Turning to One Another

I’m sharing a poem from one of my beloved authors. Turning to One Another by Margaret Wheatley. This is from her book by the same title.
Turning to One Another 
There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about
Ask “What’s possible?” not “What’s wrong?” Keep asking.
Notice what you care about.
Assume that many others share your dreams.
Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.
      Talk to people you know.
      Talk to people you don’t know.
      Talk to people you never talk to.
Be intrigued by the differences you hear.
      Expect to be surprised.
      Treasure curiosity more than certainty.
Invite in everybody who cares to work on what’s possible.
       Acknowledge that everyone is an expert about something.
       Know that creative solutions come from new connections.
Remember, you don’t fear people whose story you know.
Real listening always brings people closer together.
Trust that meaningful conversations can change the world.
Rely on human goodness. Stay together.

Webinar Series: Your Authentic Self is Calling, Will You Answer?

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Do you know the sound of your Authentic Self? Maybe it’s not a sound at all. Is it more like the rustling in the pit of your stomach? What is that thing that keeps popping up and saying, “I’ll do that thing when …..”

In this webinar series you’ll learn techniques for listening to Your Authentic Self by harnessing the power of your own internal guidance system. With this direction, tap into what wants to emerge from you in the form of a Wildly Improbable Goal. Break it down to the smallest steps possible with Turtle Steps. Find support and guidance as you navigate the calm and turbulent waters to reach your goal and answer your Authentic Self’s Calling.

When:                 3 Tuesdays: March 21st, 28th, April 4th
Time:                  4:30-6 pm Pacific / 6:30-8 pm Central
Length:               90 minutes
Price:                   $49.00 (One Time Introductory Price) 

In The Webinar Series You Will…

  • Answer the Call of Your Authentic Self
  • Recognize Your Social Self and Essential Self
  • Listen to your Body Compass
  • Defrost Dreams
  • Create Wildly Improbable Goals
  • Turtle Step Your Wildly Improbable Goals into Reality
  • Receive Weekly Handouts and Recorded Sessions
  • Use Unlimited Email Support
  • Obtain Coaching during Webinar
  • Receive Discounted Individual Coaching Packages
  • 4.5 hours of Webinar Time!

Your Instructors:

Brigitte M Volltrauer Shipman and Katharine Wismer

Both presenters are Martha Beck trained life coaches as well as educational leaders, teachers, and curriculum developers.


Week One Topics

  • Find Your Personal “Why”
  • Pre-work for each week’s class
  • Martha Back Change Cycle
  • Square Two, Dreaming and Scheming
  • Meet You Where You Are
  • Reflection Questions for Next Session

Week Two Topics

  • Reflection since last week
  • Transform Enjoyable Activity into a Wildly Improbable Goal
  • Revisit Your Body Compass
  • Social & Essential Self
  • More Defrosting , Square One
  • Wildly Improbable Goal
  • Setting Up Your Own Scheme
  • Transformational Coaching
  • Reflection Questions

Week Three Topics

  • Reflection since last week
  • Be Kind. Check Body Compass
  • Turtle Steps
  • Work, Play, then Work and Play
  • Coaching you into Action
  • Celebrate



Why does life seem so challenging?

What if everything that happens to you is helping you to heal? What if it is a purification process? What if your higher self is leading you towards a different life? What if your thinking is holding you back?

Martha Beck is one of my heroes. This morning I listened to a recent interview with Martha. She describes why 2016 was so tough. The healing of the planet is clearing out where you are out of alignment & integrity. It’s time to clear out the cob webs within you. Consciousness requires a continuous cleaning out the old and allowing a higher consciousness to emerge. Find the tools that help you to let go of the old and allow the transformation to happen.

Listen to the amazing Martha Beck….

One Courageous Act

One courageous act can change your life. I know this because it happened to me and it can happen for you too!

I believe in the power of group support because I took a courage step after a powerful Mastermind Group session. I finally got the courage to ask him out!

  • I asked Sam to date me again after a six year break in our relationship
  • He said he’d think about it and then gave a tentative “yes.”
  • Nine months later we were married.
  • I learned to love deeper than I thought possible.
  • We loved each other fiercely.
  • Cancer. Sam was diagnosed at age 51. Impossible; I never saw it coming.
  • He totally let go. He let go of his stories, fears, and petty thoughts.
  • He was totally present in the moment. He loved fiercely.
  • We grew even deeper in love and talked about everything. No stone was left unturned, no regrets, complete disclosure.
  • He passed away peacefully in my arms.

I believe courageous acts do change our lives and set our life on a different course. I experienced this and I want you to experience this too so that you can live BIG and move towards your dreams.

“Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the ability to ACT in the presence of fear.”

I’d love to hear from you! What fears are stopping you from taking a courageous step? When have you stepped into action even when you were afraid?

I have a few openings in 2017 for individual Life Coaching & a Mastermind Group.


Honesty & Heroes

annette-lake-with-gay-8-4-2016What does it take to really honest? I mean totally honest about all the crazy things you think and feel. What would it be like to not have to tell white lies? Pretend that everything is okay when it isn’t.

I’m realizing I have two modes in my life: Either I am totally strong, brave and just go, go, and say yes, yes or I’m a mess, meek, shy, uncertain, confused, and afraid of everything. It’s an all or nothing kind of existence. I’m tired of the dance and the energy it takes to ramp up and be super woman. I want to find a balance between the two worlds.

My heroes are Elizabeth Gilbert who just came out as gay. She divorced her Brazilian husband from Eat, Pray, Love earlier this year. Today, I read that she is living with her best friend and now partner. She is brutally honest and in love with a woman.

Hero number two is Martha Beck who is so honest and radical and amazing. She is living with her partner Karin and had her downs syndrome child Adam; who left the Mormon Church; and continues to evolve and grow. In today’s Live Facebook Martha talked about the sensitive, anxious types who would have been shamans and medicine woman in another era. If we don’t follow our calling we get shaman sickness.

Another hero is Brene Brown, author of Daring Greatly, researcher of shame, vulnerability, and being radically honest with those who have earned the right to hear your truth.

A new hero as of today: Glennon Doyle Melton author of the book published today “Love Warrior.” I’ve read the first two chapters and she was an alcoholic & bulimic who is super sensitive; she feels deeply and is usually afraid and anxious. The super sensitive, always afraid and anxious sounds just like me.

Take Action, Make Mistakes, & Learn

It’s been a ten month journey in Martha Beck’s Life Coaching School and now the formal classes are finished. Now what? Oh my God, how do I do this thing? What if I fail?

At this point I’m tired of letting fear paralyzed me I’m in recovery from perfectionism and approval seeking. As Brene Brown says perfectionism is an armor that we use to protect ourselves. The problem is the strategy of perfectionism doesn’t work. It keeps me stuck from taking action and trying new things. It may feel like I’m staying safe but in reality I keep my world small and frankly boring. I want more. In improv they encourage and celebrate failure. I’m going to count my failures and see what happens.

Today I started posting to my business Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/katharinewismer/ on the topics of perfectionism and approval seeking. “Like” my page and get updates on ways shift to vitality and living your dreams.

I’m learning to take action, make mistakes and learn along the way.

Bewilderment Book Club

“Waking up is the goal, bewilderment is the method.”

Hello and welcome! I’m so happy you are interested in joining a book group! This isn’t just any ordinary book study…. We’re on a journey to awakening and bliss.

Do you really want magic in your life? Are you willing to do what it takes to jump through the ring of fire? You’ll be held in safe space with an experienced facilitator who is on the path with you.

Together we’ll spend 10 soulful weeks discussing how Diana, Herself applies to you and your life. Through discussion and group coaching you’ll find your way to uncharted territory. Let the adventure begin.


Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm in Issaquah (downtown), June 21st to August 23rd


SIGN UP up by sending an email to: katharine@wismer.com. 

Being a Sensitive Person

Why is it so difficult to accept myself and my sensitive temperament?

Okay, so I’m a sensitive person. Accepting the many ways that I am sensitive has been a life long struggle. Though I’ve known about the sensitive temperament for 10 years now, I do forget. Ususally the forgetting has to do with getting overwhelmed and then being hard on myself. Last Sunday I attended a play at the local theater and found myself overwhelmed. I forced myself to stay rather than take a break from the intensity. When I discount a part of myself,  I value myself less, and make life more difficult. I’m learning to forgive myself for this harshness.

Are you highly sensitive? Take the self test at www.hsperson.com.

Read my article on sensitivity – http://www.naturalchoice.net/blogs/health_0810.html.