The United States of America

Seal of Michigan.

Seal of Michigan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I lived in the U.S. for 18 months in the 1990’s.  I was working as an artisan, making and selling hats in craft fairs.  It was an adventure.

While living there, I signed up for a free, weekly micro-enterprise class.  It was paid for by the state, to encourage entrepreneurs and develop the local economy.  It was a great course, taught by great teachers. We learned everything from writing a business mission statement, to market research, developing a business plan, budgeting – the whole shebang.

Deb Martin, Certified Master Coach, Portage Transition Coaching,Michigan, U.S.A. Photo:

One of our instructors was Deb Martin, a woman who I kept in touch with after leaving Michigan and who I’m still in contact with today.  She’s a transition coach and runs a business called Portage Transition Coaching.  She takes people out into the wilderness, and guides them through a series of  exercises to help them get in touch with what they really want in life.

Logo for Portage Transition Coaching with Deb Martin

When I met Deb, she was just starting out as a coach, and asked if I would be a guinea pig for online coaching, so when I left the States, she coached me by email.  Deb also wanted to be a writer and asked me to help her with that. I told her just to write.  She did, and today she writes wonderful little stories about her life which you can read about on her website and newsletter.



Life is an amazing journey.

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Posted in 2012 A-Z Blogging Challenge (Places I've Lived), Alison Boston, Blogging
4 comments on “The United States of America
  1. Arlee Bird says:

    Funny–I did a post on The United States of America, but very different than what you’re talking about.

    Weird, weird, weird…
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  2. How did you manage to sign up for the course? Are you a U.S. citizen? Didn’t you have to show papers to sign up for a state-funded course?

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