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Imagination, Writer’s Block and Life-Coaching

FranMorelandJohns
3 min readAug 19, 2020

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Can you coach your way into a better life? Maybe.

I’ve been supremely skeptical of the whole “life-coaching” business since its recent, blossoming popularity. This is partly thanks to having had a friend who announced, out of the blue, that she was getting her coaching certificate and opening a practice. She is very good at the massage therapy business through which she has paid the bills for years — but spectacularly unqualified in just about every other way: a disastrous relationship produced a son forever in and out of juvenile hall, and assorted business ventures promoted by online hucksters regularly capture her attention and drain her shallow bank account. Someone would go here for a life coach?

But then I heard about another friend recently having entered the coaching business. This one has had a successful, decades-long career in the corporate world. She has also long been influential in all the right causes, by supporting promising political candidates in innovative ways or serving on nonprofit boards to their considerable advantage. She has a broad network of friends who regularly call on her for advice or counsel. I’m proud to be one of them. So I called on her to find out about life coaching. I mean, imagine something like that being useful.

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FranMorelandJohns

Lifelong newspaper & magazine writer, author, blogger at franjohns.net, agitator for justice, kindness & interfaith understanding.