Philosophy and Approach

In this moment within our country, our local communities, and our organizations, Why Sweet Livity™?

All of us want to be good at what we do, especially when our work is to serve the community. And to do that good work without sacrificing our well-being.

But these are tough social, political and economic times. People and organizations that serve the community lack enough energy, time and resources to get everything done. They are tired and stressed, and, ultimately, less effective. Many solutions focus only on the individual or the organization, without recognizing how they are connected.

Sweet Livity™ focuses on improving the effectiveness and sustainability of leaders and organizations that serve the community, especially under-served and vulnerable populations, their families and those leaders and groups whose work focuses on meeting their needs.

Sweet Livity™ delivers wellness and business coaching to support individuals and groups serving vulnerable communities to do their jobs to the fullest, with improved well-being, sustainability and results. Combining holistic mind-body-spirit-wellness practices with transformative leadership and change processes, Sweet Livity™ is about a different kind of sea change – helping people transform the spaces where they live, work, and play into healthy, life affirming environments. In a world with Sweet Livity™, people live in harmony with self, community and nature as they serve the communities they work and live in.

What it is like to work with Sweet Livity™?

Sweet Livity™ operates from the framework that undoing oppression in the world goes hand-in-hand with undoing the ways we’ve internalized oppression in our hearts, bodies, minds and spirits. This ultimately leads us to behave in ways which foster internal oppression within our families, organizations, communities and social movements.

Sweet Livity™ uses a heart and culturally-based approach that supports diverse leaders to work across a multitude of intersecting identities and to eliminate discrimination based on gender, race, criminal background, socioeconomic status, reproductive status, immigration status, sexual identity, health status, age, sector, geography, and more.

The aim is healthy leadership for all involved in efforts to make real improvement in people’s lives: the act of guiding in a way that is inclusive and encourages democratic participation. Promoting a healthy work culture where there is optimal communication, productivity and well-being.

Sweet Livity™ applies an appreciative inquiry approach and a change process practice of “co-design”. Co-design is a practice intended to eliminate power dynamics, promote joint ownership and give voice to all involved in a project or organization. Co-design supports a “learning by doing” approach, to create a climate of creativity, discovery and innovation which allows each of us to bring our full authentic selves to the transformative leadership work. As part of the co-design process, a client’s staff, board and other key stakeholders will actively engage in the process and outcome of joint planning, designing, responsibility and goal setting of the work.