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What’s Important to Me NOW? – Get crystal clear on your TOP priorities

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This workshop is perfect for you if you know you know you’re facing life or career choices in the near future and want to make empowered decisions based on what you know is most important for you.

You’ll also have a choice of 2 bonus options – One will help you take action based on your discoveries and the other will help you check-in on your priorities in the future to see if any have changed.

Read on to see if this workshop is perfect for you.


Are any of these statements true for you?

You have a big decision to make and no clear idea of what direction to take

Your thoughts are constantly skipping from one idea to another and it’s hard to focus

You feel overwhelmed with the many competing demands on your time

You feel as if you’re spinning out of control with no clear direction

Your life is a dull routine filled with people and things that don’t inspire you

Now image what it would be like to have crystal clarity on your top priorities in life

You’d be able to make conscious choices about the direction you wish to take based on what’s most important to you

You’d be more focused and have a sense of exactly what to give your attention to

You’d be able to take control of your schedule, set boundaries and say No to things that don’t align with your priorities

You’d feel in control of your life and motivated to take action to achieve your goals

You’d feel empowered to design a life aligned to what’s most important to you

Invest in this half-day workshop and get crystal clarity on your top priorities – then begin to align your life with what’s most important to you.

Why the What’s Important to Me NOW?  workshop?

I developed this workshop because I discovered many of my coaching clients were facing a life or career decision and were unable to tell me what their top priorities were for this phase of their life. I’ve delivered it live in Victoria it to hundreds of people and the online version of this workshop has been accessed by people around the world to help them get clarity of their priorities when making significant life decisions.


Included with your investment in this workshop is your choice of one of the following:

Option 1:

Receive lifetime access to the online version of this valuable workshop. Take the workshop again in the future from the comfort of your own home whenever you feel your priorities may have changed.

Option 2:

Book a 30-minute support/laser coaching call with your workshop leader, Sue Maitland PCC, to refine your action plan and find the motivation to take action and honour the priorities you’ve set for yourself in the workshop. Enjoy the sense of accountability that comes from sharing your plans with Sue and significantly increase your probability of following through on your actions.

Ready to feel empowered and take charge of your life?

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Networking for Success in Victoria (includes 1-on-1 strategy session)

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This workshop is perfect for newcomers and local residents who want to develop their networking skills.

If you’re between jobs, or want to look for new opportunities, or simply want to make new friends in Victoria, networking is a critical skill, yet many people have a strong aversion to the concept of networking. They may think it means being “salesy” or ‘fake” and yet it doesn’t have to be that way. It can be especially difficult for those of us who are introverts. I’ll share my Ultimate Action Plan to help you to show up at networking events in a confident and authentic way. It will reduce your stress and change your perception of networking and you may find yourself looking forward to networking events rather than dreading them.

If you’re looking for work in Victoria, networking is essential. You’ve probably heard of the unpublished job market, where up to 50% of the job opportunities in a city are never advertised – in Victoria it’s more like 80-90%. Most positions are filled by word of mouth referrals and you’ll want to network to meet other people and uncover unpublished opportunities that could be perfect for you.

This two and a half hour workshop will give you the tools and confidence to become a more effective networker, even if you’ve never done it before. If you’re a newcomer, you may also find you make some good connections with local residents at the workshop and I’ll unlock the secret to the many and varied organizations, places and events in Victoria where you can network.

In addition to the workshop, you’ll enjoy a 1-on-1 telephone strategy session with your workshop leader to help you refine your 30 second introduction and zero in on the best places for you to network based on your goals.

Previous participants have shared that they enjoyed the open friendly environment, the small group format, the concrete handouts, resources and information and the authenticity of the workshop leader.

Here’s what Shkendie Kaba, Founder and Owner of Kaba Immigration Services had to say about her experience:

“Sue’s enthusiastic and passionate style made the whole experience exceptionally uplifting and motivating. She was so generous with her knowledge and practical tips on networking for success. The tools and resources she shared with us were beyond my expectations and I started using them right away.”

If you have questions, please call Sue at 778-265-6880 or via email at SueMaitland@shaw,ca and she’ll help you decide if this would be a beneficial event for you attend.

If you’re a newcomer to Victoria, consider also attending Sue’s free monthly information session “What you Need to Know About Moving to Victoria” or request a complimentary “Welcome to Victoria” phone call.

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What You Need to Know About Moving to Victoria

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You’ll find Victoria is unlike any other city you’ve ever lived in. Sue moved here over 25 years ago and it was her best move ever, however she was surprised to discover how many people move to Victoria and don’t always have such a positive experience.

Sue has now dedicated a key area of her coaching practice to helping professionals and business owners who want to move to Victoria, determine if this move is right for them and if it is, help them enjoy a smooth and successful transition. Sue also helps newcomers to Victoria who want to take full advantage of all the city has to offer and would like the support of a professional life & career transitions coach who knows the city and how it works. Sue helps people through info sessions like this one, workshops and one-on-one coaching.

In 90 minutes, Sue will share valuable information including a profile of Victoria residents, the climate, the job market, the full range of outdoor and indoor activities, the interesting makeup of local government and perhaps most valuable of all, her inside scoop on what it takes to fully embrace living in Victoria. There’ll be time for Q&A, networking with other participants and some surprise special offers too.

While some information will be provided that will be relevant for families, this event is in a small group setting and is specifically designed for adults.

Space is limited, so don’t hesitate, reserve your FREE seat immediately to avoid disappointment and get the inside scoop on living in Victoria from a local expert.

Here’s what recent participants liked the most:

“A lot of valuable information”
“The structured approach and the way the information was delivered”
“Well organized”
“Friendly atmosphere”
“Good use of my time”

Is Your Adult Child Failing to Launch?

Frustrated WomanIf you’ve tried everything you can think of to help your adult child get launched in their personal and professional life and you’re feeling frustrated with the results, this information session could be valuable.

In my coaching practice I meet many mid-life clients who experience this challenge and they often ask me if I can help their children. One of the requirements of being an ICF certified coach is knowing who you can best serve and for me that’s mid-lifers in life and/or career transition. I’m not ideally suited to help their children and let’s face it, would you want to work with the same coach that’s helping your parents?

That didn’t mean that I didn’t understand what they were going through – I have a young adult son myself and have watched his journey towards independence. I decided that I wanted to find a way to help bring a new perspective and some potential ideas for dealing with the challenge of young adults failing to launch and this information session is the result.

That’s why I’ve invited my good friend and fellow coach Joi Saunders to share some of her wisdom in this information session.

Joi 2Joi Saunders is an Erickson trained coach and former counselor who works with young people and their parents to help them overcome some of these challenges.

Here’s what Joi wants you to know about this information session:

  • You are not alone – many other parents are facing the same challenge and wondering why many young adults are feeling so stuck and overwhelmed
  • There may be some new approaches you could try that could make a difference
  • You’ll understand the importance of active listening
  • You’ll gain new insights into what might be going on for you and your child


You’ll leave with a renewed sense of hope knowing that many of the things you’re already doing are positive and helpful and you’ll have some new ideas for connecting with your adult child and supporting them as they move forward.

If you’re ready for some new ideas contact me at 778-265-6880 or email me at to reserve your seat. Seating is limited, so please call early to avoid disappointment.

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 – 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 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   778-265-6880

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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 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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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 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.


©Sue Maitland Life Transitions Coach 778-265-6880

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

Retirement Reinvented – Part 6

In Part 6 of this 6 part seminar series you’ll create a plan to achieve your retirement vision.

You’ll build on the research from part 5 and get clarity on whether full-retirement or semi-retirement is right for you.

You’ll get sense of when might be the right time to retire or semi-retire.

You’ll have a chance to “step into” experiencing your vision of retirement and receive tools and a strategy to help you refine your plan and begin to take action to make it a reality.

You’ll also book your follow up session with your coach for early in 2015.

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.

What’s Important to Me NOW? Workshop

In this powerful 2 hour workshop participants will take the time to ask the question “What are the things in my life that are really important to me right now and what things do I want to give more focus to in the future?” Many of us lead very busy lives juggling personal, work and family commitments and we rarely stop to evaluate whether we’re spending our time on activities that really reflect who we are and what’s important to us as individuals. Others feel stuck in familiar patterns of behaviour that really don’t inspire or fulfill us. If you feel you may be approaching a crossroads in your life, investing a couple of hours with a life coach to help you get clear on your personal priorities can have a profound effect on the rest of your life.

Imagine knowing exactly what your priorities are and being able to evaluate each new demand for your time or attention in the light of whether this supports what’s most important to you. As you move forward after this workshop and begin to make choices aligned to what’s most important to you, you will begin to feel a powerful sense of control, satisfaction and happiness in the new life you are creating for yourself.

This foundational workshop is a great reference point to begin one-on-one coaching and also forms Part 1 of the 6 Part Retirement Reinvented Workshop Series where mid-lifers can create a vision for their ideal retirement and build a plan to achieve it.

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