The Heart and Boot Camp
The Heart of Caregiving, A Guide to Joyful Caring
Sonia Morrison, HC72 Student, Santa Cruz and Long Beach, California
How teachable are you? Are you willing to change things in your life? The most important thing I learned through the HCT program is how invaluable persistence and commitment are. CEO Hilton Johnson states, “Building a successful small business from scratch is like going through boot camp in the Army. You wouldn’t want to do it again but you wouldn’t trade the experience for a million bucks.”
As a RN for 22 years, I find that seemingly small simple things have made a big difference to caregivers and their families. For example, when assisting someone, cradling instead of grabbing brings more respect and keeps both of you safer. I have a burning desire to affect positively the quality of life for caregivers and their loved ones. This passion to bring more joy into the world of caregiving is what led me to join the HCT program and to write my book, The Heart of Caregiving, A Guide to Joyful Caring.
Embracing a step-by-step approach, Hilton’s clear vision for coaching success has been enlightening. As Hilton states, “The most important skill in business to master is a good presentation. It will take you about two hours a day for three months to learn a good sales presentation from start to finish.” This information allowed me to be happy now, while striving for improvement.
My wish is to provide this same happiness and improvement to caregivers. Many caregivers struggle to continue working outside the home, while providing care for family members. Fitting self-care activities into already busy days can result in depression. Coaching caregivers to create baby steps based on their values and find other supportive resources can make a profound difference in the quality of life for themselves and the lives they touch.
As I continue to share The Heart of Caregiving, A Guide to Joyful Caring in my community, I am creating audio versions of the six chapters. Each chapter includes one of my principles for self-care and giving care. In addition, I am currently collaborating with the leaders and coaches in the “Secrets to Life Coaching Program,” while building my awareness, understanding and experience with group coaching.
Sonia Morrison, HC72 Student, Santa Cruz & Long Beach, California
RN, Case Manager, Author, Coach