Karen Senteio

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Courageously Collecting Good People

Courageously Collecting Good People

One of the most compelling things said to me was from a dear friend and fellow coach, Janet Zove. We met about a year ago and immediately had a soul connection. She said to me that she ‘collects good people’. She values and honors connections. Human are wired for connection so we look for and crave it. What is important is the kind of connections we allow in our inner sanctum. The inner sanctum is a sacred space where our souls are bared and we prepare for our walk of authenticity. These people help you chisel away your armor to unveil the masterpiece of you.  They need to be special people!  My theme for 2015 is courage so I ask, how can I be more courageous with my connections? How can I look through the lens of courage and ‘collect good people’. The answer is clear. Collect good people that challenge who I am as a person. Challenge my perspectives, challenge my fear and go into the arena with me when my heart is pounding because I am daring to step out of my comfort zone. These courageous good people may pop up, storm in or glide smoothly into my…

5 Questions to Replace Your Resolutions!

5 Questions to Replace Your Resolutions!

Happy New Year! It is the time of year when we focus on what we want to achieve in the upcoming year. We usually start out writing grand declarations that sound amazing on paper and worthy of Hallmark cards. By February, they are a distant memory or a nagging pendant of defeat that we wear around our necks. I know. I’ve done it. How about we try a fresh approach and start the year with inquiry, good questions that spark something more than a fleeting declaration. Let’s work on something that really matters and changes our lives in significant ways.  Something that at the end of 2015 makes you say…I can’t believe this amazing thing has happened to me.  Let’s ignite inspiration which has a far better chance of taking hold than a resolution. (Read More)

Out of Our Broken Moments….A Gift

I love the holidays, getting together and the spirit that arises at this time of the year. It is the time to pay attention to what matters. When we live wholeheartedly we experience both the good and the bad. It is the cost of love. The holidays can surface hurt, isolation and memories of broken moments that still have the ability to stir emotions that are far from cheer. There are no magic pills or quick fixes for dealing with them. There is no magical ‘solution’. Solution is not the right word. I think the more fitting word is to experience them for what they are. ..feel them, acknowledge them and take the time you need to work through them . While you may not feel courageous, you are. The choice you make to experience and name your emotions is the beginning of recovering. There is a gift in that. Each small step is a gift.   Out of our broken moments, there can come the gift that allows us to transform and be who we really are. Karen Senteio

The Gift of Enough…Already!

The Gift of Enough…Already!

While preparing for Thanksgiving, I came to the conclusion that I would not make myself insane preparing, planning, cooking and cleaning. I stood in the middle of the kitchen and declared that good enough was going to be good enough. Nothing would have to be perfect, just good. Not a hot mess, just good. It applied to everything…the table, the food, the decorations, my outfit and my hair. All of it and it was great! I can’t let it go and will carry it into December and give myself the gift of good enough. Jump on this train! Read More

The Aftermath of Corporate America…Thankful

The Aftermath of Corporate America…Thankful

I left corporate America a year ago after 28 years. There was no angst and I was sure it was the right time.  It was the perfect time. One thing that was interesting was that even though I was very happy about moving ‘into’ the next phase of my life, there would be some sense of loss or grieving that needed to occur when one door closes and another one opens. It is clearing out and experiencing the final wisps of what was in order to lay a blank slate for what will be. My corporate ‘get er’ done’ mind told me to go through this transition in an instant but my heart and soul said it will happen in its own time and way and it did. Experiencing the transition through my heart and soul allowed gratitude to be part of the journey.  I am grateful for all the skills I learned in the corporate arena that are priceless. I am grateful for the people I met along the way and I still love. I am grateful for the people who have inspired me and lit my fire within that sill burns. I am grateful for the good, the…

Bonnie Raitt Got It Right

Bonnie Raitt Got It Right

“Let’s give them something to talk about, baby! A little mystery to figure out.” Bonnie Raitt was onto something. She knew there was something appealing about having a little sass.   Sass is highly underrated. The song makes you happy and makes you believe that your relationship is special and everyone can see it. That song has the ability to transport a thought from the ordinary to the special. Let’s think about how you can make that happen for you. Every once in a while a fantastic song comes along that speaks to you and make you sit back and think. These are the songs that are worthy of becoming your theme music. They are the songs that have the potential to make you put on your favorite outfit or suit and power heels or shoes and strut your way to a new attitude. It is the song that makes you stop the madness and make real change. It is the song that makes you stop tolerating unfulfilling dead end jobs, toxic relationships and the dulling of your brilliant mind. Songs that give you the courage to step into the arena.  It is the song that helps snap you out of…

Compassion…Looking Into the Eyes of a Child

Compassion…Looking Into the Eyes of a Child

At my Reclaim Your Tiara workshop in early October, we had a discussion about the need for self-compassion. We can be our harshest critics holding ourselves to perfectionist standards that we cannot meet leaving us forever chasing impossible ‘ideals’. If we were to witness a friend or family member torturing themselves like that, we would probably compassionately tell them they were enough as they were…just right.  We don’t always do that for ourselves.  Our inclination would be to focus on all the things were were not doing right.  Peggy O’Neill has attended a number of our workshops and she never fails to add wisdom, compassion and perspective to our lively conversations. She did not disappoint. She recommended that we get a picture of ourselves as a child, frame it and put it in a place where you would see it. When you were at the end of yourself, driving yourself to exhaustion or being self-critical, look at that picture of the beautiful child and ask what do they need at this moment. How would you take care of that child?  Would you tell her there was hope and everything was going to be alright or would you say the things…

Are You Having an Arena Moment?

Are You Having an Arena Moment?

In Brene´ Brown’s fantastic book, The Gifts of Imperfection, she describes the concept of the arena, the places or situations that require us to be courageous and stand in our authenticity bravely facing the consequences and benefits of our choice to engage. Our lives are a string of arenas and we are presented with opportunities and challenges to STEP IN and make the choice of who we are going to be in the arena moments. I am intrigued and inspired by the concept of the arena and know for sure that living brave is the way to live free.  Are you on the verge of an arena moment? Are you standing in the doorway of something important and you are thinking about GOING IN? Let your heart pump from the exhilaration of doing something for the first…second…or third time, risking failure, falling down but getting back up. Ignore the shouts of the naysayers telling you to stay down and be emboldened by the voices of your supporters telling you that you CAN RISE. Because you can…again and again.

Tapping Down the ‘Sorry’

Tapping Down the ‘Sorry’

In this fascinating article and video posted on upworthy.com it illustrates a behavior of over-apologizing. I tested it myself in stores, restaurants and other venues. We are ‘sorrying’ all over the place. I found I was doing it to! Let’s give it some thought and careful consideration. The article stated “women are 37% more likely than men to identify their own behavior as worthy of an apology, which leads to women apologizing more frequently than men do … which in turn, unfortunately, fuels the double standard that women who aren’t ‘apologetic enough’ are bossy (or worse)”. Let’s pay attention to this interesting trend. <click here to see the article and video>

The Places We Dare to Go

The Places We Dare to Go

I spent a wonderful week at Dr. Brene´ Brown’s Daring Way™ training in San Antonio TX. It was a deep swim in the topics of shame, courage and vulnerability explored in the company of amazing, eclectic and passionate colleagues. We talked about the concept of arenas which are the places we dare to go and show up, be seen, and live brave. This requires us to be vulnerable risking pointy arrows for a chance to experience the exhilaration of wholehearted authenticity. Well, today I dare by releasing my first eBook, Living with Verve, Living with Spirit. It is a collection of writings meant to inspire but it is also to me a step meant to free. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Kindle Version Nook Version