an article about Joanna that just appeared in the San Diego
Union Tribune August 2006.
we are sidelined with pain and illness, we stop dreaming - about
who we want to become, what we want to do, things we want to
experience, how we want to impact the world. This often leads
to a profound sense of loss, fear, frustration, and sometimes
depression. We can become trapped and immobilized by not only
our physical pain, but our emotional distress as well.
pain doesn't have to stop you from living a fulfilling, exciting
life! Your journey with pain is a unique opportunity to slow
down, take a look at your life up to this point, and reinvent
it. It all starts with reinventing your dreams! Dreams are the
fuel that moves you from frustration to fulfillment and satisfaction!
I invite you to start reinventing today!
founder of Harmony Coaching Group, is a Certified Dream Coach(R),
speaker and author. She is also the creator of the LifeThr!ve Personal
Coaching Series for People with Chronic Pain. Joanna coaches business
professionals who want to fast track achieving their dreams in life
and work. Her specialty is empowering professionals with chronic
pain from injury or illness to make a comeback in life by reinventing
and living their dreams. To contact Joanna, visit www.harmonycoaching.com
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
a list of dreams and goals you've had in life.
two or three that leap out at you. As you do this, you might
hear yourself saying things like, 'Yeah right. Not anymore!
I hurt too much to do that." If that's true, I think
you'll get tremendous value from this exercise.
think about those dreams. What is it that drew you to them?
What's the essence? Is it something that's going to increase
your pain? For how long? Will the excitement be worth an increased
pain level for a few days? Is there a way you could accomplish
the dream without increasing your pain? Example I used to
love hiking, until my health problems turned any attempt at
a hike into a painful nightmare. So I reinvented that dream
- maintaining the essence, but adjusting the method. Now I
enjoy the beauty of nature in a way that is conducive to my
current health by going for short walks on flat paths in the
woods, or sitting on the beach, or riding my bike leisurely
through the park.
creative ways that you could reinvent the dream so that you
experience what you really want in a way that supports your
overall health and wellness. Ask for input from friends if
you get stuck. Example If you love to snowboard, but are not
up to riding, maybe you could go watch a snowboard competition;
take a gondola ride to the top of a local ski resort just
to be in the midst of the energy (make sure you can also ride
back down!); ride for an hour on the bunny hills; look into
snowboard adaptations that would enable you to sit while riding;
try inner tubing; and much more!
one item from your brainstorm list that you will look into
in the next 24 hours. Be in motion towards achieving your
can live a dream come true life. Even if your life is marked