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From how ideas spread to the most recent Wholebeing Institute partnerships, this blog by CEO and co-founder Megan McDonough provides a broad perspective of the latest and greatest within the organization and its impact out in the world. You’ll also find short, reflective essays about living life deliberately through your conscious actions and choices.

Four Steps to Forgiveness

Posted on Jul 6, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Lynda Wallace, Megan McDonough, Relational, Spiritual

by Lynda Wallace Getting over a painful experience is a lot like crossing monkey bars.
You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. —C.S. Lewis Feeling stuck? In my work as a life coach and career coach, I work with people who feel stuck in a lot of different ways—stuck in their careers or relationships; stuck in limiting ways of perceiving themselves, their circumstances, or their resources. And often we discover...

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A Restrained Freedom

Posted on Jul 4, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Megan McDonough, Relational, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough “Restraint” is not a sexy word. It’s not embraced or beloved like the word “freedom.” Restraint falls into the category of discipline and self-control, which sounds rather un-fun. You wouldn’t have parades or fireworks to celebrate it. Freedom is seen as expressive and open; restraint is seen as difficult and constraining. Freedom is seen as desirable to have or get; restraint is seen as optional...

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Aspirational Coaching: Reaching Toward Your Highest and Best

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Megan McDonough, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough Coaches help people reach for their highest and best. And to do that well, coaches invest in their own highest and best journey, too. What does it take for a coach—or anyone for that matter—to be at the top of their game? What does it take to continually make choices that develop you as a person and as a professional? It’s important to ask that question, because humanity’s greatest gift is our ability to make choices...

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Stop

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Megan McDonough, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough The stop sign seemed superfluous. Wherever I looked, the vastness extended to the horizon. The sunbaked Southwest prairie ended at towering red rock mesas. The blue sky came down to meet it, feeling higher and longer than the sky I’m used to in the forested Northeast. In this open emptiness filled with beauty, the red STOP! stood out. What else was there to do but to stop? And so we stopped. We stayed the night, just off...

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Savoring the Significant

Posted on May 17, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Megan McDonough, Relational, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough Savoring is not an indulgence, it’s life-affirming. In a world where pace, productivity, and the finish line are hailed as the pinnacles of achievement, savoring slows us down, reminding us, “Wait a minute … this experience is valuable. This is meaningful.” Savoring is a way of recognizing, and then honoring, what is significant to you. By savoring, you become aware of the good stuff of life, which is sometimes...

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Mom, Your Life is Boring

Posted on May 4, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Megan McDonough, Relational, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough One day, some years ago, when my son, Jonathan, was home sick from school, he got to hang out with me and see firsthand what I did during the day—the laundry, writing, recycling, returning books to the library, talking on conference calls, and working on the computer, among other things. By day three, he was well enough to go back to school, and sick and tired of my daily routine. When I asked him what he thought of my...

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