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"Catherine, say this after me.  I want to live."
"I want to live."
The phone was silent for a moment.
"Nope, you're off for that."

Not the kind of thing a person wants to hear while recovering from a cancer challenge.  "That can't be right, I DO want to live, with everything that is in me!" I said a bit defensively. That's what I THOUGHT I thought. It's time like this that a life coach is very happy she has a coach of her own!

Lovingly and with pin point accuracy, Perenna Fleming led me through a series of "Catherine, say this after me" opportunities.  How I came to love that request.  Eventhough she has been in this country for many years (she actually worked as a barmaid in the bar made famous on TV's Cheers!) she still speaks like a Brit through and through.

Over and again, statements that I thought were no brainers turned out to be "off."  After many weeks, I began to know the statement was false while she was saying it.  I no longer needed her to prompt me.  I began to recognize my self defeating thoughts as she brought them to my attention. I began to FEEL the difference between life affirming and self defeating thoughts.

The magic that Perenna does is not easy to describe.  What I can say is that my sessions are always light hearted and fun.  For the depth of the inner work that she brings out for me, her feisty humor sets the tone for quick witted counsel that is easy to accept and absorb.

When you are struggling, your productivity and creativity go in the tank. Motivation slacks off and momentum grinds to a stop.  That's where I was when I met Perenna.  I worked with her first in a teleclass series called Abundance and Reserves co hosted by Karen Vizer.   I learned alot and loved the teleclass format.

It wasn't long before I was curious about working with her one on one.  We had good rapport from the start and I know that working on the phone was a key to my comfort. Being alone while talking to Perenna, I could relax and be myself.  Often, doing sessions on the phone is more potent for me than in person sessions.  I tend to open up more about what is going on when on the phone. I find that is true with my clients also.

Once again, at the end of our first meeting, I heard her voice say, 'Catherine, say this after me. I want to live."   This time the phone was silent again before I heard her wonderful British accent say , "Good, you're on for that now."

Yeah, it is good, very good.

Thanks Perenna.



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