We had the good fortune of connecting with c,René Washington and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi c,René Washington, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
– Listening to my body compass aka intuition. Body compass is the intuitive messaging your body sends through different areas of your body. We live most in our brains, which are amazing…and also highly self-protective. Our brains will risks we want to take look like danger to avoid. Body compass is your truth. Is that risk making you feel light and fluttery OR has your back suddenly gone out on you? That’s information. I make 98% of decisions intuitively now. I also call it following my first right mind. Second guessing it is nearly always a mistake.
– Adhering to self-honoring boundaries. From years of coaching and my personal life, I believe that the key to successful living is creating and committing to self-honoring boundaries. Typically, when we think about boundaries, we think about them in relation to the actions of other people. I focus on doing the internal work of self-awareness…honoring the truth of essence of who you are at such a high level that it becomes more about what YOU will or won’t do to honor your needs and desires. I love Maya Angelou’s quote, “You teach people how to treat you.” And first we must learn how to treat ourselves. How am I honoring my need for rest, movement, sustenance, community? What am I consuming not only re food but also media, conversations, etc? Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed or even like I want to quit, I know it’s time to check bleeding boundaries. The coaching work I do now is on bossing up your boundaries.
– I also work to stay in my business and out of God’s business. This means I focus on detaching from outcome as much as possible because that’s out of my control. Example: I’m completing these interview questions and once complete, I release what happens next. You may not respond or decline to go further. My stressing and worrying about that is a waste of energy.
What should our readers know about your business?
Entrepreneurship is a continuous roller coaster. I came to it after a 28-yr corporate career. When I left corporate, I had no plan to do anything except reciver from burnout and enjoy life. I was re-TIRED!
During the corporate years, I ran the company management training program and soft skills department so I did a lot of coaching and developing. After I left in 2012 (two years before official retirement), people continue to reach out to me for coaching. I eventually got certified in life coaching and started a business coaching women in midlife transition.
In addition to that, I do teaching and mentor coaching for Susan Hyatt’s University for Life Coach Training and I’m in a partnership with La Shell Wooten. We created The Coaching Council, a coaching/mentoring community for new coaches who are still figuring out their business path.
At the end of 2021, I almost quit because of a health issue (severe body pain). Because of the inner work I did and a holistic physical therapist, I figured out that it wasn’t about What I’m doing (coaching is passion and purpose), it was How I was doing it. This is how I came to the boundaries work. Two books that helped me tremendously: Pause Rest Be by Octavia Raheem and Set Boundaries Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawaab. Now, I’m having a blast doing highly impactful work while maintaining a lot of space on my calendar.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to the High Museum, a show at the Fox or Tabernacle, music at Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint, and the MLK Museum, Breakfast at West Egg, Highland Bakery, Pig and the Pearl, and Flying Biscuit… lunch at Flip Burger, Paschal’s, Old Lady Gang…dinner at Kevin Rathbone, The Optimist, Two Urban Licks, Merry Mac’s. Clearly I love to eat! LOL
Bookstore events, walking through Piedmont Park…there’s always plenty to do in the ATL
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh Wow! There are so many. I will drill down to my faith in God and Christ, my beloved (and much missed) patents. My mom was the first ‘life coach’ in my life years before that was even a ‘thang’. And my husband, Robert Washington, who is happily and committedly retired, yet supports all of my endeavors and adventures in business and life. Oh, and every woman who’s trusted me as their coach.
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