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December 2011
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Every day of my Dad's adult life he ate an orange freshly picked from his backyard. Soon after moving to California and buying his first home, he planted orange, lemon, avocado, plum and peach trees. In each subsequent home he owned, he always planted fruit trees.


During my childhood, Dad would pick three fresh oranges from the tree just before dinner. He would peel them and cut them in half. He placed half an orange face down on each small plate and then cut them into small cubes. Each family member would use a fork to eat their orange cubes as a first course.


More recently, my father's routine was to select a freshly-picked orange from a bowl on the counter, whether a navel or Valencia, slice it into eight wedges, pull the fruit from the peel and then pop each wedge into his mouth while standing by his kitchen sink and looking out the window at his laden orange trees.


When I left home to go to college, I missed not being able to eat freshly-picked oranges. I had never bought an orange before.


Today, in memory of my 94 year-old Dad who recently passed away in his sleep, I planted a Satsuma tree in our backyard in Louisiana. I look forward to when I too can look out my kitchen window, admire the fruit and enjoy its bounty.


During this holiday season, what family traditions are you continuing?


All my best,


Sue Schleifer



Dad with orange tree

I recommend these two TED talks:


Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude. 


Julian Treasure: Shh! Sound health in 8 steps  






 My father admiring his orange trees. Photo by Robert Schleifer  



Coaching Services  

Headshot Sue

Have you been thinking about working with a life/career coach? The new year is a wonderful time to begin working with a coach. 


Give me a call to schedule a complimentary coaching consultation.

Below are what some of my clients have said about the coaching experience.


"Since I first hired a coach I have been a happier person and a more successful businessman. My company has become much more successful, our employees have had the opportunity to grow to the fullest of their capabilities and everyone seems to enjoy each day of life much more than in the past."


"I was drawn to Sue based on her philosophy and background and knew I made the right decision when we 1st met.  She helped me work through ideas and thoughts and got me moving in the right direction.  

She even helped me re-connect with someone from my past that has now been instrumental in my current growth.  I am truly thankful!"   
Chief People Officer

"Sue truly cares about her clients' goals and brings that passion to her work as a life coach. With her fresh perspective and eye for possibility, she helps me find creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems.
Sue adds her wide array of skills and rich life experience to my own, expanding my box of problem-solving tools. She helps me set priorities, identify goals, and push toward fulfilling them---all while keeping me honest with myself.
Plenty of professional and creative people would benefit from working with Sue, and I particularly recommend her to anyone who needs to get 'unstuck'."
Medical Editor and Fabric Artist

"Doesn't everyone need a coach? From working with Sue, I'm convinced of it. I am spending more time on the activities that are most important to me and have set aside some old patterns (like worrying too much!) that got in my way. Sue is helping me achieve my interpersonal as well as career goals."
President, High Tech Management Consulting Firm
"Sue is an excellent listener and an astute observer. I sought her help at a time when I was dissatisfied with my business, had some vague idea that changes needed to be made, but couldn't see the way forward.  
In our coaching sessions, she provided tremendously useful feedback, helping me to uncover and understand the sources of my dissatisfaction, and guided me towards making many positive changes.  
If you want to make changes in your personal or professional life, and need coaching to help you find your way and follow through, then I would strongly recommend working with Sue." 
Small Business Owner
"Whether in my work or private life, Sue has an uncanny ability to see situations from many different angles. Her attention is complete; she really makes you feel like you matter. If I circumvent an issue, she brings me back to what is important.  

Sue has become one of my most important teammates. I can tell her anything, never feel judged and always feel supported. It doesn't get better than this!"
Co-Founder, Co-Director, Non-Profit Organization

I would love to be a resource to you too! Let's talk.


Sue Schleifer, M.A.


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Oak Communications

Lafayette, LA and throughout the country

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