2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least, yet in the circles of coaches and healers that I know, everyone sees the light in what’s unfolding.
I’ve been in awe of the perspective and resilience of our collective which is why I’ve compiled this article on what coaches are grateful for in 2020.
I hope this article might inspire you to give thanks for 2020 too (please share what you are grateful for in the comments!).
“More deliberate about connecting”
I’m grateful for time! The shutdown caused me to slow down and gave me the type of rest I haven’t had in a long time. Also it allowed me to be more deliberate about connecting. My extended family and I have monthly zoom calls and I’ve had a few happy hours and coffee over zoom.
Author of The Coach Guardian’s Ignited Business Column
“Work on my inner world more deeply than I ever imagined”
I am thankful to 2020 for recalibrating what’s considered “normal”. The tone of restrictions and freedoms has certainly changed but the broad sweep has remained somewhat similar – for me.
I am thankful for modern telecommunications. I remember when staying in touch meant snail mail and a weekly, quick 5 minute call home – if the dorm landlines were working.
I am thankful for reconnecting with the intimacy of small gatherings. Now we really talk to each other, listen to how each of us is coping, and feeling comfortable sitting in silence without a device in our hands.
I am thankful for being able to take stock of my life. I have had the time, opportunity and motive to work on my inner world more deeply than I ever imagined. This has also allowed me to remember who I am and to sincerely value the people in my life. And for that I am truly, truly grateful.
Author of The Coach Guardian’s Unapologetically Me Column
“Deeper connection to people I care about”
I realised during the lockdown that I had made the right decision in life – to choose to follow for my true nature and passion. To be able to be me, finally. More clarity came by slowing down. It confirmed that I was walking on the right path.
I am grateful to be able to have a deeper connection to people I care about. Working together with like minded people, even when they are at the opposite part of the world. That ignited more Joy and purpose.
I am grateful to have found my lost passion of writing, by being a Coach Guardian author. I used to write a lot when I was younger. But the busy life made me forget about it. With the slowdown I was able to realise that it’s a great way to make some impact and helping other people. I could say that I did quite some personal development steps in 2020.
Online Business Coach & Talent Discoverer
Author of The Coach Guardian’s Biz Systems with a Heart Column
“To slow right down, to breathe, to truly rest and to pivot”
I am grateful for the opportunity to slow right down, to breathe, to truly rest and to pivot my business in a whole new direction.
2020 started with a shocking cancer diagnosis and immediate surgery. This was then followed by chemotherapy. And although I am still in the midst of treatment, I feel as though I am through the worst of it and eager to put my life back together (differently). My treatment has been simultaneous with the onset of the covid pandemic and subsequent lockdown. I am so grateful that the world seemed to be in support and in alignment with my treatment path and enabled me to catch up on a lifetime of exhaustion.
During my darkest hour, I gained clarity of my purpose to support and assist others going through cancer treatment and beyond. So what started as a shocking beginning to my year has ended with me successfully navigating treatment, creating a ‘Healing Journal’ for cancer patients, shifting business direction and I have so much gratitude for all of it.
Author of The Coach Guardian’s Eye of the Storm Column
“New life in the midst of the pandemic”
I am super thankful for 2020 for the birth of my newborn. It is incredible that we have given birth to a new life in the midst of the pandemic. This new life brings forth a new joy in the family. With the new addition to the family, it also means new responsibility, to be a better father, a better son, and a better coach and consultant.
Author of The Coach Guardian’s Design Your Life Column
“Healing the natural world”
I’m grateful for 2020 as the slower pace of human life has allowed nature to begin healing the natural world. More birds in the garden, more wildlife in the parks, less pollution in the air. Because I’ve been working from home I’ve spent more quality time with my husband who works 200 miles away. I’ve gained more qualifications – online passion mapping, Certified Divorce Coach and mastered new software Miro and Zoom because I’ve made better use of my time.
Dr Sue Palmer-Conn
Author of The Coach Guardian’s Windmills of the Mind Column
“For every soul who shares this journey with me”
Whilst it is akin to enlightenment to live free from expectation, the one thing I remain comfortable With is the expectation of change.
The world is changing SO fast !
I give thanks for being alive during one of the most exciting times in the history, of being human and for every soul who shares this journey with me.
Emotional Mind Integration and Family Constellation Practitioner
Author of The Coach Guardian’s Melanie’s Soul Couch Column
“My courage to lean in”
I’m grateful for journeying with my soul sisters who held space and supported me with love and grace during a year of big changes. Grateful for the chance to be able to say yes to opportunities that have presented themselves during COVID and for my courage to lean in to any uncomfortable feelings of fear in uncertain times.
Author of The Coach Guardian’s Brand Basics Column
“Allowed me to indulge in my passions”
This year was undoubtedly challenging and there was a lot of uncertainty to deal with. However, I am beyond grateful for the health of my family and friends, close and far. Even more so, knowing that not everyone has been this lucky.
A slower pace in life allowed me to indulge in my passions, a dream come true for a 1/3 Manifesting Generator (Human Design is one of my obsessions). This was a year of learning for me. A year spent diving deep in books and studies, but the kind that you can’t get enough of. I got the chance to turn my love for Feng Shui into an expertise and practice and I am so grateful for that turn of circumstances.
I am thankful for my friend Benay and The Coach Guardian, for giving me the opportunity to share my love for Feng Shui with the world. This was also a year that made me go back to content writing after a few years break, and I was sure missing that writer’s flow, and hours passing by without realizing.
I am so grateful for all the clients that crossed my path this year, there were so many amazing collaborations. This year opened my eyes to where my true strengths lie, and that meant shedding some old stubborn beliefs and expectations of myself, which took some time to let go.
Feng Shui Coach
Author of The Coach Guardian’s Focus on Growth with Feng Shui Column
“The new view”
I am thankful for the new view that 2020 has given me. It allowed me to slow down and to see what is truly important in life. It gave me the clarity to see new ways to service my clients and to help them reach new heights. It also helped me to release the things that were not servicing me to achieve my purpose in life to educate, create, and serve. I am thankful for the people that my articles were able to help and for the opportunity to do so.
Social Media & Life Coach
Author of The Coach Guardian’s Technically Intuitive Column
This past year I have been very grateful for the community that has been built through The Coach Guardian. I am grateful that so many amazing authors have come and shared their wisdom and expertise and helped the The Coach Guardian help other coaches. My time spent with Benay and Neha has been a weekly highlight for me and their friendship is invaluable to me. The Coach Guardian author gatherings make me feel joyous that so many others are as excited about this project as I am. The Coach Guardian was definitely an amazing part of 2020, amidst all that was going on in the world, it was the bright spot in my day.
Co-Founder & Logistics of The Coach Guardian
Author of the Website That Work column
“Finding joy in the simplest of things”
I am deeply grateful to 2020 for putting me in a position that helped me find joy in the simplest of things. Our world shrank this year. It slowed me down and removed so many little decisions from my day, thus opening up so much time to think, to feel, to observe, and to understand things as they are. That place of understanding has fueled me with the strength and confidence to make Big changes in my life.
The world also shrank physically – when the lockdown began and I knew I’d be confined to my apartment, I pushed the piano against the window. I had always had a contentious relationship with it, but this year I spent hours everyday sitting in front of it, studying music theory and something has clicked. This click opened a portal into the magical world of music which has blown my mind. I know this to be a highlight of my life.
Speaking of highlights of my life, I can’t believe I get to work with Benay and Jenny – two people I deeply admire and love – at The Coach Guardian, and to collaborate with so many talented and incredible coaches and authors from around the world!
Of course, I experienced many losses and hardships this year, but going through them forced me to be strong, and to grow. I realise now that I’ve gone through them and I’m okay – in fact, I’m more than okay – I am happy! I feel incredibly lucky that I have to stop myself from writing more because I’m overwhelmed by just how much I have to be grateful for. I could write pages and pages. I’ll go do that in my journal now! Thanks for reading!
Copyeditor at The Coach Guardian and Fitness Coach
Author of The Coach Guardian’s Word Power Column
“Coming together to create”
I am grateful for 2020 for bringing me home (literally and figuratively) to myself, to the things that truly matter in my life. As I am thankful for the new vision and expansive community of global coaches, healers and transformational leaders coming together to create and support a movement of co-creation, compassion, and conscious transformation.
Author of The Coach Guardian’s Body, Soul, & Strategy Column