introducing: coaching in the comments

by Joanna on February 5, 2014

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Today I’m going to try something new on the blog. If it goes well, I’ll do it the first Wednesday of the month each month.

It’s called Coaching in the Comments.

Here’s how it will work:

I’ll post a topic/life area early Wednesday morning. If you’d like to be coached on the topic listed, share your thoughts/struggles/dilemma in the comments by 8pm EST.

I’ll respond to each comment with a comment. These responses will be viewable to other readers and that’s the point. Not only to help the person commenting but to help other readers that may be in similar positions, facing similar challenges.

This will not be advice. In fact, you may get more questions as a response than anything. These are meant to help you get clarity around the issue.

Some topics I’ve got in mind:

  • Relationships–romantic, family, friends
  • Career
  • Money
  • Goals–especially the ones that seem to always be on the resolution list
  • Fun
  • Business
  • Creative Expression
  • Health and Wellness
  • Energy
  • Authenticity

If you have other topics you’d like me to include, share them in the comments here.

Today’s topic: relationships
What relationship(s) is causing you stress or frustration?
What relationship(s) do you want to improve or strengthen in 2014?

Any questions about Coaching in the Comments? Leave those in the comments too!


I work full time (not as a coach) so if there are a lot of entries it may take me a couple of days to respond. (Be patient.)
If you want to be anonymous to other readers, that’s totally understandable. Just put “anonymous” where it asks for your name. You will, however, be required to put in your email address and I (Joanna) will be able to see that but no one else will. I’ll be sure to keep it confidential. 

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy February 5, 2014 at 9:52 am

This is such a good idea! My currently relationship struggle has to do with friendships. I’m a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding this summer, and I just found out that I have to plan (and pay for) the bridal shower and the bachelorette party, along with two other bridesmaids. How do I tell my friend that I’d like to be supportive, but I can’t afford to go all out on both parties? Is it okay to skip the hotel portion of the bachelorette party and just go to dinner? My husband and I are saving for other things right now, and it’s stressing both of us out.


2 Joanna February 5, 2014 at 11:05 am

Oh, this is a tough one. As a bridesmaid, you want to be there for your friend and support her in this very exciting time. However, you and your husband have goals that are important to you and you’re feeling pulled in two opposing directions. Pressure to “go all out” and make everything perfect is not fun and takes away the joy of the experience.

How do you want to show up for your friend? What does “enough” look like here? Where do you find the sweet spot of what will be meaningful to her and what will be meaningful for you give? Financially, what would you (and your husband) feel comfortable doing/spending?


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