I’ve missed you and Mirabelle hugged me

I’ve missed you!  It has been over a month since my last post and I have been busy working, playing, coaching and getting hugged.  That’s right, hugged.  My 14-month-old daughter Mirabelle HUGGED me last week and it was easily one of the most magical experiences of my life (and I am blessed to have seen considerable magic in my time). Have you ever had a “baby hug” before? HIGHLY recommended. Maybe part of the magic is that she smells like heaven. Or her smile has enough wattage to power Manhattan. In any case, that hug transformed me and made my soul smile.  

I had an experience a few weeks ago with a member on my NY Coaching Team that I wanted to share here. It seems like I have considerable airport stories, but I travel alot, so bear with me.

I was on a call (at the airport) following an intense training weekend. I was tired and pretty drained. My teammate needed some support and wanted to get complete on a few things. No problem. And as I was sharing some feedback for her (which was solicited), she began reflecting some things about me that had already been addressed earlier in the day. I became extremely pissed off. Frustrated, resigned, silent (a very unusual choice for me). She knew I was upset and wanted to work through it. I just wanted to call my husband and complain about her. I sat with it for several uncomfortable moments. My automatic is to hold onto the upset, making the other person wrong and not expressing in the moment what is really going on for me. I can then in turn go and share with others about how I have been “wronged” and what a jerk the “wrongdoer” is. And what this old pattern does is take up valuable mental real estate that could be used serving others or thinking creatively about my job or being excited about my relationships. Anything other than what I am choosing. Yes, CHOOSING. Since I have been looking to create a breakthrough in authentic communication, I decided to give it a whirl, despite my extreme discomfort (mentally, my inner little girl was having a fit. . . and physically, I was flushed and my heart was racing). I took a deep breath and said what there was to say. From my heart, without blame. And something truly amazing happened. I felt instantly better. No more energy around the subject — mental or physical — and no more significant than what I had for breakfast. It was fantastic, for her and me. We hung up, complete.

What haven’t you said that needs to be said? What’s getting in the way for you? What’s possible for you in your life when you choose to come from love rather than from fear?  Interested in having things go differently?  Email me here to get the conversation started.

Giving and receiving

Happy Post 4th of July, wonderful humans.  I hope this post finds you rested/or and taking some time to relax.  I want to share with you an experience I had last weekend in receiving.  I was with Matt and Mirabelle in CT for the wedding of a really close friend of Matt’s family — in fact, Matt was a groomsman.  Many of the Olins were in attendance, including my in-laws.  We had childcare lined up, but it fell through at the last minute…and because the wedding was super kid-friendly, I decided to take my small friend to the 5PM ceremony and just see how things went.  Things started off pretty well, lots of exploring and putting of things in the mouth.  By 6PM, things were less than gorgeous and I realize that we needed to make our exit.  I returned to the hotel with Mirabelle and put her to bed.  About an hour later, my mother-in-law Sally calls me from the reception to see how I’m doing.  “I’m fine.  Just getting us re-packed, actually going to try and do some work.” To which she replied, “What if I came and stayed with the baby while you go enjoy yourself at the wedding?”  “No Sally, I wouldn’t feel right about it.”  We go back and forth, and I tell her I’ll call her back.  So I start mulling the whole thing over.  Tossing around excitement and guilt like volleyballs in my mind.  And I ask myself, what would the breakthrough for you be here?  To actually accept and receive this beautiful, generous gesture with joy?  What would that make possible for me?  As a mother?  To teach my daughter that it is ok to receive a gift.  To acknowledge myself as worthy and deserving of this action.  I text Sally and tell her to come on over . . . I’m going to a wedding!

Are you able to receive from others?  What have you given yourself or someone else lately?  Interested in giving and receiving more?  Email me here to get the conversation started.

To cleanse or not to cleanse…

Today is Sunday — day 3 of a juice cleanse I decided to embark on with my husband.  He has been hot to do a juice cleanse for the past year or so and I haven’t had the desire.  But one of my new personal goals is to have a “clean” diet, so I agreed to join him.

What does that even mean…”have a clean diet”?  Well, about 50% of the food I eat comes out of a box or someone else makes it for me.  I would really like to eat food that I can pronounce (check out some of the ingredients on the boxes in your kitchen…if we can’t say it, we probably shouldn’t eat it) and prepare wholesome meals for myself and my family.  There is a great misconception that all the yoga teachers out there are “healthy” (don’t get me wrong, some are).  But I have to admit that I’m really not one of them.  So I took on clean eating as a personal coaching project; something I have not been able to create for myself until this point, despite the fact that I have all the information, and am very well-read and educated on the subject. I just hadn’t quite gotten to the execution phase yet.

And what’s been missing from me making healthy eating choices, you ask?  The answer, quite simply, is SUPPORT AND ACCOUNTABILITY (aka coaching).

So, back to my cleanse story:  Friday was ok, since we were both working — tired but busy, so it worked out.  Enter Saturday, a day designed to relax and eat.  Without the distractions of work, Matt and I became obsessed with food. Plus there is a baby to feed around here, and she eats real food, too.  That’s when I broke.  About 2PM on Saturday, I was feeding Mirabelle and I started picking at her tofu, which turned out to be my own version of a “gateway food.” Picking turned into snacking, and I fell off the cleanse train.  A year ago, I would have beat myself up for this, for “not doing it right.”  Today I am smiling about it because of the progress I did make.  The food I snacked on was FOOD. Fresh, wholesome food and I feel great both physcially and emotionally.  It was also fun to support my husband who has never done a cleanse like this before.  I guess what I’m getting at is this: don’t take yourself so seriously.  I could have made the cleanse extremely significant, and subsequently branded myself as “wrong” for not doing it “right.”  Have compassion for every being on this planet, but first and most importantly, yourself.  Now that’s nourishing!

Facebook love and a life in balance

As an entrepreneur, I am encouraged to use Social Media to market my business.  It’s a bit of a sticky one for me because of my love/hate relationship with said medium.  I often times love The Facebook, while I never look at or use The Twitter.  I don’t want to just re-post random quotes or images (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but rather, I want what I share to be meaningful…to me, at very least.  So, I decided to start using FB to acknowledge someone in my life daily.

Acknowledgement is a powerful way to bring out the greatness in another human being.  It’s the cousin to gratitude, which is also something I’m a big fan of.  This week on FB there has been considerable Olin love, as so many of them were born or got married around this time — and I am one of them, after all.  

Is there someone in your life that could use some acknowledgement?  Have you acknowledged yourself lately?  I encourage you to try it, is a beautiful practice that will raise your vibration, and likely the person you are acknowledging.

Drinking the kool-aid

If you receive these newsletters or know me personally, you’ve probably gotten the memo on how hot I am for Life Coaching.  I am nuts-o for it.  Heavily-drinking-the-kool-aid-borderline-obsessed.

It was during a call with some of my teammates on Saturday when I realized exactly why I love coaching so much. . .   

What coaching has given me is access to my Essence, which can also be described as the Divine, Spirit or God Consciousness.  It helps me to live from the highest and best parts of myself in a more consistent way than I ever have before.  Coaching+yoga+meditation have given me so much in my life.  Courage, vulnerability, clarity, peace and deep connection with others.  It has supported me in creating the life and career I have always wanted.  Where I am excited to get up and go to work.  Where I spend quality time with the people I love and value.  And get paid to do what I was put on this planet to do.

I would love to share these powerful and transformative tools.  There is plenty of kool-aid to go around, and I will happily give some to you.

Yes, you.  Email me @ saraholincoaching@gmail.com

Standard Post With Shortcode Goodies

With several dozen of the best looking Shortcodes around, we wanted to give you a sample of the many high-end Shortcodes built into X. We’ve grouped some together so this isn’t a super long post, however for a complete list with demos and examples of each, be sure to head over to our Shortcodes page.

[custom_headline type=”left” style=”margin-top: 45px;” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]Image Frame, Tooltips, Popovers & 3D Button [/custom_headline]
[image src=”/media/x-popover-tooltip-example.jpg” float=”left” type=”thumbnail” link=”true” href=”#example” alt=”Example” title=”Check Me Out!” info=”tooltip” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover”] Vivamus sagittis lacus vel augue laoreet rutrum faucibus dolor auctor. Vivamus sagittis lacus vel augue laoreet rutrum faucibus dolor auctor. [extra href=”#example” target=”_blank” info=”tooltip” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” title=”Yeah, tooltip time!”]Donec sed[/extra] odio dui. Maecenas faucibus mollis interdum. [extra href=”#example” target=”_blank” info=”tooltip” info_place=”right” info_trigger=”hover” title=”Yeah, tooltip time!”]Cras justo odio[/extra], dapibus ac facilisis in, egestas eget quam. Etiam porta sem malesuada magna mollis euismod. Integer posuere erat a ante venenatis dapibus posuere velit aliquet. [extra href=”#example” target=”_blank” info=”tooltip” info_place=”left” info_trigger=”hover” title=”Yeah, tooltip time!”]Curabitur blandit[/extra] tempus porttitor. Aenean eu leo quam. Pellentesque ornare sem lacinia quam venenatis vestibulum. Cras mattis consectetur purus sit amet fermentum. [extra href=”#example” target=”_blank” info=”tooltip” info_place=”bottom” info_trigger=”hover” title=”Yeah, tooltip time!”]Cum sociis[/extra] natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Integer posuere erat a ante venenatis dapibus posuere velit aliquet.

You Can Even Add Popovers and Tooltips to Me!
[image src=”/media/x-popover-tooltip-example.jpg” float=”right” type=”thumbnail” link=”true” href=”#example” alt=”Example” title=”Check Me Out!” info=”popover” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”Enter in some more information here.”] Vivamus sagittis lacus vel augue laoreet rutrum faucibus dolor auctor. Vivamus sagittis lacus vel augue laoreet rutrum faucib Lacus vel augue laoreet rutrum faucibus dolor auctor. Vivamus sagittis lacus [extra href=”#example” target=”_blank” info=”popover” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”Place a little extra content in here for informational purposes.” title=”Yeah, popover time!”]vel augue[/extra] laoreet rutrum faucibus dolor auctor. Donec sed odio dui. Maecenas faucibus mollis interdum. Cras justo odio, dapibus ac facilisis in, [extra href=”#example” target=”_blank” info=”popover” info_place=”right” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”Place a little extra content in here for informational purposes.” title=”Yeah, popover time!”]egestas eget quam[/extra]. Etiam porta sem malesuada magna mollis euismod. Integer posuere erat a ante venenatis dapibus posuere velit aliquet. [extra href=”#example” target=”_blank” info=”popover” info_place=”left” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”Place a little extra content in here for informational purposes.” title=”Yeah, popover time!”]Curabitur blandit[/extra] tempus porttitor. Aenean eu leo quam. Pellentesque ornare sem lacinia quam venenatis vestibulum. Cras mattis consectetur purus sit amet fermentum. [extra href=”#example” target=”_blank” info=”popover” info_place=”bottom” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”Place a little extra content in here for informational purposes.” title=”Yeah, popover time!”]Cum sociis[/extra] natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Integer posuere erat a ante venenatis dapibus posuere.

[custom_headline type=”left” style=”margin-top: 45px;” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]Table of Contents & Icon List[/custom_headline]
[toc type=”left”] [toc_item title=”1. Introduction” page=”1″] [toc_item title=”2. More Information” page=”2″] [toc_item title=”3. Even More Information” page=”3″] [/toc]

The Table of Contents shortcode available in X offers up some incredible SEO benefits to your standard posts and pages. It’s easy enough to paginate individual posts or pages in WordPress using the <!--nextpage--> code in the editor, but it doesn’t provide any real engaging way for your visitors to know what they’re in for as they click through to the next post. That’s where the Table of Contents shortcode comes in.

Simply add this to each of your “pages” after your <!--nextpage--> breaks and input the titles of each section in your article. What you’re left with is a thoroughly engaging, easy to navigate post structure that has been proven to increase visitor retention and keep their attention (all things Google loves).

You can easily add the Table of Contents shortcode to the left or right of your post content, or have it go full width, which is great for placing at the bottom of your posts to remind visitors of what sections are left. Click through on the table of contents shortcode above to go through to the next page and see the shortcode in action!

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With responsive visibility, you can easily show or hide various pieces of information with different groups of visitors viewing your site on a wide array of devices. Want to put a video on desktop but only text on tablet and mobile? No problem. Go ahead and resize your browser window to see how different messages are displayed below for different screen sizes (Note: We also used another one of our Shortcodes, Responsive Video, to make the video look great and respond for the desktop message).

[visibility type=”visible-desktop”]
[alert type=”muted” heading=”Desktop Message”]I’m only for the larger screens. Since there’s more room, I can take a little more space. Resize me![gap size=”1em”]
[x_video style=”margin-bottom: 0;” embed=’‘][/alert]
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[visibility type=”visible-tablet”]
[alert type=”muted” heading=”Tablet Message”]I’m only for the medium sized screens. There a little less room here, so try and shorten things up a bit, but don’t worry, you don’t have to fret too much over the length of your message just yet.[/alert]
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[visibility type=”visible-phone”]
[alert type=”muted” heading=”Phone Message”]I’m only for the smallest screens. Try and keep things short and sweet here.[/alert]
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[content_band style=”color: #333;” bg_color=”#ffddea” border=”both”][container][custom_headline style=”margin-top: 0;” level=”h4″ looks_like=”h3″]Cool Headline[/custom_headline]

Great for a call to action or important information, these Content Bands will help you be truly creative with how your content is presented.

[/container][/content_band]
[content_band bg_pattern=”/media/x-bg-maze.png” border=”both”][container][custom_headline style=”margin-top: 0;” level=”h4″ looks_like=”h3″]Cool Headline[/custom_headline]

Great for a call to action or important information, these Content Bands will help you be truly creative with how your content is presented.

[/container][/content_band]
[content_band style=”color: #fff;” bg_image=”/media/x-bg-flowers.jpg” border=”both”][container][custom_headline style=”margin-top: 0; color: #fff;” level=”h4″ looks_like=”h3″]Cool Headline[/custom_headline]

Great for a call to action or important information, these Content Bands will help you be truly creative with how your content is presented.

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[custom_headline type=”left” style=”margin-top: 45px;” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]Over Three Dozen Shortcodes Included When You Buy X Today[/custom_headline]

While just a sample, hopefully this give you a small window into how we think about Shortcodes. Instead of just creating the basic ones (which we did and you have access to them as well), we wanted to take it a step further by providing some really useful business and marketing oriented solutions like Table of Contents and Responsive Visibility. As a customer of X, you not only get instant access to our entire Shortcode library, you’ll also have access to all future Shortcodes we develop for future releases.

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