I agree with Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education at U.S. Department of Education when he said, “Teaching has never been easy, and it never will be. Teachers are our nation builders—the strength of every profession in our country grows out of the knowledge and skills that teachers help to instill in our children.”
In all my years as a professional educator, I never wondered if my work mattered, made a difference. Whether with an energetic… five year old or self-proclaimed fully-empowered high school senior, I pressed on with or without their invitation to present new information. Something, somehow, in some child every single day on the job could ignite a thought, connect a learning strand in the brain, or inspire a new way of behaving and therefore make for a worthwhile work day.
Today, my classroom is less structured. I may be the older, wiser woman encouraging a young mothers’ Bible study, spending time with my granddaughters on vacation, mentoring a young couple, or advising a millennial professional just beginning his/her career. I am also the Mid-America Regional Director for American Home Life International and help place international students in Christian host families while they attend U.S. high schools. I look for opportunities to continue to learn and to teach others to Learn to Live Well.
Counseling requires the counselor to join a person’s journey, typically at a juncture of pain or dissatisfaction with life. The job entails discovery of the sources of hindrance, of unanswered questions, or avoided reflection on past life events that now threaten present and future contentment and personal efficacy.
Counselors offer themselves as those (hopefully) enjoying present emotional health to serve as sources of strength and encouragement. As the client peels back scar tissue or carefully erected barriers to identify the deep wound root, he/she needs support. He/she needs outside discernment to sort the more objective truth from the self-imposed subjective truth about guilt, shame, failure, and inadequacies.
When I counsel, I recognize my own dependence on the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to guide each client. Counseling offers a powerful opportunity to help others Learn to Live Well.t
Coaching is an ongoing conversation that empowers a person or team to fully live out God’s calling – in his/her life and profession. The goal of coaching is to listen, listen to the client and listen to the Holy Spirit. What results is discovery of new things and motivation to take action that will reshape life around that learning. The coaching relationship is expected to produce insights, greater personal awareness, changed behaviors, actions, and ultimately results that satisfy the client.
“Gail Goolsby’s passion to help others learn to live well fuels every speaking presentation and writing project. Whether sharing a faith-inspired message with a church group, an education-themed program with an academic or parent audience, or an international-awareness presentation, Gail’s words promote the balanced health of body, mind, and spirit. Her talks are infused with the same motivational tips she practices one on one with coaching and counseling clients. She captivates attendees with humor and emotion to deliver wisdom through the art of storytelling. Her diverse life experiences, many overseas in volatile scenarios, is fodder for articles, speeches, and even a book.”
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I have always loved stories, reading and telling them. Books are more precious to me than many other possessions and my children (and now grandchildren) know the same love. Some of my most loved book series appear on the “favorites” link on this site.
Following my return from Afghanistan in 2012, I was challenged to park my unique collection of experiences and memories from those seven years living and traveling overseas in written form. I entered the fuzzy world of the writing industry and all the non-writing efforts that go with growing a platform to attract a publisher for my now finished manuscript No Place for a Woman: My Seven Years in Afghanistan.
I was fortunate to meet a wonderful book coach (Kathy Carlton Willis) at a writer’s conference who walked me through the fuzz with great encouragement. She referred me to a book agent (Steve Hutson of WordWise Media Services) who is now helping me obtain a contract for the book. In the meantime I am writing, writing, writing. Kindergarten tales, great lessons from my coaching/counseling practices and my very own beloved family adventures have given me much to write about, laughing and crying as I type.
Here are some places you can find my articles and guest blogs. Subscribe to my blog here at Learn to Live Well.
Love to hear your responses after reading!
Broadstreet Publishing 2017 A Little God Time for Graduates 365 Devotionals, contributing writer
Thrive Connection http://thriveconnection.com/author/gail-goolsby/
The Praying Woman http://theprayingwoman.com/author/gail-goolsby/
Word Girls Newsletter (5 columns) http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=83c382124eb7a8ee617d6a6d9&id=9095a0061f
September Challenge http://juliearduini.com/2016/08/25/gail-goolsby-will-accept-septembers-one-one-challenge/; http://thekoalamom.com/2016/09/take-relationship-challenge/; http://dianaleaghmatthews.com/septembers-challenge/; http://ausjenny.blogspot.com/2016/09/will-you-accept-septembers-one-on-one.html
Splurge Magazine, November 2016, Wichita, KS http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/012933e6#/012933e6/16