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

A Matter of Perspective
Receiving: The Other Half of the Equation

Into Action
Practice expanding your ability to receive

Modern Mom Spotlight
Lizzie Bermudez, Founder LizzieB TV

Jan./Feb. special,
drop-in, tele-class,
group or individual coaching sessions

Who is Corrine Bucher?

November 2009 Newsletter - #15
Embracing Motherhood:
Receiving - The Other Half of the Equation

Dear Friends,

Happy Thanksgiving! My heart is full of gratitude for so many things this season, one of which is all of my faithful readers and clients. As you embrace the adventure of motherhood this season, enjoy your blessings.

I want to do everything I can to help make 2010 a special year for you, so I am offering a unique deal in January and February. The Your Vibrant Year deal includes two private sessions and a planning workbook for $225. Claim what you want to create in 2010 and create a plan to get there.

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.

Make this holiday season your best yet!

Corrine Bucher
Life Coach and mother of a kindergartener and a first 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

Receiving: The Other Half of the Equation
by Corrine Bucher

I highly recommend checking out the inspirational story of Cami Walker and her 29-Day Giving Challenge (http://www.29gifts.org). She experienced firsthand the healing power of giving and provides a plan for you to do the same. Knowing how to receive, though, is just as vital. Shakti Gawain says, "Receiving and giving are opposite energies that are inextricably linked together in the natural flow of life, like inhaling and exhaling. If you can't inhale, you will soon have nothing to exhale, and before long, your body will be unable to continue living."

A lot of my clients are what I like to refer to as Type-E, as in Everything to Everybody. Giving, for them, is easy -- maybe even obsessive. They give to family, friends, school, and work, while often asking nothing in return. The problem: while their intentions are good, all that giving can leave them feeling depleted and even inspire resentment. The remedy for them isn't just spending time taking better care of themselves; that's still energy from the same source. As uncomfortable as the thought may be for anyone with an independent spirit or mindset, it is essential that we allow others to give to us as well.

Sometimes my clients are not even aware that they are refusing the very help they seek. One client was upset with her husband because she always got up in the middle of the night to take care of their crying infant son. When she finally told her husband how she was feeling, she was stunned to hear him say, "but you wouldn't let me." Upon reflection, she realized that at times she had turned down his offer to get up or practically raced out of bed to get to their son first. The simple "You got him or should I" middle-of-the-night refrain made them feel like a team, strengthening their bond, enriching the father-son relationship -- and provided mom a few more hours' of valuable sleep.

It's an illusion to think that any of us can survive by ourselves. For those still stuck, think of it this way: allowing someone to help you is your way of giving them the warm fuzzies you get from helping someone else.

Inhale. Exhale.
Give. Receive.
They're inseparable.

Into Action

Practice expanding your ability to receive. When someone offers to do something for you, let them. Take a deep breathe in and receive the help. Let me know what you notice.

Send me an email and let me know what you learned! Corrine@corrinebucher.com

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Modern Mom Spotlight

Lizzie Bermudez, Founder LizzieB TV

Until a few years ago, I was a busy TV news anchor and reporter in San Francisco. Now, I’m a full-time mom to two little girls and wife to an incredibly patient man. I had always planned to continue working in the TV news industry while raising my family because I’ve always been a person who thrived off of work. The stress, the adrenaline, the deadlines, the chaos – I loved it all. For me, working made me a better person, and in turn, a better mom.

But somewhere between having my first daughter and going back to work, I got postpartum depression. And boy, did it send me into a tailspin. My excitement and joy for being a working mom was quickly replaced with a deep, dark and heavy sadness that I just couldn’t shake. I thought quitting my job and focusing on my family would help me snap out of it. But I was wrong. Only after therapy and a lot of emotional support did I finally get back on track.

About this time is when I started working as a freelance parenting and family reporter. I really wanted to foster an open and honest dialogue between real moms—to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly sides of motherhood without fear of being judged. I started with myself and just kept rolling from there.

Those first inspirations have led me to my newest venture, lizziebtv.com, a video blog site that comes straight from the heart. It’s the place I get to share my real mom insights, while still enjoying the satisfaction that comes from working. It’s the best of both my worlds.

What is your top tip for balancing it all?
I’ve learned that I just can’t say yes to everyone like I used to. I had to develop a firm grasp of my boundaries and my limits, which has saved my sanity. Also, I have to make time to do something with my girlfriends and be my old self.

How has motherhood impacted your success?
That is an interesting question. Nothing in my life or career has ever been easy. I have had to work very hard. I think, as a mother, a lot of my success is still ahead of me. Going through postpartum depression was an essential component to my success now and in the future.

What is your best mommy moment?
I am extremely proud of my commitment to seek out at least one moment in every day where I thoroughly enjoy being a mother. My daily bliss comes from sitting down on the floor to play with my daughters and I have been able to make that a priority.


1. Special Offer for January and February 2010
Two one hour sessions and a thorough planning workbook for $225. Claim what you want to create for 2010 and create a plan to make it happen. Give yourself the gift of time to focus on what it is you want for yourself and your family.

2. The Vibrant Mother© Monthly Drop-In session at The Joy Of Being in Moss Beach. Next meeting – January 2010
Join other Coastside and Pacifica Mothers to gain and share tips and wisdom around the challenges of balancing life and family. This group is for YOU, so please send me ideas for topics you want to hear discussed.

3. The Vibrant Mother© Group Coaching in Half Moon Bay
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. Launching in January.

4. Motherhood By Design © From Tired To Inspired At Home And Work
Designed to make it efficient and easy for busy moms to participate, this 6 month group tele-class will meet twice a month for one hour. A total of 18 group sessions. Investment - $149 per month. Launching in January.

5. 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.

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 10 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.