I hope this finds you all in good health.  It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted. Happy belated New Year and early Spring!  

January 2017 marked 8 years since I went into remission from Papillary Thyroid Cancer. It changed the course of my life in many ways. 

When I was diagnosed with cancer I searched for information and could hardly find anything. It was one of the reasons I started this blog. I also wanted to share my journey and connect with other cancer survivors. It is comforting and healing to have other people to relate to when cancer comes into the picture. I also learned that cancer is cancer regardless of what “type” you have. We all go through a range of feelings and can lean on one another to get to the other side. 

For me, the biggest change through this journey was internally. Being diagnosed with cancer brought me closer to my Higher Power and gave me the chance to do some soul searching. I discovered how much it feeds my spirit to help others. 

With my new found courage, I became open to other career options that gave me a chance to fulfill my passion. I discovered coaching. It sounded like it was right up my alley. So I started the process to become a certified Life & Business Coach. I began working with clients in 2009 and got my ACC designation from the ICF in 2012. And I’ve been doing it ever since!

The fear and uncertainty of cancer pushed me beyond my comfort zone. When I’m faced with a challenge, I remind myself of this experience. It gives me motivation to overcome what comes my way. I am grateful for the experience. 

HOW HAS CANCER CHANGED YOU AND YOUR LIFE? 

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I’ve started a new blog called Ready to Change Life Coaching to branch out with posts on various life coaching topics, inspiring quotes and helpful websites.  I will continue to post here, but wanted to give an update to all of my readers.  Please show your support by signing up for the other blog.  Comments are always appreciated.

As a Life Coach and cancer survivor, I believe the Ready to Change Life Coaching blog will also benefit anyone looking to move forward and grow.  I encourage you to read some of the posts and let me know what you think.

I have also started a program called Life Beyond Cancer for cancer survivors.  I know once the cancer free results were given to me, I was filled with a range of emotions.  Many survivors reach a point where they need help moving forward in different areas of their lives after the cancer chapter has ended.  If you are at this point or interested in learning more about it, please contact lifebeyondcancer@jenniferbridge.com for details.

Thank you for all of the love and support!

One of the gifts I got from being a cancer survivor is a new perspective on life.  Life is full of changes and we never know where one path might lead. I learned how to face my fears and in turn found a deeper level of strength from within.  Through the scans, biopsies, doctor visits, tests, surgery, treatment and more I was not only surviving cancer, but I was also becoming a Life Coach.  Through the journey, I found the courage, motivation and empowerment to move forward in many areas of my life both personal and professional, including a new career path.

My prayers were answered and I got another chance to live my life. I’m a survivor of more than cancer.  I’m a survivor of life! As a Life Coach, I am able to use my own life experience when working with clients to guide them forward.  All of us have the answers within, but some find them easier and with greater clarity by working with a life coach.

Moving forward

That is some of the history behind what motivated me to face my fears, dive in and become a Life Coach.  I started this blog to give back the hope, motivation and determination I gained from surviving cancer.  My intention is to help other cancer survivors use their experience to move forward.  The possibilities are only limited by our minds!

Warmly,

Jennifer Bridge
Life Coach
Ready to Change Life Coaching
jenn@jenniferbridge.com
www.readytochangelifecoaching.com

As the clock ticks and we get ready to transition from 2009 to 2010, I found a few quotes to share with you.  So say them at a NYE party, email them to friends, post them on one of the social networking sites or just enjoy them for you.  10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1…HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.” ~Anonymous

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.” ~ T.S. Eliot

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”  ~Oprah Winfrey

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” ~Bill Vaughn

“One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.” ~John Burroughs

“Though even thinking on the subject of time may prove discomforting, it is not a bad idea—especially at the beginning of a new year.  As we look into <2010> we look at a block of time. We see 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds. And all is a gift from God. We have done nothing to deserve it, earn it, or purchased it. Like the air we breathe, time comes to us as a part of life.  The gift of time is not ours alone. It is given equally to each person. Rich and poor, educated and ignorant, strong and weak—every man, woman and child has the same twenty-four hours every day.  Another important thing about time is that you cannot stop it. There is no way to slow it down, turn it off, or adjust it. Time marches on.  And you cannot bring back time. Once it is gone, it is gone. Yesterday is lost forever. If yesterday is lost, tomorrow is uncertain. We may look ahead at a full year’s block of time, but we really have no guarantee that we will experience any of it.  Obviously, time is one of our most precious possessions. We can waste it. We can worry over it. We can spend it on ourselves. Or, as good stewards, we can invest it in the kingdom of God.  The new year is full of time. As the seconds tick away, will you be tossing time out the window, or will you make every minute count?” ~Steven B. Cloud

“What a blessing it is to start off this New Year’s Eve as a thyroid cancer SURVIVOR.  Thank you for all the love and support.  I wish you a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Positive NEW Year and Decade.  2010 is going to be a year full of amazing change!” ~Jennifer Bridge

Surviving thyroid cancer has taken me on such an awesome journey.  One inspiring outcome was the  motivation it gave me to move forward with many things. Becoming a Life Coach is one example.  I started another page called “Life Coaching – Moving Forward” that I hope helps others to move forward.  Please let me know what you think about it by clicking on the above link.  Many blessings and thanks to you!

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Warmly,

Jennifer Bridge
Life Coach
Ready to Change Life Coaching
jenn@jenniferbridge.com
www.readytochangelifecoaching.com