About

Monna4

ME
I’m Monna McDiarmid.
{My family name is Scottish
and this will make things easier:
Mona McDerrmid.}

FROM
It’s complicated!
Still a Canadian at heart
after many years of living away.
Cali Colombia,
Monterrey Mexico,
Barcelona Spain,
Bangkok Thailand,
Yokohama Japan.
Five countries. Four continents.
(My Spanish should be
much better than it is.)

WORK
I’m a Martha Beck Certified Life Coach.
What the heck’s a life coach?
Learn more about that here.
I’m also a Counselor
at international schools
which means I help kids
from many countries
with their big life stuff.

LOVES
I love to travel and read and write
(I am haunted by stories).
I like to go to the movies (in Paris,
Barcelona and anywhere in Japan
where theatres are like churches).
I dig photography
and gorgeous interiors
Not so wild about the ironing.
I appreciate chocolate
(in all its forms),
poetry by Naomi Shihab Nye,
exquisite silver jewelry,
cookbooks, Instagram,
good service, my iPhone,
and my lovely man.

THIS SITE
Since 2006,
I’ve written about
life at home in Japan,
our travels,
creativity
and thriving.
I also write
a LOT
of poems
if that’s your jam.
Every second Sunday
I send a love letter
called the Sunday Reader.
You can get it here.

LEARN WITH ME
I believe in our ability
to change,
to notice,
and to feel grateful.
I believe that creative acts
make us healthier and happier.
I’ve designed two courses:
Poet Laureate of Your Own Life
and
Geography of Now
+ am now creating
a coaching program
to help you claim
your {glorious} inner teenager.

WELCOME.

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