Katherine’s Clients

Client Success Story: Tricia Mitchell, Singer-songwriter

Tricia Mitchell, Singer-songwriter www.triciamitchell.com

How would you describe yourself in 10 words or less?
An authentic, funny, smart, committed, extremely inquisitive, talented, engaged woman.

What are you celebrating right now?

My return to the stage after taking time off to care for my young children.

What’s the juiciest thing about that?
I adore performing–the chance to connect and have an experience with an audience.  During my “hiatus,” I pined for it, but I also knew it was just too distracting to attempt while my kids were so young.  Every time I get to play, it feels like my birthday, even when it’s a small party!

What’s the hardest thing about it?
Lots of things about it are hard–it’s mega multi-tasking, between singing, playing the guitar, connecting with myself enough to make it real, being mindful of the audience.  It’s a huge, bare-naked risk to get up in front of people with my own material and performance.

How has coaching with Katherine helped you reach or progress towards this goal?
Katherine is very committed to meeting me wherever I am on a given day, whether that’s on Cloud Nine or down in the doldrums!  Last year, I really needed a lot of permission and freedom to go slow.  She has helped me to piece apart the critical voices inside of me so they’re not so overwhelming, and also to channel all of it–the good, the bad, and the ugly–into a scrapbook about my creative life.  So even when my creative time is limited, I have these amazing visuals to show for my work and process.  During the last year we’ve worked together, I’ve really developed solid habits around my guitar playing and writing.  This year, I surprised myself by deciding that I felt ready to perform again.

What’s your favorite thing about coaching?
What I love most about working with Katherine is her enthusiasm.  I love–and need–the cheerleading aspects of having a coach.  Creating that space to think deliberately about my creativity, how things are going, where I want to be, has been so valuable.  Especially amidst my duties as a wife and mother, and especially because I’m not “established” enough as an artist to have a team.  So I have created my own!  Katherine also never lets me forget the positive force that all of this work has on my kids.  I love that!

Any advice for someone considering coaching?
If you are like me, a coach will completely catalyze your process and productivity.  I get a lot done, but having the support and structure of a coaching relationship has made it so much easier.  Once I set up the processes–for writing, practicing, singing–I still have rough days and “off” days, but it is so much easier to get to work.

Where can people find and enjoy your juicy creative creations?
Tricia Mitchell Happy Hour at Momo’s! Momo’s is at 6th & Rio Grande, above the old Katz’s Deli, in Austin, Texas. Or find me online at  www.triciamitchell.com,  and my blog at  www.triciamitchell.blogspot.com

Anything else you’d like to add?
Come to a show!  Tell me if Katherine sent you!  My music is available online on iTunes and CDBaby.

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Client Success Story: Jennifer Hritz, Writer

Jennifer Hritz, Writer www.jenniferhritz.com

How would you describe yourself in 10 words or less?
tenacious, provocative, intense, subversive, friend/partner/mother-on-the-edge

What are you celebrating right now?
The pending publication of my first novel, I, Too, Have Suffered in the Garden, available next month.  My website launch, as well as the launch of “Untitled”, a series of vignettes I’m publishing online.  Ten thousand hits in eight months on my blog.  Revisions of my second novel, which are going really well; that novel will be published at the end of the year with some really cool digital apps.

What’s the juiciest thing about that?
More than anything, that I’ve been working toward this my entire life.  I’ve brought this into being and its realization is so, so creamy.

What’s the hardest thing about it?
Partly that I’m doing everything myself.  I have help, of course, in that I have a fabulous graphic designer (Jennifer Elsner with Viewers Like You), but ultimately this is all up to me.

How has coaching with Katherine helped you reach or progress towards this goal?
Talking to Katherine is my touchstone.  I come off of our calls focused, determined, and way enthusiastic about the next step.  Katherine holds me accountable, too; she’s not afraid to call me out if she thinks I’m slacking. I also want to add that Katherine strongly encouraged me to take an artist workshop she facilitated a couple of years ago, based on The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.  That was a transformative experience for me.  I almost told her “no” when she suggested I take it; I didn’t want to spend the money, didn’t want to make the commitment . . . taking that workshop ended up being one of the most important decisions of my life.  I’d been working with Katherine for just a few months at that point, but she knew, perhaps intuitively, that I needed it.

What’s your favorite thing about coaching?
Someone’s always celebrating my successes and guiding me through challenges.  Those weekly calls really do recharge me.

Any advice for someone considering coaching?
Do it.  Stop making excuses about not having the money or the time.  Let go of the fear.  Coaching will change your life, for the better.

Where can people find and enjoy your juicy creative creations?
The best place to look is www.jenniferhritz.com.

How do you keep your dream alive?  (Tips, tricks, best practices)
I don’t just talk about writing; I write.  I hold my writing time sacred, and for that set period of time I let myself go.  I also do daily affirmations, usually just before I start writing.  And I talk about my work, to anyone who will listen.  My writing process is incredibly fulfilling, but ultimately, I want to share my work.  So I talk about it, and try to get people every bit as excited about what I’m doing as I am.

How do you outwit your Inner Critic so you can live your dream?
My Inner Critic(s) are every bit as tenacious as I am.  Sometimes it’s very, very difficult not to fall under their sway.  Katherine told me at one point to stick a piece of duct tape somewhere prominent; that helps me shut some of them up.  I like love buttons, too, even it’s just a heart I draw with magic marker on the back of my hand.  And if I feel like I really need to be stroked a bit, I have friends I can call.  I’m upfront about what I need.

 

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