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What is a nurse coach?

To say creating long-lasting, meaningful change in life is difficult is a serious understatement. Some days it can feel nearly impossible! Is it possible to progress past the early stages of change without having to start over again and again…and again?

I believe it is. What it all boils down to is support. Do you have the support you need to reach your long term goals?

I’m on an exciting new journey of becoming a nurse coach and I have some exciting stuff to share. But first, I’d like to address that question I’m sure you’re ready for me to answer by now.

What is a nurse coach? Simply put, a nurse coach is someone who will come alongside you on your wellness journey to help you achieve and maintain progress so that you can be a healthier, happier you!

A nurse coach is truly a catalyst for change in a holistic wellness revolution.

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Now for the exciting news!

As part of my learning requirements, I have an amazing opportunity to work with clients for free. So, I will be offering 5 hours of FREE coaching in 4 sessions. With that said, I am excited to help you or someone you know build on their overall health and wellness.

Everything remains confidential per HIPPA guidelines. In our sessions, we will explore what is working well in your life and what isn’t. We will discover how you can move forward with a compelling vision and clear action steps.

Tools used in nurse coaching include: mindfulness, appreciative inquiry, strengths identification, and SMART goal setting.

Nurse coaches are trained in mindfulness, meditation, and breathwork exercises.

Nurse coaches practice deep listening, compassion, nonjudgment, seeking permission, and empowerment.

You are enough, and you have what it takes! You don’t need to stay overwhelmed trying to figure it out on your own. It begins with taking the first step.

I am here to encourage, acknowledge, and appreciate the gift that you are as an innately whole human being. You are enough!

With all my heart, I believe that lasting wellness is built from the inside out.

If you want the empowerment that comes with being your own best advocate or you are wanting to align or realign with your full healing potential, please direct message me, comment below or email me at nursehealingadvocate@gmail.com. Please include what you’d like to be coached on, and why.

Warmly,

Ruth Renee George, RN BSN

Student Nurse Wellness Coach

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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu

Your authentic voice matters…

The most important thing I’ve learned about transformation is that we get there the quickest by slowing down, by speaking our truth in love, and by becoming who we truly are at the deepest level.

When you slow down, you can hear yourself think. You can sort the clutter of all the voices in your head until you can encounter your own.

You must let all the other voices go, and only then can you have a clear conversation with God. Only then can you discover who you really are!

For the first time, you meet your most authentic self without all the noise of the world telling you who you are and who you are to become.

You then have a choice…to share or not to share your most authentic self with the world. To be brave enough to truly be yourself, to JUST BE YOU, to speak your truth in love.

Your authentic voice matters! When you do not speak your truth, you abandon a part of yourself. It becomes harder to love all of yourself!!!

One of the most important things I’ve learned about being able to love myself is that authenticity matters! I matter!! My story matters. My authentic voice matters!!!

When you speak the truth in love, you step into being more fully alive, more fully you, more fully connected to God, grace, understanding and knowing. Knowing that this is the one life we have to live on this earth, HERE AND NOW.

When you hold back, when you shift your words to what others want to hear, a part of you dies inside, a part of your awareness fades away.

You step into living only half alive. And piece by piece, you continue to fade away, and the real you slowly dies.

If I could tell the world just one thing, it would be this…YOU MATTER, YOUR VOICE MATTERS, YOUR AUTHENTIC VOICE MATTERS, YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!

I’ve been doing healing work and trusting the process of transformation for quite a few years now.

I have many regrets of who I was and how I behaved in the past, but I am not my past. The slate is wiped clean.

When we transform, we step into grace and beauty, into knowing and understanding that no one is worthy, no one is perfect.

We all make mistakes. We all lose hope.

It’s okay to let others know you struggle. It’s okay to be vulnerable. It’s okay to give yourself permission to be you. I want to hear what YOU think, what YOU believe, what YOU feel, not how the world tells you to be.

I am here cheering you on. If you feel you have to hide a part of you, if you feel you can’t love yourself, or can’t let the world see ALL OF YOU, I am here cheering you on to just be you, to SPEAK YOUR TRUTH IN LOVE.

I know you can step into being you, loving you, accepting you.

I struggle with anxiety, depression, and complex PTSD. Thoughts of hating myself return from time to time, but I no longer live in the world of self-hate and abandoning myself, abandoning my voice.

I know that what I have to say is important. I know that I matter, that my authentic voice matters.

And I choose to speak the truth in love. I choose to live more fully alive each and every new day.

Today, I live in the world of hope and never giving up, the world of climbing every mountain, the world of giving myself permission to rest when I am weary and tired.

Today , I choose to step out of darkness into the light.

Will you join me?

With hope and much love,

Ruth Renee RN

Student Nurse Wellness Coach

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Seasons Change, So Can We…

Just as the seasons change, your past is not your present.

As humans, it seems change doesn’t happen as naturally for us, as it does for the seasons. So what’s the difference?

We humans always have a choice, and often times we choose to live in our past, rather than fully living in the present, in the now ~body, mind, and spirit integrated in the same place at the same time.

Trust me, I know how hard it is to let go of broken dreams. I’ve struggled to surrender many of my heartaches to God.

The sudden tragic loss of my father when I was a teen. My divorce and the loss of my dream in life to grow old with my first love.

I struggled to let go, to move on, to accept that I couldn’t fix this broken dream just like I couldn’t fix the dream of having my father heal and stay alive. I so badly wanted my dad with me to celebrate my graduations, my wedding, the births of my children. It has been so hard to let go, to let myself surrender these broken dreams to God.

I feel deeply and it’s okay to grieve loss for as long as we need, but for me I realized my chronic grief was hurting me more than it was helping me heal. I became stuck. I stopped living. My body was present, but my mind lived in the past trying to analyze, overthink, and find a way to fix unfixable problems.

Two lessons I’ve learned the hard way…

1) Praying someone to stay alive doesn’t always work, no matter how great your faith. Our time is not always God’s time. Our will is not always God’s will.

2) I can’t “do the work” for another to heal their past trauma, as much as I desperately want. I can’t change anyone except myself.

I have tried to do things my own way, to do the work for others, to fix others because I could not fix my dad.

I have lived the past over and over expecting a different solution. And that, my friend, is the very definition of insanity, and why letting go of the past and surrendering our will to God is so important.

Through many years of hard life experiences, trauma counseling, and doing the healing work for myself, I have learned that change requires the same from all who want to step out of brokenness, from all who want to let go of the broken dreams of the past, from all who want to step into being your greatest empowered healthy self, the person you were always called to be.

The good news is that change is always possible. As a good therapist told me over and over, I always have choices and options!

When we find the motivation to change, it begins with a single shift in our mindset, followed by a choice, then lots of small steps, and for sure we need to celebrate all the little victories and even the failures. It is all just feedback and a learning process about ourselves, the goal being to peel the layers until we reach the core of who we truly are at the deepest level.

The most important thing I’ve learned about transformation is that we get there the fastest by slowing down, speaking our truths, and becoming our authentic selves as best we can.

Some words by recovery expert Melody Beattie have been balm to my weary, grieving soul over the last few years.

“Let go of all expectations.
Cut the strings of resentment and negativity that connect you to another.
Detach from bitterness and forgive.
Make room for love and positivity.
The universe will do what it will.

Sometimes your dream will come true,
sometimes they won’t.
Sometimes when you let go of a broken dream, another one gently takes its place“
~Melody Beattie

It can be hard to let go of broken dreams, to let go of the past and love fully alive in the present moment, but it is possible!!!

With the help of my higher power I am doing so, and I believe you can too.

We decide if we let the past continue to be our present, like the perpetual Groundhog Day movie.

Or, we decide if we choose to allow each new day be a fresh start to do something different, for us to be someone healthier than we were the day before.

Change is always possible!!

And I believe you are worth it!

With hope and confidence,

Ruth Renee, RN

Student Nurse Coach

Are there any broken dreams you are struggling to let go? What have you learned because of the struggle?

If you’d like to connect, please email nursehealingadvocate@gmail.com or comment below.

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How to find freedom from negative thoughts…

Dear friend,

You are more powerful than you realize!

Please speak kind and empowering words to yourself and others, every day until you believe them with all your heart.

Challenge negative and hurtful thoughts.

Uproot any unkind beliefs living lurking in the soil of your mind.

We cannot control the thoughts that come into our head, or the words others speak over us,

BUT we always have power in how we choose to respond to thoughts, and how we choose to breathe.

Pausing and taking purposeful, deep breaths can slow your thoughts, your heart rate, and unhealthy reactions.

Whenever you encounter negative thoughts today, internally or externally, I invite you to pause, take 3 deep breaths, and look for the positive.

Ask, “Is this true?”

If you choose to do this powerful experiment, I’d love to hear about the challenges you overcame, and the freedom you found.

What did you learn?

What was your greatest insight?

Remember—
You are loved.
You are worth it.
You are enough, period.

Warmly,
Ruth Renee George RN

I’d love to hear what you learned. Feel free to email me at nursehealingadvocate@gmail.com or leave a comment on this page.

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What I would tell my younger self…

Looking back at my 6th grade self receiving an achievement award, I wish I could have understood my lovability was not based on what I achieved or didn’t achieve.

I am telling my younger self now, I am lovable because I am a creation of God.

I was and am just as He created me to be. Wherever I am, He meets me there. All God wants is my heart.

There is nothing I can do or not do to change this divine truth. It’s taken me a long time to see truth.

Only by allowing God’s love, mercy, and grace into my heart, could the deep pains I’ve carried since childhood begin to heal.

Only then could the lies be removed, and replaced with truth that I am love. Nothing can ever change this truth.

I praise God that He got through to me, that I remembered He is trustworthy, long enough to let down my guard, to let Him in to my heart to heal me.

God is the Master Healer and only true source of life and love. Any healing, growth, success, and light you see in me, I give all the credit to Him! He saved me. He healed me.

With hope and much love,

Ruth Renee RN

Student Nurse Wellness Coach

What miracles have happened in your life? Who has helped you heal? I’d love to hear more in the comments below, or you can email me ~ nursehealingadvocate@gmail.com

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The Hard Truth of Mother’s Day…

Mother’s Day….the truth is that it isn’t always so easy.

I have some resentment issues popping up around my son not wanting to go on Mother’s Day outings today, but I’m trying to look at other victories and come from a place of service and sacrifice, rather than expectation. That was me last year, and it didn’t go well. Today I choose to give my worries and painto God, so I can settle into appreciation and hope.

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For Mother’s Day this year, I planned ahead. I invited my kids to an outing I think we will all enjoy. Foot massages are scheduled with my daughter, and then we will get take out for a picnic at the lake, my favorite spot in the city. The place I go when I need to be in nature, when I need to clear my mind, the spot I took my kids to feed ducks when they were little. The place I took my mother to visit when she was in town for my birthday. So many wonderful memories!!!

A few days ago, I pulled out the cricut machine and the scrapbook supplies and created a homemade invite for Mother’s Day. I dropped it off for my kids at their dad’s, to let my son know the invitation is still open if he changes his mind. If not, I can respect his decision.

So while I’m sad my son is not coming, I dived into the resentment a bit deeper this morning. I released the hurt and pain. I uprooted the bitterness from my heart.

I then had space to connect with God to see the good things I have and what has changed and gotten better since last year. I looked at what is true. And I feel a little more peaceful, a little less sad. I released my worries to God, and I know that God’s timing is perfect. I know that reconciliation with my son is happening at its own pace.

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Complex PTSD blew my family apart like a nuclear bomb, but God is putting it back together in a new way, healing the broken relationships between me and my children, reconciling hearts. He has already done it with my daughter. He brought her home just last week. His timing is perfect. And I can surrender my timing and my will to Him.

I know Mother’s Day isn’t always easy and I want you all to know I’m praying today for healing over mother-child relationships, praying for comfort for those who’ve lost their mother, for mothers who have lost children, and for those who are struggling to connect in the way they want with their mother or child. I’m praying for those who struggle with infertility. Praying peace over today for all of you wonderful imperfect humans, mothers, and children!!

My mother taught me to hold onto “Hope against Hope.” She taught me what a mother’s love is. When the time is right, when my son is ready, I know he and I will reconcile. God has brought so much healing to my family, and HE IS NOT FINISHED YET!!!

God is my anchor and he gives me the ability to love as he loves, to bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, endure all things. And I’m so thankful for my mother who taught me these truths, passed on the gifts of strength, hope, love.

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:7

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Through all of my heartache and struggle, the most important lesson I’ve learned is this….God’s love for us is so much bigger than the love with which we love our own children.

Praying you feel God’s love and healing presence today!!

Much love,

     Ruth Renee RN

     Student Nurse Wellness Coach

Is there any small space of resentment or pain you can witness and release to clear space for hope, love, gratitude, and truth? ❤️

May God bless you and keep you, and be a refuge for you in times of heartache and trouble.

For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness. For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” – Psalm 18:28-20 ESV

Celebrating Nurses and Teachers!!!

I’m sooo proud to be a family of nurses and teachers! 👩🏻‍⚕️ 🩺 👩🏻‍🏫

HAPPY NURSE AND TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

My mom, sister, and I celebrating another sister at her nursing graduation 5 years ago. 🩺👩🏻‍🎓

I’m so proud of @helen..of..troy for taking the leap to go back to school to obtain her degree while being a mom to 4 kids! I celebrate and honor her today! It’s never too late to go after your dreams!✨

I’m also soooo glad I decided to go back to school. I knew in my heart that nurse coaching is exactly what I am meant to do at this time in my life.❤️

I’m so grateful to be part of an amazing tribe of nurses, @thenursecoaches who seek to empower and coach others to live their healthiest and happiest lives. 🩺 👩🏻‍⚕️

I wouldn’t be who I am today without my tribe of nurses and teachers!! I’m so grateful I chose to be a nurse because I wanted to be like my mom.❤️🙏🏼🙌🏼

Nurses and teachers, it’s been a crazy hard year, and y’all are in my thoughts and prayers. Please remember it’s okay to take care of you!!! 🌸

CHEERS TO RESILIENT NURSES AND TEACHERS WHO INSPIRE HOPE!!!
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Is there a teacher and/or nurse in your past or present who made a huge difference in your life? Perhaps you could take a few minutes to send them a quick thank you note.

With joy,

Ruth Renee RN

Student Nurse Wellness Coach

If you’d like to connect, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to email me at nursehealingadvocate@gmail.com or comment below.

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Sunsets & Restaurants…

I love it when a hard day has a peaceful ending, and I am reminded of the never ending goodness of God.

I noticed this beautiful sunset when walking my dogs.

I followed my gut to drive to a certain place for dinner.

I ran into a friend I missed and hadn’t seen in awhile.

I went to pay for my meal, and found out the person sitting next to me had grabbed my check without my knowing.

My troubled heart felt peace, joy, and loved.

God is always aware of everything I need.
He shows me I am loved, and calms my worries.
He pursues me with a reckless love so I know just how special I am.

I am grateful my eyes are no longer blind to His ever-present goodness, love, and grace. In every moment of fear that I turn to him, He is there.

With gratitude,

Ruth Renee

Written 04.17.2019

Have you ever had a hard day, week, month, or year that ended more beautifully than you ever expected?

I’d love to hear about it via comment or email. Nursehealingadvocate@gmail.com

Fabulously Forty & Free…

I often struggle with feeling good enough because I haven’t reached my ideal of perfection by a self-imposed deadline. I frequently get down on myself because I’m still a work in progress.

As I approach 40, I realize that chasing perfection in this life is akin to a rabbit running on a wheel chasing a dangling carrot just out of reach.

As long as I am breathing, I will be imperfect and make mistakes. Yet my faults do not make me unlovable; they make me human.

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I am slowly learning to be okay with my mistakes, to own them, and accept who I am, a child of God. My identity is in Him alone. That is how I find peace.

My greatest failure would be to believe I will ever be a finished masterpiece in this life.

God loves me too much to ever stop helping me grow in the Holy Spirit, to ever stop helping me push beyond human limits.

My greatest strength comes not in rising on my own, but in turning to God, trusting Him, letting Him love me every time I fall.

It is only in God that I am lifted above the madness of this world, that I am given real freedom.

Ruth Renee

11-15-2019

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A year can change everything…

What a difference a year and prayer makes!

I am still learning to trust God each morning, each time I feel scared.

I never asked to live with complex PTSD.

I would never wish on another living soul the nightmares, flashbacks, confusion, triggers turned into moments of terror.

But my complex PTSD reminds me I am human and can never do this life without God. It leads me to prayer and the word of God.

He comforts me and calms my wounded heart.

Today, the pain I live with humbles me, and reminds me I am only strong when I allow the Lord to carry me….the hardest truth and love for me to accept.

The pain pushes me to write, so that I may make myself and others aware of the love Jesus offers me, the most precious love of all.

I don’t always understand God’s plan for me, but I am trying to live His way by faith.

I am believing prayer works, and we are never alone.

I choose authentic over perfect.

Perfection is too great a burden to bear.

I am human. I allow myself to make mistakes, and not go into a shame spiral for it.

Admitting I can’t do it all was a hard pill to swallow.

I’m ready to do things God’s way.