March 2017 - In This Issue:
In the fifth session of our "Designing Your Encore" workshop (after many exercises to explore and free up our minds in the previous weeks), here is one question we asked: what would you do if the idea you have now for your life was no longer an option?

We each drew a five year timeline of what that might look like. We had fun with it and didn't worry about whether it was realistic.

In the fifth year of my timeline, I was interviewed by Terry Gross, on her radio program, "Fresh Air." I have had this fantasy many times before. But in this version, I am interviewed for the play that I have written that has gained some notoriety. In past fantasies, I am Terry Gross, interviewing interesting people about their work. Perhaps you have had a similar fantasy about a show you watch or listen to regularly.

This has been fun to think about and now I am looking at the steps that might (I can dream, can't I?) get me there. Keep working on the play. Take a class in play writing. Write another play. Read lots of plays. Go see lots of plays. Talk with other playwrights. You get the idea.

What might you do/how might you live your life if your current scenario were no longer an option?


See below and on my website for information on the next "Designing Your Encore" workshop.
Inspired thinking
A workshop for adults 50+ who are ready to design the next life chapter. Would you like to rethink your work life? Perhaps you are retired or planning for retirement and wonder how you will make this time of your life meaningful. You might want to add some spice to your life. Spring is a time of renewal. 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.
Wednesdays, 10am - noon
March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 26, May 3 (We will skip April 19, which is during Spring break)

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 in the workshop 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. The Lafayette, LA address will be provided after you register.

Tuesdays, 6 - 8pm 
March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 25, 2017 (Note: we will skip April 18) 
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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

Both books are available for purchase from Amazon and Smashwords and other digital download sites.






Sue Schleifer 
Oak Communications Coaching and Consulting
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