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Working Mother's Coach   January 2012
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"Thank you so much for offering such a wonderful service to working mothers. You're a great coach and I deeply value the time we've spent together and the progress you've helped me make in my life. I wouldn't be this far along in my goals or have this much courage to push forward without your support. I've made more progress with you in the last 2 months than I made in 2 years of therapy."
-Joanne Stewart, Geography/Wildlife Project Manager, Mother of One, Glasgow, MT

"I highly recommend Amber as a life/career coach. In our work together focusing on career transition, she's provided exceptional value in her ability to assess situations quickly and offer concrete tools, processes and plans of action to enable successful growth, change and resilience."  
-Tracy Wiseman,
Technical/Business Consultant, Mother of One, San Jose, CA

"Amber has been a constant catalyst for growth for me over the past couple of years. She helped me get more done in less time and achieve
challenging career objectives."
-Carrie Rosenthal, Entrepreneur, Mother of One, New York, NY  

"Amber, you helped me gain clarity, try on new perspectives, set realistic goals, and get into action. This has been a huge success for me."
-Donna Chin Klein, Professional Writer, Mother of Two, Ross, CA

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Happy 2012! Now that we're a few weeks in, I hope your new year is off to a fulfilling and successful start.

If you're having trouble keeping your new year's resolutions but you still want to make some changes this year, read my article below on how to create a theme for the year. A theme is a way of showing up in the world, the qualities you'll bring forth and the impact you'll make each day, week and month of the year.

Also, check out USA Today's recent feature of my practice as a life/career coach for working mothers and Bay Area Parent's recent interview with me on how to make important life changes. Happy reading and here's to your new year!

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Ditch the Resolutions and Create Real, Lasting Change

I'm not a big fan of New Year's Resolutions. Even with the best intentions, resolutions tend to lose momentum and fizzle out in the first few weeks of the year. You're left feeling like you "failed" and you beat yourself up for not following through.

Instead, try setting yourself up for success by looking out over the year ahead and thinking about your theme - a succinct phrase or word that describes how you want to show up in the world; the impact you want to make; your intention for each day of the year. Examples include "going out on a limb," "feeling good and looking good," or "enjoying the fruits of my labor." You get the idea.

Once you have your intention for the year, you can make a list of actions that will help support your intention. For example, for "feeling good and looking good", perhaps it's following-through with all those doctor appointments you've been putting off; scheduling exercise into your calendar for twice/week and finding a pair of jeans that fit well and you feel great in.

To help anchor your theme so that it has a longer shelf life and you're reminded of it on a daily and weekly basis, try writing the theme as the screensaver on your computer; as the wallpaper on your phone; or on the front page of your hard copy calendar. The idea is to have it front and center so that each day you're reminded of your intention for the year. Then, each day, you get to choose what one small, achievable, realistic action step you can take to support your theme.

Over the years, many readers have written in with their themes for the year. I've been impressed and moved by the depth, meaning and variety of themes and look forward to hearing from you this year.

About Amber Rosenberg

A seasoned professional life coach and mother of two, Amber helps working mothers manage guilt and stress and re-define success on their own terms. Through personal one-on-one coaching, she's empowered hundreds of moms across the US, Canada and Europe to achieve success that's balanced. Through corporate coaching, she's helped dozens of employers such as Adobe, Morgan Stanley and Google to create a more supportive work environment for their valued employees.

With 15 years of professional experience, she started her career as a public relations coach for executives at Fortune 500 companies and non-profits. Amber opened her life coaching business in 2004 and deeply enjoys empowering others to make positive changes in their lives.

Amber has been interviewed for national and local TV shows, magazines, newspapers and blogs and she wrote a chapter on "How to Manage Your Love/Hate Relationship with Time" for the book Inspiration to Realization.

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