Synergy Success E-Zine, November 2014





A Wholehearted Welcome to YOU and our awesome community of professional women who are creating balanced success through a restorative lifestyle by Working Smart, Playing Hard, and Resting Well--as best we can--in the midst of life's challenges. 

I'm starting today with a special kind of gratitude.  First, for being asked the tough-love question "What Are You Waiting For?" toward the end of my Life Coaching Certification training.

And second, for my teacher's loving advice to "Do it Scared" and "Get more comfortable being uncomfortable" after some digging revealed why I wasn't taking action -- I was petrified to begin coaching clients on my own without her assistance.   

Turns out there were 4 main things I was waiting for : 

  1. Certainty:  a guarantee that I wouldn't fail at this little-known career path
  2. Perfection: enough knowledge base to coach "seamlessly from the start"
  3. Permission: to dream my own dream, and follow my heart and intuition
  4. Confidence: that I could make a living while having a life and not burn out again
  5. Rescue: couldn't someone please just come and to do it for me?        

 Her advice gave me the encouragement to STOP Waiting and make a decision to take one small step after another as best I knew how.  Now in the 6th year of a thriving coaching practice I can honestly say I am the happiest and most fulfilled than I've ever been because I found the courage to "do it scared" and follow my heart into uncomfortable, imperfect action.


 So here's what I tell myself now when I catch myself playing the waiting game:

  1. Certainty:  the only thing certain is uncertainty ~ I only fail if I never try!
  2. Perfection: I already know enough, am good enough, and uniquely flawed!
  3. Permission: I give myself permission to follow my heart and trust my intuition. 
  4. Confidence: I invest my faith, time, and money in empowering relationships & self-care 
  5. Rescue: I am the Hero of my own journey as the C.E.O of me and teach others as I go
Ironically enough, personal growth and professional success cannot be separated. If you're building a business, developing a vision or stepping into leadership, there will always be something you are doing for the first time, and perhaps tempted to think you're not ready yet. (That you need to know more, do more, or be more before you leap into the unknown. Girlfriend that's just a story we tell ourselves! 

Life is not a spectator sport. So let's step into the game as players, and encourage each other along the way, OK?

My wish is that we follow our heart's desires, find our calling and fulfill our purpose so we can make a positive difference in this world.

When was the last time you did something for the first time? If it's been awhile, check to see if you've been waiting for something like I was... then reach out and share with me.  

Hope we cross paths at the Synergy Success Networking Summit! It's a great place to celebrate your success with other women who are inspiring, gritty, and collaborative.

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

Master Reiki Practitioner, EFT Advocate

"Resilience Coach for High-Achieving Women

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


p.s. Whether it's through private coaching, attending SOAR, coming to a workshop, or making great friends while networking at the Synergy Success Circle, my goal is to provide inspiration, motivation, partnership, and proven tools to create balanced success. 



6th, Thursday
5-8 p.m.
at Spotswood Country Club!

12th, Wednesday

 "Synergy Success Circle"

Lunch Meeting 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. McAlister's Deli, Harrisonburg, VA

13th, Thursday
HeadStart Leadership Session
"Lead Boldly & Burn Brightly without Burning Out"
Boar's Head Inn, C'Ville, VA

13th, Thursday

Dinner Meeting 5:30- 7:00 p.m. McAlister's Deli, Harrisonburg, VA

13th, Thursday
"Beyond SOAR II"
8-9:30 p.m.


20th, Thursday

"Beyond SOAR I"
6-8:00 p.m.


12th, Friday 
Lunch Workshop Invitation
 You'll get real clear, real quick about what's stealing your mojo and receive hands-on tools and coaching tips to create more Physical energy, Mental Clarity, and Spirited Fun in your life...
Contact Christina with "I'm in" and I'll get you registered.


"I am so proud of Me"
Find a Cozy Corner and Enjoy the most recent Articles from "Bloom" and Health Quest Magazines 

(Click here to see all 24 articles)

Miss One? 
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issues of the Synergy Success e-zine

A heart-felt Thank You!

Your kind referrals help me honor, serve, & inspire more women. Passing this on is the greatest compliment I can receive!

My Story

Click here to read about my life-changing transformation

from Fear to Faith. 




Jennifer Shirkey 
Attorney, Lenhart Pettit PC 


"Coaching has had an enormous, positive impact on both my personal and professional life, my mental and physical well-being. 


It's hard to describe, but the best way I can is saying that--despite the daily and sometimes uncontrollable craziness that swirls around all of us--I feel much more centered and calm. 


I definitely have a more positive outlook on my challenges and have gained much better control of how I react to stress. It has all led to improved productivity and enhanced satisfaction in my relationships.


Naturally risk averse, I tiptoed into working with Christina. But I've found it to be a more than worthwhile investment. She has been an absolute pleasure to go on this journey with: abundantly reliable, generous, sincere, wise and nurturing. 


Her approach is holistic and develops your mind, body and spirit. I can't recommend her highly enough."


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Kanika Shipe Tupperware

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Kelly Burkholder Ameriprise Financial

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Elizabeth Scott Scentsy

Whitney Lawson Thirty-One 31

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Emily White Arbonne International

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Kimberly Williamson Escapes Mini Day Spa

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Valerie Weaver Ten Thousand Villages

Danielle Ropp Jamberry

Rhonda Rittenhouse Lia Sophia

Kendall Wondergem Hot Yoga Harrisonburg

Kate Kersey BLOOM  



Hi, I'm Christina Kunkle, the founder of Synergy Life and Wellness Coaching LLC and SOAR, a Leadership Development Program for women, 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...