Coaching Laser Session


Ms. G who worked for an entertainment firm, was told that she and her boss would be laid off in three months, that her department would be eliminated.  Her boss told her he was considering starting his own business and if the funding came through, he would offer her a position to work with him again when their jobs both ended at the firm.  She and her boss were excellent colleagues and she welcomed the idea of having him for her boss again.

She was told she would have three months severance pay.  She was sure she would also be able to get unemployment payments and felt she would be all right for a few months.

The anticipation that her boss would, indeed find the funding and hire her at his company was exhilarating because she did like working with him.

Dilemma:  What if he did not find the funding and he could not hire her within three to six months?  What are her other options?


Within a 15 minute laser session, she came up with Plan A, B and C.

Plan A was getting the lay-off and relaxing with the three months severance pay.  At the end of the three months, she would begin work for her old boss in his new company.

Plan B was getting laid off, begin looking for a new job and using the severance pay in the meantime.  If she needed to, she could get unemployment benefits.  While looking for the new job she could do the writing (scripts for film) which she had not had time to do in the past two years while at her job.

Plan C was to consider exploring the notion of changing professions and/or going back to school.

Balance In Your Life: An Interesting Approach

The Life Balance for Macintosh application under the category of Llamagraphics, is indeed a mystery to me.  I, who will do anything to put off starting something I find difficult, went to the Internet to find Llamagraphics to see if this lovely application might help me move forward in writing my blogs.

It is even more amusing that I am a Life Coach and encourage my clients to write, play and compose music, publish books and articles, search for jobs and careers that inspire them, and here I am, looking for applications to balance my life!  I have these voices that tell me nasty things!  My old brain patterns tell me to predict the outcome:  “I’ll get judged,”  “I’ll get criticized,”  “someone won’t like or take issue with what I wrote,” and WORSE, will edit my misspellings, my grammar, and deem me to be a complete idiot (“where did she get her degree?” “Who taught her?”).

So, when I discovered Llamagraphics, I thought that this would be the answer to all my problems!  Wrong.  I downloaded the free version of Life Balance 5.1.1, ready and open to all available suggestions on how to sit down at my desk and write when the other things in my life felt more fun??  A lesson in work-life balance, indeed!

I wanted to pull my hair out.  There were lists and lists of things to do, color coding, “fun” activities, “social” activities, “client activities,” etc.  It obviously works for some people.  I guess my life is too gestalt.  My life kind of all runs into one life except that my written calendar keeps my integrity in tact by holding times for appointments and actually being present to the meeting as written.  NO WAY could I use this Llamagraphics application (Life Balance 5.1.1), but there may be some of you who would find it impressive, helpful and life changing.  You may be GenExers or Millennials and really find this works perfectly into your life.  For me – it’s too much information, too many categories (and I have an academic library degree!!).  I say this not to criticize but to highlight how very different we all are. There is no right or wrong here; just what fits.

I don’t really use my iphone calendar as much as I could but I love the alerts and reminders. I don’t need to figure out a program so I can figure out my life; I’m the old fashioned write-down-your week-in-At-A-Glance-calendar and scan the whole week with your eyes in one quick moment.  Sure, you can do this on a computer and a pda, but I’m just saying what my preference continues to be. 

So how do we create life balance?  That’s a big question I work on with my clients every day.  Try this application and see if it works for you.  But if it doesn’t, you might begin with the area in which you are most stopped.  Then get a coach, supporter, or mentor to help keep you accountable – lovingly and gently.  Begin with one small section, only one.  The feeling of overwhelm is generally less frightening.  Instead of such seriousness, take one small piece, and go! Lighten the burden by taking one small step instead of the whole thing.  For me, it works with writing, doing my taxes, cleaning, networking and shopping.  It just takes one little step.


Susan Kahle

Are you a creative person who is an entrepreneur or do you work for a company where you’re not growing?
Are you managing a career or job transition in the arts?
Are you unable to tap into your most creative self while working in another field?
Are you limiting yourself? Are you stuck? What stops you from getting what you want?
As a Life Coach focused on creatives, my solution is to really investigate exactly where your passions lie, look at how you spend your time, articulate your long and short term goals and wrap them around the current demands and realities of your life. I will support you in finding your inspiration and help you use strategies to stay on track with your goals. When we are done with our sessions, you will have taken one or more of these actions: changed jobs, reevaluated your career, found renewed joy with your balanced life and have the kind of focus that a creative and very intelligent person is drawn to. Call me today and let’s discuss how I can help you find your passions and put them action!

Susanne Kahle, CEO
Life Coach

Phone: 310-592-6260


Life Coach in Los Angeles – Susanne Kahle – 310-592-6260