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ICF Michigan Newsletter

November 2014


Dear fellow Coaches,

What an incredible time of year. Warm sunny days are mixed with cloudy and cold ones. Leaves have turned and fallen to the ground, leaving trees barren, and I've already had the first frost on my car. Winter is right around the corner.I have seen the first Christmas decorations come up, heard the first Christmas music in stores, and we have all experienced a first glimpse of really, really cold weather... the holiday season is fast arriving.


November is a month of celebrating gratitude and this newsletter is my personal celebration of gratitude. As for every newsletter, I did some research on the topic of gratitude and learned that there is science behind all of this! On MindBodyGreen and MindValley I found a few interesting, unusual, and fun facts and ideas, which I naturally want to share:  

  • Gratitude has the strongest link with mental well-being than any other trait
  • Gratitude boosts your health
  • Gratitude makes you 25% happier!

Science shows that gratitude causes:

  • More energy
  • Higher emotional intelligence
  • More forgiving attitudes
  • Less depression and less anxiousness
  • More feeling of being socially connected
  • Better sleep and fewer headaches.

How creative are you in celebrating gratitude? Feeling gratitude is a great way to feel inner peace. We can't always control the actions of others or what happens around us, but we can control how we react. People who practice gratitude are often happier, a little more relaxed, and more secure. Beyond just a simple thank you, here are other creative ways you can practice gratitude:

  • Write a handwritten letter, not an email, to someone you feel you haven't properly thanked
  • Reflect on your previous day's gifts and celebrations in the shower
  • Create an appreciation calendar - with 5 things each day
  • Turn everything into a gift - the gift of laughter, the gift of community, the gift of learning, the gift of a warm cup of coffee or tea
  • Enjoy the little things... what would life be like without them?

On a cultural level, I personally learned that gratitude is experienced, shared, practiced, and celebrated on a very different level here in the USA than I have experienced anywhere else. Gratitude can create shifts in perspectives and thinking. It can turn "not enough" into abundance, resistance into acceptance, and create clarity where there was confusion before. It is a humbling experience and I have noticed how I myself, too, have changed on that level. There is more acknowledgement, more appreciation, and much more honest thankfulness that I have let into my life through my experience here. It is one of the many things I am very thankful for.

In the recent South East Michigan Coach Café in Royal Oak, I posed the question to the participants to state one thing they are grateful for. Some of the answers were:

  • The community we coaches are a part of
  • The opportunity to be doing something we love
  • Our health
  • Our families
  • The people in our lives.

I am truly grateful for all of these. I am thankful for the opportunity to move to the US, to become a coach, and do something I love. I am grateful to be a part of this vibrant and welcoming coach community and I am more than grateful to have been given the opportunity to serve as president of ICF Michigan. I have learned so much through this experience and I have grown through and with this chapter. I am grateful for the health of my loved ones and for mine. And I am grateful for every single person that is, has been, and will be a part of my journey. Thank you. I wouldn't be who or where I am without all of you.

How do you practice and celebrate gratitude in your own life, with your clients, and in your coaching? What are you celebrating and grateful for today? Take a moment to lean back, breathe deep, and reconnect to that deep feeling of gratitude.

ICF Michigan is a big part of my coaching journey and I am grateful for how it strives to offer so many opportunities to connect, share, and learn. See below for all updates on TeleClasses and Coach Cafés. Elections for the 2015 ICF Michigan Board of Directors are under way. Mahatma Gandhi said, "In a gentle way you can shake the world," and we have a few wonderful candidates that have stepped up and applied. Please help shape the board by casting your vote for the new members who will shake the profession of coaching in Michigan in a gentle way.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next time, celebrate gratitude and stay energized.

With much love and gratitude,


Susanne Cordes-Hoelterhoff

2014 ICF Michigan President

(248) 225-9032



Did You Know?

ICF Michigan and the Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA) have an affiliate relationship that allows our members to join and receive the benefits of their many services and programs offered to individuals and businesses. In addition to supporting businesses through Business Knowledge, Facilitated Networking, Legislative Influence and Health Care Reform Connect™, MBPA partners with over 100 companies to offer Financial Savings on products and services. 

ICF Michigan members who join MBPA will receive $25.00 off a one, two or three membership.  To take advantage of this offer, just mention that you are a member of ICF Michigan on the application submitted to MBPA.  For more information about this organization, visit their website at www.michbusiness.org

"Women for Change Coaching Community" - Coaches wanted!

Are you interested in making a difference in the world by using your coaching skills to help others? ICF Michigan is partnering with "Women for Change Coaching Community" (www.Women4ChangeCC.org) to provide volunteer coaches to help financially challenged women make powerful changes in their lives.  If you are looking for an opportunity to provide coaching by telephone, this may be a great fit for you. Better yet - you will receive "paid" coaching hours toward ICF certification! ICF Michigan coaches (men, you are welcome as well!) who have completed or are currently enrolled in coach training are invited to apply. Be one of the first to apply and receive a special benefit! Want to learn more? Contact Sandy@MarshallLeadershipGroup.com

ICF Michigan's Scholarship Program

In a demonstration of ongoing commitment to
the coaching community, ICF Michigan is launching a new scholarship program for current or prospective ICF Michigan coaches. The scholarship program is designed to support and promote the highest standards of professional coaching in Michigan and serve our vibrant community where coaches connect, learn, grow, and succeed to best serve our clients.

Scholarships will cover the membership fee in part or in full and are available to individuals who are studying to become a coach or continuing their coach education. Applicants must be actively involved in current ICF or ICF Michigan Programs, events, or committees and be willing to support the ICF Michigan mission, vision, values, and community. Please see the ICF Michigan website for more information about this exciting new opportunity!

December 17th Teleclass with guest Jane Cresswell
Topic: "Coaching and the Brain"
Time:  12:00 noon ET
More information coming soon!


Core Competency Teleclass Information

Our Core Competency program for 2014 has ended and we are so excited about continuing the program in 2015. Check back for more information coming soon...we are firming up details now!

Volunteers wanted!  

Want to grow your network, apply your skills in fun new ways AND make a difference?  Plug into exciting new projects now underway at ICF Michigan.  Interested in learning more?  Contact Sandy Marshall at





Please don't hesitate to contact our dedicated Board members with questions, observations or suggestions.


Barb Grigsby, Past President; Website


Rebecca Kraus, Vice President; Education & Development

Lori Kerlin
, Education & Development (Chair)


Jan Martinez, Education & Development

Sandy Marshall
, Outreach & Volunteers


Lisa Bradley-Mitchell, Sponsorship


Kathy Munoz, Marketing & Branding


Mary Selzer, Treasurer 

Deb Voyt
, Membership & Affiliations 

Kathy Vlietstra
, Administrator


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"The root of joy is gratefulness...
it is not joy that
makes us grateful;
it is gratitude that
makes us joyful." 

- David Steindl-Rast 




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