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Is It Time For A Self Check-in?

We are entering the busiest time of the year – and I have already filled my calendar with learning opportunities, fitness routines, and an exciting line-up of workshops to facilitate with Jessica. On top of that, I expect to meet the goals I set out for 2018. This could be too much ….Does any of this pressure sound familiar to you?

I thought it was wise to do a check-in pre-fall to avoid the crash and burn that may surface in about 6 weeks time.

So how am I handling all of this craziness? And more importantly, 

How is this relevant to the work we do?

In January, Jessica created a beautifully simple goal sheet that outlined her projected  experiences and accomplish this year. I however went for the deep dive and made mine a three page document with a budget, due dates and wish lists attached! This was of course very overwhelming and in fact has turned into an 18-24 month plan. This reminds me that each of us have the bar set high but in completely different ways. However, we both put expectations and balance high on the list

Digging deeper into my 2018 goal, which had an overarching lean towards adventure, discovery, joy, and learning – my career and business focus was to take what I have been learning over the past few years and create a process. This process has been the backbone to our success.

Jessica and I were well on our way to redesign the ThinkPartner Brand and did launch a new website in June.  We both had back-to-back holidays in Europe, only to return home to a blank domain. Seriously! -noo website, no wordpress files, no backups (thanks Telus!) Apparently there was a fatal error that wiped out our entire website and every backup copy. I am sure you can you imagine our disappointment and frustration.  On a personal level, the struggle to redefine ThinkPartner as a brand and business has finally come together. Who said that rebranding was easy!? Maybe this whole debacle was a blessing in disguise.

So where does this leave us?

As I do a self check-in on how I am doing for this year’s objectives, I’m the first to admit that it has been a rocky road. I pack everything in with high expectations and blind faith that all the dots will connect. The first part of this year contained three workshops for me (The Coach Approach to Facilitation; Strategic Planning and Designing Your Life). If that wasn’t enough learning, I also read a half dozen books! (If you’re curious, our reading lists are below)

With all this said, and everything we’ve experienced this summer, it’s been a learning curve and a big self check-in moment for me. In retrospect, I am grateful it’s taken this long as I wouldn’t have been able to slow down and carve out time for reflection.

At the bottom of this article we have a list of resources that might be useful. Jessica and I included a worksheet from the designing your life course that we took in California We hope that you find some of it relevant and useful and your feedback is always appreciated!

*if you are interested in learning more about the designing your life book and coaching support we offer, reach out and we’ll tell you more about our program.

Reading List:


  1. Blue Ocean Strategy –  by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
  2. Reinventing You – by Dorie Clark
  3. The Business Model You,
  4. Trigger – by Marshall Goldsmith
  5. The life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo.

          *Jessica’s suggestion and on of my favorites


  1. The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*CK – Mark Manson
  2. Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build your routine, find your focus & sharpen your creative mind – 99U (multiple authors)
  3. Subliminal – How your unconscious mind rules your behavior – Leonard Mlodinow
  4. Playing Big – Tara Mohr


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