Advocating for myself

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It's the Thursday update! Usually on Monday I tell you my intentions, but it was a difficult week, so it was hard to think about anything beyond my pet's medical emergency.

I said on Monday that I get what I need, because I thought I was getting just enough money to pay for my dog's expensive medical condition. It turns out what I got and what I needed was a low-stakes opportunity to tell someone when I was negatively affected by their actions. When it comes to advocating for my clients, my staff, or my loved ones, I am a bulldog. I will not stop until I get justice. But when it comes to advocating for myself, like telling a vet that their inaccurate diagnosis created significant stress for me, it's so hard to even say "Please stop harming me."

Being a fixer has been a survival skill for me, but that's not my context anymore. I'm really glad that I was able to advocate for myself in these situations, and it's caused me to think a lot about the cycle of grief and healing that comes with trauma.

How did you do on your intentions, and what actions are you taking that have been helping you? Put them below and don't forget to have a weekend!

About Me: I'm Marina Martinez-Bateman, the CEO of New Coyote Consulting (, an equity and communications firm from the Pacific-Northwest, and designer/author of The Planner for Doing Less ( Every Monday I come on this channel and I tell you about my intentions for the week, and every Thursday I come back and I tell you how I did. Like and subscribe to keep up!

~ M ~