Your Year in Review (Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 5)

Coach for a Better Life Newsletter
Your Year in Review
Volume 1 Issue 5, January 19, 2009

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Happy New Year!
Your Year in Review
Recommended Resources
Contact Me
About this Newsletter

Happy New Year!

Welcome to another New Year! For many people, at this time of year we are still recovering from our hectic holiday season, and thinking about setting resolutions or goals for the year ahead.  Others don’t bother with goals, they just dive in.  Before you move forward, before you set resolutions and goals for the year ahead, let’s take a moment to look back and reflect on the path you’ve taken.  Then take a moment to celebrate all you’ve survived and accomplished in the past year. 



Lori Howard
Life, Career, and Business Coach
Your Coach for a Better Life!

p.s. As you can see, the newsletter does not have a new name, yet.  Due to some fun challenges in December and January, a new name will not be announced until February – along with a winner of the Name the Newsletter contest!

Your Year in Review

‘Tis the season for New Year’s Resolutions, or rebellion against the resolution, depending on your experience with resolutions. The focus of both my newsletter and blog in the past few months has been embracing and appreciating what you already have. Here is another way to actively appreciate what you already have, or have done. As many of you know, I’m all for goal setting and making plans to meet those goals.


However, before we proceed with looking at the year ahead, I’d like to take a moment in the wake of the holiday season to look back and reflect on the year behind. Let’s take a moment to reflect on your successes and accomplishments in 2008.


In looking back, you will find skills and strengths that you already possess, which you will be able to call upon as needed in the year ahead. So let’s get started. List your success and accomplishments from 2008. Be as detailed as you like. Take the time to recall each accomplishment from the past year. List out the successes that you are proud of. List big things and small things – size does not matter here. Next I want you to take some time to really look at your list, what do you notice?  What skills have you learned?  What strengths do you see?  What risks have you taken?   Take note and allow yourself to feel good about all you’ve done. 


When you finish your list, pour yourself a cup of herbal tea or even champagne and raise a glass to toast your accomplishments from 2008. Go you! Give thanks for the lessons you’ve learned, the skills you’ve gained, as well as the ones you already had.


To take the celebration further, share this list with friends or family. Even better, have each person share their list and host a night of celebrations.


You will find, as you begin to set goals and tackle them in 2009, that your experiences in 2008 have added to your own tools, to prepare for 2009.

I’d love to hear from you, post your thoughts below!

Recommended Resources

Here’s a book I can’t recommend highly enough for anyone looking to figure out what they want to do with their career, or  life as a whole.  You can get buy it, or you can pick it up for free online.  It’s Wishcraft by Barbara Sher.  Get it online at  I’m a huge fan of Barbara Sher’s work, and this is one of my favorites.  This book helps you figure what you really want next in life, and develop a plan to get it. 

Are you ready to set goals that will excite and inspire you? Goals that move you to action. Rather than drain you, they energize you! Go to my web site and download my free report: Five Days to Goals That Inspire You (in the section: “A Gift for You”) and you will not only set the goals, you will also create a daily action plan to achieve them!

Contact Me

I welcome your feedback, comments and questions. Also, if you’re interested in contributing to this Newsletter, email me your submissions.

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Client Stories

What did you need at the time you hired Lori?

I wanted to work in my industry and didn't know how to progress any further than I was. I knew I had much experience that could be put in the industry of my choice but not how to parlay that experience. I needed guidance.

What did you and Lori do together?

Many, many things. Overall, to get clear in my mind what I offered and really what I wanted in a work environment. Every week was another epiphany after another. One of my favorites was the "knowing your core values". Having had some experience on this subject I was all ready to dive-in. Core Values is key. Knowing your core values. 

Lori makes it so easy to pinpoint. One time we were speaking about something else and we both realized...OMG...that is a core value for me. I hadn't written it down before, but discovered later that if ever a core value fit was the one I mentioned at that time.  Knowing that piece of information also answered a long standing question in my head.  One of the "why's" as to my constant upset with other places I had worked.

What were the results from working with Lori?

Many things. One is a great looking resume. I thought, wow, I look good and it was all from work I had already done elsewhere but didn't know how to say it or present it. Another is the clarity of knowing where I will feel good when I do work. What I really want and with the kind of people I really want to work with on a daily basis. This entire process is so valuable. The best money I ever spent and I am not kidding or exaggerating. I was only hoping it would be valuable and it really was valuable.< I know stuff and it has value and is marketable. Lori showed me those things and it gives me confidence.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Lori delivers above and beyond. The highest quality of exchange, 'more than you expected.' I told my friends this over and over: 'I wish I had her 10-20-even 30 years ago.' Every one, and I mean EVERYONE, needs a Lori. Her understanding,patience, how she problem solves, putting things in simple terms, was mind blowing. I wish I could that well. I present a problem and she could turn it around and yes...another epiphany.

Lori, is worth every penny. It isn't about a title. It is about enjoying everyday doing work you love with people you like and are like minded. You'll know what you are looking for when you interview.  I never say this, but I will say it here. Lori is a major key into the rest of my life doing what I always wanted to do. That is: Being happy doing what I do, everyday. Something I have been saying for years. Allowing be Sherlock.  Finding my people. They are out there and now I know what I am looking for in that respect.


Sherlock Ganz, Los Angeles, CA