On a rare sunny and warm day in Vancouver, I'm happy to post that I've launched my new business - Managing Mindspaces (www.ManagingMindspaces.com). I provide executive coaching services (1:1 and group or team) and help professionals align their mental energy into top performance.
Getting Ready for Santa
|Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our friends and family! Here's all the major happenings! Enjoy.|
|The Ottawa Mancas embarked on a great journey on the old Canadian National railway to return to the West coast.|
My how time flies since I wrote the last post. Well, I have taken my own advice to heart and actually listened to my heart. I'm now living in Vancouver starting a new chapter with Mark and Milo. We arrived yesterday, and it is just perfect to be here.
One thing I've learned in the 6 months since I've returned to work - I'm not yet transitioned back into the routine now that I'm a mom. I'm actually (gulp) struggling with it.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our friends and family! We want to share with you all some of our experiences from the past year. We hope you enjoy our Christmas letter. Stay tuned to mancascafe.com for updates throughout the year. We promise to update it more frequently in 2011!
What was your biggest accomplishment this year?
Jessica: Somehow, I've managed to continue to be a top performer at work since being back in July. After having a year off, going back was a difficult transition for me. My identity, the way I work, my expectations all had to be reset. I still work hard and long hours but it's all worth it to support my family while Mark takes on new challenges and his life-long dreams.
Mark: Being a father and helping Milo grow through his first full year. It is an amazing experience to see him change. Each day with him is a special treat. Every day he does new things! He is learning how to talk. One of his latest words is "play." He says it when it is time for us to have fun together.
Tell us the best moment of 2010 so far.
Jessica: Milo's first steps during his uncle's wedding rehearsal on the 14th hole in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. I was absolutely speechless.
I admit it. I'm a Michael Jackson fan! And I have Jessica to thank! I don't know what it is, but over the years, and especially since he passed on, I've become a big Michael Jackson fan. I don't know why. But I love it! I'm a manly man, so I can admit the next part -- once in a while I'll tear up during some of his slow songs.
If you have any history of growing up in the 80's -- the white glove, the red leather jacket, moonwalking, and all the rest, you most likely have a place in your heart for Michael too.
Today is the first day of a new adventure!! Yesterday was my last day as a full-time employee of Adobe. I am now part-time so I can spend time pursuing an entrepreneurial opportunity.
I started at Adobe on October 15, 2000 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I've worked in multiple locations on multiple products. Lately, I've been a Senior Product Manager for LiveCycle. Life at Adobe isn't all about the product -- I've worked with some great people! It is the people that make the experience. Even though I'm going part-time, I continue to bleed Adobe red.
Milo and I are very excited to be joining Mark for a work trip to San Jose. We are leaving in less than two weeks! We're going to do a big loop from San Jose to Portland to Seattle to visit all our friends and family. So many still have yet to meet little Milo.
Jessica's personal mission is to unlock your true capacity and design a life of "no regrets" through effective coaching conversations. In 2012, she started her company, Managing Mindspaces which provides executive coaching and tools for managers, leaders and top performers. Visit the company website: ManagingMindspaces.com Managing Mindspaces provides sensible career and life coaching for professionals (management to executive-level)