WHAT’S NEXT?? Vivian

“For me, it is the genesis of a new beginning. Getting the break through that I’ve been looking for quite some time is the whole point of these coaching trips!”  Vivian Berg

Vivian brought so much energy and enthusiasm to this trip!  For one, I can’t wait to see where you are at with your declaration in a year or five!!  Keep investing in yourself and inspiring leaders you Alpha Mustang!

“You have to invest in yourself.  Everything starts with you.  Everything!   …When you want to change what’s going on outside, it starts within”

“I would recommend Sailboat Coaching International for anyone who wants to take that NEXT step!”  Vivian Berg


WHAT’S NEXT?? Michelle

“When I met Terry, I instantly knew that this was for me!  His vision is just really coming from the right place.  He is a change agent!”

Working with Michelle has been a treat!  And I can’t wait to work together with her on Sailboat Coaching International Trips in 2018!  Her enthusiasm for connecting with participants is heartwarming and inspiring.  😀



OUCH!  DAMAGE CONTROL !  If you do anything often enough, you’ll eventually get it wrong.  Sometimes things just doesn’t go your way!  After almost 25 years of sailing and chartering around the world, I have always had my complete damage deposit returned.  And then this happened.  We lost our main halyard, and consequently our mainsail was no longer usable.  Controlling damage can be a natural reaction when something didn’t go according to plan.

Now What??

Who are you when things don’t go the way you were hoping?  Do you lose control?  Do you lose perspective?  This one was disappointing.  But no one got hurt.  Other than our boat.  (boats have feelings TOO you know!)  It cost me some money out of pocket to make repairs.  Lessons were learned.  Here is to hoping it is a long time before I see another boat in pain!




“Seeing a partial eclipse bears the same relation to seeing a total eclipse as kissing a man does to marrying him, or as flying in an airplane does to falling out of an airplane. Although the one experience precedes the other, it in no way prepares you for it.”  Annie Dillard, Total Eclipse

Totality.  Sometimes the difference between 99.9% and 100% is a little hard to describe.  A mostly eclipse it gets a little darker.  A total eclipse means you can stare directly at the sun without the eclipse glasses.  It get cold.  You can see stars in the daytime.  That kind of dark. If you haven’t born witness to a total eclipse, you really should read Annie Dillard’s Total Eclipse.  Reading about a total eclipse is more like the real thing than seeing a partial eclipse in person.  No one does a better job at describing something that you can look right at without comprehending.

Where are you willing to be 100%??  When are you willing to lay it all out for that last little bit?

Photo Courtesy of Bruce Bergman, who stood in the hops field with me, waiting for the sun to vanish, and the stars to appear.



“Scarcity thinking is an attitude” – Zander

Where is your imagination limiting you?  What would you do if you dreamed a little bigger?  If you could do ANYTHING, and you knew you wouldn’t fail, what would it be?

Talking to a close friend in a tree house recently, we agreed that anytime you can spend more time being in alignment with your values, that is worthwhile.  I used to limit myself by 100% thinking.  Unless I could be a full time professional writer, I wouldn’t write at all.  Well, I still need to earn a living somehow, so how can I create space to do more of what I love?  Many of the things that are worth doing take a long time to build.  What if that is ok?  What if I am willing to give myself the gift of time?  What might that look like?


Friends invited me to see Tony speak.  His videos never really moved me, and yet I wanted to see what the fuss was all about.  A few of us coaches when to see him when he was in Vancouver.  Now I get it.  When you see him live, he OWNS the room.  He is indomitable.  His energy stays effervescent for four hours without a break!

What did I learn?  Well, that’s really not the right question.  What did I FEEL?  And yet I did learn things.  I learned to practice excellent emotional posture.  I learned to create emotion with motion.  I learned to zero in on my favorite flavor of suffering.

What is your favorite flavour of suffering?  Let’s decide that it’s not favorite anymore.



What are you willing to declare??  On a beach, not too far from the boat, our whole crew made declarations of the changes they’ve made on THIS trip!!  Change starts with intention, and continues with execution.


Shantel Thilman is riding her bicycle from Alaska to Mexico. Which is far.  Even driving that distance takes a pretty long time!  She is doing it to raise money for her Grandpa, who has Alzheimer’s.  That’s love.

Who do you love enough to do something big for?  What is the biggest thing you’ve ever done for them?

As her bike rolled through Vancouver, we were able to catch up and eat ginormous cinnamon rolls!  (Not pictured here, we ate them)  We are proud of you and we are behind you.  Good luck Shantel, as you roll on down to Mexico!!

Update:  Shantel has extended her ride down the Baja in Mexico, adding over 1000 miles!

To donate, please visit her website.

To follow her on her ongoing adventures.  😀


When you have to shovel snow off the boat to get out for a sail, you know you are committed!  Last winter, we went out for a day sail near Vancouver.  The boat was covered in snow.  The lines were frozen.  The heater below wouldn’t light, because the fuel was too cold.  It took hard work and determination, just to get ready to disembark.  My fingers were frozen from deicing the turn blocks.  But the light was fabulous!   And when the wind filled in, we got some premium winter sailing.  All of that work was really play, because of the meaning we gave to it.

That’s living!  And when we came back into harbor under sail, it was with a sense of accomplishment.  Be intrepid!  What are you willing to leave your comfort zone for? What are you willing to work extra hard to build into your life?  What is your why?