  5. Kyra Dosch-Klemer – Not in my WILDEST DREAMS could I have imagined my idea for a website, a support system for Significant Others in the Restaurant Industry to be as beautiful and as functional as Married to a Chef has become. She continues to add to it, to make it even better. I am SO grateful for the masterpiece she has created.

4 events this year, that I am grateful for this Thanksgiving:

  1. As of July 8th, I am officially a CERTIFIED life coach! It was a lot of intensive work but TOTALLY worth it.  It comes pretty darn lose to the dream I had when I was 6 years old. Being able to help other people ‘feel heard’. It’s truly an amazing feeling.  *BONUS: Beginning my practice with paying clients!!!
  2. Launching Married to a Chef, ON 5pm on Valentines Day, with a kick off article in The Washington Post.  Simply Amazing.
  3. That we moved to a bigger, much brighter place this year,an awesome kitchen, our own office, full size laundry, and a spare bedroom so we can comfortably have more family/friends visit us.  I also discovered that while I am not one for the suburbs while living in DC (boring), I do like having the space to move around.
  4. Being able to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday with his cousin (who also turned 40) , at their place in Pennsylvania. Great friends and family. It was a wonderful day. 🙂

3 things I am looking forward to:

  1. I am SO excited!!! This year we will NOT be traveling this Christmas! Peters family is traveling to US this year! Oh my goodness… Christmas with BOTH our families together! It’s a dream come true!
  2. The weekend of January 20-22, Peter and I are making our way to NYC for the weekend, to meet up with the NYC Significant Others for Married to a Chef, we’re going to dinner with Peters family Friday nite and I’m trying to coordinate brunch on Sunday with my family! We’re staying in this cool cool hotel in Midtown Manhattan. I LOVE the city and I am giddy like a school girl to be up there a few days!
  3. I have NO idea how long it’s going to take, but I am looking forward to the day that I look down and see  a positive result on a pregnancy test. I feel SO ready to be a mom. My biological clock alarm is ringing very loudly in my ear, and I am SO excited for that day when I scream, call Peter and tell him ‘We did it!”

2 goals I intend to be grateful for achieving:

  1. Reconnecting with my physical health again. Losing weight by eating more healthfully and finding a new way to exercise (thinking Zumba, belly dancing, Burlesque).
  2. Have few goals for Married to a Chef/Coaching – running my first group coaching session, creating a 30 day program (30 Days of Dares/Note to Self project), begin to plan a Married to a Chef US Tour (I want to visit other areas of the country to coordinate other halves together) *hopefully at some point next year I’ll grow my clientele enough so I can change my 9-5 status, at least go part time, so I can work on my OWN dreams.

1 thing I have not been able to get off my mind:

  1. Moving to Charleston,SC. I have NO idea EXACTLY when the stars are going to align and we’ll be ready to pack our bags but I am SO SO ready for a fresh start. A planned change. I want the slower pace, the weather, and the southern charm that I’ve missed so much.

Wherever you are, whomever your celebrating with, find one moment and SAVOR IT. Thanksgiving Day 2011 will soon be a distant memory, how do you want to remember it?

Much love,


feelin groovy

from Jen at Bits of Truth

HIYA everyone!

Thought i’d drop a line to say hi!  It’s Monday and SO nice and warm out. I am LOVING it. No jackets, no scarves, no socks or chilly fingertips as you drive your car. LOVERLY!!! Wanted to share that it’s still SO VERY BUSY over here in Kerilynland… guests visiting us two weekends in a row, then traveling out West to my cousins wedding in Phoenix (wedding pics here) then up north to NJ for my last coaching module (UH-MAZING!), staying busy with Married to a Chef , working on wrapping up requirements for my coaching certification, and spending as much time as I am able with my kitty girl and my beloved husband. (oh and let’s not forget the 9-5 that currently provides the funds for me to do all of the above, visualizing that beginning to change by Labor Day) Whew! I’ve been so busy lately it’s almost as if my feet have not hit the ground in some time now. I don’t predict it to truly slow down until mid-May. My mothers having serious surgery this Friday and it’s Peters 40th Birthday on May 10th and my sisters 35th birthday on May 11th too!!! So many celebrations!!! 

Want to celebrate my own successes as well, as there have been many. I reach my arm out and visualize a Saturday where I do what I want to do, to celebrate.. which looks like:

  1. going to get a facial
  2. then a massage.
  3. then a nice lunch (thinking curry chicken salad sandwich on pumpernickel bread with some yummy salad and an iced tea)
  4. then once and for all.. get those tattoos i’ve wanted for OH so long.
  5. then wrap it up with an ice cream cone.

Feel compelled to share with you my gratitude… without further adieu.. I give you my Monday Five Countdown (as discovered from my girl, Kyra)

five things i’m grateful for:

  1. My kitty girl is doing much better! Makes me feel so good to come home and open the door and see her there. (BIG Sigh….)
  2. The saying “The only one whose going to make my dreams come true… IS ME!” – it’s helped me stay positive lately.
  3. Morning Coffee (always)
  4. Being in my house on a Sunday afternoon with all the windows open (seeing my kitty girl there)
  5. SO grateful to see my husband happy when he’s doing what he loves (riding his motorcycle)

four things i can’t stop thinking about:

  1. surrendering to the unknown
  2. the 5 things i listed above that I want to do one Saturday SOON…
  3. WHEN am I going to create the time to read all the books I have and WANT to read???
  4. the day I NO LONGER have to go to the 9-5.

three things i want to WILL accomplish this week:

  1. Two Energy Leadership Index Debriefs with my peers- five are required for certification. I will be completed with my debriefs by April 22nd!
  2. Two complimentary coaching sessions I have scheduled tonite (Monday) – ten are required for certification. (I currently have 3 completed)
  3. Take a walk at LEAST once this week. (Wishing I could do it tonite… so nice out!)

two things i am working on being more positive about:

  1. that money comes and goes. That holding onto EVERY PENNY isn’t using The Law of Attraction. GIVE AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE. (uh, can you say scary?)
  2. just because my body is not where i want it to be currently (LIKE AT ALL!) – doesn’t mean that it’s going to be that way forever. START by visualizing my body the way I want it to be! Why don’t you start loving your body now DESPITE the shape it is… HUH KERILYN???

one random thing:

I don’t REGRET cutting all my hair off because it was more of an emotional liberation from my past.. but I am missing having long hair right now… and look forward to the day when I can put it up in a clippy again.

Okay.. that’s all I got. Hope you’re doing well in your world.
Much Love,

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