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Coach LJ

I am a wife, mom, nana, pet mom, coach, church president, public speaker, and entrepreneur. I am passionate about changing how we age...and, the fact that we all have much to share after we leave our initial work life. I help coaching participants start wherever they are, find or re-find themselves, determine what really matters to them, and give them the tools and resources that will lead them to live life on their terms, loving what they do. Let's reinvent retirement together! I'm ready...are you?

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About this course

Pre-retirees...If you know you don't want a "traditional" retirement,  want to identify a new purpose for this phase of your life, or aren't sure what how to move forward...then I can help!

Here's the thing...this is your chance.  This may be the only chance you have had in your whole life to spend your time entirely the way you want to spend it.  You are ready to "Reimagine Your 'Retirement.'"  You know you have knowledge, skills and talents that need to be shared with the world.

Remember those dreams that you said you'd get to...someday?  Remember how excited you were about something you really wanted to do because you love it...and then didn't?

Well...someday is now...and you still can do "that thing" you've always wanted to do.  You haven't missed your chance...This is your time!

If you haven't already, you may soon realize that throughout your work life, you were defined by what you did, not who you are!  No matter what you did during that time...you always define yourself by, "I'm a  _____ or I do_____.  Never I'm a mom (or dad), grandparent, golf enthusiast, sports nut...I'm passionate about...nothing that tells anyone about YOU!  Only what you did (or do) as your job.

Would you like to find your new identity and your purpose for this phase of your life?  You can...

Would you like to have the tools, resources, and support you need to start and move forward on your journey toward a life of doing what matters most to you?  You can...

If you're ready to register now, go the the orange bar on this page and click.  To get the $100 discount (if you qualify), click on Coupons on the Pricing page and the link there...it will take you to an enrollment page with the discount applied.  (By the way, if you would like to discuss payment options, please send me an email at lj@coolactiveagingcoach.com and we'll talk about what works for you.)  [NOTE:  This course will be held on ZOOM.  You can use a smart phone, tablet or computer to access it.]

May  I share a bit of my story with you?

I made the decision about 11 years ago to retire from the corporate world.  I was no longer challenged, content, or happy doing what I was doing.  I was not doing what mattered most to me.  So, I thought long and hard about it...and retired.  But, here's the thing, I had no idea yet what I was going to do!  I left a secure job with a regular paycheck and benefits for...well, I wasn't sure what!  All I knew is that I needed to do something that mattered to me!  Scary?  You bet!

I took a little time to do some traveling and check some things off my bucket list.  But, that didn't last long.  I was already anxious and ready to make a difference...but, how or what, I wasn't sure.  I did some research and started checking out options, but I felt like I was going in circles.  I sure wasn't getting where I wanted to go. 

As I continued  my search, I heard about an organization called, "Too Young to Retire" that did group coaching for individuals who had retired, knew that their lives were yet unchartered territory, full of twists and turns, surprises and bumps--and wanted more from that life.   (By the way, does this sound like you--a person who knows his/her life is yet unchartered territory...full of twists and turns, surprises and maybe some bumps--and you know you have more to give?  If so, this is definitely that missing ingredient that you need for your amazing next phase of life.)

The retirement which was the ultimate goal for generations before us,  seemed irrelevant for me.  I wasn't ready for that--and that seems to be the case for most in our generation.  

My coach reminded me that our generation is different, we want more and we aren't ready to "retire" in the traditional sense of the word.  (By the way have you looked at some of the definitions of retire?  Let's see, they include to retreat or withdraw.)  Does that sound like what you're looking for?  What kind of expectations do those words set up?  YIKES!  That was not for me...I wanted more.  (And I believe you do as well.)

In the coaching sessions, I learned about changing perceptions of retirement and work being done in the active aging area and what "ageless adventurers" who are in their 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond are looking for.  I was totally intrigued!

There is no doubt that we all want greater freedom and choice in our lives...and we can have that.  And, we have been given some amazing gifts...longevity, better health, education or life learning, and resources.  But, all of that comes with a responsibility.  After all, we have helped create a world that needs our wisdom, our experience, our compassion--and yes, specifically your unique gifts, talents and knowledge.  It is your responsibility now to share those gifts with the world.

My coach said that he would help me pare down what I wanted to do by figuring out what mattered most to me, what I loved doing, and help me focus on making this part of my life one of the best parts.  WOW!  Sounded great to me! (And by the way, that is what I will do with you as well...)

We weren't very far into the coaching sessions when he stopped and said to me, "Is coaching on your list of opportunity areas?  You appear to be a coach through and through.  What matters most to you is people and helping them  live their best lives.  You care..."  He went on to say he thought what I really needed was not to take the "Too Young to Retire" course, but rather to switch my focus and become certified as a coach and share this valuable information, process and ideas with others.  

Some versions of coaching and training were definitely on my list.  I thought about it for about two minutes before I said, "Wow!  This is unexpected.  But, yes, that's exactly what I'd love to do."  Thank goodness I didn't allow my doubts and self-defeating behaviors to kick in!  I have never regretted that decision for one minute.  All I needed was a guide to point me in the right direction!

I was a  "Too Young to Retire" coach for several years.  Then, as it does, life happened.  I ended up having a kidney transplant and moving to a new state all within a six-month period.  Talk about change!

So, it was time to figure out if I should reinvent myself again or restart my coaching career working with others just like me and helping them find what mattered most to them and what they would love doing during this phase of their lives.  

Well, I should have gone through my own assessments and course materials.  (Do you know the story about the Shoemaker's children??)   I decided I wanted to do copywriting--working with small businesses to help them be more successful.  I took courses, became certified, and kicked off my new business.  Then I hit one of those bumps in the road we all experience.  I found out that while I do enjoy writing, something was definitely missing.  I was only seeing numbers that indicated how successful a writing campaign or marketing program or ad had been. I was missing seeing and having a direct impact on people's lives.

What I was missing was what mattered most to me.   I missed direct interaction with the people.  I missed making a difference in the lives of others.  I missed directly seeing the results and the happiness people experience when they find out that really can do what matters most to them--and love what they do every day. 

So, I turned around and went back to the "Y" in the road and chose the other road...I went back to coaching.  However, I started thinking about ways that I could help even more people...and keep my coaching even more affordable for everyone.  So, I updated my materials to reflect changes in our world and on the aging scene, converted my sessions to virtual, online sessions, and started my new venture, "Your Cool Active Aging Coach...Reimagine Your Retirement," so that anyone, anywhere could participate.  And it turned out the timing was pretty good to take my business virtual.  Seems most everything is virtual now.  

And...I. Love. It.

That illustrates another point.  You may choose to do different things at different times in your life.  You may choose to go through an assessment process more than once.  You have multiple talents and skills...maybe multiple dream opportunities.  You can "test things out" and then do a course correction or re-do to move on to something that you may find even more meaningful and fulfilling.  It's your life and you get to choose!

At this time in my life, I should have had a guide to help straighten out my path to the result I wanted.  I went the winding road course...although this wasn't wasted effort, I needed someone to remind me what mattered most to me!  It would have been much quicker, easier and cost less had I done that.

If you're ready to register, go to the orange register bar on this page, then to get your $100 discount, click on Coupons on the Pricing page and it will take you to the enrollment page with the discount automatically applied.

I would love to help you chart your course--write your story--one that allows you to find your true identity...your purpose...your passions...what matters most to you...and lets you live life on your terms, doing what you love every day.  I want to be the guide with the map you to start that journey that will lead you to a  successful outcome.

Why not make a promise to yourself that you will start your journey NOW!  Regardless of where you are in preparing for your retirement, starting now will give you tools and resources to move past many of the pitfalls and challenges and be ready to move forward during the rest of  2021 and then hit 2022 head on!

Start your journey today!  The timing might be just right for you to grab a spot in this course.  I'm only opening 10 spots in this course so that each of you can have my attention and one-on-one coaching from me.

Trust me, I know it isn’t easy to take those first steps...it is challenging.  And, it takes courage to decide that you may need some help to get where you want to be.

I know I had a hard time admitting that.  I thought I could do it on my own.  But, when I realized I wasn't getting where I wanted to be and turned to someone for help, "Too Young to Retire" really made the difference in my life.  I'd like to make that difference in your lives...with a lot less stress and anxiety (plus very likely quicker and cheaper than you can do it on your own.)

You really don't have anything to lose...and everything to gain.  This could be the best thing you've ever done for yourself. 

It is not too late to start  It’s only too late if you don’t do it now!  It’s time to make sure that your next phase is one of the most fun and rewarding parts of your life!

You know, deep down, that you want to...no, have to...move on with your life and grow.  You know you have more to give and you certainly are not ready to "retire from life."  But you aren’t sure what to do because you don’t even know what that looks like yet. It’s a big challenge...and one you shouldn’t have to figure out alone.

Here’s the thing, if you don't want to stay where you are, you really can't avoid it. It’s hard, it can be frustrating.  Whether you realize it or not, you will go through "phases" following retirement--we all do.  Most of us just can’t “skip phases” and happily move on to the next phase without dealing with all that is part of each phase.  Or, you may get stuck and not know quite how to move forward--so you do nothing!  That isn't the answer...

I can make it a much smoother, easier process for you.   I can save you time, money and  a lot of anxiety and stress.  You'll have the answers you need...your "secret sauce."  You'll have tools, resources, and support that others don't have.

This is the time to do it.  What are you waiting for?

Here's what you'll get in this course:

The  new and improved six-week course (that includes two bonus sessions) will begin Thursday, Aug. 5,  10 am AZ time (1 pm, Eastern,  noon Central and 11 am Mountain Time) and meet weekly on Thursdays through Thursday, September 9  (or September 16  if participants want additional time to continue with the putting it together segment.)  Each class session will run about 90 minutes, but I'll make myself available to you until all your questions get answered each week.  (NOTE:  If the time of day needs to adjust due to a number of coaching students working during those hours, I can make adjustments...just let me know.)

You will get the resources, tools, and support you need to transform your life.  

Through a combination of:

--  group learning and coaching

-- discussion and Q&A time 

-- activities and self-reflection

-- two one-on-one coaching sessions with me 

-- interaction with your peers  (you'll work together and build on what each of you brings to the table)

So, what does all that mean?  Well, in the first bonus session, you'll get to know each other and me...and I'll get to know more about you.  Then, we'll immediately move to talking about what retirement means to you, where you are at, what type of retiree you are.  This will allow me to meet each of you where you are today and we'll begin your transformation to where you want to be.

We'll quickly move to "all about you."  Who are you?  How do you spend your time now...how would you like to spend your time?  What do you love about your life now...and what would you like to change?  That will lead us to your purpose for this phase of your life...your unique purpose.  Not just a generic purpose for everyone in the class!

We'll also look at what is in your way...what obstacles do you face.  And talk about how to get around them.

Ultimately you'll develop the plan to start your journey to what matters most to you--doing what you love!  You can live this phase of your life on your terms--and loving it!

Ten seems to be the right number so, again I am only opening up 10 spaces to ensure that you get the attention and support that you need and that the course can be interactive...and you’ll get the most benefit.  

This course has even more new and better material,  but I'm still offering it at $497.  In addition, Just for you,  I also have a coupon available .  If you have taken another course from me, e.g., the pilot,  "Your Own Worst Enemy" or "Outside the Lines," or are on my distribution list...or if you're an "early bird" sign up -- before 7/30, there is a coupon for $100 off the price.  (Click on Coupons on the Pricing page and it will take you to the sign up page that will already include your discount.)

Yup, $497 for everything...or $397 if you get in on the coupon.   You get six weeks of group coaching, peer interaction, individual coaching with me as well as the chance to apply what you're learning.   

Because I always look for ways to make my coaching courses better, I will periodically gather your feedback about what’s working...what you would like to see more of or less of...what you would change to make it better for you and others.  Your feedback will be used to make the course the very best it can be...because of your help!

Don’t wait too long to decide...registration will be capped at 10--and the early bird discount disappears on 7/23.  If you are interested, go for it!  Grab your spot today!  

It's easy...go to the top of the page and click on the orange register now button.  You’ll be well on your way to the life you love in about six short weeks!

Coach LJ

P.S.  This is your chance...the chance to transform your life  NOW and live the rest of your life doing what matters most to you--not what someone else thinks you should care about or just doing something to fill the time or earn a paycheck.  It is your choice, your identity, your purpose, your plan.  Don't miss out!