March 17, 2019

Some people make friends so easily, others, not so much.  Having friends and feeling like you belong is one of the many things that promotes emotional wellness.  Children, Adolescents, and Adults may all struggle with making friends.  Loneliness can cause depression, anxiety, and even acting out behaviors.  

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For Elementary Aged Kids

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February 4, 2019

The link above is a short, but good article about resilience.  It's worth the read.  


January 20, 2019

I've been thinking a lot about change lately.  We are faced with constant changes throughout our life, on a daily basis.  Some people have a difficult time with change.  Some people embrace it. I am one of those that embraces change, for the most part.  I am bored easily and like to shake things up every now and again!  Don't get me wrong, I like some degree of structure and routine-it keeps me grounded, but change, in a general sense, is kind of exciting to me.   Unless it's about changing myself.  Then it's just plain old hard.

For Shan and I, and our herd,  change is the essence of our work.  Our work is about supporting people to make changes....changes to how they think and act. I like to ask people two questions when they come to us for help...what needs to change in your life, and what are YOU willing to do to promote the change?  Therapy is not magic.  It is hard work.  The therapist should work hard, but the client needs to work harder.  You h...

January 6, 2019

Thanks to all for the positive feedback on my last blog!  It feels good to hear those positive comments about the work than Shan and I are doing, and how "amazing" we are for making it happen for ourselves.  It feels good to hear those things, because starting this business has not been easy.  It has been hard, frustrating, irritating, confusing, mind-boggling......the list goes on.  I think Shan and I have both gone through bottles of Ibuprofen taken to ease headaches of thinking really hard!  :) 

I have been referred to as stubborn and bull-headed.  My mother called me "pig-headed". I prefer to say I "persevere".  Whatever you call it, Shan and I both have it/do it.  We have had set-backs.  We have gone months without a customer.  We have taken risks that haven't paid off.  We have marketed, re-marketed, and marketed our services again, with little pay off.   I have lain awake in bed on many nights, second guessing myself....

December 25, 2018

In Fall of 2017, I was introduced to Shan Bengtson from Mane Gate Coaching.  We are both certified EAGALA Practitioners living in Roberts, WI.  The EAGALA model is a two person model-you need an Equine Specialist (ES) and a Mental Health Professional (MH).  As Shan has said, it felt like the moon and stars aligned.  She needed an MH (me!) and I needed an ES (her!), and to think we only live 1.5 miles from each other.  We began working together, and after less than a year, it seemed that the right thing to do was to merge into one business.  Stable Relations, LLC merged with Mane Gate Coaching, LLC, to become Mane Gate Coaching and Equine Empowered Connections!!    

Describing what we do is difficult.  It is something that is hard to understand until you experience it.  Sometimes, when people have experiences out in the pasture with the horses, we can't even explain it.  When I talk to people about what we do, I'm sure many of them think I am...

You too can find happiness after a break up! Start by taking baby steps forward and changing your thought process. Start by believing in yourself and discovering anew.

Definition:  You may find yourself asking first, "What is a Life Coach?"  before you even contemplate what would make a Great one!  First of all, a Life Coach is your partner in life.  They will sit beside you not in front or behind.  They will assist you in uncovering effective methods for achieving your goals.  They will invent new possibilities that respect you and your values.  They thrive to create trustworthy authentic relationships that will endure throughout your sessions.  They will embrace who you are, and honor and celebrate your achievements with you.

In today's world, it appears everyone and anyone can call themselves a Coach.  But, a Great Life Coach, a Mastery Coach, is authentically different!  To be considered a Great Coach, one must be approachable, empathetic, and trustworthy.  They have a curious mind, good intuition, and supportive nature that allows you to be you as you transform your life in any area you so desire.  A Great Coach...

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