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August 8, 2010
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Terri had an excellent job from all appearances. She made a good salary and was using many of her skills and talents. However, she would come home from work exhausted with no energy to pursue any of her many interests. So why wasn't she happy?

In our coaching sessions we discovered that she derived very little meaning from her work. In fact, some of the ethical practices at the San Francisco company conflicted with her own values. This created a tension for her at work and contributed to her stress and exhaustion. It impacted her entire life and eventually affected the quality of her work.

In my work and life, I feel a strong connection to meaning. The question on my front burner lately relates to belonging. As someone new to Louisiana, I will never be a Louisianan. However, that doesn't mean I can't find my place here. By participating in various activities and groups, I begin to feel a sense of belonging. We all want to feel that we have a place in our family, community, workplace or school, and it takes some work on our part to make that happen. When I reach out to others, I will find my "peeps," as one of my friends describes like-minded people. By doing this, I feel a sense of belonging in my new home.

In high school and college, one of Jason's means of self-expression included playing the guitar. In fact, he was passionate about it. Then he went to business school, got a good job, got married and had children, and his guitar ended up in the closet. He still liked to go out and hear live music and sometimes considered picking up his guitar again. But somehow, he never seemed to find the time. As his executive coach, we mostly discussed his work and how he could be most effective as a leader in his firm.

I sensed that something was missing in his life and that is when I asked him what he enjoyed doing when he was young. He revealed his love of playing the guitar. We talked about how he expresses himself now. Does he have a creative outlet in his life? While he finds his work creative at times, it is not the same as playing his guitar.

He ended up buying new strings and setting aside two evenings each week when he spends at least 30 minutes playing the guitar. He has discovered that he is not as rusty as he imagined. He is having a blast. And, reinvesting himself in creative expression has given him new energy and enthusiasm for his work and family!

Do you feel stuck or lacking in energy or enthusiasm? It may be that you are missing a sense of meaning, belonging or expression in your life. If you would like assistance in exploring strategies to move forward, I would be pleased to work with you.

All my best,

Sue Schleifer
Favorite Links

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Sapphire reads my email

I recently viewed two TED talks that I especially enjoyed:

Bobby McFerrin - Hacks your brain with music

Sheena Iyenger - On the Art of Choosing

OpenIDEO invites people to share ideas and expertise in order to tackle the big issues of our time. Jamie Oliver explains the idea in a short video where he also shares his passion to raise awareness among kids of the benefits of fresh foods.
Writing Down Dementia Workshops

I captured this image at the Ruth Bancroft Garden
spiral cactus

Do you have a loved one with dementia? 

Have you lost someone to Alzheimer's disease?

Are you feeling isolated or overwhelmed?

Writing Down Dementia
offers a rich experience of creative expression and emotional support to people who have, or have had, a loved one with dementia. This workshop is also designed for caregivers and professionals working in the field of aging services.

Using writing prompts, music and poetry, we share our fears, frustrations, joys and challenges of watching our lives change - and those of our loved ones - with the advent of dementia. No writing experience necessary.

Please join workshop facilitators, Sue Schleifer and Kim Fowler for a Free Information Call to learn more about the upcoming Teleclass.

Thursday, September 9, 2010
2 - 3 pm CST (noon - 1 pm PST, etc.)
Phone: 218.339.3600; Access code: 291156#

Teleclass Dates: September 23, October 7 and 21, November 4 at 2 -3 pm CST. To register, contact Sue.

For additional information about the Teleclass please visit: Writing Down Dementia Workshops

Writing Down Dementia Workshop at Hospice of Acadiana

Friday, October 22, 2010, 10 - 11 am
2600 Johnston Street
Lafayette, LA
For more information, contact Sue at 337.534.0954 or Ann Wallace, Volunteer Coordinator, 337.706.3732
Oak Communications Blog

View from a friend's porch
Louisiana pasture

Check out the Oak Communications blog for reflections on life in Lafayette, LA and more.
Coaching with Sue

Headshot Sue

Have you been thinking about working with a coach?

Perhaps you are tired of feeling stressed and overwhelmed and want to feel a sense of clarity and energy.

Do you yearn to bring your creative side back into your life and not sure how to proceed?

Maybe you would like support in making a change or moving forward in your life to feel happier and more at peace.

I would love to talk with you about how I can be your partner in building a satisfying life. Call me for a complimentary half hour telephone coaching consultation.

Coaching is extremely effective via telephone. Let's talk.

Sue Schleifer
510.316.3319 - cell
Consulting Services
Sue also specializes in helping organizations to fulfill their missions, work smart, and communicate effectively. One of the ways she does this is through working to improve the internal communications in the organization.
  • Is everyone clear on their roles and responsibilities and how decisions are made?
  • Is there tension between people that is getting in the way of productivity?
These are just a couple of the questions that we will explore to help you get your organization back on track.

For more information, contact:

Sue Schleifer
510.316.3319 - cell
Oak Communications

Lafayette, LA and throughout the country

510.316.3319 - cell

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