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Designing your relationship

September is a busy month at Red Barn. Just on the heels of the launch of RBC ONE, couples in the San Diego area are getting the opportunity to attend our workshop series on Relationship by Design.

What does your own relationship look like?

Have you and your partner spent the time to discuss what’s truly important to the two of you, or how you want to be with each other when it gets difficult? How do you relate as a couple to finances, careers, child rearing or stress? Creating an inspired, fun, warm, loving relationship (and all the other things you want it to be) takes time, energy and tools.

Listening tools, on average most of us hear 25-50 % of what our partner says to us.

Awareness tools, how emotionally intelligent would you say you & your partner are?

Discovery tools, how well do you really know your partner and their inner world?

These are just some of the tools and topics we will be exploring.

Workshops will be held on
Saturday September 19, and Saturday, October 10 @ 10:00 am
at
Chapman University
Room 104
7460 Mission Valley Road
San Diego 92108

For more information on taking part please email penny@redbarncoaching.com or call 619-990-1650

Please pass this information on to those who may be interested in attending.
Looking forward it!
Penny

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Wedded bliss?

This weekend Penny will be setting up the RBC shop at Bridal Bazaar, the San Diego Wedding Expo.

Using the theme of ‘After you say “I do”‘, we have created a booth that encompasses a veritable library of books on relationships and includes a large graphic where the attendees can scribe their answers to ‘What does relationship mean to you?’. We are hoping that along with the activities of listing DJ’s, viewing photographer’s portfolios, being educated about the latest floral trends and cake tastings we will have visitors who are willing to pause and think about that question.

Building any relationship takes love, awareness and partnership and if the recent and rather over dramatized episodes of ‘Bridezillas’ on WEtv has any smidgeon of truth to them, it would seem to be that stress negates ANY inclination to see that. So along with our couples coaching packages we will be offering stress management packages too for the wedding party and their families.

Having worked at a popular wedding venue for many years, Penny is not new at interacting with Brides, Grooms and their families. She has many stories to tell of the goings on during planning and what transpires in regard to family dynamics when the big day actually arrives, she is however just too classy to spill the beans! It’s therefore not an entire surprise that couples coaching is where Penny chooses to focus her practice.

So I rest assured that even if the odd Bridezilla does find her way into our booth, Penny will be able to listen, provide a new perspective, remove the ‘zilla’ and have her back on her way; looking for that perfect napkin in light aqua, with a serene smile upon her face.

We love a wedding.
Candice

If you know of any newlyweds or families that are involved in an upcoming wedding, be sure to tell them that we have couples coaching available, by phone or in person. We are passionate about supporting any couple to have an intentional relationship.

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High Dream Low Dream

I recently coached a family that has many new things on the horizon. Together we looked into the previous chapter of their story to see what they may miss about it, and which aspects of it they would like to bring along into the new chapter they are creating. In the session they began to envision what they want the new chapter to look like and as I listened, they began to become aware of High Dreams and Low Dreams.

What do I mean by High dreams Low Dreams? High Dream – “I hope I get the great new job”. Low Dream – “what if I call her and she doesn’t call me back?” High dreams and low dreams are our best hopes and our worst fears. In relationships it is not always that simple, nor that easy to be aware of these two ‘distinct dreams’ at all times, and yet, even though we may be unconscious of these concepts, they can have a powerful impact on what we create in our life and in our relationships.

The family’s low dream was around not having as much quality time together and their high dream was doing something together as a family that was bigger than themselves, serving the world in some way. With this awareness, they can now intentionally create what they want by looking at what supports their high dream and minimize the possibility of only their low dream occurring.

You may be wondering, how does being conscious of your high dream, low dream, hopes, expectations and desires, have an impact on how you are in your relationships? Well ask yourself – “Do I operate more from the realm of my low dream or more often from my high dream, and what impact does that have?”

Awareness is wonderful and sometimes scary, and it gives us the opportunity to be more intentional in our relationships. If life is a canvas, will YOUR masterpiece be influenced by a low dream or high dream?

Thanks to my wonderful clients for giving me permission to share their story.
Penny

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Honoring Mom’s

In the US and Canada, Sunday is Mother’s Day. There is still time to find that special gift, stand at Hallmark and search for the perfect card, and decide which of your mother’s favorite restaurants to take her to.

I have to admit that Mother’s Day is one of my favorite celebrations, and not just because I’m a mum. I loved it even when I was a kid. My sister and I would carefully plan for weeks before Mother’s day what we were going to do for our mum. We would pool our allowance which we had been saving and find the perfect gift with our $10.00, plan the day so it would be carefree for her and of course this would all be a surprise. We delighted in it. Looking back on it now as a mother myself, I see her delight was watching the two of us.

So what’s in store for your Mother this Sunday? Think back to when you were a child, you might come up with something truly memorable and I hope some of your childlike delight in wanting to show your Mom how much she means to you comes shining through.

To all you amazing Mothers out there we celebrate your beauty love and commitment.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Penny

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Nourishing Body Work

As most of you are aware Candice and I love to find some new deliciously nourishing thing to tell you about. Well I came across a type of body work that I think sounds divine.
Although new to me it has been around since 1980, and it’s called, “Breema”
Developed by a Chiropractor named Jon Schreiber, after finishing his chiropractic education he wanted something more than a traditional practice so he found eight like-minded colleagues, and together they created the “9 Principals of Harmony”
Here are the nine principals:

1. Body Comfortable
When we look at the body, not as something separate, but as an aspect of a unified whole, there is no place for discomfort.

2. No Extra
To express our true nature, nothing extra is needed.

3. Firmness and Gentleness
Real firmness is always gentle. Real gentleness is always firm. When we are present, we naturally manifest firmness and gentleness simultaneously.

4. Full Participation
The most natural way of moving and living is with full participation. Full participation is possible when body, mind, and feelings are united in a common aim.

5. Mutual Support
The more our Being participates, the more we are able to support life and recognize that Existence supports us. Giving and receiving support take place simultaneously.

6. No Judgment
The atmosphere of nonjudgment gives us a taste of acceptance of ourselves as we are in the moment. When we come to the present, we are free from judgment.

7. Single Moment/Single Activity
Each moment is new, fresh, totally alive. Each moment is an expression of our true nature, complete by itself.

8. No Hurry/No Pause
In the natural rhythm of life energy, there is no hurry and no pause.

9. No Force
When we let go of assumptions of separation, we let go of force.

Breema body workers practice these principals in their daily lives to help raise their own connection to body mind & feelings. During a Breema session the client lies on a mat on the floor, fully clothed, while the practitioner uses nurturing touch, tension- relieving stretches, and rhythmic movements to create physical, mental, and emotional balance, in an atmosphere of harmony and non judgment. The practitioner will choose which of the many stretches and movements seems appropriate based on the 9 principals.

Jon Schreiber calls the 9 principals ” the art of being present” The Nine Principles of Harmony are the key to the system’s many unique facets, from its enlivening effect on both practitioner and recipient, to its ability to create deep receptivity and tangible well-being. Breema practitioners view their clients not as sore muscles or non functioning knees, or having a bad elbow, but as being whole and OK, just as they are.

Breema’s uniquely non-judgmental approach nurtures as it enlivens, releasing tension while creating a new relationship between the mind and the body that allows the feelings to come into balance.

www.breema.com will give you more information, as well as help you find a Breema Body worker near you. Breema bodywork is appropriate for anyone interested in a practical way to deepen their relationship to life while nurturing the body.

Thanks,
Penny

Info for this article found in Jan issue of Spirituality & Health Magazine. and http://www.breema.com

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International Women’s Day

March 8 2009 is International Women’s Day. This day has been recognized as International Women’s Day since 1911. On this day, women around the world join together in celebration of the intelligence, strength, courage and beauty of women. The focus of this day is to celebrate the achievements of women around the globe without regard to their national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political differences.

Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world. Many countries, cities and communities hold events that we can be a part of; diverse local activities connect women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more. The International Women’s Day website is a great resource to find out what is going on in your area www.internationalwomensday.com

The site has events listed by country and city and is a wealth of information about what is going on globally with and for women. This includes information about Global Issues, Business/Finance, Media/Art,
Work and Government.

One organization, that we have shared with you before, Women for Women International, is holding a Global Teleconference on March 5. They will be talking about what women in their programs are doing to eradicate hunger in their countries. You can join that call by going to their website www.womenforwomen.org

Each country, city or organization participating in IWD is encouraged to find a theme. This year many have chosen themes around women and men uniting to end violence against women and girls. Currently there are 461 events in 37 countries being held for 2009..

A few gender facts to end with:
– Globally women comprise 42% internet users
– Women use 20,000 words a day while men only use 7,000
– Females in developing countries on average carry 20 liters of water per day over 6 km
– Women do two-thirds of the world’s work but receive only 10% of the world’s income.
– 56% of women who voted supported Obama compared to only 49% of men who voted for Obama.
– Women control $14 trillion in assets and this should grow to $22 trillion over next 10 years
– Only 21% of all news subjects (people interviewed or whom the news is about) are female.

Think globally act locally and find your own unique way of getting involved in IWD. Personally I like the way Russia does it. IWD is a National holiday and men get up early in the morning to go buy flowers for their wives mothers and daughters.
Yea Men !!
Penny

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Take Time

Today is Presidents Day in the US, and it’s Family Day here in Canada. It is also Kyoto Protocol Day. The protocol became legally binding at midnight on February 16, 2005 and says there should be a 5.2% cut in greenhouse gas emissions from the industrialized world by 2012 and though not a holiday, certainly worth recognition.

I looked to see where else in the world today might be a holiday, and for many countries you have days coming soon so hang in there..and for those of you who live in countries where today is a holiday, what nourishing things are you doing?

We all lead very busy lives. The ability to take a whole day off may seem impossible, impractical, maybe even ridiculous given our deadlines and schedules. So how about half the day or even a couple of hours just for YOU!! Close your eyes and think about that. What comes up for you? Sleep, a walk, reading your favorite book, a massage (that is how I am going to nourish myself). Playing a game with your children, taking a run on the beach with your dog, or taking a long hot bath. You know what it is; the image of it brought a smile to your face or a deep sigh.

Whether it’s today or another day, please make time, just for you. You’re worth every precious minute, and the investment will give you far more back.

Penny

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