Just Enough

personal leadership Jan 22, 2021

 

Just this morning as our 14 year old was making plans to meet up with friends outside, I turned to my husband Josh and said,

 

"I don't know if I'm strong enough to be a parent of a teenager". 

 

Truth is, I'm scared. 


Terrified really.

 

Of his actions and his peers'.

 

Of the world he's launching into.

 

And there's more...

 

I'm both sad and excited.

 

Sad because I have loved being his mom and I can feel like this precious time is slipping by AND excited because our relationships are deepening, we are having awesome (and awkward) conversations and I can see a pathway toward a lifetime of connection.

 

I can also see that my thoughts & fears are normal and expected during these years AND  that I have a choice in which thoughts I focus on.

 

I don't know what the future holds for any of us, but I do know that I want and choose to trust that my strength, my love, and my intention will be just...

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Is It Sustainable?

sustainability Jan 18, 2021

 

Is it Sustain "able"?

This is kind of a buzz word, but have you ever stopped to think about what it actually means and how that might relate to your life, business, or community?

The most basic definition of sustainability is:

"able to maintain at a certain level" (Oxford)

I also like this simple one:

"Meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (MCGill University)

The concept of sustainability can take on different meanings depending on the context.   For me, when I think about sustainability, I think about the interconnected nature of our natural, cultural and economic systems at a confluence with our own personal lifestyle, values and beliefs. 

To drill down even more specifically:

  • In environmental sustainability, I look towards how we can balance human use of natural resources with the intrinsic value they hold regardless of human benefit as well as how we can...
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A Little Patience

equus coaching Jan 08, 2021

A Little Patience

7 years ago I began my training as an Equus Coach with the Koelle Institute for Equus Coaching.  

When I signed up for this training, I knew that my combined love of coaching and spending time with horses would be a good fit for my practice and I believed it would bring my clients clarity and me a lot of satisfaction in my work.

Over the course of my training and the subsequent years, I have learned that the actual business of Equus Coaching is a very small part of my story.

While I know that my clients have gained valuable insights and connection in their lives, organizations and relationships through Equus Coaching, I believe what I've gained through this journey is so much more.

I've gained a little patience in:


learning new skills 
facing fears
building trust and connection

maintaining relationships
establishing boundaries
being vulnerable
letting go of control
learning to be present


I believe it was Simon Sinek who...

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Happy Winter Solstice!

Uncategorized Dec 18, 2020
 

On Monday we celebrate the return of the Sun on the Winter Solstice.

Its a beautiful time to honor the darkness and the role that winter plays in nature's natural change cycle.

The darkness allows for rest, hibernation, preservation of energy and focusing retaining warmth.

As we begin a new season of winter that shifts us from endings to new beginnings, what endings or darkness can you honor from the past season?

What new beginnings do you want to create as you welcome the sun?

Cheers?
Jen Visitacion
Personal & Professional Coach

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Meaningful Rituals

Uncategorized Dec 12, 2020

The holidays bring the concept of rituals and spiritual practice to the forefront. 

 

For those with religious or spiritual beliefs, there may be formal rituals or standard practices within your belief system that you create or participate in throughout this season.

 

In your family or workplace, maybe there are annual events or festivities that you look forward to or feel obligated to attend?

 

Regardless of the context, you have a choice of whether you show up,  “go through the motions” or create intention, depth and meaning  in what you practice.

 

I believe that rituals or intentional practices  can be a powerful way to connect internally, spiritually, with family or community and bring more presence, intention and meaning to the holiday season if you so choose.

 

With that being said,  I’ve created the following five steps to help you clear out the clutter of the “shoulds” of...

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SettingĀ Intention for this Season

Uncategorized Dec 07, 2020

 As we find ourselves in the midst of the holiday season,  we continue to navigate  local and global health, social/political, and economic crisis'. 

 

As a family that is married to Emergency Medicine, we have a front row seat to the emotional and physical traumas that are occurring both in our community and across our networks.  It is heart wrenching to hear the stories of loss and grief that so many are facing right now due to COVID and due to the countless other illnesses, accidents and diseases that have not taken a vacation during this global pandemic.

 

For me, this time of year- even in a normal year,  can feel so confusing with mixed emotions.  Its the time of year that I grieve family and friends who have passed, I reflect on beautiful family traditions and feel the tension that comes with navigating family relationships, divorce, and isolation (especially this year).  Can you relate?

 

I just wanted...

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Believing on Purpose

Uncategorized Oct 16, 2020

Believing on Purpose

What is the recipe for results?

 

When you look at your personal or professional life and you see what is working and what is not working, what do you attribute it to?

 

Luck?

Training and Credentials?

A Supportive Team?

$ in the Bank?

Healthy Mind and Body?

Organized Desk?

Clear Vision & Strategies?

Spiritual Practice?

Strong Leadership?

 

What if all of those things were good ingredients- but the crucial ingredient...

the one that makes or breaks the recipe...

is believing on purpose.

 

"Self-belief does not necessarily ensure success, but self-disbelief assuredly spawns failure." 

-Albert Bandera- Self-efficacy: The Exercise of Control, 1997

 

You have a choice in each moment to decide what you believe.  

You can believe your business or strategy will work...

You can believe you can take the leap...

You can believe in your abilities and your resilience....

You can believe in your ability to set boundaries...

You can...

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When to Retreat

reflection retreat space Oct 09, 2020

When to Retreat

by, Jen Visitacion

 

My husband Joshua and I took a couple of days away together to get some rest and to soak in some hot water.

As we planned our weekend, we put some intention into how we would spend our time both individually and  together.  Our bodies were feeling the end of the farming season, especially with an influx of downed trees to manage, so we knew that taking care of our bodies was the highest priority.  We also knew we needed some time to connect on priorities moving forward this fall.  


As we began to release the tension from the season and to reconnect to nature, ourselves, and each other...our life together came into to focus and a revived vision emerged.


This is not the first time this has happened.  In fact, in any major transition we have created space to "get away" and put intention to our self care and connection.  This is beyond a vacation- its more about purposeful retreat.  


The...

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Are You Compatible?

Uncategorized Sep 18, 2020

 

 

The definition of compatible is "able to exist  or occur together without conflict."

 

When I read this definition I had to laugh.  In my little family of three humans, two dogs, three horses, 18 chickens and 1 rooster....there is rarely a day when we all feel "compatible" or without conflict.  

 

For example, yesterday I began letting the chickens out in the garden to free range again, now that our garden season is mostly over.  I brought over some water and the rooster cornered me in their pen. 

 

I was woefully unprepared to defend myself as he prepared to come at me (usually I bring in a garden tool to keep him at a distance- hence the photo represented).  

 

In this moment our priorities were clearly in conflict and we were not compatible.  I wanted to give everyone some more space and freedom (and water) and he felt that the flock was threatened (by me).  Neither of us was wrong....but...

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Life in Focus

Uncategorized Jul 22, 2020

I have always been one to have a lot of projects happening simultaneously.

 

Its how I roll.

 

Sometimes its overwhelming and then sometimes it feels like pure pleasure to have so many things I care about to work on.

 

my business

the farm

family

clients

cleaning the house

mucking the horse stalls

writing

stretching

hiking

preserving food

harvesting

volunteering on our local school board

personal growth 

rest

 

At any given time....each one of these things can take over all priorities. 

 

That's ok...because sometimes that's necessary.

 

And somedays....I putter around between these loves of my life - giving each project a quick high five.

 

projects incomplete...but life in focus.

 

How about you?  

Where are you focused these days?

 

Cheers,

Jen 

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