The Long-Awaited Carewell Kick-off

Around ManilaVolunteering
February 23, 2010

Today was a big day.  It was the start of my pro-bono coaching work at Carewell, a local Cancer Resource and Wellness Community.  If you remember back, I found Carewell in the midst of a personal crisis.  Or maybe I should be cliche and say that Carewell found me.  Well, no matter who found who, it seemed fortuitous that we had been united.

Consequently, I had been anticipating the start of our work together for quite some time and I was afraid that this would be one of those instances that got marred by what I term “The Prom Effect”.  Per my definition, “The Prom Effect” is when you build something up in your head to be larger than life; magical; or earth-shattering.  Let’s just say that this has been a frequent pattern in my life and that I was somewhat scared that Carewell would fall victim to it as well.  Yet I remained cautiously optimistic…

And amazingly, it came through.  There was excitement…and energy…and instant connections…and dare I say it, even MAGIC.  It was grand.  I was exactly where I was supposed to be.

So what was this magical affair, you ask?  Nothing more than an information session about the basics of coaching.  Surprisingly, it managed to pack in quite a crowd, with only a few seats open in the very back of the room.  It was a wonderful mix of cancer patients (Carewell’s members), doctors, caregivers and members of the local community that support Carewell.

And what a crowd they were!  The questions came fast and furious and I found myself delighted to have such an interested audience.  Maybe I do like this public speaking thing!?  All I can say for certain is that it felt wonderful to welcome all these curious souls into my beloved world of coaching.  Let the fun begin!

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  1. Chris Coleman says:

    Yay! And the journey begins!

  2. minnesotagal says:

    Don’t worry, I’ll be keeping you posted! :)

  3. Elise says:

    j’adore ‘the prom effect’ I may steal it ;)


  4. Maza says:

    Congrats!! I have no doubt you were amazing :)

  5. minnesotagal says:

    You have my blessing!

  6. A Daring Adventure says:

    It’s Friday, and that means that the Second Weekly State Department Blog Roundup is up – and you’re on it!

    Here is the link:

  7. minnesotagal says:

    Wow- what a stunning BLOG (both content-wise and visually)! I can’t even imagine how much effort it must take to track all those blogs and cull out the fun bits and pieces! You are welcome to link to me anytime!

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