Mechanicsville – Sheila Talley

August 14, 2014


Summer is winding down so we don’t want to miss a minute of its beauty. Let’s make the most of the cooler days of respite we’ve been having by taking the time to really look at the beautiful flowers in our neighborhoods. Let’s enjoy every Hanover tomato we’ve been blessed with. And please don’t forget to write me about your vacations.

Do you know the difference between Life Coaching and Counseling? I learned quite a bit about Life Coaching when I met with Stephen Saunders, M.Ed and Cecilia Thomas, M.Ed at their very welcoming and beautiful office at 6130-B Mechanicsville Turnpike in Mechanicsville, near the entrance of Battlefield Green. Before retiring, these two Mechanicsville residents had been friends as school counselors in a neighboring county. They caught up with each other in a local restaurant in 2012 and began to talk about what each planned to do next. With master’s degrees in Counselor Education and years of experience working with people of all ages, they began to meet regularly to discuss the idea of opening a local Life Coaching practice. Unlike a counselor or psychotherapist, the Life Coach begins where the client is and navigates the journey toward a successful future, rather than focusing on the past. A first visit consultation of about 30 minutes in a strictly confidential setting is without cost. If the coach and client feel additional sessions would be beneficial, other appointments are arranged. Phone and email support is available between sessions. The approach to Life Coaching is goal and result oriented. It is a good fit for mentally healthy clients, who need help in a difficult time or crossroads of life. Saunders and Thomas agree their main goal is “To help people.” Go to for more info.

Local Author, C.A. McCombs, will be at Books, Beads & More (8324 Bell Creek Road in Mechanicsville) Aug. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. to discuss and sign her new children’s book, “Daddy’s Going Away,” which is a celebration of the enormous love that dads feel for their children; whether they are together or apart. In honor of McCombs’ dad, brother, and all our military heroes, she is donating a portion of the proceeds from her book to “United Through Reading,” a charity that provides military service members separated from their families the opportunity to video-record a reading book for their children to watch at home. Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Don’t miss the Hanover Firefighters Crab Feast’14 Saturday, Aug. 16 from 2 to 8 p.m.

Hope you are enjoying the last days of summer. Please take a moment to send your news to or call me at (804) 746-9142.