I am wholeheartedly committed to creating a writing & coaching alliance with Jena Schwartz. Jena agrees to hold all content of all phone sessions and online work completely confidential. I commit to showing up, asking for what I need, and taking full responsibility for my creative and writing life.
In addition, I agree to shape the coaching relationship to best meet my needs by:
-Sharing what I know about my own motivation
-Co-designing structures that will support me
-Speaking up if I need something different from Jena during our call(s)
I give Jena permission to:
-Challenge me with powerful questions and creative suggestions
-Suggest ideas and “homework” based on our conversations
-Provide inquiries for me to think about
These are "pondering" type questions, designed to stimulate your thinking in a way that will make our work together more rich and productive. You might think of each one as a mini freewriting exercise – with no right answer or anything fixed in stone but rather as a portal to further learning, conversation, exploring, and creating. You may choose to answer some or all of these questions! Please return your responses to me at least 24 hours before our Discovery Call.
Look forward 20 years: You’re attending a function where someone is giving a speech about YOU. What do you want them to say? How and where does your writing factor in?
If time and resources were of no concern, describe the things you long to do/write. Do you have a secret passion or fantasy?
Who are you being when the possibilities in life, love, and work are limitless?
What are your spiritual beliefs? Do you believe in a higher power? Please describe the most useful, empowering aspects of your spiritual beliefs.
What needs in your community and in the world are you moved to meet? What’s the relationship between writing and service, if any?
What's missing in your life, the presence of which would make your life more fulfilling and/or your writing life more nourished?
What’s in your life that you wouldn’t change? What do you like about yourself?
When are you unable to laugh at yourself? Where do you get bogged down?
When do you give your power away? To whom?
What drives you crazy?
What are you tolerating?
What special knowledge do you have? What is the story you need to tell?
What do you contribute that’s unique?
What can I say to you when you are “stuck” that will return you to action?
What two steps could you immediately take that would make the biggest difference in your current situation?
Is there anything you’d like me to know at this time?
Your Top Ten
Now please list your top ten values from one to ten in order of importance. We’ll spend a good amount of time diving into these. Trust your gut (always).