August 2017 - In This Issue:

My amazing day began at breakfast with friends as we had a lively discussion about the previous night's performance by the Paul Taylor Dance Company at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. We each brought a different perspective based on our knowledge and experience of dance and music.

Soon after we arrived at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, in time to walk around the grounds in a light summer drizzle and step into the small museum when the rain briefly came down harder.

The orchestra began its Saturday morning rehearsal with a world premiere, commissioned by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, of John Williams' Markings. I looked up from my program when I heard laughter coming from the stage. The orchestra members were reacting to Mutter's surprise to see John Williams in the audience. They next performed Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D, Opus 35 and the first tears of the day floated down my cheeks as Mutter's playing entered my heart.

Next stop was the play, 4000 Miles, by Amy Herzog produced by Shakespeare & Company. We felt like we were a part of the play in our front row seats in the intimate theater. The play's four characters explored themes of aging, communication, and connection, each topics that I care about deeply. More tears flowed during this emotional play.

I was excited to head back to Jacob's Pillow for the Inside/Out performance by the contemporary dance students whom I had seen earlier in the week learning the choreography of Marguerite Donlon. I love this outdoor setting and the dancers were amazing. It was fun to see how the choreography had transformed in the short time since I had seen the rehearsal. Exiting the performance, I thanked the volunteer and again tears formed in my eyes. I think she was as surprised as I was.

Jacob's Pillow Inside Out
Jacob's Pillow Inside Out

On our drive to dinner I shared with my husband how the day had been so beautiful, filled with what I most love: friends, music, theater, dance, the outdoors, walking, thinking, and sharing it all with him. Once again the tears flowed as I relished an amazing day.

What brings you amazement, fulfillment, pleasure?
How do you ensure that you are getting a dose that sustains you?


A wonderful talk demonstrating the power of dance - John Bohannon on Dance vs power point, a modest proposal 

Here is a great story about Paul Prudhomme and New Orleans restaurant history  
Inspired thinking

Starting in the Fall! Contact Sue to reserve your spot.

A workshop for adults who are ready to design the next life chapter. Would you like to rethink your work life? You might want to add some spice to your life or consider new skills or activities to bring into your life. This workshop will help you envision your next steps.

We will dive into fun and engaging thought exercises, discussion, and discovery to help you design and build your life.

Six-week workshop series, 2 hours per session, $150 for series

The workshop uses as its framework the book, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans.

Some of the questions we will answer include:
  • What's next for me in my work/life?
  • What action might I take to kick my life up a notch?
  • How might I make a larger contribution in my community?
  • How do I meet people who might be interested in my ideas or from whom I may learn?
In a small group, we'll explore these questions and more. We will have fun. We will be inspired and challenged. We will be curious together. The experience just might change your life.
Please contact Sue with questions and to register. We will decide on the workshop dates/times once we have formed a group. sue at oak-communications dot com or 337.534.0954

Designing Your Encore

This workshop is similar to the one described above except it is for those people who are 50 years old and above. You may be thinking about making a job change or considering adding something new to your life. Perhaps you are planning for retirement or already retired and wonder how you will make this time of your life meaningful. How would you like to live your encore?

Designing Your Next Chapter Webinar

And, if you do not live in Acadiana, this version of the workshop is for you.
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Would you like someone to listen to you deeply, with compassion, and with questions that will break open understanding and new perspectives?

Would you like a partner to help you develop practices to live a healthy, creative, and vibrant life?

Would you like to feel greater satisfaction in your work life but are not sure how to make that happen?

Perhaps you want to develop better communication strategies with your team or learn how to apply the ideas of  Conversational Intelligence in your work or organization?

Contact me for a complimentary consultation to learn how we might work together for your success and happiness.
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The Key to the Castle


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Sue Schleifer 
Oak Communications Coaching and Consulting
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