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I was interviewed “At the Table” with April Fiet!

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Believe it on not, there is something on my blog today! I know it’s been a while. Have you heard me talk about the amazing people I’ve met on twitter? Probably.  I’m so excited to tell you about one of those people: April Fiet. April and her husband co-pastor a church in Iowa. She does Karate, is super crafty and has a wonderful voice (nothing like me!!). However, we hold many of the same beliefs about the church, God and even parenting.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her, first online, and then through phone calls and emails.

Through this, I discovered that April has had a coach in the past and she shared how much it helped her. Coaching is often hard to explain and I always love to meet people who have experienced working with a coach.

When April offered to interview me about coaching I jumped at the chance to be on her fabulous blog.  You might already read her blog, and if you don’t – check it out!

Here’s a snippet of my interview:

What experiences led you to pursue coach training?

JH: As it is with most career changes, I can follow the journey back many years.  Upon graduating from seminary in 2005, I began working at a non-profit in the inner city of Vancouver.  I spent most of my time there hiring, training, and working with volunteers. I helped them figure out where they would fit in our organization, what they had to offer, and what they wanted to learn.

After nearly ten years, I was feeling ready to move on. Around this time, I went to a workshop with a good friend of mine and we began to chat over lunch with a former-pastor-turned-coach. My friend Dawn asked him more about coaching and, as he explained what it was, she looked at me and said, “Jane, this is what you should do next!”  I agreed!  My seminary degree, work at the non-profit, and (ironically?) ten years as a swim coach, had me interested. I began coaching school in Sept. 2012 and finished one year later.

Who do you coach?

JH: I work primarily with Christian women who are ready and willing to make a change in their lives. That change can be in their career, attitude toward something, health, relationships, etc. What I have found is that often times Christians who have grown up in the church have learned something that really limits them, or they have unconsciously and unhelpfully twisted something they grew up hearing. For example, they have been taught that pride is sinful but have twisted it into “I can’t admit what I’m good at or really own my talents because I will be prideful.” This can become incredibly difficult when applying for jobs or even choosing a career. I help to untwist these things while still honouring what they believe about their faith.  I’m happy to work with men or people of other faiths as well, but the majority of my clients are Christian women.

What benefits of coaching do you see?

– You can read the rest here

lostnlifted: my very old instagram project (that I just started)

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Back in my seminary days, many of my friends took a class called “The Christian Imagination.” I don’t even know what they learned but they all ended up doing these amazing creative projects.  And even that is an understatement. One friend, who happened to be in seminary ON A BREAK FROM MEDICAL SCHOOL, produced an entire CD of herself singing & playing guitar.  Another friend wrote a book of poetry, another did a photo exhibit of greenhouses. I never even considered taking the class because I’m not what you call ‘artistic.’

I may be called funny or sporty but artsy is not on my resume.

IMG_1359Speaking of sporty, I did a lot of walking when I first moved to Vancouver. I had moved from California, where the stereotype is true: people don’t really walk much.

I began to see the world from the sidewalk and loved the new perspective. At first I began to notice was things accidentally dropped on the ground, recovered by another person and placed up hire, closer to eye level.  I assumed this was so that the owner would have a chance at recovering their missing glove or baby shoe more easily.

Every time I saw an item, lost and lifted, I felt this sense of joy – like someone did something nice in our neighbourhood. I saw the kindness of someone, bending over to pick up a dirty glove and putting it on a fence post in hopes of finding it’s mate. I had no idea if people in other cities did this kind of thing but I had never noticed it before.  After all, Canadians are known for being friendly and polite.

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I continued to see the times and I began to take pictures of the lifted items with my camera (remember this is the early 2000’s: no iphones).  I would snap a photo and say to myself, “this is my Christian imagination project.” I even felt slightly creative. Back then I thought I might make a photo collage (how dated!) but as time went on I dreamed of making a blog or something else online.

Fast forward to 2013 when I became a certified coach. Now, I spend my days helping people figure out what they really want in life and I how they are going to make it happen.  I encourage people to do their “homework” and provide accountability so they do what they say they are going to do.  And here I was with a creative project in the works for over 10 years.  It was about time to get errr done!

My husband and I brainstormed a (he really wants me to include this fact in my post), I chose a platform to share my project, and voila. I present to you the ongoing work of #lostnlifted.

Confession: I am uploading old photos (many were sadly lost in computer/camera/phone transitions) but plan to continue sharing the ones I find.

I can’t walk past a lifted scarf without snapping a shot of kindness.

Follow along on instagram @lostnlifted or on twitter #lostnlifted. The fun is just getting started! Feel free to post your own with the #lostnlifted and I’ll try to repost them too.