Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Great Coach

I've been reflecting a bit on Jonathon's black belt testing and great coaches.  Mr. Patten is Jonathon's karate coach.  There are so many qualities that I admire about him and I think they are qualities of coaches/friends/mentors for children and adults.  Here are my favorite traits that I think make a great coach and that are qualities Mr. Patten definitely possesses:
  • The success of the person or team they are coaching is more important than their own personal success.
  • The coach pushes the person/team to work hard, but at the same time doesn't take themselves to seriously.  They work hard and have fun!
  • The coach shares some of themselves.  It's real...they share their experiences, not just the goals/instruction.
  • They notice the little things that make a difference in taking the person or team they are coaching to the next level.
Sometimes we have coaches or mentors in our lives that are very visible...other times they quietly encourage us when we need it.  In my children's life and in my own life, I am thankful for coaches both personally and professionally.  Take time to thank a coach that has been important in your life! (and remember your coach may not technically be a coach...they could be a co-worker, boss or friend too)! 

Today, I'll be sending this card to Mr. Patten to thank him yet again for the important role he has played in Jonathon's life.
My sketch layout for this was inspired by this week's Inkspiration Challenge.  Also...I embossed the white panel following the Make It Monday challenge.  You can't see it very well...but the top image is embossed with a vine similar to the stamp!
Ingredients:  PTI DSP, Beyond Background Basics Stamps; SU Real Red Paper, Old Olive Paper/Ribbon/Ink and Whisper White Paper;

I also wanted to share this card for this week's Stampin' 411 Challenge...using several distress inks.  I had fun with this one...but everything looks a bit crooked in this picture!
Ingredients:  Stamps:  SU and Hero Arts; Inks:  Ranger Distress Inks; Cardstock:  SU Whisper White, Real Red and Bazzill Yellow


  1. Lovely card for Mr. Patten and great food for thought regarding coaches/mentors...
    The background on the second card if gorgeous! Beautiful inking job!

  2. Great post, Lynn! It's wonderful when people like Mr. Patten influence our children. My older son had an amazing basketball coach when he was younger. He taught life lessons as well as the game. . .so important! Love both cards today!

  3. what a colourful, heartfelt card...LOVE the stapled tag :) And what a beautiful tribute to your son's coach. I have had a few mentors in my life and I make sure they know it :) What a special person YOU are to notice them...especially the quiet ones that just do it as part of living their best life :) hugs :) Hey, aren't you on the beach somewhere? lol ;)

  4. I hope Mr Patten knows how heartfelt your card is. It is really bright and cheery. Perfect for a man.

  5. Love those fun colors! My son is a 3rd degree black belt, and his TKD instructor is very special to all of us.

  6. Love, love, love these colors Lynn! Great Job!!

  7. Love the details that you added to your card. TFS!

  8. I love the background on the 411 card...I'll have to try & figure out how you did that!!

  9. Both great card Lynn & such gorgeous colours. What a lovely thank you for your son's coach. :)

  10. Mr. Patten sounds like a wonderful man and a great influence on Jonathon! He will definitely appreciate the fabulous card you made him. There's something about the card that I can't take my eyes off it.

    I absolutely love the colours on your second card and I'm only a teeny bit envious that you have that Hero arts background. ;)

  11. Awesome colors Lynn! I love the distressed inks.