It’s time to invest in yourself! Why wait for 2012? Tele-Boot Camp starts Nov. 14th

Harmony by the Indian Ocean (photo: Kali Caramia)

Fabulous women from around the world will be gathering on the telephone, on Skype and on the Web on Monday nights from Nov. 14 – Dec 5th to re-boot their lives and set up their best year yet.  My Harmony from the Inside Out Tele-Boot Camp is a super-fun, content-rich, 4 week group tele-course that is guaranteed to kickstart your greatest life possibilities. 

Why wait for January 1st to think about the shifts you want to make in your life? 

Start setting up your brilliant 2012  in Nov. and take the crazy pressure off January!  


(oh – an no worries if you can’t attend a call LIVE…the mp3 recording is made available to you the next day)


Jan Carley, Professional Certified Coach


There’s no such thing as Work/Life Balance

When we think of “balance”, most of us visualize an image of a scale with two weights. Someone, somewhere (and I am gonna hunt them down) coined the kooky phrase “work-life balance” suggesting that one side of that scale is work, one side is life. Oh, it makes me crazy to even to write that.  Really – you mean there is WORK and then there is LIFE? Separate from work? Considering that for most of us 1/2 of our waking hours are spent working, that is a very sad concept.  

Joan Gurvis, co-author of FINDING YOUR BALANCE (Center for Creative Leadership wrote “Balance is not a matter of managing your time or giving equal effort to two opposing sides; it is about aligning your behaviour with what you believe is really important to you. When our lives don’t reflect our values, we feel that inconsistency as a measure of imbalance.”

In a nutshell, instead of balance being a measure of work/life, it is really about getting clear about what matters to you and then making the conscious choice to align your actions and activities with those priorities. Imbalance happens when you are not aligned. Simple eh?

Over-focusing in one area of your life is not an issue if it is aligned with your values and what you want for your life. The stress, incongruence and unhappiness come if that imbalance tilts you into a place that is not connected to your core essence. For example – my priority right now is in getting my coaching business flourishing – yes, I work 7 days a week, several hours per day. An outsider might look at this in our old balance paradigm and say I am out of balance. However, since I am absolutely doing what I believe is most important to me right now in my life, I do not in any way have the disquieting feeling that comes from being out of balance.

Finding your perfect balancing place will be an ever-changing journey that you will shift with and constantly reevaluate. Throw away the old limiting concept of the balancing scales with work on one side and life on the other. Instead, look at your entire life in the context of what is important to you, what fits with your values and what connects with your core essence.

Now, that is balance!

Jan Carley

ps/ find your unique balancing place by enrolling in my Harmony from the Inside Out Tele-Boot Camp   (Nov.14-Dec.5)

I Love You, You’re Perfect, DON’T Change!

Let’s start living with a sense of ease by abandoning our constant obsession with fixing our “defects” and instead, focusing  on enhancing our strengths.  Here’s the link to the feature article in my latest e-zine that’ll get you started working from your own place of brilliance!   BTW if you are a woman living in the Vancouver area  I am holding a FABULOUS FALL REBOOT one day workshop intensive on August 27th. It’s a great way to instantly re-focus on your signature strengths, re-align your life, and rejuvenate and supercharge your fall.  EARLY BIRD PRICING UNTIL JULY 31st.    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE INFORMATION

Hope to see you there!

Jan Carley, Professional Certified Coach

How do you Unplug?

Is it possible, in these “connected” times, to unplug and survive?  One of my close friends has never used email. I admit it frustrates me knowing that the only way I can reach her is to phone her. On the other hand, our 1 hour conversations are far more deep and satisfying than any number of more frequent emails I might have with others.  

In my recent newsletter I talk about “how to get away without going away” by creating ways for us to unplug in the context of our busy techno-tethered lives. 

What strategies do you use to “get away” to that wonderful place of “being”?    Please comment!  

Jan Carley

What’s your spring possibility?

My keynote speech for the North Vancouver School District Conference focused on the critical need to create possibilities for ourselves and in our own lives if we hope to create possibilities for others.  There is a reason they recommend that you put on your oxygen mask before you help others on an airplane. 

For those of us in the serving professions, this is a key point.   We must live and breathe our possibilities in order to open up possibilities for others.

I am a firm believer in possibility, and in the concept that anything is possible for anyone.  On my darker days of solo-entrepreneurship I flag a little bit in my belief, and then something happens to reaffirm. 

Spring is  perfect time to embrace new possibilities.  For my part, I am going to consider the possibility that by giving myself a full day off each week, I actually will be more effective.  That day off will include all the things I have too often left out of my life for the past few years – things like hiking, and biking, and just plain ‘ol having fun!

My son, Liam, is also embracing new possibilities as his band, NO GOLD, launch their debut album at the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX next week.  Here’s a track from his album  – have a listen!   2. Rainforts

What new possibilities will you consider this spring?  Please comment below!

Join the “Living on Purpose” Revolution!

Just say YES in the comment section if you want to join me and seriously start “Living on Purpose”. 

What does “Living on Purpose”  mean?   I think it means using our 5 senses to their max…noticing, being aware…and being present…I think it means active listening …I think it means focus and awareness…of each and every moment. It means noticing that the seasons have changed before the autumn leaves actually fall…it means noticing and embracing the journey…it means living each day with intention….it means being grateful…being appreciative…and not letting another day go by without saying how much you love someone. It means saying what you mean when you mean to say it. It means breathing.

Living on Purpose – What does it mean to you?  I would love to hear your comments.


Summer Renewal Techniques

Many of my friends have had a tough spring, caring for unwell parents, or battling their own health crises.  I, too, have had a stressful spring watching my mom struggle with her increased symptoms from Parkinson’s Disease. It is easy to forget about self-care when involved in caregiving, yet  it is probably the most critical time to take care of oneself.  

With the accountability support of one of my coaching colleagues, and with the goal of rejuvenating myself, I have instituted a Magic Moments program. Each day I will consciously do something to nourish myself  – create a “Magic Moment” for myself.   I am on day 5 now, and so far I have 1/eaten lunch on my deck outside looking at the beautiful flowers blooming rather than eating a sandwich in front of my computer , 2/ took an entire afternoon off riding my bike, 3/had a pedicure 4/didn’t set my alarm clock and slept in until 10 am…

I am loving my Magic Moments!

I am wondering what you could do this summer to renew your spirit?  What are your favourite summer relaxation techniques? Where do you go to rejuvenate?  What are your magic moments?  I would love to hear them! Comment here.