Over the years, I have written and created many books, recordings, and resources, but my favorites are Mentoring Women and Mentoring Young Women. Both are long-term curriculum style resources for groups to use in their churches, small groups, schools or any circle of influence where mentoring is at the heart of the project.
Mentoring has always been a “thing” of mine. I don’t know why, really. I didn’t have a mentor myself. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there were those around me who were instrumental in my life, but not intentionally. Mentoring is a thing that doesn’t just “happen” to someone accidentally, or haphazardly. It is premeditated and accepted by both individuals involved.
I have been blessed to mentor hundreds of women over the year, intentionally, premeditatedly, and where both parties involved were engaged in the process. There is the “sweet spot” of most mentoring; where both are engaged in the process. If you count those who I mentored that have mentored others (in the same fashion) the number would reach well into the thousands. How amazing it is to think about, and what a blessing to my heart to know that there are women out there in the world whose lives are stronger, better, and more grounded because someone came alongside them to walk a part of the journey with them as they navigated life.
I love my fancy title National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, given to me by the National Board of Medical Examiners. All sounds so official. It is an honor. I worked hard to achieve that title. They don’t just hand it out to anyone, but I wish I could be called a Health and Wellness Mentor instead of a Health and Wellness Coach. Mostly, because the term coaching is more face-to-face, like a coach to his team, where the coach is doing all the talking and the player is doing the listening and nodding.
Mentoring is coming alongside a person on their journey to help them get to where they want to go. The mentor has been where they are going, sees what they will be seeing, and is doing what they want to be doing. That’s what I do. I still love and have a huge place in my heart for those I have walked alongside during my Mentoring Women / Leading Ladies days. They are my friends on facebook and though I don’t interact with them regularly or intentionally like our year of their journey, I like to think that our time together lives on in them in some fine way.
I still have the CDs (yes, AKA Compact Discs) if you happen to have a Compact Disc player, contact me and I can hook you up with a terrific program for your personal growth or a group experience!