Photo: Participants in the Harwood Virtual Lab at TPF

Navigating Life with Intention

Posted on June 20, 2019 by Jenifer Johnson

The past five years have presented me with many new great opportunities. Transitioning from being a stay at home mom for 20 years to embracing new opportunities has been rewarding and yet challenging to navigate at times.

Several years ago, I embarked on a personal development journey to become a certified professional coach. This journey offered me an opportunity to learn, grow, parent, and live daily with more intention than I previously had, and I am happy to coach and share the tools I have learned to help others navigate life with intention.

Last year, the opportunity to become an Engagement Team member with Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) presented itself. The purpose and passion of this team are in alignment with my values, and it’s been a great fit! New technology, resources, and lack of knowledge on my part presented its challenges. I found myself feeling like I had to switch gears depending on which role I was in each day—coach or consultant. Fortunately, I was invited to attend The Harwood Institute training. Although the philosophy resonated with me from my prior training, I wasn’t putting it into practice with my responsibilities on the Engagement Team. Though I’m all about aspirations, questions, and gathering information as a mom and coach, I was going into fix-it mode with the SCGLR.

The Harwood Institute training provided me an opportunity to learn with local leaders how to look at situations with a new lens, to take perspectives of others, and to release the pressure that I have to have a plan and fix

My day-to-day encounters have been more relaxed and personal. I feel more connected with my community contacts, and the trust climate has increased. I am asking more questions and talking to more people. Whether working a booth or facilitating a Mind in the Making workshop, I’m providing more space for people to discuss what they want from their schools and communities and how they might be a part of that solution.

It’s interesting that I was able to operate like that in my personal life and as a coach, but I wasn’t showing up like that for my team. I feel like I found that missing link. Enriched conversations with the sharing of ideas still work on this Engagement Team. I no longer feel like I am switching gears between the roles in my life!

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