The Power of Music to Transport

It was a damp Seattle evening in May, as I settled into my seat at Benaroya Hall to hear the Seattle Symphony.  I was attending an event with a friend, and it was our “pre mother’s day treat”  to ourselves.  Dinner and the Symphony!  But that evening was a special night as it was one […]

Gardening and Coaching-Cultivating Possibilities

If you are reading this in “real-time” then it is July in the Pacific Northwest which I call home.  If you are not a native to the area then you may not be familiar with our saying,  “summer weather for us does not officially start until the 5th of July”. It goes without saying, that […]

How to Keep and Make New Friends!

Friendship

It may seem terrifying, but a career change in midlife is probably your best decision if, you have heard yourself saying: “ After the pandemic, I just can’t go back to my job with the new requirements!” “ I’m getting a divorce and need to settle into a new career to support myself” “ The […]

Planning for retirement? Think about more than the money!

  You’ve set a date. And the date is getting closer. We have wedding dates, baby due dates, vacation dates, closing dates, and moving dates. We prepare for all those things — we make lists, we shop, we prepare, we do paperwork. We do our homework. Setting a date for retirement is no different. Just […]

ARE YOU RETIRED AND WANT TO GO BACK TO WORK? 

In addition to coaching mid-career women who want to change things up or the stay-at-home moms who are going back to the workplace, I’ve had a new kind of wonderful client come to see me.  This is the retired woman who is going back into the workplace.  So whether you need to create extra income, […]

3 Lessons I learned  from Betty White

Betty White

Back in January, I had the opportunity to see the movie Betty White, A Celebration, with my family.  We like others were eagerly awaiting a 100th birthday celebration of Betty on January 17th but instead, we came together with others in a theater for a celebration of life!  And what an amazing life she lead.  […]

8 WAYS YOU CAN CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY 

The date is looming on the calendar!  February 14th, Valentine’s Day!  It comes every year without fail and yet for some, it really does a number on our psyche!  Perhaps you will be alone this year or you struggle because your partner is just not into the holiday!  You’ve heard some people say: It’s just […]

Nearing Retirement? Three Reasons to Work with a Life Coach

I’m a certified life and career coach and I’m seeing a new kind of client these days: women nearing retirement. I think it’s wonderful! There are many reasons people see a life coach. Often it’s a woman in her mid or late-career who wants to make a pivot. Or a stay-at-home mother who wants to […]

The joys and challenges of my first empty nest Christmas

Christmas is in just a few weeks. My adult children who finally, truly left the nest this year were not happy when I told them about the Christmas I am planning for this year when they come home for the holidays.  “No tree,” I said.  Arose a chorus of complaints.  “Minimal decorations,” I added. More […]

Stuck in a job you hate? How to Make the Change!

That petrified feeling when you’re stuck in a job you hate — but you don’t know how to change your life.  by Deborah Voll Certified Professional Life and Career Coach We are all afraid of the unknown.  And not knowing exactly what it is we want stops us in our tracks.  So, we get stuck. […]