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Mini Journal Writing for Self-Care Retreat

 

Journal Writing RetreatYou may know that I’ve been offering Mini Self-Care Retreats in Victoria at the Union Club once per month since the beginning of 2016. I love creating the space for busy women to make time to appreciate themselves and understand the importance of integrating self-care into their lives. I’ve been actively looking for opportunities to bring new workshops and events to build on the work we begin in the mini self-care retreat and I’m delighted to be able to introduce you to another wonderful ICF certified coach, Lynda Monk, who has accepted my invitation and will be travelling from Salt Spring Island to deliver this very special mini-retreat focused on journal writing for self-care. While you do not need to have attended my mini self-care retreat to participate in this event, you may wish to consider making this investment in yourself and sign up for the September 19th event if your schedule permits.

This 90 minute retreat which will begin at 5pm on Monday October 3rd and includes a delicious buffet supper at the Union Club. This retreat starts 15 minutes earlier than my regular self-care retreats to allow time for Lynda to join is for the buffet supper after the event before catching the ferry back to her home on Salt Spring Island.

Here’s what Lynda wants you to know about this mini retreat:

As women, life is often busy, fast-paced and a constant juggling act of multiple priorities at once.  Sometimes taking time for yourself might feel like the last thing that is on your “to do” list.  Join me for this Mini Journaling for Self-Care Retreat where you will learn how to use journaling to reduce stress, replenish and come home to yourself in the midst of it all.  Discover the 3 key aspects of expressive writing that will help you to use journaling to cultivate greater clarity, well-being, balance and success.  Experience the transformational power of Life Source Writing™ – a 5 step reflective journaling method for self-discovery, self-care, wellness and creativity.  Please bring your favourite pen and notebook/journal to this mini journal writing for self-care retreat.  No prior writing or journaling experience is required to benefit from this mini retreat.

More about Lynda Monk:

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC is a Registered Social Worker, ICF Certified Life Coach and co-author of Writing Alone Together:  Journaling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection, as well as the bestselling Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul:  Choosing Happiness.  She regularly speaks, coaches and teaches on the healing and transformational power of writing through her business, Creative Wellness http://creativewellnessworks.com

 

REGISTRATION DETAILS

 

Pricing for this very special event is only $77 including the buffet supper at the Union Club. Seating is limited for this small group workshop and seats are already beginning to fill up, so don’t delay, contact me, Sue Maitland at suemaitland@shaw.ca or call me at 778-265-6880 to reserve your seat and please be sure to leave your phone number and email address so I can secure your seat.

Journal Writing Retreat

Are you REALLY ready to retire?

Victoria Waterfront Mar 2016-0863-Edit (2)It’s a BIG decision with lots of implications both financially and personally. I know because as a life and career transitions coach I’ve helped many clients answer this question and in this blog post I’m going to share my top tips for a successful retirement.

Some of my clients had already retired and weren’t sure they’d made the right choice. Others felt ready and just needed that final clarity on exactly what their retirement would look like before taking the leap. I’ve watched others attempt to retire and return to work because their retirement funds aren’t sufficient to support the retirement lifestyle they desire and others who simply miss the social interaction and sense of purpose that comes from working.

There are some key components to enjoying a successful retirement and it’s not all about the money.

Sue’s Tips for a Successful Retirement

  1. Take time to pause and connect with your values, your natural strengths and abilities and what fulfills you – do this and you have a solid foundation upon which to start to create a retirement you’ll love. Fail to do this and you’ll find many people willing to help you fill your days with commitments and activities you’d really rather not be doing.
  2. Get clear on your priorities for this phase of your life – who and what is most important to you? (*)
  3. Don’t retire as a means to get away from a job or boss you hate – if retirement feels right to you, be sure you have a sense of purpose and a plan for your retirement
  4. Create a clear vision of how you’ll spend your time in the years ahead – you could be looking at 30 to 40 years or more and that’s a long time
  5. Take advantage of all the possibilities that retirement offers – learn a new skill, travel to new places (locally or further afield if your budget allows), join a special interest group that appeals to you or start your own, make new friends, volunteer for a cause you’re passionate about – fill your days with enjoyable and uplifting activities.
  6. Consider your changing needs as you age and make sure your plan accommodates for this. You may be very active in the early retirement years, less active in the next 10-15 years and in time, you may simply wish to stay in your own home and find that you need outside support to be able to do this.
  7. Find a form of exercise that you enjoy and that your body can sustain and build it into your schedule – keeping active both physically and mentally is a key component of a happy retirement
  8. Find a competent qualified financial planner and share your vision for your retirement. Ensure you have sufficient funds to sustain the lifestyle you desire before you decide to retire. If you still have some saving to do, consider re-inventing yourself for a new career that you’ll love (as I did when I became a life & career transitions coach after 30+ years in the corporate world) and you may find that the idea of fully retiring isn’t quite as appealing as it once was.

(*) Getting clear on your priorities is a critical first step when facing any life transition and I’ve developed an online workshop where you’ll coached by me through a proven process and in just 2 hours you’ll get crystal clear on your priorities for this phase of your life. It’s the What’s Important to Me NOW? online workshop and it’s available for only Cdn. $97 from my website at www.suemaitland.com/store – access it and get clear on your priorities TODAY.

Think You May Need Some Help?

If you’d like to explore inviting me to help you determine whether you’re ready to retire and create a vision and build a plan for what your ideal retirement could look like, please reach out to me through my website www.suemaitland.com and we’ll arrange a complimentary initial consultation.

If you’re a financial advisor, you may wish to explore inviting me to speak on this topic, or run a mini retirement planning workshop for your clients.

Sue Maitland 

ICF Certified Life & Career Transitions Coach

suemaitland@shaw.ca   778-265-6880   www.suemaitland.com

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Kick Start Your Retirement Lifestyle

Chair by LakeJoin Sue Maitland, ICF Certified Life Transitions Coach and discover why retirement planning is not just about the money. Sue will help you start to plan for your ideal retirement lifestyle. To get the most out of this exciting time of your life, you need to have a clear vision about how you will spend each stage of your retirement.

At this complimentary interactive lifestyle planning session, you’ll discover:

What’s unique about retirement for baby boomers

The three phases of retirement

Sue’s seven tips for a successful retirement

This event is hosted by Lara Austin, BA, FMA, CIM and Wealth Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities

Complimentary refreshments will be provided and seating is very limited, so please register early if you’d like to attend.

 

Mid-Life Crisis – Myth or Reality?

Mid-Life Crisis (2)We’ve all heard the story about how in mid-life, an apparently happily married older man suddenly leaves his wife of 25+ years for a younger woman and trades in the family sedan for a new sports car. It’s a tongue in cheek definition of what a mid-life crisis can look like, but is there really such a thing as a mid-life crisis and is it only men who experience it?

I believe there is and I see many women experiencing this too. As a Life Transitions Coach I’ve built my practice around helping mid-lifers plan and execute successful personal and professional transitions and whether we label it a “mid-life crisis” or my preferred term “mid-life transition” many women and men in their 40’s and 50’s are driven to make one or more significant changes in their personal and professional lives.

The reality is that we wake up one day and realize that we’re at a point in our lives where we’re probably at least at least halfway done and we may not feel as fulfilled as we’d like. We decide that something needs to change and unfortunately, sometimes without a clear plan or serious consideration for the full implications, we do something to trigger a change either in our personal or professional lives or both. I’ll talk about the consequences of doing this without a clear plan of what you want for the future in my next blog.

Here are some signs that you might be facing a mid-life transition (crisis):

  • You’re dissatisfied with your job and start to resent going to work
  • You look at your partner and feel your relationship has become routine and stale
  • You notice that friends whose company you used to enjoy now seem shallow or boring
  • You’ve recently lost your job and can’t face going back into that same type of work again
  • You dream of owning your own business and being your own boss
  • You’re increasingly focused on signs of aging when you look in the mirror
  • Your life seems dull and uninspired – you begin to yearn for something new and exciting
  • You start to feel that your whole life has revolved around your children & their needs
  • You’ve begun to resent family commitments and don’t enjoy them the way you used to
  • You think more and more about retirement and wonder how soon you can make it happen
  • You really want to make a difference in this world but you’re not sure what that means
  • You’ve begun to be increasing curious about spiritual matters and different religions
  • You feel burdened by financial obligations and wonder if you’ll ever be able to retire
  • You have a sudden desire to get very physically fit
  • You’re putting increased focus on your clothing and overall physical appearance
  • You yearn to have the courage to try new things that you’ve never done before
  • You feel like your life is dictated by other people’s expectations of you and your wants and needs even aren’t being considered and you feel resentful
  • You increasingly find yourself asking the question “Is this all that there is?”
  • You get an overwhelming feeling that you want to leave everything behind and start a fresh new life without any baggage

Did any of these resonate for you?

If they did, you may be facing a mid-life transition and the very best thing you can do when you realize this is PAUSE and take time to evaluate exactly what your next move should be. 

Engaging a qualified and experienced life coach at this point in your life may be one of the best investments you ever make since they can help you get clarity on what you really want and this will reduce your stress and allow you to make conscious and empowered choices about your future.

Here’s what my mid-life client Jacques had to say about working with me:

“In respect to the difference working with Sue made in my life, the investment was well worth it. If you’re ready to really improve your life, the investment is secondary.”

In my next blog I’ll share with you some of the costly and painful and consequences of NOT taking the time to plan your mid-life transition and how you can avoid these mistakes.

As an ICF certified Life and Career Transitions Coach I’ve helped many mid-lifers execute successful transitions in the personal and professional lives and I’ve made my own successful transition into a career that fulfills and sustains me. If you would like to explore inviting me to help you with your mid-life transition, please call today for your complimentary consultation at 778-265-6880 or go to my website at www.suemaitland.com and send me a message telling me more about what you’re going through and we’ll arrange a time to connect.

You don’t have to face this alone – take charge of your mid-life crisis and experience the sense of empowerment that comes from having a caring and experienced life transitions coach on your side to help you get clarity on what you really want and then support you as you plan and execute a successful and fulfilling transition.

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A Weekend of Self-Care for the Busy Professional Woman

 

You’re a successful business woman with many competing demands on your time and finding time to focus on your wants and needs often takes a back seat to your many other responsibilities. Give yourself permission to hit the pause button and indulge yourself in two days totally devoted to your wants and needs at the beautiful Tigh-Na-Mara Resort and Spa in Parksville. This small group workshop involves some group activities and also provides for you to capture your own personal thoughts and ideas without sharing with the other members of the group. We’ll explore why women often feel they have to “do it all” and end up putting self-care on the back burner and understand the impact that can have on our health and our interactions with others. You’ll take time connect with what makes you special and explore some activities you can integrate into your life to uplift you. We’ll explore how you can free up time in your schedule to integrate these activities into your day and even practice saying “No” nicely – an important component of making self-care a priority. You’ll leave feeling refreshed and with clearly defined actions you can take to bring more balance into your life.

This very special weekend of indulgence is designed to give you maximum flexibility while offering the opportunity to treat yourself to a wonderful spa experience, or dip in the mineral pool followed by the delicious endless tapas meal with other group members in our robes in our own private dining room. I promise you, it’s a decadent and unique experience that you won’t want to miss.

Day 1 of our workshop will run from 10:00am on Saturday morning until 1pm. The afternoon provides for free time to assimilate what you discovered and enjoy a light lunch in your cabin or at the restaurant and then walk on the beach or indulge in a spa treatment and a dip in the mineral pool before we enjoy our endless tapas experience in our robes at 6:00pm. You must book a spa treatment (which includes access to the mineral pool) or pay $40 to access the mineral pool if you wish to join us for the endless tapas in the private dining room at the Grotto Spa where robes are mandatory.

Day 2 will run from 10:30am on Sunday morning until 1pm with the option of enjoying lunch in the dining room together before we leave.

I want to provide you with maximum flexibility, so each participant is responsible for booking and paying for their own spa treatment or dip in the mineral pool and endless tapas. These indulgences are not included in the workshop pricing. Saturdays can get busy, even in the fall, so please call the spa and book you treatment early at 1-800-663-7373. Make sure you book for the afternoon of Saturday October 17th and let them know that you’re also part of the group booking for the endless tapas experience. I recommend that you stay in the spa bungalows which are just steps from the spa and are perfect for sharing with a girlfriend.

Pre-registration is mandatory and spaces are limited. Please call Sue at 778-265-6880 to register.

Pricing is $347 per person and is payable in advance

Pay only $297 when you invite a friend, colleague, client or relative to join you

A Day of Self-Care for the Busy Professional Woman

You’re a successful business woman with many competing demands on your time and finding time to focus on your wants and needs often takes a back seat to your many other responsibilities. Give yourself permission to indulge yourself in a day totally devoted to your wants and needs in a beautiful setting at 10 Mile Point with spectacular views of Mount Baker. This small group workshop involves some group activities and also provides for you to capture your own personal thoughts and ideas without sharing with the other members of the group. We’ll explore why women often feel they have to “do it all” and end up putting self-care on the back burner and understand the impact that can have on our health and our interactions with others. You’ll take time to connect with what makes you special and explore some activities you can integrate into your life to uplift you. We’ll explore how you can free up time in your schedule to integrate these activities into your day and even practice saying “No” nicely – an important component of making self-care a priority. You’ll leave feeling refreshed and with clearly defined actions you can take to bring more balance into your life.

This very special day of indulgence includes a delicious brunch with a sparkling mimosa and a mini-facial which you can enjoy on the day of the workshop or credit towards a more indulgent spa treatment at a future date. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated.

Pre-registration is mandatory and spaces are limited. Please call Sue at 778-265-6880 to register.

Pricing is $297 per person and is payable in advance.

Pay only $247 each when you Invite a friend, colleague, client or relative to join you.

All major credit cards are accepted

Do You Live An Authentic Life?

Do you live an authentic lifeHave you ever wondered what living an authentic life means? Read on if you’re curious and you’ll find some questions that might help you get clarity on whether or not you are.

The Oxford dictionary definition of authentic is “of undisputed origin and not a copy; genuine”.

For me, living an authentic life means knowing who you are at your core and showing up in life honoring who that person really is. It means living a life where you are being your BEST self. When you live an authentic life you enjoy a feeling of alignment in your personal and professional life, experience more happiness and spend less time second guessing your choices.

Are you living an authentic life? Answer these questions and find out.

Question 1: Have you ever spent any time really getting to know yourself?

If you’ve never taken time to do this and you wish to live an authentic life, it may be time to start. If you don’t know yourself really well, you’re at risk of living your life trying to be what others want you to be and reacting to external stimulus without really understanding why. In short you’re not in control of your own life.

Question 2: Do you understand your core values?

We each have our own set of values which influence our behavior. If we’re not conscious of our own values, we risk making choices that put us in stressful situations where what we’re being asked to do doesn’t align with who we really are inside. Working in an environment where your values are not aligned with those of the company or the boss that you work for is one of the most stressful situations we can experience in life. I know, because I’ve been there and I knew that I had to leave for my own well-being and for the sake of my co-workers who had to listen to my frequent expressions of frustration.

Question 3: Do you know what fulfills you?

We enjoy a sense of self-fulfillment when we are fully developing and utilizing our talents doing something we believe in and which we feel is important. Having a clear purpose and are doing things to support that is important to our happiness and sense of well-being.

Question 4: What can I do to live a more authentic life?

I invite you to ask yourself this question. There are many ways to begin this process and based on your answers to questions 1 – 3, you’ll have some idea of what you need to work on. I use the term “work” because there is no quick fix or easy way to get these answers. You can read a self-help book or go online and take a survey and read the results, but if you don’t internalize what you’ve read, you haven’t really connected with your authentic self.

I believe the very best way to connect with your authentic self is to invest in yourself and work with a competent, caring ICF certified coach. You see, a coach is trained to help you find your answers and will hold you accountable for completing this work. The sense of empowerment you’ll enjoy from getting the answers to these questions and taking action to live an authentic life is priceless.

If you’re interested in exploring my coaching packages designed to help you live a more authentic life, please call me at 778-265-6880 or email me at suemaitland@shaw.ca. I live in Victoria, BC, Canada and work by phone with clients across North America.

Make the rest of your life
the BEST of your life.

Stones

©Sue Maitland Life Transitions Coach 778-265-6880

suemaitland@shaw.ca  www.suemaitland.com

Sue Maitland is a Life Transitions Coach and Speaker based in Victoria, BC Canada.

STRESSED About Your Next Birthday?

Stressed about your birthdayWhy do some birthdays cause us so much angst? As we reach a milestone 40, 50, or 60+ we fear we’re getting older and maybe our best years have come and gone. NOTHING could be further from the truth. I believe that at any age you can choose to make the rest of your life the BEST of your life and I’ve built my life transitions coaching practice around that.

I’m now in my late 50’s and I can honestly say that if I could turn the clock back and go back to being 30, 40 or 50 again I wouldn’t because I LOVE the life I have now. I’ve finally figured out who I am and what my calling is and I’m living a life that’s joyful and extremely fulfilling. In short, I’m FLOURISHING and I love helping my clients connect with their best self and start to create their own BEST life.

In order to live your best life you need to pause and take time to really connect with who you are. Most of us are so busy with our day-to-day lives that we rarely stop to ask the question “What did I do today that made me feel really fulfilled?”. I invite you to ask yourself that question now. If you can’t think of anything ask yourself “What would have been something fulfilling that I might have liked to do today?”

If you can create a life where every day you wake up KNOWING that you will experience fulfillment from the people and things you choose to give your attention to, you’ll experience a new and deeper level of satisfaction with your life, one that you may not have experienced when you were younger.

The Living My BEST Life program has been designed to support my clients to connect with who they are when they’re being their best self so that they can become a VIP in their own life. Only when you commit to fully connecting with who you are and what makes you feel fulfilled can you begin to create your best life and that can take a long time if you do this on your own. My voyage of self-discovery began rather slowly in my 30’s (I was a busy person and believed I didn’t have time to devote to this). It wasn’t until my 50’s and my first coaching experience that I really started to take the time to get to really know myself. I now know that if I had chosen to engage a life coach to help me, I could have been flourishing much sooner.

If you have a birthday in your future that’s giving you angst, I invite you to pause and take time to celebrate all the wonderful things that happened in the past year and maybe also give thanks for the lessons learned from the things that didn’t quite go as planned. Then I invite you to consider setting aside time in the coming year for you to connect with who you are when you’re being your best self. You CAN find time if you make it a priority and you and the people in your life who care about you will also benefit. If you’re open to it, consider inviting a coach into your life to keep you on track and support you on your journey and know that at any age you CAN chose to 

Make the rest of your life
the BEST of your life.

Stones

©Sue Maitland Life Transitions Coach 778-265-6880

suemaitland@shaw.ca  www.suemaitland.com

Retirement Reinvented – Part 4

In Part 4 of this 6 part seminar series you’ll explore where the best place to live might be to support your retirement goals and what the accommodation might look like in that place.

We’ll explore the many options that you could consider to support your retirement vision.

You’ll have the opportunity to evaluate how your choice of location could impact the people and things that are most important to you and support your vision for your retirement.

You’ll receive checklists to help you evaluate what’s mandatory and what simply “nice to have” for your location and home features during your retirement.

The cost of this event is included in the overall cost of this seminar series.

Call Sue at 778-265-6880 to register or for more information. Visa and MasterCard accepted.

Retirement Reinvented – Part 3

In Part 3 of this 6 part seminar series you’ll clarify the vision of your ideal retirement created in Part 2.

We’ll explore what brings you joy and fulfillment and confirm that the plan you’re building considers this.

You’ll review your plan and may make some changes to better align with what would lead to a truly satisfying retirement.

The cost of this event is included in the overall cost of this seminar series

Call Sue at 778-265-6880 to register or for more information. Visa and MasterCard accepted.

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