April has arrived…and with it, more fresh starts. I'm excited to see how many great job openings have popped up lately, for my clients at every career level. Good news for people who are transitioning to new ways of working, and living.
I have to say, the emails that I receive from former clients are incredibly touching and exciting for me to read…people who have completely changed course, switched to a new company or a freelance status, or have even started their own businesses. I am loving my work more and more these days, having the opportunity to see women and men round out their lives in subtle ways that actually change everything – for the better.
New season, new announcements.
I'm thrilled to announce that I'm offering a new day-long program, in one of my favorite places: Ojai, CA. Just a 90-minute drive north of L.A., sits the loveliest town. On Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, I'll be hosting this program which will explore transition, with ease, to make the move into an identity-changing new chapter more inviting, and less scary. For more information on this one-day event and to register, please visit: A Kinder Way Through Transitions – One Day Ojai Workshop.
Many of you know I'm going through my own transition, as my son prepares to head to college in the fall. My primary identity as 'mom' is shifting, as my time will be focused more on other areas of my life. Subtle and not so subtle shifts, with big impact. How is your life transitioning?
Maybe it's not, right now…lucky you! But one thing I know for sure, transitions occur all the time, bringing new perspectives and challenges. My work is to be a strategist, a conduit and a sounding board, for those of you looking for a seasoned third party to help see the opportunities within the challenges.
Another happy announcement is that I'm involved in the birthing of a new business, one that's well-aligned with what I value. You might know that I've been teaching mindful awareness classes in El Segundo, for the past number of months. Well, this spring, starting Wednesday, May 7, I'll be teaching this same series of classes in Torrance, at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. For more information on Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) I – for Daily Living", please click here.
And back to the new business: Beginning Wednesday, April 16, I'll be teaching meditation at Unplug Meditation in Santa Monica. I'll be there on Wednesday evenings starting April 16, 6:30 PM-7:15 PM, as well as at 12 noon on Thursdays, and on Saturday mornings. Check out www.unplugmeditation.com to find a time to join me, to learn to meditate with a group of people. And if you already meditate, you might just find a new way to unplug.
Meditation practice keeps me grounded and open, and helps me, and my clients, to find a new way of being with the stressors of life. We all benefit from slowing down and gaining an expansive perspective, which offers a way out of the tunnel vision that speedy, anxiety-provoking modern life brings. Just imagine yourself being better able to respond to the uncontrollables in your life, rather than just going through the knee-jerk reactions that often get us into trouble.
Need more convincing? Here's a link to an informative article in the Harvard Business Review, about why so many people, and businesses, are embracing mindfulness to help them be more successful in life and work: "Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity".
Want more inspiring reading? Here are some books that I've been enjoying:
"Love 2.0: Finding Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection", by Barbara L. Fredrickson Ph.D.
"Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking", by Susan Cain
"Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself", by Kristin Neff
As always, you can also find a wealth of resources on my web site like other suggested books, links to helpful sites, a Q&A with me, newsletter archives, and more. You can even sign up to receive a FREE Values Exercise; the signup box is located right on our home page. Please feel free to tell your friends and colleagues about my FREE Values Exercise, or any of our other resources, services and offerings.
And don't forget that with my one-on-one coaching services, I'm also here for your individual coaching needs. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time with questions about any of my coaching services: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-872-3929.
I look forward to seeing you at one of my new classes, or in my office. Until then, be well and happy.