Each of us is greater and wiser than we appear to be!



“EACH OF US IS GREATER AND WISER THAN WE APPEAR TO BE.”  Look past your reflection in the mirror and see the truth, I am always, and in all ways, greater than I think I am. Bruce D. Schneider (Founder of the IPEC Coaching Program)


This brought up a memory for me from the 1990’s at a former employment of mine. I had a boss that was very authoritarian and she once said to me, “You know more than you think you know!”  Yes, I do and I do belief that very much now! Yes, I realize that the word “authoritarian” is a judgment however, I just wanted to point that out, even so she could say something nice about me! J


I have been struggling with eating healthier my entire life as my Mom was a gourmet delicious cook and baker! I love to eat! This past week I came down with the flu despite receiving a flu shot in the Fall. I lost 3 pounds in a week! This is not a great way to lose weight however, I want to keep it off! I have many fulfilling activities and people in my life right now so I don’t need to fill myself up with food! I have my women’s group (7 women now), several new good friends and working realistically on finding a mutually satisfying romantic relationship. I have also enrolled in a painting class called “Awakening the Creative” at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY the first week in June.  I look forward to this class very much and will have loads of fun, one of my new priorities in life!


The summer is coming up and I will look better in my clothes. I even bought some new ones for the new season and it feels good that they fit well! I feel determined that I will keep the weight off as when I obtain my energy back, I will continue exercising and dancing!


I love to cook and have a few healthy cookbooks to make new and enticing meals for myself. I look at myself in the mirror now, even after being sick and feeling weak, I want to stay looking a gorgeous, attractive woman!   If I can’t say this, no one else will!  To encourage myself, I will look in the mirror every morning and say to myself, “Yes, Lisa, you can do this as I am capable and greater than I think I am and know more than I think I know” in the same vein and a similar note as my former boss lady!




I apologize for not writing in a few weeks however, I had a bad case of the stomach flu, despite having a flu shot in the Fall. Now, I’m back to normal and accomplishing a lot today since it’s raining and chilly in NYC today! Health and Self-Care are number one for me! I took my time and cancelled my appointments for rest! It’s all OK now!

I’m going to write on “Happiness” as I am very happy I am well again!

“The world is full of a lot of fear, a lot of negativity, and a lot of judgement. I just think people need to start shifting into joy and happiness. As corny as it sounds, we need to make a shift.”

Ellen DeGeneres

What is “happiness” to you? For me, it is being creative, making my art, dancing, making new friends, travel and playing with my adorable cats! I am accepting more and more my creativity and embracing it!

I am currently offering a complimentary 30-minute session on “your happiness” so please contact me by email if you are interested so we can schedule a convenient time for both of us. Preferable before June 1 as I am going to Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY to take a creative painting class for five days! I can’t wait!

The below text is from the book “Honey in your Heart” by Mary Anne Radmacher. I was re-organizing and doing some spring cleaning in my apartment and I found the book again!


Ways to See

  •     Make sure that all self-care and positive choices are first on your priority list.

  •     Willingly set down the pain of your history and travel forward, not defining yourself with it or limiting yourself by it.

  •     Observe the words that fill your days and choose compliment over complaint. Be willing to discuss what went right.

  •     Daily visit the truth, that, while you may not play all the instruments, you do conduct your own orchestra. Own your life. Live as a victor, not a victim.

  •     Be prepared to celebrate at all times. Live in and create an environment around you that is ready and open to guests, guests of all sorts.

  •     Be flexible. Invite possibilities to your party. This means let go of the absolute specifics of how you think it should be and embrace the unexpected, the messy, the surprising, the startling and the extraordinary as welcome guests at your festivity, which is your life!



“Each moment describes who you are, and gives you the opportunity to decide if that’s who you want to be.”

If you want to be happy, put your effort into controlling the sail,  not the wind.” Life is a journey, a becoming, a growing, a process. If fact, one might say that the most enlightened goal could be to enjoy the process of life.

This Foundational principle of IPEC (Institute of the Professional Excellence of Coaching) makes much more sense to me right now as I write this article and have started my coaching business. I have created the activities and media that I need to work on that gives me pleasure and fulfillment and I am learning something new as well!

One day as I was looking through my Facebook Feed I found an instructor who teaches an Instagram course and I know that currently this social media is becoming quite popular!  It is a six-week course and today, Sunday, March 17, I just started week Five (5)! I am obsessed with this as it is creative and definitely is controlling my sails!    If you are interested in finding out the name and details of the woman who teaches the course, please feel free to email me at coachlisa@lisabotwinick.com.  Last week she had a contest of doing a before video on Instagram, and she put the names in a hat and pulled three names. Mine was one of them and I am going to receive a package from her in the mail. She lives in England so it will take a few weeks! It will be a surprise and I love surprises! I’ll let you know about my gift when I receive it!

I am having fun and becoming expert at something new at my age! I learned a few new programs as well, Canva, to create quotes with backgrounds,  ColorStory, to edit photos, Planoly to plan my posts, Enlight Videoleap Editor to edit my videos,  and now Big Vu Teleprompter to help me with my videos and Ripl.com to put some music into my videos. Wow, that's a lot of new programs!  The music one comes later when I can practice how to do a video. My next step is to buy a ring light to give myself some good lighting. The rest of this week, I will practice my videos and by the end of the week, I will have one posted into my feed. I can only do 60 seconds so I better make it worthwhile!

You can reach me on Instagram at either @lisabotwinick or life_coach_women_over_50. So far I have six new posts. I will post two more tomorrow and then one a day as I have several more in Planoly!

Yes, doing coaching and being creative about it is who I am as a woman and this is my Soul Essence!