Left Coast Coach Teresa Young

Live your dream. Wherever you are.

Category: Creativity and Health Coaching

Stop squandering your energy now. Really.

OK, the truth is, I started with the negative to get your attention. Now let’s talk about conserving, containing, and consciously creating what you want most using your precious energy. And I don’t mean with long-lasting light bulbs or by powering down your electronics at night. I mean by making the best use of your most precious commodity: your life force. Right?

Track Your Flow

I say one powerful way to begin is to actually log your energy usage for a day, in four sections:

  1. Important (in service to your goals)
  2. Fun
  3. Unimportant
  4. Counter-Productive

First, in this moment, what do you think you will see? Next, try it out. Check your predictions after 24 hours. Even this simple action will begin to change the game. Read more here at http://liveleadplay.com.

Begin again daily, and again, and again

Have you noticed how we humans have good days and bad days, good moments, ones that don’t represent our best, and everything in between?

Are you 100% clear that it isn’t just you?

Yes. Deep breath.

In living the life of your dreams, I invite you to get clear that Every. Single. Moment. is an opportunity to begin again. Are you on track, or off? How often do you step outside of all your automatic thoughts and feelings to assess that? It’s a skill, like a muscle, that you can develop. It’s all about practice.

Think of it as a healthy ritual that you can make a regular part of your empowered life.

If you know you’re on track, jam on, managing all inner and outer challenges in the process. This management of all things works when you know you’re on the path that’s right for you, because there’s inherent energy and inspiration in that knowledge that you can ride like a wave.

If you realize you’re off track, congrats, first, on the accomplishment of that honest reflection. Pat yourself on the back for it, cheerleading your own progress, and assess further. What small or large shift will get you on your path again?

Then, armed with the results of your assessment, begin.

And know that, as in Ezra Pound’s wise statement above, you’re in very creative company.


Left Coast Coach Teresa Young works with clients to accomplish their passion-based goals in healthy, soulful new ways. She coaches by phone, in person, and via Skype outside the U.S.




Design your way to your artful life

The quote above from sculptor Henry Moore made my night.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the relationship between creativity and health, reflecting on all the ways we creative types have to express ourselves and all the freedom we have to do so in modern life.

Of course I’m not saying it’s necessarily easy.

If so, would it, as Kurt Vonnegut said about practicing any art, make our souls grow?

Perhaps, in fact, part of the deliciousness of the opportunity for creative expression is in meeting the challenges of any endeavor, media, or milieu, be they inner or outer, short term or long term.

And doesn’t that sound a lot like the challenges and opportunities inherent in living a vibrant life?

I say the point is really to be fully ourselves, and to act on that which makes our hearts sing.

This means crafting our lifestyles accordingly, to honor our creative lives and position them front and center.

And as Henry Moore said so definitively, the underlying project that I’ll call lifestyle design may require, or no doubt be aided by, belief in life, trust in the flow of our own creative processes, and a healthy curiosity within which to live on into the unknown in this Grand Experiment.

Beautiful, yes?

Hmmm. But?

What gets in the way?

Let me know. In my book there are no more fascinating subjects. And I’m here, in your creative corner.


Left Coast Coach Teresa Young supports her clients in accomplishing their passion-based goals in healthy, soulful new ways. She coaches by phone, in person, and via Skype outside the U.S.




Why “left coast” coach? Here’s why:

Image Courtesy of John Livzey

Image Courtesy of John Livzey

I started my own driven creative journey as musician/composer and educator in the American south, gradually moving up the eastern seaboard.

A little later, living in Connecticut and raising my three sons, I followed my emerging passion for holistic health by completing a 3-year certificate program in energy medicine. Then I chose coaching to empower my clients.

It’s a natural expression of me in the world.


Before I moved to L.A. in 2004, friends predicted that I’d either love SoCal living or hate it. I was prepared for either, but not for learning that I’d never fit in anywhere before!

Jazzed by the everyone’s-hustling-for-their-dream vibe, I pursued my passions as artist and educator, coaching in the margins and slowly crafting my own “left coast” lifestyle.

In 2014, life presented me with several great clients at once, and it was time for the pendulum to swing back again.

So as part of my own continuous creative journey, I completed a professional certification through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, or iPEC. It’s one of the finest coaching certification program in the world, with a focus on our use of our own levels of energyour precious life force—that fits my own passion-based approach to a “T.”

Why not go for the gusto, right?


And that’s what Left Coast Coaching is about: a mindset—and a lifestyle—that taps into a healthy, live-your-dream frequency, wherever you are.

So now I coach clients who are ready to achieve passion-based goals in healthy, soulful new ways. For me there is no more meaningful work than supporting others in accomplishing what they really, really, really want.

Now enough about me.

Next up: YOU!

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Get this: creativity is good for your health!


You may be thinking, what’s one got to do with the other?

The truth is, a lot.

We’re all born creative. Once on the path of adult life, we express our creativity in different ways:  in the vast platform of the arts, yes, but also in innovative approaches to whatever we do, from intellectual pursuits to business, cooking to parenting, use of technology, use of time and energy, and on and on.

Are  you a video game designer? Emergency medical technician? Social media consultant? Teacher? Creativity makes the difference in every profession.

mural-248859_1280When we’re creatively engaged in whatever we’re doing, we’re happily engaged. Deeply satisfied. 100% in it, whatever it is. In the zone. Busy being ourselves.

And guess what?

This is what work in the 21st century is increasingly gonna be about, according to influential authors like Daniel Pink in his bestseller, Drive.

Pink makes the case that, as outsourcing and technology continue to replace our participation in many work arenas, our right-brain, creative capabilities will become our surest routes to sustainable livelihoods.


There are umpteen adages these days about loving what you do and doing what you love, and for good reason. Living and working in ways that matter to us impact us powerfully.

When this is the case, our energy, our life force, flows, rather than clogging from chronic frustration, hemorrhaging from too many inauthentic yesses, or just flat-lining from freaking boredom.


To illuminate this idea, we’ll spend a little time on our chakras’ responses to the life-affirming dance between creativity and wellness.

If the chakras are new to you, there’s a nice breakdown of the main ones here on mindbodygreen.com. But stay with me ’til I’ve made my creative case.  :)

It starts here:

As we express ourselves creatively in the world, our chakras—the fields of life force spinning in several areas around and through our bodies—are helped in their healthy flow.

—Teresa Young, @leftcoastcoach

Let’s start from the top and move toward the “ground” of our body/minds.

swirl-755909_12807th CHAKRA HEALTH

Through contact with our personal creative fire, we tap into collective creative consciousness and universal awareness.

And no worries if this concept feels foreign to you. We don’t have to be 100% present to this level of awareness to reap its health benefits, as long as we aren’t closed in our thinking.

Stay open to the unknown mysteries and benefits of living your creative life fully. It’s very good for us, and costs zero.

butterfly-744115_12806th CHAKRA HEALTH

If our unique spin on creative expression has a satisfying place in our lives and work, we’re fully “at play” in the game of life. 

As we live informed by our creative vision and imagination, our “third eye”, the deep wisdom source within each of us, is active, open, and conducive to vibrant health

We dare to dream, and our body/minds respond in kind. Inspiration fuels us.

This is good.


street-sign-141396_1280Creative expression that takes its place in the world, rather than just in the privacy of our imaginations, requires our acts of will, our empowered intentions and committed follow-through.

This satisfying way of living takes speaking our truth in life. 

We don’t have to be the best at it, or famous for it, whatever it is. We just have to risk being passionately who we really are

And not just once a year on summer vacation, but rather as part of the regular, chosen rounds of our days and nights.


wood-195922_12804th CHAKRA HEALTH

We can even say that healthy creative expression is love in action. Full engagement at the heart level is a form of giving back to life that also feeds us as we craft our livelihoods around our passions.  

Inspiring, right?

If this seems daunting, consider that it may mean living more simply than the lifestyles we often see modeled in 21st century Western culture.

This is great for our hearts and heart chakras, for the powerful engines of our bodies and the energetic fields that fuel them. 


light-681540_1280Living our unique creative expression takes personal power and ownership. It requires consistent positive energy output, and regular self-renewal. 

We can’t fake this, or we end up outa gas, the opposite of empowered self-care and the continuity it ensures in our lives and work. 

If we’re living and working in satisfying, healthy, balanced ways, we’re coming from our cores, as they say in yoga class. This is good for us. 

Very good. 

rose-7771_12802nd CHAKRA HEALTH

As we live our inner creative fire, allowing its expression to inform the design of our outer lives, we experience healthy 2nd chakra energy:  a sense of well-being, abundance, and gratitude. Pleasure. Sensuality. 

Mmmmmm. Right?

This is gut energy, cojones and ovarios actively engaged. Intuition and attraction fully at play as decision-makers and regulators. 

So, yes, living this way definitely affects our love lives. A nagging sense that something is missing in our relationships could be “right on the money”, and that something could be… us! Our creative satisfaction brings fire to whatever relationship dance we’re doing. 

imagine-606359_12801st CHAKRA HEALTH

1st chakra health grounds our body/minds in life.

When we design our lives to support our creative self-expression, including how we live, pay our bills, and nourish ourselves, literally and figuratively,  we can truly walk our talk on the planet, in healthy relationship to life itself.

This walk is best lived as its own creative process, rather than as a 4-alarm fire in which we must make changes fast or else, in crisis mode. Try not hurrying, but still noting and following the flow of your energy.

Where does your life force want to invest itself this season? Take those urges and intuitions seriously. Think and feel your way.


Keep those creative juices flowing, my dears, including on out into the beautiful world.

Don’t hide your light or save it for someday. Express yourself today.

It’s definitely win-win:  our unique contribution to life, and very, very good for us. Now share your insights and experiences on this juicy topic with me here.

Certified Professional Mindset and Meaning Coach Teresa Young works with clients to accomplish their passion-based goals in healthy, soulful new ways. She coaches by phone, in person, and via Skype outside the U.S.