We are living in a time of transformation. Old ways are fading. New ways are emerging. There is an increasing focus within. Many of us are feeling a desire to create a new direction for our lives.
At the same time, our outer world is experiencing a quickening that promises to be powerful. This change involves construction and destruction, polarity and collaboration, creativity and retrenchment, fear and courage, confusion and certainty, and chaos and order—all occurring side by side.
Many have compared the changes we are experiencing to nature’s Chrysalis—a biological process through which a caterpillar transforms, within the recesses of a dark cocoon, into a butterfly. The inklings for this book began as I wondered if nature’s process of Chrysalis could serve as a guide for us as we navigate our own transformations. I think it can. Each stage of Chrysalis provides a jumping-off point, upon which to reflect about our own experiences, as the world around us and we as individuals transform.
I call this book a Journaling Stream. I use the stages of nature’s Chrysalis as containers for my writings—thoughts, musings, stories, and creations on personal transformation from the inside out. These writings form separate drops that come together and create a stream.
The word Chrysalis is derived from the Greek word Chrysos, which means gold. My hope is that there is gold in this book for you. It is time for each of us to recognize and embrace our own transformation, and that of the world around us, to a higher plane of existence and possibility. This book is created for you in the hope that you will undergo your own Chrysalis and emerge with wings to fly.
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About the Author
I am a career and new directions coach whose passion is supporting people as they create the life they want to live. My own journey has taken me from a childhood in New York City, to an environmental career working for government in Washington DC and New York City, working in the private sector and founding my own business in Los Angeles. Subsequently, I embarked on a second career as a coach and now live in the High Mojave Desert of southern California, where I continue my coaching and am inspired every day by the solitude, beauty and silence of the desert and mountains that surround me. Some highlights of my life so far: marrying Ermanno Vanino, a filmmaker and companion on my journey, managing New York City’s 24-hour Haz Mat Emergency Response Team, that responded to over 600 emergencies a year; participating in a team working outside of the established employment and education system to create an innovative credentialing program to prepare young people for work or further education; and co-founding The High Desert Region Green Jobs Initiative, with a mission of linking economic and workforce development to advance the green economy in our region. My writing includes: 4 books: Chrysalis: Personal Transformation From The Inside Out, Leadership on Trial: Lessons From The Apprentice , Power Stories and Coaching Corner Volume 1. It is my hope that my book, Chrysalis: Personal Transformation From The Inside Out is a catalyst for readers to bring their unique gifts to the world and, in the process, to create for themselves a fulfilling and joyful life.