The Magic of Music

Lorrie's professional resource

“…I did it my way.”

When I first heard these words in the song “My Way” sung by Frank Sinatra, I strongly connected with them. They have become a reminder of how I’ve continued to live my life. The words represent the decisions, large and small, that I’ve made to live as authentically as possible. These decisions have included resigning from two jobs that were bad matches for me without having another job or knowing what was next, which was very scary. Yet each time it freed me to find or create opportunities that were so much better!

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The Heat of Beauty

Testimonials

Heat. Heat is energy. There are many forms of energy, both deadening and enlivening.

Domestic violence, wars, murders, hatred, hunger are all ‘horrors of the world’. They create the heat of devastation. Fire can destroy a building yet also keep us comfortably warm in our homes. When we’re caught up in the heat of destruction that fills so many hearts, we lose touch with our humanity, our ability to care about other people, especially those who are “different” from us. We are filled with hatred and fear and sometimes act on that fear by hurting others physically, verbally or mentally.

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When It’s Time to Reassess

Transitions

A man considering retirement coaching called to discuss his situation. He and his wife had been teachers and retired in their 50’s. For twelve years they had lived “the good life” criss-crossing the USA in their RV, traveling abroad, volunteering and spending time with their grandchildren. Despite it looking like their lives were perfect, they had been looking at one another with the question so perfectly expressed in the Peggy Lee song “Is That All There Is?”

He mentioned how his wife felt embarrassed to even share this feeling with anyone. How dare she say she wasn’t completely happy while others have so many difficulties? She believed she didn’t have the right to be dissatisfied with her life. What they didn’t realize was how necessary it is to periodically reassess their lives. Given they weren’t happy and didn’t know why, it is very important to take time and delve into who they are and what they want in their lives NOW.

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Unexpected Inspiration

Lorrie's career highlights

As I stood at the art supply checkout counter, a man stepped up to the next counter. I glanced up and immediately recognized him. “Hi!” I exclaimed in surprise and proceeded to reintroduce myself and tell him how we had met several years before.

I had been drawing designs that numerous people said looked like they could be on dresses, scarves, sheets and other types of cloth. I happened to show my drawings to one of my coaching clients who was an artist. When she made the same comment, I said I didn’t know what to do about it. She suggested I contact a former professor of hers who taught at the Kansas City Art Institute in the fiber department and gave me his name and phone number. I was thrilled that I had someone knowledgeable to talk with!<!–more–>

Very soon after I called. I told him who I was, who referred me, and why I wanted to meet with him. While not sure that he could help me, he agreed to meet. I showed him my drawing pads and merely wanted feedback. Being an art teacher, when he explained something he began drawing to illustrate his point. In the

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Brutally Honest—Is That All There Is?

Lorrie's Education

She described in great detail how she told her friend “for his own good” what he should have done. As she spoke, her eyes were shining and she was grinning broadly. She was being, as she said, “brutally honest.” Appalled, I silently wondered, “Does she know how cruel she sounds? Why does she think she has to be brutal to be honest? Does she even realize it’s possible to be honest without being brutal?” I think not.

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A Vibrant Life!

Lorrie's Affiliations

Sitting at an outside café in Spain, my husband and I watched the local people and other tourists flowing past. Soon a boisterous group of British seniors sat at a table next to us. We quickly learned that they were part of an international organization called the “University of Third Age”. Intrigued, we found that it provides a wide range of learning experiences for participants, including travel. Coming from many backgrounds and professions, all were now retired. While some used canes and helped each other, their determination and curiosity kept them active and exploring different cultures. Our discussion with them was humorous, enjoyable and inspiring.

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Being or Doing?

Testimonials

“I want to learn how to “be” at times, to relax, to share quality time with my friends. Yet I love to “do” and get things done at work and at home!” my client exclaimed.

“Well, it sounds like you think it has to be one or the other: a guru sitting alone in a cave or a human machine in constant action! A balanced life is actually a combination of “being” and “doing”. No one is ever 100% either one. With employers increasingly expecting employees to do more with less, it’s no wonder that we think we have to always be “doing”. If people are working in fast paced or competitive environments, it takes a toll. People are often sleep deprived and exhausted and unable to give their best.”

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Alchemy!

Lorrie's professional resource

What is the alchemy that occurs between a client and a coach?

“THANK YOU for all your help. Words cannot express how deeply grateful I am and thankful that you were able to help me on my next journey of life.” When coaches receive comments such as this from clients, it reminds us why we love being coaches and how powerful the guidance we provide can be.

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A Shining Light

Lorrie's Affiliations

Today a good friend died, and I never even met him.

It feels to me that a shining light in the world has gone out.

My heart was deeply touched by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi when I read his book From Age-ing to Sage-ing.

I had been in my mid 50’s grappling with my apprehension about getting older. He wrote of his own fears of aging and about his personal journey in addressing them. From his experiences, he developed a process to help people consider their lives in such a way as to then create more deeply satisfying lives.

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Shaped by Life

Lorrie's Education

Shaped. Yes. We are affected and shaped by all the people we interact with, the experiences we have, the places we live, work and travel. These all impact us to become the unique persons we are whether we completely like the results or not. If we don’t, we can take steps to change those aspects.

Having provided career coaching for a number of years, in 1990 I deeply wanted to find or create another type of work that would combine my strong coaching and training skills with my artistic and creative sensibilities. I had no idea what that would mean or look like professionally.

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