{Good | Bad | Rad} #47 – Bringing back the GBR

Hiking in the Columbia River Gorge during Fall.

A look back at some of the best, hardest and most surprising parts of my week. Plus a few of my favorite photos I snapped during the week. Sometimes, they’re even relevant.

It’s been 16 weeks since my last G | B | R post. So much has happened since then. Let’s start with a . . . → keep reading

Bookmark the Good Stuff

Shannon Wilkinson's favorite bookmark

Your unconscious mind does this all the time.

It’s what is happening when your buttons get pushed, an aroma takes you back to a moment long ago, or a song reminds you of a particular person. At some point, your unconscious mind made a connection and a pathway was created linking two unrelated things.

Most . . . → keep reading

Meet Them Where They’re At

St. Johns Bridge framed by fall foliage

Do you want to help someone change?

Understand them?

Really connect?

Let them be where they are, right now. Let them be as together, as messed up, as open or closed as they are, right now.

Do they need to be heard? Listen.

Did they ask for advice? Share your best.

Are they unsure? Simply . . . → keep reading

Playback: Is Your Self-Care Hurting You?

Post-workout recovery brownie and glass of milk

Recently, a client session turned to that trickiest of tricks, self-care gone awry. You know, those little things you do for yourself that feel good, but only for a moment.

Our conversation reminded me of this piece I wrote some time ago, and I wanted to share it with you. It originally appeared in . . . → keep reading

{Training Log} The Road to Boston

Shannon Wilkinson accepted into Boston Marathon

September 25th was a rather ordinary day for most people. But for me, and 8,000 other marathon runners, it was a day that would determine how we’d be spending the next seven months. It was the day the Boston Athletic Association was sending out final notifications to let registrants know if their qualifying times were . . . → keep reading

Quiet the Shoulds for Good (an Explore & Play Class)


Sometimes shoulds are hidden, other times they are yelling loudly in your head. Either way, they can be a treasury of valuable information that’s been keeping you stuck. Once uncovered and transformed, space is created for ease and action.

During the Explore & Play Class and Coaching Hour on Tuesday, October 8th, you’ll learn several . . . → keep reading

Playback: Life is Like a Spin Class

Shannon's Specialized Dolce Road Bike

This was originally posted over six years ago. Last night I returned to spin class for the first time since the great concussion of 2013. While I’m not really starting over, it feels like it in many ways. Re-reading this post reminded me of how far I’ve actually come. Notice there’s not yet any talk . . . → keep reading

From Overwhelmed to Under Control (an Explore & Play Class)


The easy days of summer are slipping into the more hectic days of fall, and before you know it the holidays will be here. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, like you’re busy, busy, busy, but just can’t get everything done.

During the Explore & Play Class and Coaching Hour on Tuesday, September 10th, I’ll be . . . → keep reading

In Praise of Praise


Earlier this week I received the most delightful postcard in the mail. It was embellished and customized just for me. It came from one of my adored clients, Pamela Malo.

Receiving this message lit me up! And, it got me thinking, who have I not praised on paper, despite my deep gratitude?

A short list . . . → keep reading

Presence Under Pressure (an Explore & Play Class)


Presence is that feeling of being centered, in the here-and-now moment. It brings a sense of ease and contentment. Yet it can be difficult to achieve when things get rough, ironically, when you could use it the most!

This past month has given me ample opportunity to practice and cultivate presence. Between running a marathon, . . . → keep reading