About Me

Welcome to the Circle

Blog Mission:

Why do you enjoy hanging out with your best friends?  Because they accept and love you for who you are.  Sure they may hit you with a dose of tough love sometimes, but you know it comes from a place of love.  You know they support you, and cheer you on as you try to be a better you, all the while loving the imperfect you that you are right now.  They share their wisdom and advice on everything from the big stuff like relationships, parenting, family issues, to cleaning hacks and products you can't live without.   You take it all in with an open mind, keeping what works or resonates with you and letting go of what doesn't.  They inspire you to be better, to dream, and they give you the courage and support to take action to make it happen.  That's what we're going for here.  Accepted and loved as you are, and hoping to inspire and support you in becoming even greater than you already are if and when you are ready.

Gretchen

I’m a naturally curious, socially awkward introvert who has been described as “reverently irreverent”, which I think is a fancy way of saying that I try to find humor in everything often dancing dangerously close to that “inappropriate” line (hence the socially awkward adjective).  I have also been known to call attention to the elephant in the room rather than ignore it.

I believe that your intent matters than the actual words that come out of your mouth, and I am not easily offended.  Not to say that I don’t take things seriously. I am very serious about people living the best life that they can because life is too short to do otherwise and too short to spend time on things that don't really matter.

My idea of hell would be to send me to a party alone to make fake small talk with people I hardly know. Don’t get me wrong, I can engage in shallow conversations, but they have to be “real” conversations. It sucks the life right out of me to have to pretend that my life is perfect, and your life is perfect (even though I know it’s not because no one’s life is perfect).


I left the world of work as an Human Resources Executive for a major chemical company when my son started kindergarten, and after a year or two finally admitted I was bored out of my mind with the the mundane task of laundry and housework, and tired of only being described as someone’s Mom.  I mean, I love my kids, but I also don’t want to be only a Mom or a wife because… boring, and I think I would be in great danger of “over-parenting” (I think the term is helicopter Mom?)  I missed discussing issues and creating solutions with other adults to make life better.

So... I received my certification in coaching, so I could continue to help people reach their goals in work or in life.  Having a dream or a goal is a big deal, and my role is to help people get from where they are now to where they want to be.  I love that work because I truly believe given any circumstance, you have choices, and sometimes you need a little help figuring those options out and navigating obstacles, and that is where I come in.  I walk beside you on your journey from wherever you are to wherever you dream of going.  If you are interested in receiving coaching, or even just curious about it, you can reach me through the blog email or at my email gretchen.sawchuk@gmail.com.


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