There’s a few things that sets Mama Bliss Coaching School apart from other coaching training programs. First of all, it’s a program created by a mom, for moms, to coach other moms.
And the coaching approach itself is very much designed to honor that divine feminine energy that responds to creative play, the ease of simplicity and the priority of self-care.
So wanting to build a recommended reading list for my budding coaches I wanted to be sure the list includes primers for both the mindset and soul landscape the coaching tools and philosophy we dive into the program nurtures.
Even if you’re not considering becoming a coach right now, these reads can also be a handy addition to your life-coping tool box we all need to whip out when the sometimes choppy waters of mamahood start trying to chop up our mama bliss.
The Creative Habit
My introduction to the bliss that is the journey of becoming a mother came to me first in diving back into creativity after taking Birthing from Within prenatal class 14 years ago.
Because of that mind-blowing experience that was discovering creative play as a way to explore fear of the unknown and tapping into this incredibly strong life force within me that massaged my mama bliss throughout all aspects of my being, led me to declare ‘creativity’ as the second pillar to Mama Bliss.
And then there was this book – The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp.
What I love about this book is that it makes creativity accessible and inspires that instilling this habit simply takes practice. This read really sets the stage to start welcoming in the healing, luck-making, love sharing magic that is creativity and why it’s such a crucial component to the coaching process and mama bliss living.
Book Yourself Solid
Truth be told, Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port only really comes in handy dandy when you’re ready to launch your biz. But it would also be a fun read if you want to wrap your head around what your days will be looking at if you decide to get trained as a coach. I just highly recommend getting the latest version of the book that is laid out like a workbook.
I filled my in six years ago and it still guides me to keep my ideal client close to my heart even though my business model has changed from Mama Bliss Coaching to coaching training. I’m also a sucker for back to school type workbooks and stick figures – but outside of that, it clearly lays out the customer journey and how you get to reach those lucky few and the drawings really help me integrate the concept and strategy that help me find success in my coaching biz.
Get Rich Lucky Bitch
I’m such a huge fan of Denise Duffield-Thomas who wrote this! This book offers gorgeous ways to take a long gander at what your money blocks might be and some techniques to shine a light on them and start chipping away at them before you dive into the becoming a coach journey.
As with any entrepreneurial journey, starting your own business is going to bring poop up. And money issues rest right along side your poop shoot so it might get kinda gross.
And what I particular love about this book is that it begins with declutttering your life to make room for the new. Definitely something you need to coach yourself to do before you embark on this career path.
If you wondering how you’ll ever find the time to go through the training and then do what you have to do to get your business off the ground, simplifying your life by following the guidelines in this book will create extra time, focus and energy I swear.
I always say that this book is so much more than a book about parenting. It’s a lifestyle book. You get clear on your consciously chosen values and then take the steps needed to release the clutter that’s distracting you from the important things in life, add the pulse points to your day to stay organized and rocking and rolling toward your goals and slowing down so we can really savour the reason we want to work from home in the first place.
The Big Leap
Oh my gawd. How I LOVE this book! This one is imperative so that you can explore where you might potentially self-sabotage when you start to get traction in your coaching biz success.
So this can look like spending any profits that are earned willy nilly. Getting sick right before a big launch. Procrastinating on your marketing efforts with bizarre distraction techniques (*cough*facebook*).
What I love about this too is that Gay sprinkles some examples of how these principles can be presented in a marriage. Which is so super duper handy dandy because if Mama’s going into biz, the whole family’s going into biz. And a whole whack of funky limiting beliefs are going to get stirred up!
The Prosperous Coach
This is another one that is more geared once I kick you out of the Mama Bliss Coaching School nest and you’re starting to test fly your baby coaching wings. But might also come in handy if you want to learn what will comprise much of your coaching days. And that is connecting with your ideal clients, building relationships by getting the conversation started and graciously offer a taste tester of your coaching.
While I do recommend adjusting the strategy outlined here, I love the intention behind it. Coaching is very much something that needs to be experienced in order to be valued. And coaches need to get out there coaching so it just makes sense if we can offer some free coaching in either the form of webinars, workshops, discovery calls or whatever way you magically get introduce to your next clients.
I hear stories of new clients discovering their coaches on cross continental plane rides!
And here is a bonus book I can recommend that captures all four of the pillars of Mama Bliss Coaching: Self-Care, Values, Creativity and Simplicity.
This one’s like balm to the soul. I read it SO long ago, but much much of the principles can be applied to finding your centre (or Mama Bliss) when it feels like it’s all getting to overwhelming, or you want to give up, or… who knows what’s going to come up for you.
Even just seeing the cover of this book (which, by the way, comes with a built in pink ribbon book mark that’s so endearing), makes me want to take a hot bath and curl up in bed and read it all day. But this one would be perfect as a book club or working through it as a journal prompt for youself or a new client because it’s laid out with daily entries for a whole year. But it’s hard to stop with just one entry!
Alright, check out these awesome reads. It’ll inspire your coaching biz, the coaching biz that only exists in your dreams right now, or even to coach yourself back to bliss when you feel overwhelmed with all the amazing opportunities this blessed life presents us with.