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February 2014
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A few days prior to having eye surgery, I read Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In. You may recall the buzz about the book last year. Sandberg is the COO at Facebook and formerly worked at Google.   


Though a good friend recommended the book to me, frankly I wasn't expecting to be moved by it. I was wrong. Sandberg makes the case, "that the world would be a better place if half our countries were run by women and half our companies were run by women and half our homes were run by men."


I also hadn't expected to be so laid up by the retinal surgery. Even now, three weeks later, my eyesight in my left eye is not what I had hoped it would be. The surgeon tells me that it may take a few months for my eyesight to improve.


Patience is required. As I lounged around the house lots of words floated through my mind: insight, vision, clarity and focus. What does it mean to have clarity? What insights will I take from this experience?


I am thinking about how I want to "lean in" to all aspects of my life, the successes and frustrations. If I live to be as old as my father, I have another third of my life ahead of me. What will give my life meaning in this next chapter? What are my strengths and how do I want to use them? With whom? Where? What help/resources do I need or want?

These are questions we can all stop and ask ourselves at many points in our lives. Another question that I am going to explore this year is one that Sandberg posed, "What would I do if wasn't afraid?

How about you?


You will find me leaning in,




Lagniappe (a little something extra) 


Sandberg has started a nonprofit organization, Lean In with lots of great resources. 


Recently Sandberg joined with Getty Images to collect a library of "images devoted to the powerful depiction of women, girls and the people who support them."  


Listen to Sandberg's original TED talk that inspired her book and a follow-up conversation since the book has come out.  


The Key to the Castle Book News
Key to the Castle: Zen and Travel Stories of Trust




I am excited to present my book in the San Francisco Bay Area in April. Please join me!

Oakland, CA - Book Reading and Signing
Sunday, April 6, 2 - 3 pm
Mountain Yoga in Montclair
2071 Antioch Court, Suite 100

San Francisco, CA - Book Reading and Signing
Tuesday, April 8, 7 - 8:30 pm
Private residence in Sunset neighborhood
Contact Sue directly for address

If you plan to buy the book at one of these events, it would be great if you would let me know in advance as I am trying to guesstimate how many books to ship to CA. Thanks!

 Please "Like" The Key to the Castle Facebook page to learn about future events.

Have you read the book? If so, please consider writing a review on Amazon or Smashwords.

To read reviews of the book, please visit The Key to the Castle web page.

Thank you!


I am pleased to offer a new workshop along with Alyce Morgan Wise:

Moving Through Life with Energy and Ease
A Workshop for the Mind and Body 

Tuesdays - March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 2014
6 - 7:30 pm
Wise Body Pilates at Camelia House
708 Jefferson Blvd, Lafayette, LA


In this four-week workshop, you will move your body and mind in new ways utilizing Franklin Method, mindfulness, and coaching practices. You will gain clarity, motivation and energy to explore and create possibilities for change.


For more information and to register, please contact me. 



I am also offering two workshops through the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Continuing Education Program.


Writing Down Dementia: A Writing Workshop
Tuesdays, March 11 - April 1, 10:30 am - noon

Executive Coaching: Is It For Me?
Thursday, March 27, 4 - 5:30 pm

To learn more and register, click the title of the course above.

Coaching Services  

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Have you been thinking about working with a life/career coach? Want to connect? 


Give me a call to schedule a complimentary coaching consultation.   


Check out what a few of my clients have said about the coaching experience. 


"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.
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


"A year ago I met Sue for our first session. Through her probing and listening we pinpointed areas that, with specific attention to my thinking and choices, help me:


  • be personally more effective
  • move towards a more balanced life

My spouse and employees have noticed a positive change, as have I."

Sales Manager-Fortune 500 Company


"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 would love to be a resource for you too!

Let's talk. 


Sue Schleifer, M.A.


510.316.3319 - cell
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Lafayette, LA and throughout the country

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