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Women | Health | Life: A Powerful Quote from a Wise Woman

As a life, executive and organizational coach in the helping professions, I often encounter folks who are trying to ‘fix’ others.

Deborah Adele, author of “The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice” has a beatiful and wise way of speaking about this.

‘When we are unwilling to look deeply and courageously into our own lives, we can easily violate others in many subtle ways that we may not even be aware of, thinking that we are actually helping them.

Thinking we know what is better for others becomes a subtle way we do violence. When we take it upon ourselves to ‘help’ the other we whittle away at their sense of autonomy. Nonviolence asks us to trust the other’s ability to find the answer they are seeking. It asks us to have faith in the other, not feel sorry for them. Nonviolence asks us to trust the other’s journey and love and support others to their highest image of themselves, not our highest image of them. It asks that we stop managing ourselves, our experience, others, and others’ experiences of us. Leave the other person free of our needs, free to be themselves and free to see us as they choose.’

Powerful words and indeed, the foundational philosophy of the ‘coaching relationship’.



Women ~ Health ~ Life: Words of Wisdom About Letting Go

‘Words of Wisdom’ to start your day:

‘A bird cannot hold its perch and fly. Neither can we grasp anything and be free.’

~ Deborah Adele

Deborah, in this chapter of her book ‘The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice’ is writing about
‘Aparigrapha’ or ‘non-attachment’ and also says ‘Nonattachment does not mean that we don’t care. In fact, no attachment freeze us up to be immersed in appreciation of life and one another.’

I find the practice of ‘aparigrapha’ to be an interesting dance of observing and separating cultural and familial conditioning and expectations from the present moment.

Enjoy this moment in time.


zoey ryan BSc., PCC

personal certified healthy life coach for wise women

hatha yoga instructor

yoga & life coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul


Monday Mornings: Work Life Balance

Monday Morning Words of Wisdom

I entered my office this morning with a sigh of relief!

Even though our daughters are adults who live with us, not young children, life at home is busy. I don’t have any control over which dishes are casually left on the coffee table, how much milk is in the fridge in the morning or if there is enough coffee.  It is somewhat surprising that I still need to be concerned about life work balance!

My office is quiet, it’s serene, the jumble on my desk is my own doing and I’m happy it’s Monday morning!

Have a great day.


zoey ryan BSc., PCC
professional certified coach for wise women


Women ~ Life ~ Balance: Leadership & Coaching Tip

Topaz Lotus Inspired Living: Women’s Leadership Coaching Tip & Words of Wisdom


stack of womens hands


From the Legacy Leadership Model by CoachWorks(R)

Best Practice #2 : Creator of Collaboration and Innovation(TM)

The Creator will  …

  • Be inventive, encouraging communication and openness
  • Create an atmosphere  of flexibility and adaptability
  • Put aside fears of creative tension

Stayed tuned for more Coaching  & Leadership Tips for Women Leaders and if this is something you think you and your team would like more of, let me know!

Don’t forget to do some yoga today!  It will add to the depth and breadth of your leadership skills.


in mindfulness,


zoey ryan ~ personal & professional development coach for wise women

coaching to set your heart on fire and soothe your soul


Women ~ Health ~ Life: An Inspirational Quote & Poem by Mary Oliver

Enjoy this beautiful poem and words of wisdom by wise woman Mary Oliver
what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

The Summer Day


Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean–

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down,

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.


I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?


~ Mary Oliver ~


(New and Selected Poems, Volume I)


In peace and mindfulness



Zoey Ryan BSc., PCC
life ~ leadership ~ executive coach for women

Leadership & life coaching to set your heart on fire & soothe your soul!

Women ~ Health ~Life: Inspirational Thought For the Day

Inspirational thought or affirmation for the day.

“I am intending and expecting to have a wonderful day!”


Women | Life | Natural Health: Life Lessons & The Meaning of Wisdom

My life lesson at the moment is about what it really, deeply means to exhibit and embody wisdom!

I know that some folks seem to be born wise, some women develop wisdom with age and very ancient women seem to exude wisdom.

In my life, whether in my family or in my work, my “wisdom learning” currently is about learning to “refrain” and learning to “contain”.

My life pattern has been to be vocal, passionate & opinionated.

In my wisdom, I see this pattern as containing seeds of aggression and lots of ‘ego’.

So, as I am training for elder hood, I am learning to be still, be quiet, simplify!

Enjoy your day beautiful friends …

In peace & mindfulness,



Zoey Ryan BSc., PCC
life ~ leadership ~ executive coach for women

Leadership & life coaching to set your heart on fire & soothe your soul


Women | Life | Natural Health: Thankful

Every so often a day comes along that is so naturally spectacular, that it makes everyone thankful to be alive!

Today is that kind of a day!



In peace and mindfulness,



Zoey Ryan BSc., PCC
Life ~ Leadership ~ Executive Coach for Women

Leadership & life coaching to set your heart on fire & soothe your soul!

Women | Life | Natural Health: An Inspirational Quote

Words of Wisdom & Inspiration From a  Powerful Wild Woman!

“living eulogy.
she danced.
she sang. she took.
she gave.
she loved.
she created.
she dissented. she enlivened.
she saw. she grew. she sweated.
she changed.
she learned. she laughed.
she shed her skin.
she bled on the pages of her days,
she walked through walls,
she lived with intention.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

Enjoy your wonderful day of joyous life my friends!

In peace and mindfulness,



Zoey Ryan BSc., PCC
Life ~ Leadership ~ Executive Coach for Women

Leadership & life coaching to set your heart on fire & soothe your soul!

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