MY MISSION, as beautifully expressed by Dawna Markova
I Will not Die an Unlived Life
by Dawna Markova, a cancer survivor
I will not die an unlived life
I will not live in fear of falling
Or of catching fire
I choose to inhabit my days
To allow my living to open me
Making me less afraid
To loosen my heart
So that it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise
I choose to risk my significance.
To live so that that which comes to me as seed
Goes to the next as blossom
And that which comes to me as blossom
Goes on as fruit.
MY WORK AS A COACH
I graduated from an excellent coaching program, the Newfield Network Inc. Coaching for Professional and Personal Mastery (CPPM) program and am a Certified Newfield Network Coach. I am deeply passionate about the work of Life Coaching and am committed to the vision that every one of my clients live life with greater competence, ease, joy and well-being. This allows them to be more present, more capable, and more fully alive.
I describe my work style as: thoughtful, compassionate, authentic, intuitive, practical, spontaneous, respectful, collaborative and when necessary, irreverent.
In 1988, I was prompted by the unexpected and untimely death of my beloved brother Mike, age 41, to begin investing time, energy and resources into my own growth and personal path. Since then, this search has supported, enhanced and informed all my professional work with clients.
I value and utilize the learning from this partial list of trainings, work and teachers:
Way back in 1975, I received a MA in history (with a focus on oral history) that supported my interest in people’s unique stories. When I completed my Masters in Social Work at the University of Michigan in 1986, I began to counsel individuals, couples and families. This work led me to Zena Zumeta's facilitative mediation training in 1991, with a focus on giving clients an opportunity to be in charge of their lives, to feel empowerment, and to have the ability to make skillful choices even in the most stressful moments of life. During the next fourteen years, I mediated separation, divorce, post-divorce and step family conflicts. Six years of witnessing the pain and suffering of separating and divorcing couples led me to become trained in IMAGO Relationship Therapy and begin to try and help couples become more conscious and aware using the tools of IMAGO.
I heard "the call" in May of 2002 – the call to change what I was doing. It marked the beginning of a long, difficult period of searching for what was next. Joseph Campbell calls this kind of experience "being in the belly of the whale". I didn’t have those words then; I called it "my dark night of the soul." Coming out of that process, I was prepared and determined to make a profound and intentional change in the focus of my professional work— to move from mediating conflict to coaching individuals. I then received training in Divorce Coaching (Collaborative Law) and then an intensive and life-changing Life Coaching program with Newfield Network, Inc.. I became certified in 2004 and hung out my new shingle. This has led me in wonderful directions which keeps showing up in my work with my clients.
On a more personal note, I am married and have two stepchildren and two biological children. I also have four wonderful grandchildren. I love to quilt. I walk. I do yoga. I swim. I meditate. I frequent Aunt Agatha's Mystery Book store on Fourth Avenue and the Public Library, when I am not reading self-help books! I love the ocean: the smell, the sounds, its depth and power.
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