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What’s Important to Me NOW? Workshop

Sue Headshot w White SpaceAre you overwhelmed by the many competing demands upon your time? Take time to pause and get CLARITY on your most important priorities in your personal and business life and tools to help you stay on track and honour those priorities. Invest just 3 hours of your time in this powerful workshop and get crystal clear on your priorities for this phase of your life.

In a small group setting (no more than 6 participants) we’ll explore your priorities in 6 key areas of your life. While the opportunity exists for you to share some of your thoughts with the group if you wish, the major focus of the workshop is to create a time and space for you to reflect on what for you, is most important in each of these key areas at this point in your life.

Previous participants have been amazed at how simply making this time to participate in this workshop helped them set and stick to their personal priorities and reduce their sense of stress and overwhelm. You’ll leave the workshop feeling empowered and more confident in the choices you make. You’ll be able to politely say “No thank you” to people and activities that don’t uplift you and you’ll create a space in your life to attract more of what you DO want.

Here’s what my client Jeff Dallin, Owner of Innovative Fitness in Victoria had to say after I conducted this workshop for him and his staff:

“I have recently had the privilege of having Sue present her “What’s Important to Me NOW?” workshop for my staff and myself personally. If you want clarity in your life’s focus or to get more out of life’s daily activities, this workshop will help you. It was very refreshing spending time on what I care about the most! Thank you Sue”

This workshop is being held in the historic Union Club of BC in downtown Victoria. All required workshop materials are included in the price as is tea and coffee at the start of the workshop and during a short break part-way through. As a member of the Club, I have the opportunity to invite guests to join me for lunch in the dining room after the workshop. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please be sure to tell me when you register as I must make a reservation and there are some dress code requirements that I’ll share with you. Please note that lunch “at the Club” is purely optional and is not included in the price of the workshop.

As space in this small group workshop is limited, please be sure to register early to avoid disappointment and consider inviting a friend to join you. Call Sue at 778-265-6680 to register or email her at Attend one of Sue’s live seminars and receive a $37 credit towards the cost of this workshop, taking your investment in yourself down to only $110.

If you’d love to participate and this date doesn’t work for you please contact Sue with the dates and times that could work for you and she’ll consider this when arranging future workshops or go to her website and for only $97 invest in the instant download of this workshop and complete it at a time & place that works best for you.

If you’re a business owner and would like to explore inviting Sue to host this workshop for your staff, please contact Sue at 778-265-6880 and ask about her group discount pricing.


Commit to Self-Care & Be Your BEST Self

spa shotIf you’re a busy professional woman, give yourself permission to take an evening off and discover why practicing self-care is so important for you AND everyone else in your life. Learn why so many women don’t make taking care of themselves a priority and the impact this has on themselves and others.

Experience a mini-self-care workshop where you’ll take time to appreciate some of the qualities that make you special and leave with a plan to integrate more self-care into your life.

There will be some sharing, though this is purely optional. The key focus of this seminar is to create a space for you to do some thinking about what practicing more self-care could look like for you.

At 6:15 pm we’ll all retire to a special table set aside just for us, at the Union Club for a delicious buffet supper that is included in the seminar price of only $37. Enjoying supper together will provide a wonderful opportunity to connect and get to know each other better.

PLEASE NOTE this special introductory pricing is only available for Monday night Self-Care Seminars in Feb 2016 – the price for Monday night seminars that include the Union Club buffet will increase to $67 in March to more accurately reflect the cost of staging the event and the value received from this experience.

All participants in the inaugural Commit to Self-Care and Be Your BEST Self seminar said they would recommend the seminar to others and here’s what one participant had to say afterwards:

“The Commit to Self-Care Seminar was inspirational and I really enjoyed it. I loved the setting at the Union Club and the meal with the other participants was delicious and the perfect way to wrap up the evening”                                  Janet Duncan, Professional Hairstylist, Ginger Group

Spaces are very limited for this event, so please contact Sue at 778-265-6880 or email her at to reserve your seat as soon as you know you’d like to attend. Consider inviting a friend to join you, or come on your own and expand your network.

This very special introductory pricing is only in effect until the end of February 2016 – don’t delay – invest in yourself today.

Sign-up for one of Sue’s workshops, a one-on-one Discovery Session or a Set for Success session after attending this seminar and receive a $37 credit towards this future investment in yourself. This offer may not be combined with any other offers. Payment is required in advance and we accept cash and all major credit cards.

Make Time for YOU


Are You Running on EMPTY?

Give yourself permission to enjoy a full day self-care workshop and leave feeling energized and with a plan to integrate refuelling into your schedule

Making time for yourself is not a luxury…it’s ESSENTIAL

You owe it to yourself and everyone you care about to reclaim your balance. You’ll emerge energized, more confident and inspired to tap into your own unique abilities & talents

Join Sue Maitland ICF Certified Life & Career Transitions Coach on Saturday 7th November from 10am – 4pm at the Victoria Executive Centre, 915 Fort St.

Your day of refueling includes lunch & beverages, activities to enhance self-connection and a truly unique “playtime” that is guaranteed to produce fits of laughter… what could be more nourishing?

Your full day of regeneration:  $197 – Bring a friend and each save $50!

To reserve your seat, email Sue at or call 778-265-6880

PayPal and all major credit cards accepted

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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Pre-Retirement Lifestyle Planning for Couples

Do you suspect that you and your partner have different view of what retirement could look like? Would you like to kick start your retirement planning in a fun one day workshop? This small group workshop involves some group work and also provides for you to capture your own personal thoughts and ideas without sharing with the other members of the group. You and your partner will each connect with your own personal vision of retirement, including where you’ll live and how you’ll spend your time. There’ll be an opportunity to share your ideas with one another over the lunch break. Lunch is not included in this workshop to allow for privacy as you share your discoveries with your partner. The early afternoon will be devoted to group brainstorming around a number of hypothetical scenarios where one partner has a very different view than the other. You’ll then take time to capture possible ways that you can accommodate your and your partner’s desires in a way that could work for both of you. You’ll leave the session with a better understanding of what retirement could look like for you as a couple and some tools to help you continue the process of clarifying your vision and refining your retirement plan. Once you’ve completed this work, you’ll be able to talk with a competent financial advisor who can help you formalize the financial component of your plan and help you determine when might be the best time for you to retire.

This day could be life-changing – don’t put off getting this clarity to some future date that may never come. Enjoy a sense of control and empowerment as you and your partner clarify your retirement plans.

Pre-registration is mandatory and spaces are limited. Please call Sue at 778-265-6880 to register. Pricing is $297 per couple and is payable in advance. All major credit cards are accepted

7 Simple Steps to Excavate Your Achievements from Last Year

7 Simple Steps to Excavating Your Achievements from Last YearSometimes as the year comes to a close, we get so caught up with thinking about the coming year that we forget to pause and take a moment to reflect upon our achievements over the past 12 months and the valuable lessons we may have learned from the things that didn’t quite go as expected.

I invite you to give yourself the gift of 20 minutes to reflect upon your successes large and small this year. Find a quiet comfortable spot where you won’t be disturbed and bring a pen and notepad with you.

  1. Write at the top of your notepad “My Achievements This Year”.
  2. Take a couple of nice deep cleansing breaths and get present to the moment.
  3. Ask yourself “What are some of the things that I achieved last year?” and reflect back on everything, large or small that happened that was successful or enjoyable in the past year and is something you’d like to capture and celebrate. Write down on your notepad each thing that comes to mind.
  4. Now consider something that didn’t quite turn out as planned and ask yourself “What positive lesson can I take away from this?” Write down the positive lesson you learned as a result of this experience.
  5. Now take another couple of deep cleansing breaths and prepare to get really present and open to celebrating your successes in the past year.
  6. Read out loud each of your achievements and acknowledge and honour each one of them, including any lessons learned.
  7. Notice how you are now feeling about yourself and your past year. Enjoy that feeling of satisfaction and congratulate yourself on all of your achievements.

To my clients who accepted my invitation for a year-end review and a look ahead to next year, thank you for allowing me to celebrate your successes with you. You already know the next step in this process is one that will set you up for a very successful year ahead. For those of you who haven’t experienced my year-end review coaching session, I’ll post the next step in the process on my website in January and send you the link.

For now I simply invite you to enjoy noticing what a wonderful year you just experienced.

If you would like to explore working with me to help you get clarity on the key achievements you’d like to set for yourself for the coming year and support you as you build a plan to make them happen, please call or email me for a complimentary initial consultation and you could begin to…

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



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.

Retirement Reinvented – Part 5

In Part 5 of this 6 part seminar series you’ll create a budget to support your vision of your ideal retirement.

We’ll hear from a local expert Financial Advisor who will share their experience in advising clients on planning their retirement. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions about how you might best achieve your retirement vision.

You’ll leave the session with some things to research in order to complete your financial plan for 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.

Retirement Reinvented – Part 2

In Part 2 of this 6 part seminar series you’ll create a vision of your ideal retirement based on what you discovered in the “What’s Important to me NOW” workshop.

We’ll explore how the traditional view of retirement is changing and you’ll get to “try on” some new ideas for what your retirement might look like and see how well they fit for you and what’s important to you.

Come prepared to have fun and open your mind to some new possibilities.

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

Call Sue at 778-265-6880 to register. Visa and MasterCard accepted.

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