Interview with Joan from Kindness Compassion and Coaching

Joan was kind enough to share her views on personal development recently. She writes on her blog Kindness, Compassion and Coaching.

She created her blog to provide a positive, safe place to visit for gentle encouragement and reassurance. She aims to provide a break from negativity. She has a 30+ year career in health care, facilities and environmental leadership.

On the personal side, Joan is a dog-lover, beach-comber, red wine enthusiast.

The interview:

Maxim: Tell us about your blog. What made you start writing about Self Improvement?

Joan:

My blog includes posts about self-improvement but also touches on a range of other wellness and mental health topics. The emphasis of it is on positive thinking, compassion, and more specifically, self-compassion.

I felt overcome by the negativity in the news and around the world, and felt like there was a need for a small space of bright light; someplace anyone could go for encouragement, whenever they needed it. And I had some life lessons I wanted to share. Next thing I knew, the blog “My Best Friend Adeline” was born.

I called it that because I wanted it to feel like a good friend anyone could turn to when they needed reassurance. I chose the name Adeline because it means “kindness”.

Maxim: Tell us about your personal journey in self improvement. Give us some examples of how you improve yourself regularly.

Joan:

I experienced some health issues about 10 years ago that were really a wake up call and reminded me I needed to take better care of myself. And for me, caring for myself takes in a whole range of things beyond diet and exercise.

It means reminding myself not to be too harsh with myself when I make a mistake, or can’t “do it all”. It also means investing time in relationships, and interests that I enjoy, regardless of competing priorities. I’ve made a real effort to reduce the number of “shoulds” in my life. I try to make decisions that help me be the best me I can be.

Maxim: Among all the articles you have written, which one is your favorite? Why?

Joan:

This is a tough question. I think it might be “What’s Your Superpower?”. The message behind it is simple but powerful (pun intended)!

We each have gifts we are meant to use. Remembering how gifted we are and tapping into those gifts can help us to feel more comfortable in our own skin, and more fulfilled with our daily lives.

Maxim: Self improvement has various aspects. However, if you had to give only one single piece of advice to your readers, what would it be?

Joan:

Be as kind to yourself as you would be to a child, or your best friend. Talk to yourself as though you are encouraging someone you care deeply about; your own voice is the one you hear most often!

Maxim: What advice would you give to a young person just starting his/her journey of self improvement?

Joan:

Take inventory of the relationships in your life, and identify the people who are truly kind and want what’s best for you. Spend more time with them. Nurture those relationships and your relationship with yourself.

Maxim: If you had a time machine that sent you 10 years back in time, what self improvement advice would you give yourself?

Joan:

Scale back on work and begin to indulge in your passions more. Once you do that, everything else will begin to fall into place.

Maxim: How has your blogging and writing influenced and transformed you? Do you think you have changed as a person since you started blogging?

Joan:

I have been blogging for a little over two years. The process has changed me very much. My articles are all informed by science so I do a fair amount of research and I really enjoy learning about all the many topics related to wellness and self improvement.

Also, I write about personal experiences; I find the writing part is almost a form of therapy for me. I’ve also “met” many other bloggers and have made some wonderful on-line friendships with women who are going through similar challenges or who appreciate reading the blog.

Maxim: What makes you happiest as a blogger?

Joan:

Comments! I love it when people tell me that one of my posts helped them to cope, or feel better, or find a solution to a problem. When a reader tells me that my blog inspired them, or reassured them, it absolutely makes my day.

Maxim: Who are the other self improvement bloggers that you’re a fan of?

Joan:

Interestingly, I don’t read too many self-improvement blogs. I may have to go read a few! I enjoy supporting other bloggers who write in other niches, including some who write about parenting, mental health, and fitness.

Maxim: Where can the readers contact you?

Joan:

People can reach me on my email at what.i.have.learned.so.far@gmail.com

Maxim: Thanks a lot, Joan. It was wonderful knowing your thoughts. All the best on your future as a blogger.

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