The initiation into a new life


“Do not lose heart, even if you should discover that you lack qualities necessary for the work to which you are called. He who called you will not desert you, but the moment you are in need he will stretch out his saving hand.”-Saint Angela Merici


my place of being

Honoring a calling to bring forth my book on wellness has been a journey in faith. 

Brought to my knees more times than I can recall sobbing tears of financial fright, I have learned three coping mechanisms:

1.  Go within and ask for God’s help.

2.  Take inspired (not panic-based) actions.  The part-time job I took in a scary pinch led to new stressors, working in a crazy environment that triggered chaos of the past.  Sometimes we get these triggers to release old wounds.  I certainly had a chance to “let go” of old behaviors that no longer serve me and make room for wonderful new experiences that continue to expand.

3.  Get back to an inner “knowing,” which for me is a mission to serve.   Each time I stepped into a pothole of despair by yet another job rejection, I was brought deeper into my creative process.

After my attempts to find supplemental work failed—and I lived through many dark nights of the soul—I surrendered and worked full-time on my book all summer without any income, taking the biggest leap of faith of my life.

Working on a book entails a lot more than just writing.  It involves building a platform for a broader message and creating social media followers of people likely to buy the book or at least help spread the word.  I spent two hours a day building my online presence, after working four to six hours per day writing.

Then, I stopped and breathed in the final days of summer– biking, walking, attending outdoor concerts and sitting on my perch, a high bench overlooking Plum Island, filling myself up with the nurturance and sustenance I need to serve.  We have to be full in ourselves first to be present and available to others.

In my rested state of more moments of “being” I gained a lot of insights about the types of people I want in my life, the direction of my book, and the expansion of my coaching practice.

I envision this fall being a time of resurrection, after spending time honoring what I encourage my clients to embrace:  more moments of “being” and less time “doing.”

“Being” is where creating anew happens.  I am so excited to share my new developments with you in next week’s blog to be posted September 16.

To the joy of expansion,




1.  I allow myself to use adversity to strengthen my faith.

2. I allow myself to go within when challenged by external circumstances.

3.  I allow myself to see times of “being” as making room for an expanded life.


The photo above is my place of “being”–the view from my “perch” at the beach of the Parker River Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, Newbury, Mass.




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  • Leslie Evans says:


    Thank you for the work you do, your authenticity and allowing yourself to be vulnerable and “seen”. I have never taken the time to write to you until last Saturday when you so graciously responded, but feel compelled to do so today.
    I eagerly await your new book (I’ve already read “to Hell and Back”). I always take away something you’ve written in your blog. This week, especially as I explore the possibility of Life Coach as a career, I appreciate your honesty, struggle, vulnerability, and your transparency, and that you’re not just doing some blogging, but in fact are BEING who you are and sharing it with those of us who follow you. I realize coaching will most likely need to be supplemented with another source of income. I also appreciate your Belief Tips of the week. I intend to make them my own.
    I look forward to learning more about the workshop you are planning for October. I would love to attend! Until then.

    A heart full of gratitude from Methuen,

    Leslie Evans

    With heartfelt gratitude in Methuen.

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Leslie: One of the “gifts” of doing this work I love so much is hearing from past clients and seeing how their lives evolve. I was most touched you took the time to write today and was glad to be able to offer you feedback on building a coaching practice when you emailed me last week. Authenticity is key to me, so writing about the vulnerable and scary moments in life, is part of “the package” of who I am. I am grateful for you and your thoughts as well. Blessings, Gail

  • Beth says:

    Gail, I truly enjoy your posts. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I really believe we learn best from each other…our experiences shared create a balance somehow…something we each can hold on to.

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thanks, Beth. And to truly connect with others we need to share the truth of our experiences, even the ones that are sometimes more scary to discuss. Ironically, we often feel “lighter” after such disclosures and we also learn who can “be there” for us and who cannot. Warmly, Gail

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