I guess I could feel sad about this upcoming week with all the advertising and restaurant discounts and sports related events that’s catering to Father’s Day however I’m not. Fathers could use alot of recognition even though some of them lately have been misbehaving very badly!

For the record this day is meaningful for me because my father was a hardworking and great Coal Miner from West Virginia who assisted in raising 15 brothers and sister (and yes my mother plays a huge role in our lives even today.) I know you have a story to tell but I don’t think I will have enough neither space nor time to mention it here. Sorry about that but I had better let you know why I chose to talk about Father’s Day and Infertility in the same sentence.

Did you know that…?

“Infertility is a disease, and if you have been diagnosed, you are not alone. According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 7.3 million Americans, or 1 in 8 couples of childbearing, age are infertile.”

I have chosen to direct my energy and focus towards those silent individuals who suffer from infertility and/or presently experiencing the inability to procreate due to physical, physiological, genetic issues, or some unknown cause.

I am proud to be a professional member of such an organization as Resolve who advocates, supports, and educates communities and members about infertility.

We can all do something for the men and women and families across our country who
find it difficult to pay out-of-pocket for infertility medical treatment…

“Have the men in your life taken action? Ask them to support the Family Act of 2011, S965
More than 2,000 women and men have contacted their Senators to urge them to co-sponsor S 965 — a bill to create a tax credit for the out-of-pocket costs associated with infertility medical treatment. Introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), this bill will potentially help thousands of people seek medical treatment that otherwise would be out of reach for them. ”

Secondly, take a moment this week to visit http://www.RESOLVE.ORG to learn more about Infertility and what you can do to support such an important Cause!

Happy Father’s Day

Curt Canada MSW is a leadership, career, and life coach who also provides early intervention communications coaching w/couples experiencing infertility.

I guess I could feel sad about this upcoming week with all the advertising and restaurant discounts and sports related events that’s catering to Father’s Day however I’m not. Fathers could use alot of recognition even though some of them lately have been misbehaving very badly!

For the record this day is meaningful for me because my father was a hardworking and great Coal Miner from West Virginia who assisted in raising 15 brothers and sister (and yes my mother plays a huge role in our lives even today.) I know you have a story to tell but I don’t think I will have enough neither space nor time to mention it here. Sorry about that but I had better let you know why I chose to talk about Father’s Day and Infertility in the same sentence.

Did you know that…?

“Infertility is a disease, and if you have been diagnosed, you are not alone. According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 7.3 million Americans, or 1 in 8 couples of childbearing, age are infertile.”

I have chosen to direct my energy and focus towards those silent individuals who suffer from infertility and/or presently experiencing the inability to procreate due to physical, physiological, genetic issues, or some unknown cause.

I am proud to be a professional member of such an organization as Resolve who advocates, supports, and educates communities and members about infertility.

We can all do something for the men and women and families across our country who
find it difficult to pay out-of-pocket for infertility medical treatment…

“Have the men in your life taken action? Ask them to support the Family Act of 2011, S965
More than 2,000 women and men have contacted their Senators to urge them to co-sponsor S 965 — a bill to create a tax credit for the out-of-pocket costs associated with infertility medical treatment. Introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), this bill will potentially help thousands of people seek medical treatment that otherwise would be out of reach for them. ”

Secondly, take a moment this week to visit http://www.RESOLVE.ORG to learn more about Infertility and what you can do to support such an important Cause!

Happy Father’s Day

Curt Canada MSW is a leadership, career, and life coach who also provides early intervention communications coaching w/couples experiencing infertility.

What a difference a day make but you never thought you would be out of work for a year or more?  Do you remember the day you were laid off ? Can you recall having a little extra money in your pocket?  Obviously, there one paycheck coming in and that’s not enough although you have accomplished much and gone through a rather vigorous transformation…and so has your partner or spouse and your family.

It’s obvious that your accomplishments are quite impressive but at the end of the day you’re not bringing home any money…remember money….

cooking and cleaning….yardwork…..dog sitter…..laundry services….scheduling of appointments and maintenance…..answering the phone…… if you have kids or children-getting them out the door…running or walking the errands…repairing things around the house….and at the end of the day act as if you’re not tired…maybe not as motivated…but feeling a little roller coaster like because this evening and especially tomorrow will come and it seems that it will be like yesterday…

Now think about it but not for long because you’re not bringing in a paycheck.  I suspect that even the new job or career ventures you have conjured up are but great ideas on paper….tried it but it didn’t work. The petty cash funding office for new ideas have closed.

You don’t have to go to CNN to find out what going on out here in America…folks like you are unemployed…some are transitioning into new careers…and some of you will go back to school..and some of you will lose not only your home  but your family….so a buck is a buck and you had better figure it out real soon…

Tips

1 forget about what you were doing yesterday in that last job…your past life

2 reinvent yourself real fast

3 you have shown that you can hold down a full-time or lengthy part-time job because you’ve accomplished much at home  during the past year or two

4 new resume…..new day……get your mind and body in shape for the new you…. get up off the mat…no title  …but with one objective….you love money..you need money…the family needs money…money makes the world go around…simple as that!

5 take any job you can…you can do it….i’m on your side…you are going to need an objective person on your side  who has been in your shoes… but understands quite frankly your social and economic status….no you’re not weird yet but you stand out like a sore thumb…no excuses…..

6 get a job ….part or full..as many hours as you can….even a little oil keeps the engine running and everything else …..getting out of that house may just do the trick….give you a new perspective on things

7 you ‘re on your way again…don’t look back …..go ahead and pat yourself on the back….  gotta love yourself  first….

finally….

8 Keep networking because you’re on  to something big …..some of you will write a bestseller…..besides those persons that are gainfully employed would probably benefit from your story

9 and no matter what ..stay positive and give thanks!

10 act today..tomorrow is will be another year

 

Curt Canada holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Teacher Education from the American University in Washington DC.   Curt provides professional coaching in the areas of executive, career, life, and leadership development.  Find out more about Curt and his passion to help others at www.curtcanada.com

lulu project 041It has been awhile since my last post and it was a flat-line experience in terms of the number of readers that visited my blog. Here’s a story I think you will enjoy reading . I chose the title because I think there’s wisdom in planning and completing most projects. I suppose you or your family has some household project you  have planned to accomplish this summer season? So, here’s a story that’s not so like all my past blogposts!

 My wife and I are landscaping our entire backyard let’s say about a quarter of an acre. We’re not in a hurry and our plans and goals have been discussed leaving us to array of possibilities and creativity. I suppose you have experienced such; perhaps not in the form of a landscaping project but another planned activity. In addition, Things don’t always happen as planned ; for example the time when I looked up and there was a huge dumptruck greeting me with a huge pile of dirt. The truck was so large that he had only one alternative and that was to drop the dirt sandwiched between our place and the neighbor’s house  next door. Actually we needed this dirt to level off our backyard but not at such a price or inconvenience.  Nevertheless, this pile of dirt remained in place for about 45 days. Let’s just say that for the sake of Murphys Law, it rained at least six days in a row during that first week . A small lake had formed in the backyard. Water does seek its own level which happened to be our basement windows and the driveway leading to the front yard. Nothing is wrong with great intentions especially when there’s a definite plan or at least a forseeableway out. Well you and I know that things just don’t always happen that way. Thanks to our friend Daniel and his little yellow tractor. I looked up one day and all of a sudden that pile of dirt or human-made obstacle had been moved. I had not to my knowing agreed to paint his livingroom if he moved our disaster.That was reaching higher heights because all of a sudden the dirt disappeared right in front of my eyes.  Gosh, it felt absolutely strange .We could now begin again to  create a plan of action along with bringing in an additional sundry of personnel to assist us in completing this portion of our mission and vision.  We’re reaching higher heights because that was last year and with putting in 25hours plus each week this spring ,we’ ve managed to complete three retaining walls and various gardens with  flowers,veggies, and strawberries peeking up way above the soil.

However , yesterday I sat out early around 8 am to replant and locate a bunch of Alaska Shasta Daisies along the right side of the hilly slope  near a fence . I began digging the soil which had been very moist from yesterday evening’s rain. This would only take me less than an hour tops to dig, pull  weeds, replenish the soil, plant ,and water. Surprisingly enough, I felt my shovel hit against something below perhaps a buried car part or a leg from a metal chair. I couldn’t tell what it was even after I knelt down to get a closer view.  I had dug around this thing for about another 2 feet and forty minutes. I sat down next to the hole to get even a closer look.  All of a sudden my morning zestful positive mood had shifted a bit.  Now the time to ponder a solution.  I began to reflect on a few other projects and goals of mine that had hit a plateau, a place of suspension.  What can I do and what can I learn from this experience. I jumped up and ran to the house with excitement with let’s share this moment with others . I brought back my camera and began taking pictures from all sorts of angles . In doing so I began to tug at that this object and it began to loosen a little. All of a sudden after trying to remove it with a wood saw , I gave up I suppose and gave one more back and forth motion while grasping it, it simply broke off.  There’s so much to impart from this experience but it was definitely worthwhile.  I finally completed this portion of our mission as the heat from the almost noon day sun became unbearable.  I suspect that each of us at times sat out to do something when all of a sudden we’re forced to find or seek an alternative path  labeled on the sign in front of us “Reaching Higher Heights.” Photos are forthcoming…

 

Curt Canada MSW provides career / personality assessments and coaching in Washington D.C. at Finding Your Zenith.

What’s Next……

May 26, 2009

Do you want to know? Do you anticipate your next move ? How much control do you have in deciding what’s next? Perhaps having a plan or a schedule places you in the driver’s seat or at an advantage.  Let me give you a clue as to why I chose this title instead of something less difficult like learning how to fold your clothes.

Let ‘s just begin with another paragraph even though the subject matter hasn’t really changed. What a clever way of placing the reader in your shoes or better yet in step with you while you touch each key on the keyboard forming a word and then a sentence and then a blog post. Surprisingly enough, I have almost written two paragraphs while holding your attention as I ponder that question. 

I’m challenging you to join me in writing the next two blog entries here at Finding Your Zenith. Tell what you would like to discuss or share about your world; your quest or new journey !  I know that some of you readers out there are unemployed  or just lost your jobs and you’re finding it hard to simply place food on your tables !  In addition, Some of you can’t afford to pay for your medicine. Perhaps you gotta rah rah story, I would like to hear about it!  Let’s not even get started on talking about the housing problems ! I’m looking for your comments, suggestions, questions, and stories.

So what’s next….?    “Blessing you for now!”

 

Curt Canada is your personal development coach at Finding Your Zenith in Washington D.C.

my name is curt canada and i live in washington dc

i love and live to make a difference in others lives especially for our forgotten seniors and the less fortunate.

recently i launched the yellowbluehouse project which represents  this real present day story i am about to share with you!

while walking my dog, i ran into an elderly woman who lives in this little old house that has shown a lot of wear and tear. most of the paint had fallen off  and the roof looked a little suspect. The windows appeared opaque. over the past five months we have had small talk until now.

in the back of my mind i was orchestrating how i could get some friends and other volunteers together to paint the exterior portion of her house this spring.  That’s the least i could do , I thought?

she has since given me permission to do the work at no cost to her. However, there’s more pressing issues in which i have recently found out.

 Maybe you will help me help her? See, there’s more to this story.  Yes, there’s a huge whole in the back room(the unfinished addition), plumbing issues, trash collection (junk in backyard, kitchen ceiling repair, and more…) i am determined to do all i can do to help remain at home.

 I am presently seeking assistance locally. ” Yes, i can use your help , words of wisdom, and any financial contributions to further this  project and all future ongoing projects !  Email me if you have further questions! see ya soon…. They say “dream Big…’

Visit www.findingyourzenith.com for further information on how you may assist in this mission.

Curt Canada heads a personal growth coaching practice in Washington DC. In addition, Curt is the vision and mission behind the ” YellowBlueHouse” Project.

Getting Back to Basics!

February 20, 2009

It seems that everyone has something to write about these days and that’s rather healthy. I sat down last evening to inventory my blog submissions to ascertain whether I had kept up with my initial theme. My readers were told back in April of 2008 that I would write about those human interest stories that were positive in nature, articles about overcoming personal challenges, tips and suggestions to help each of us.  The overall objective  had to do with striving to reach our highest potential. I set out to aspire and to inspire others in their day to day struggles!  I anticipated a deluge of comments ! This hasn’t happened at all and that’s one reason why I  have chosen to ask for your valuable input. I want to highlight your accomplishments that do not necessarily make it on the front page of our daily newspapers! I can only to do this if you help me get outside of my head .  That’s exactly why I ‘ve returned  to “Back to Basics“.  Your comments , stories, questions, successes, and challenges are vital .  Finding Your Zenith is an “about you ” blog! Let me know how you’re coping in an uncertain economy. Give me something to write about! I would like to know how I can help you set goals and reach them!  How bad is it out there for you in your communities and households? How are you managing stress? What role does prayer and meditation play in your life? Why clipping coupons can stretch your personal dollars?  In addition, I would love to hear from my current viewers  also ! 

Curt Canada MSW a graduate of both The University of Iowa and The American University provides personal growth coaching at Finding Your Zenith in Washington DC.  Go to www.findingyourzenith.com for further information!