Hi Taryn,

I discovered a new value this weekend. It's the value of tinsel.

It came to me in an unexpected and bittersweet way. 

It was Thursday morning and I had a few minutes to spare before meeting my girls' stepmom in the parking lot of Starbucks halfway between our two homes. Bartells was opened so I popped in to pick up some ornament hangers. Down the Christmas aisle, I noticed some tinsel. I instantly thought of my grandma, who we call Mumma. (Mumma is Finnish for grandma). 

I wanted to get it. I held it in my hands and hesitated. The judgment voice was ping-ponging in my head  saying things like "do you really need this?" "Is it worth the $4.00?" "Are the kids going to think this is ridiculous and laugh at you?". 

So I took a deep breath and listened to a quieter and wiser voice. The one from my heart instead of my head. She gently told me "Yes, get it. Mumma loves tinsel. Honor her by putting it on the tree and it also makes you happy! Go for it!" 

A little over 24 hrs later on  Friday morning, I received a call from my sister. I knew it before she spoke.  Mumma had passed away peacefully in her sleep that morning. 

Read more on how I honored my Mumma this weekend. 

🎇 What's a memory you have of the holidays or a loved one ignites sparkle and joy?

🎇 How would you like to sprinkle more joy in your life right now? 

🎇 What other values are guiding you right now?

Share your responses by sending me an email with your memories and values you are honoring this holiday season.

And here is my tree all decked out in sparkle, joy, and of course, lots of tinsel. 

If you feel stuck finding your values, reach out to me and I will help you find your sparkly and joy. Sometimes they come in unexpected places! 

All the best in this messy and imperfect world,

Taryn Laakso, ACC | CPCC
Unlaaking Your Potential, LLC

Taryn Laakso provides individualized 1-on-1 coaching, group coaching programs, and resources designed to ignite creativity, stoke the flames of inspiration, and guide clients in developing their own inner wisdom. After years of working as an HR professional, she brings a consultative approach to her coaching and is passionate about working with entrepreneurial leaders who are transitioning out of their corporate careers and toward their passion work.

She is differentiated by her focus on mindset and weaves together a variety of coaching tools in her approach to transforming the lives of her clients. Taryn views herself as a “sherpa” whose role it is to guide her clients through their journey from a life of practicality and fear to a life of passion and purpose along with profit.

Outside of coaching, Taryn loves cooking, sailing, backpacking in the Pacific Northwest, reading, and spending quality time with her blended family. 





Taryn Laakso
UnLaaking Your Potential, LLC