Synergy Success E-Zine, NOVEMBER 2013


"Become a Possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be

or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities --

always see them, for they're always there."

~ Norman Vincent Peale




Greetings to YOU and a Warm Welcome to our resilient community of professional women who desire to create balanced success through a restorative lifestyle by working smart, playing hard, and resting well, even in the midst of life's challenges.


This morning I savored an extra minute at the kitchen table listening to the rain and sipping coffee from my favorite mug which says "Plan B...It's the test of true character."


Now 42 days since my father-in-law had a double heart valve replacement in Philadelphia, he remains in critical condition in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. For every few steps forward, there's been a step back as he's fought first to wake up, then secondary infections, and now to breathe on his own without the ventilator.


With family emotions running high and many miles yet to travel, it's times like these I'm especially grateful for a meaningful morning practice that keeps me present under pressure, making small daily deposits into a reservoir of resilience I can draw from to manage my energy and my attitude more intentionally than ever.


Ironically, past challenges have been the driving force for my success in gaining tools to stay more focused, positive, and committed to my core values no matter what is happening around me. And you can choose for your challenges to become the driving force for your success too.


I don't know what you're facing today. Perhaps you are in the middle of your own trying time?  If so, here are 3 things I'm doing to keep chaos at bay... feel free to use them too!


1. Pare Down

Focus on what I can control  the choices I do have. (Good thing is, it's always more than it seems!) I ALWAYS have control of the attitude I have given my circumstances.  I can choose to feed my faith instead of my fear.  I can choose to say "This is hard, this is overwhelming, but I'm not going to give up. I'm going to keep hoping, and keep being grateful because there is always something to be thankful for.  I can choose to cling to hope.  I can choose to gracefully decline additional responsibilities and set boundaries with my time. I can replace "I have to" with "I get to".


2. Power Up

Avoid the energy vampires of fear and self-doubt by starting my day strong using intention, positive affirmations, and prayer. Get fresh air and exercise, however little at times. Use food as fuel instead of a way to relieve stress. Boost my immune system with extra vitamins, minerals, and omega 3's. Utilize the healing touch of Reiki to keep the energy flowing clean and clear in my mind, body, and spirit. Honor my grief and let it go. Drink more water, Reduce caffeine, and get restorative sleep at night, even if I need to take Melatonin. Keep my Dr's appointments and check-ups. 


3. Pull Together 

Be willing to work as a team with household tasks as well as delegate and ask for help.  Roll my sleeves up and look for opportunities to collaborate. Call my sister-friends and trusted mentors when I need to talk or get fresh perspective. Find common ground when making decisions. Ask clarifying questions. Be quick to praise and slow to criticize.  Forgive fast and offer grace to myself and others. Ask how this can bring us closer and make us even stronger as immediate and extended family. Surrender to what is in the best and highest good of all.      


I'd love to know...what are some things you do when "Plan B" is testing your character?


  Christina Kunkle, CTA Certified Life and Wellness Coach, R.N.

"Resilience Coach for High-Achieving Women

who want to thrive by building a life, not just a career." 



P.S. See you at the Synergy Success Circle Nov 13th or 14th?

P.S.S. Ready to create Balanced Success in 2014?  "SOAR" can definitely help you take a lead role in your work and life.  Contact me for details about our upcoming "SOAR" Heart-Centered Leadership Development group in 2014.




November 2013 Events


13th, Wednesday

"Synergy Success Circle"

Lunch Meeting 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. McAlister's Deli, Harrisonburg, VA
14th, Thursday 
Dinner Meeting 5:30- 7:00 p.m. McAlister's Deli, Harrisonburg, VA
"Beyond SOAR" 8-9:30 pm
28th, Thursday
Happy Thanksgiving!








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Great Quotes!


We can always choose to perceive things differently.
You can focus on what's wrong in your life...
or you can focus on what's right.
~ Marianne Williamson


"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back...Concerning all acts of initiative there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too...


All sorts of things occur to help you, that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events from the decision come your way. 

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."



"I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions,

and not upon our circumstances."
~Martha Washington

Happiness is a choice.
You grieve, you stomp your feet,
you pick yourself up and choose to be happy.
~Lucy Lawless

You can choose to be peaceful right here and now ...
it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.
~Gerald Jampolsky



Synergy Success Story!

Anita Dolano

Owner of The Beauty Spa Harrisonburg,VA
Co-Owner of Bikram Yoga Harrisonburg, VA

"Christina,I'd like to offer a testimonial to the value of your Synergy Life Coaching services by expressing my thanks to you for being available to me as a wise, new friend, and a tremendous support in a time when I felt low: insecure in new responsibilities, and overwhelmed by a chronic illness. You have a powerful, positive, and sweet presence which is very reassuring.


You helped me focus my mind on my goals, reminding me of the daily need to ask for guidance, create clear intentions, and re-start step-by-step, all the while enjoying the abundance and beauty of family, work and life.


Everyone needs a friend like you!"


Anita Dolano

Owner of The Beauty Spa 

Co-Owner of Bikram Yoga

Synergy Loves Company!

We had so much FUN working smarter, not harder, and each of us left with 10 hearty yet figure-friendly meals prepped and ready

for upcoming crazy weeknights!


Wildtree Representative June Martin 




The SOAR Synergy Leadership Development Program is designed to provide Exceptional Leadership Training and Professional Group Coaching, giving you the necessary tools to stay Focused, Positive, and Excited about Work and Life while promoting Highly Productive, Heart-Centered Collaboration and Balanced Success.

Past SOAR Participant
Beth Bland, Director, Virginia Program for Aging Services

SOAR will provide massive support, structure, encouragement, accountability, clarity, training, laughter, mindset shifts - and of course will teach you how to create balanced success. Don't miss out on a phenomenal opportunity to SOAR in 2014! 

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  Hi, I'm Christina Kunkle, the founder of Synergy Life and Wellness Coaching LLC and Creator of the Synergy Success Circle.  My practice is dedicated to helping Professional Women squelch overwhelm and prevent burn out by promoting bounce-back resilience to stay focused, positive, & excited through challenges of work and life.  In addition to one on one coaching,  I facilitate keynotes, workshops, and retreats on topics related to Resilience and Work/Life balance. Do You know of a group that could use some inspiration and practical tips or are you curious about how coaching works?  Then I'd love to share with you what I believe to be  the most powerful tool for change on the planet! read more...