Becky Tahel Ben David
Writer/Producer/CEO of Mannafest Media
"I’ve been coaching with Lin for half a year, and it’s been an experience beyond words. Throughout my coaching process I’ve naturally come to realize the deep importance of this work — not just when one has an obvious issue or problem to work through, but also when one is simply hoping to learn more about their ontological and emotional tendencies so as to optimize living. I found Lin after having just started a fabulous new job, and after experiencing some back pains and increased stress levels. I wanted to make sure I was heading in the right direction with work, with my budding relationship, and with my overall wellbeing. I’m so glad I heeded that call.
Lin has this uncanny ability to listen to the core of my being, to hear my words & listen between them in ways I never thought one could, and to reflect back to me through gentle whilst simultaneously strong words & questions some potential avenues whereby I might be potentially holding myself back. Often I found myself expanding into new parts of myself when at the onset of the session I thought “I don’t know what I even want to talk about or work on today.” My experience coaching with Lin has made me certain that even when I think I know, there are bigger ways to experience life, and additional avenues to consider traveling down, and that’s been wonderful & helpful not only in my work life, but in my relationship (which has developed into a marriage), and in my wellness practice.
Lin’s deep compassion & care for, as well as understanding of the human condition is felt through every moment of my work with her. I feel seen, heard, and understood. I feel safe & like it’s OK to be exactly as I am, in the exploration. Lin has asked me some questions that have opened doors in my mind to new ways of thinking and being, which has really helped me ease stress, tension, and darkness. I find that I’m often drawing on our work together at work, at home, and in my day to day...and it’s enhanced all of the above. I could go on, but this is already getting too long and personal, which is precisely why I think everyone should try coaching at least twice. It’s an experience unlike any other that can unlock one’s potential in unbelievable ways!
I’ve connected many dots with Lin. “What if this doesn’t go away?” Was a big one. I’m a doer, a fixer, and to be faced with a question and a potential reality in which what I’m experiencing just IS, and doesn’t need to be changed, released me of so much tension and stress. The anxiety of “what will happen” dissipated because suddenly I was brought into the present moment, realizing that what is happening is happening. That’s it. Is it perfect? Is it imperfect? Doesn’t matter.
Becky as the observer has changed in that I now have this added awareness that I am choosing how to view and perceive the things around me. I often ask myself if this is the only way to experience the experiences I face, and then traveling down surrounding avenues to potentially take a path that leads me to more joy and ease. I know that I’m the driver of my experience, and I am pleased that I have the ability and resources to make that trip increasingly pleasant.
My coaching with Lin has really changed my lens, it’s like I had a 50mm lens and could only see things one way, but now I have this dynamic zoom lens that allows me to really zero in, with laser sharp focus. I’ve been able to remove my observer self, and really clarify where TRUTH was happening and where my non-truthful narrative and assessments created space between the situation and optimal meaning of that situation. I feel hopeful, expansive, strong, and free.
I’ve committed to creating my own content, after years of hiding in the wings fighting to upkeep my false narrative of “I’m not good enough.” I’ve made more money, have a deeper connection with my spouse, and am able to really watch myself watching and interpreting the world. I have the tools to find the empowerment that lives in that space between event and my assessment, and it’s been a powerful journey to rewrite scripts! A journey that’s changed my movie, my life!
Every need and want that I set out to meet in our sessions is met, not always right away, but over time and in deeper ways. The need to BE the person who creates for herself, the person who works for herself, and the person who is generous, expansive, at ease, and free. I am becoming the very person I’ve always wanted to be, but wasn’t sure quite how.
It’s an altogether new experience with Lin.
Though I’m finding my true self with her, I don’t feel like I need her. Lin has shown me my own innate tools and abilities to doing this work for myself, and provides the necessary and appreciated guidance throughout the process -- but never do I feel dependent, desperate, or worried that I won’t get there on my own.
So many areas of my life have been transformed and healed -- my relationship, my work, and my personal passions and creativity!
Therapy was a lot of ruminating on the past, working with Lin includes evaluating my assessments and narratives around past events, but insofar as that is productive towards learning how I want to BE anew in creating the optimal upgrade of myself.
Lin is an actual angel. Fact.
I'm grateful, thank you Lin."
"Lin and I have been working together for about 3 months. In that time, she has first and foremost become a friend and someone I have grown to trust. It didn't take long before I was comfortable sharing and opening up honestly with Lin. She is an attentive listener and isn't afraid to give succinct and honest feedback. She's gentle but firm in her assessments.
Since beginning our work together, she has helped me discover what holds me back in my personal and professional life. The great part about how Lin coaches is that she lets you get there on your own, gently guiding you in the right direction. This new awareness has opened up my heart to let in the joy and beauty of my work, my relationships and see my struggles as obstacles that can be overcome with the right kind of work.
Creating new lenses are at the core of Lin's work. In my life, I've always carried with me a lot of shame. Working with Lin, I've been able to give it a name and recognize when I slip on that lens, take a pause and adjust the lens to one that is truer and kinder. The new lens I see the world with is one of opportunity for growth and understanding. I am calmer and not as reactionary to things that are outside of my control. Most importantly I've steered myself away from toxic situations by changing the lens in which I see that moment in and looking at moments as opportunities. The impact has brought clarity and intention into my life.
The work has only just begun. I look forward to going deeper and crystallizing my understanding of myself and my relation to my work and others. As the work has only just begun, so has the healing. As a result of my coaching with Lin, I experienced an incredibly cathartic moment when I was able to come to terms with my shame, sit with it and become aware of exactly where it resides in my body.
Lin's ability to listen and share is a gift that she shares without ego and it’s been a gift in my life.
Meet Lin with an open heart and enjoy where the journey takes you.
Thank you! Glad to call you a friend Lin!"
"I have been working with Lin for about three months.
I've since created a new approach to my life goals, filled with curiosity and without desperation. As a result of my coaching with Lin, I am now able to view myself in a much more forgiving way- I am able to approach my life goals with more ease and playfulness. Mindfulness is key, and maintaining a playful approach to my life goals has been transformative.
I have made a major step in self-care. One that was desperately needed. Lin helped me to sort through the reasons why I could never find the time I so desperately needed for some much needed self care. She reminds me to remain playful and grateful while also staying clear in my approach to my work and career goals. I am now able to maintain a happier work/life balance while maintaining my integrity and ambition. One of my favorite elements of working with Lin is the accountability. It gave me a new strength and inspiration to move forward on a path to a happier and more fulfilling life.
Lin is a thoughtful, intuitive and objective coach. She a creates a very safe place for me to share my goals. I am able to fine tune my goals and create a clear plan to execute them, without stress.
If you find yourself questioning your life choices and/or feeling stuck in any way, Lin is a perfect step in achieving the clarity and inspiration you seek.
Thank you, Lin! I look forward to more.”
Interior Designer/Business Owner
"Lin has been a true gift to work with, and I am unbelievably lucky and thankful to have the opportunity to do so. In our 5 months of weekly sessions I've had dramatic insights into and changes in my thinking and behavior. It's hard work, and it's going to be lots more hard work, but it's doable with Lin coaching me through it.
We were able to uncover that not only have I been unconsciously moving through life under the guise of a core negative self-assessment, but also much of my life had been created out of it . Not to mention the future that was being created from this same consciousness. This was a huge breakthrough, and through visualization/meditation, introspection, conscientiousness choices, and Lin's weekly coaching sessions, I am making major progress at moving through life from a new and positive perspective.
Changing behavior is tough, even with all the insight and new ways of being in the world that I've learned through coaching, but Lin has helped me push through this difficult task over and over each week by understanding that behavior is a choice. In the past, I wasn't able to see the moments where I did have choice. I was disempowered by blindspots. Now, I find myself more capable of discerning where in my life I am empowered to execute choice, new ways of being, and new behaviors that actually serve me. I am so excited by the progress I have made so far with Lin, and I'm even more excited by the progress that's to come!!!
There is not enough time in the day to express how grateful I am for Lin. She is a life-changing gift, and I highly, highly recommend her to anyone interested in bettering their life."
Executive Director - Media Strategy at Disney ABC Television
“I have been working with Lin over the last two months and am so grateful to have started this journey with her. I'm constantly finding ways to evolve on my own. And I do take the time to tap into ways to be more aware; however, I never thought of giving coaching a try. But I was certainly open to it when it was presented to me.
At first it was curiosity, as I didn't know what to expect. Then it developed into discovery and learning about so many deeper layers within myself – and I actually love that. The coaching is truly a brilliant way to go. First, Lin is incredibly insightful, and most importantly, she built a safe environment for me.
Always encouraging me to go one step further, Lin gave me the tools to see things in a different light and be more aware of how I was interpreting and seeing situations from my perspective. I really appreciate that Lin is very calm. She has an innate ability to draw out my thoughts that I don't necessarily want to talk about or think about.
I feel like in my fast moving world, it's so much easier to shelve my thoughts and not have to deal with them. Lin helped me to understand my thoughts and the barriers and how to break them down with insightful tools. Before I started with Lin, I felt like I was really all over the place with my ideas, feelings, goals, career, life, etc. – bouncing from one thing to another.
After my sessions with Lin, things became clearer with purpose and direction. I felt I had a process to this madness and knew that I also had to make the time and put in the work to develop a plan and to get things moving forward. All of that said, I can honestly say that I get excited now before every session with Lin. I can't wait to see what I'm going to uncover or learn about myself in that session.
More than anything, I'm so glad that I took the time to invest in myself. THANK YOU Lin, for your patience, for your encouragement, and for helping me stay true to my authentic self. Thank you.”
Senior Interactive Media Strategist
"I have been working with Lin for four months. In that short amount of time, Lin has enabled me see myself in a new way and has helped me to facilitate a change in my life that I was struggling to both identify and act upon. As a result of my work with Lin, I have identified the root cause of some of my "stuck-ness." By identifying the cause and all the ways in which it has held me back, I've been able to move forward and show up in new ways. Additionally through my work with Lin, I can see how my negative self-talk has been holding me back. While the negativity still sneaks in, I can recognize it and dismiss it in a way that I have never been able to in the past. I am being more mindful of my body and the way I feel at different times. I am being more mindful of my actions and how I am being perceived in the world and taking action where I would have not taken action previously.
At this time, I think there are some older isolated issues that are becoming unstuck, but I also think my general outlook has improved. I don't think there are any new reoccurring actions that I have created , but more a general sense of, "I'm going to show up and do the best I can everyday." Previously I was experiencing a general sense of malaise and lack of momentum in my professional life and Lin helped me to identify some deeply held causes of this blockage and helped me to create more openness and movement in my life. My general outlook on my professional life has been transformed from very sad and frustrated to more of a feeling of openness and positivity.
Lin is hilarious. She always makes me laugh.
I didn't know what to expect going into the this experience, but I went in with an open mind and I am really so wonderfully surprised at the work we have done together. If you are looking for a coach, Lin will help you ask yourself all the questions you didn't know needed to be asked and then will help you create the change you are looking for.
Lin, I hope you know that you have really created a change in my life that really makes a significant difference. Much love to you!"
"Coach really is the perfect word for who Lin has been for me. Always insightful. I’ve been working with her for a little over 2 months now.
The biggest expansion in my awareness is my relationship to new challenges and change. I've become more aware of how it is I deal with new challenges. My default was to resist, which created a lot of stress, which then would turn into me believing that maybe this new thing wasn't something that I really wanted to do. In reality, it was the stress that I did not like and it was my relationship to new challenges that I had to become aware of and accept.
Since our sessions I've had quite a few major auditions that I normally would have panicked for, but with my new awarenesses I was able to tackle my work with way more focus and get the needed work done without nearly any of the stress I would have experienced before.
Before I would look at how I was feeling about a situation and blame my reaction to it. I'm now able to understand how my mind reacts to certain situations, what my mind typically wants to do when uncomfortable, and realize that in order to progress, my relationships to challenge and change needs an upgrade and I’ve upgraded. I now choose a new more positive perspective that is effective. Overall it's given me a lot more inner peace.
Having the ability to attack auditions, where you get very limited time to work on them, without the panic is life altering. An acting teacher of mine refers to that kind of work like "water off a duck's back". I heard him say it years before but now I really understand what he's saying. With what I've learned with Lin, I believe I've gotten more to that place, “water off a duck’s back.”
For me, understanding why I stressed out so much from big auditions was huge. It was the number one thing I wanted to address and overcome because it was getting to the point where I was losing confidence, I began really questioning if I enjoyed acting.
I think so often we're just taught that you just need to be positive and/or to keep practicing and eventually the stress of auditioning will go away. While that is still true, it wasn't the answer to what I personally needed.
I'm just very grateful for the life changing guidance!
If there's someone who's looking to make a change in their life but are having trouble actually making the changes, then absolutely coaching with Lin would be perfect for you!
A huge thank you Lin, I'm extremely grateful for everything you've given and taught me."
"Lin is a kind, warm, generous, authentic and empathetic coach. My sessions with Lin were precious to me. I felt safe and secure to open up to my journey of self-actualisation.
Just by speaking to Lin, sharing my internal conversations with her around the issue of analysis-paralysis helped me gain clarity to see where I was stopping myself and this clarity helped me work through the analysis-paralysis rather than continuing to sweep the issues under the proverbial carpet of denial.
Having sessions with Lin helped bring to life the possibility that I have the ability to take action and this new awareness launched me forward to overcome self-doubt. I found myself empowered to muster the courage to take action.
Lin afforded me a safe space to share freely and I would recommend coaching with her to all who are seeking an empathetic, generous, skilled professional with whom to share their journeys of self-actualisation.
Lin! Thank you for your kindness, empathy, generosity and for being genuine; you’ve made a difference in my life! <3"
"I started working with Lin two months ago and in the beginning, I wasn't really sure how this coaching program was going to work or what it would look like and exactly what we we're going to do. I knew that I needed and wanted support to achieve my goals. When Lin and I started our sessions, the first thing that we did was to help me organize my thoughts, organize my goals and get clear on why I want to achieve my goals. From there we asked deeply profound questions about all areas of my life. And slowly we started to peel, layer by layer, digging into finding what's stopping me from achieving my goals. What's stopping me from being who I want to be.
With Lin’s facilitation I found a lot of things that I didn't really give a thought to previously. I didn't realize how much these unexamined parts of myself were actually affecting me, especially in my belief system. The habit of my belief system as well as how I am in my own way constantly. By the wonderful and expert guidance of Lin, I was able to really dig into those places, to look with fresh eyes to see how it is my brain works, to see how my thoughts had me stuck and to see exactly where it was I was stopping myself. Lin showed me where it was, I was empowered and where it was, I was giving my power away unknowingly. She pointed me to my internal world behaviors where I could assert myself within my internal world, that had me achieve my goals in the external world.
Lin has so much patience. I'm sometimes really surprised when I'm talking and talking that someone can have such patience. Lin has a wonderful gift to be able to really be there for you, listening deeply. She’s intuitive and delightfully insightful. She’s able to recognize when you speak, able to identify the things that a person needs to change, modify or shift in order to achieve. She has you see the things that can take you down, that are taking you down. She arms you with innumerous new lenes to see the world with that give you access to new actions. She also has a beautiful ability to communicate in such a way that I feel safe. Because of my work with Lin, I’m able to be who I want to be more often.
I am highly recommending coaching with Lin. In such a short amount of time I've experienced foundational life changing results. I can't wait to see where we're going to be in a few months from now.
Thank you so much Lin!"
Senior Community Director at LivingQ/Yoga Teacher
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