Embracing Motherhood by Corrine L. Bucher, Life Coach
Corrine L. Bucher, Life Coach

A Matter of Perspective
Getting Back On Track

Into Action
Look at Your Priorities

Tips for Summer
Top 5 Tips for Families

Individual Coaching Sessions, Group Coaching, Throw a Balance Party

Who is Corrine Bucher?

July 2011 Newsletter - #23
Embracing Motherhood:
Getting Back On Track

Dear Friends,

The transition from Spring into Summer has been dizzying with all it’s endings and beginnings. As a mother I have enjoyed performances and sporting events galore, as a coach I am watching the seeds my clients planted sprout into fabulous opportunities, and as a surfer I have been sharing the ocean with bottle nose dolphins, whales, sea lions, and too many sea birds to name. I feel blessed to have such a rich life.

Whatever your stage of motherhood, I hope you feel inspired and supported each month to live more fully and joyfully. My mission is to bring you simple, practical ideas that you can use right now to usher in more energy, time, and move beyond balance to vibrance.

I welcome your feedback. Please let me know what will help me help you make the most of your adventure.

May this be your most Vibrant summer yet!

Corrine Bucher
Life Coach and mother of a first and second grader


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"If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves."
Thomas Edison

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A Matter of Perspective

June was a blur of activity as school came to a close, and I innocently got sucked into the whirlwind. How? I have this habit of volunteering for way too much. Contributing is one of my core values, but I can take it to an extreme that is not good for anyone. It is painful to say, but this seemingly selfless act can actually cause more harm than good. Sometimes it's hard to recognize that. Even coaches are capable of letting their head convince them what they're doing is right even when their temper or mood suggests something is amiss. Then my daughter said, "Mom, you never have time to play with me. You always say you have one more thing to do." That stung. I knew she was right. Why was I always so busy? How could everything else be so important that my daughter always came second? That wasn't the mom I wanted to be.

So, you see, coaches lose their way, too. Knowing what I want to be and knowing what is right isn't a safeguard against becoming something else or doing the wrong thing. We all get out of balance and a head full of knowledge is not a sure-fire defense against it. Living a purposeful life means constantly reminding myself of my priorities. When I don’t do that, I become obsessed and distracted by the next seemingly "important" task.

The great news is that if I'm conscious of my flaws and tendencies, I can minimize the damage before I get back on track. I have some fantastic tools that work for me. I created a Vision Tree, which allows me to pull focus on all the elements that make up a balanced life for me (see Into Action below for how to use this tool). I also have a Vision Board, which is a collage of my priorities displayed on a poster board in words and pictures. It hangs on the wall behind my computer where I can see it every day. It inspires me in those moments of indecision about what the next right thing to do is. As with anything, of course, sometimes it becomes too familiar and it's just another object decorating my office. But when I realize that I've gone astray, it is the compass that leads me back home. Getting lost is a part of life's journey. It's not nearly as distressful, though, if you've created a path for yourself and have the tools to get back to it after those inevitable off-road adventures.

Into Action

Schedule 30 minutes of your time to sit down and look at your priorities! Celebrate if you are on track and tweak them if you need to.

Print out the Vision Tree tool above and take some time to bring focus to your life! Here are some quick tips on how to use this tool.

Write out on the tree the following elements:

The Soil – This is where you put the perspective you want to hold about your life right now. Make sure it feels positive and compelling. An example might be: "My life is full of love and adventure."

The Roots – This is where you write in the things that fuel you. What makes you feel at your best? Examples: reading, learning, exercise, yoga, etc...

The Trunk – This is where you write in your Values. What are your core values? Examples: spirituality, fun, contribution, etc...

The Branches – This is where you put your top priorities. What do you want to focus on this summer?

This will give you a grounded, focused picture of the things that make your life feel fulfilling!

Send me an email and let me know what you learned!

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Tips for Summer

Before the summer months fly by and you are left feeling like it was all a blur, invest a little time to create a summer you will love.

Here are my top 5 tips for families:

#1 – Imagine what you want your summer to be like. Sit down with your entire family and create a vision the summer. What will be the main focus? Exploration? Adventure? Learning? What are the qualities that you want to bring? This will give you a solid filter for making decisions about what you will do over the summer. When faced with a choice you can go back to your vision and see if it fits!

#2 – Make a wish list with your kids. Another fun idea is to give everyone pieces of paper and ask them to write out their wishes on different slips of paper. Put all of these in a jar and pick one from the jar each week as a reward for good behavior.

#3 – Create a fun reading chart together or sign up for your local library’s summer reading program.

#4 – Have your kids create a journal for the summer months. Pick a time each day or week for them to write about the adventures they are having.

#5 – Schedule in your "me" time. Replenish replenish replenish. I often find that the unstructured summer months actually create a little more stress on our lives. Make sure you are taking good care of you.


1. Individual Coaching
Coaching is a powerful partnership that often leads to remarkable results. As a coach I provide structure, tools, accountability, and inspiration to move you forward. Pricing upon request.

2. Throw a Balance Party! (coming in the Fall)
This 6 month program meets for one 2 hour group session each month. You also receive one 45-minute individual coaching session each month. Investment - $150 per month.

3. Throw a Balance Party!
Workshops for Playgroups, Mothers’ Clubs, and Groups of Friends
I will bring a workshop to you in your home! A great way to offer value and connection to your group. These two-hour workshops cover topics ranging from creating a vibrant motherhood vision to the art of restoring your energy. Host a Balance Party and receive a free 1-hour coaching session. Contact me for details.

Please email me for more details, corrine@corrinebucher.com

Corrine Bucher, Life Coach

International Coach Federation


A veteran coach and mother, I am devoted to transforming the lives of mothers, whether working or not. Known for my enthusiasm, spiritual touch, and practical strategies I have spent the last 12 years coaching women who strive to find more balance and fulfillment often to remarkable results. This is success from the inside out, deep lasting change driven by taking compelling inspired actions.

The co-creator of corporate programs for Working Mothers, I challenge and inspire women to define their work/life balance vision so that they can begin to feel a sense of control again. Offering tools to manage the guilt and stress of motherhood, my clients take away practical strategies to implement immediately.