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Laura Berman Fortgang

Parents and College: How One Coach/Mom is Riding the BIG Decision

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Laura Berman Fortgang

While my parents forbade a degree in the arts (theatre being my passion and interest), my husband and I are faced with convincing my son that studying the only thing that has been his heart and soul since fifth grade (music) would be a good idea.

'Are We There Yet?!' = The Enemy of Positive Change

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

Process can be hard and it can be painful but more painful is our own judgment of it. When we rail against it and curse it and judge ourselves for not being stellar, it just makes matters worse.

I Want To Quit!

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

Taking your foot off the accelerator and coasting in neutral for a bit can go a long way to knowing whether to proceed and how to do so or whether to redirect your energies to something else altogether.

You Asked, You Got, Then Came Trouble

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

Have you ever had the experience of setting out to make a positive change in your life, only to have it start an avalanche of changes that scares and ...

'My Kids Are Not Happy To See Me Anymore'

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 10.08.2013 | Fifty
Laura Berman Fortgang

One 16 year old and a set of twins coming up fast on their 13th birthday: They want freedom, they earn some money and they don't want to be with me all the time. I'm on the back nine of my kids being kids.

On the Back Nine, Part Three: Careers

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 09.29.2013 | Fifty
Laura Berman Fortgang

I'm not alone. A 55-year-old looking to land a new job is considered 'old' and certainly, expensive. The longer we are living in our modern day and age, the more urgent it is becoming that 'old' be defined by something other than a number.

On the Back Nine, Part Two: The Physical Body

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 09.17.2013 | Fifty
Laura Berman Fortgang

We don't know how to be with this body as it is. It's written off as gross, old, icky because we only live with it in comparison to the way we looked in the past.

On the Back Nine: Part One of a Series

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 09.15.2013 | Fifty
Laura Berman Fortgang

I'm on the back nine of my life. I never thought it would happen to me. Age, that is. I still thought I was 25 until I was 42, and now 50 looms large in its significance. It's highly likely that my time left on earth is shorter than what I have behind me. That changes everything.

Soul Contracts

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

If you believe in God or some other organizing force in the universe, why would it be any further of a stretch to see soul contracts?

‘Half-Truths' That Are Holding You Back

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

Being polite often means not communicating how we really feel. We swallow the truth to keep our jobs, our friends and to maintain the peace in the family. It's likely better that way, but when it comes to figuring out next career and life moves, half-truths will keep you stuck.

Soul Patch

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

When my son got in the car with me after practice, I gingerly brought up the subject of the incident and he retold the story from the point of view of someone who could not believe the kid was stupid enough to do what he did. There was no victim present in front of me.

GPS for the Parent of a Teenager's Soul

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 04.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

As I wrapped by scarf tighter around me and put my hands inside my poncho for warmth, I brought my teenager to mind. He was my question. What would improve our relationship? How do I make our everyday more loving and less adversarial?

7 Tips For Changing Your Life's Direction Today

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 04.07.2013 | Fifty
Laura Berman Fortgang

Bodies age, minds go soft, knowledge becomes obsolete and technology will blur it all. That means that to stay on top of your game in the career world and in life, you have to become more and more adept at letting go of what is no longer serving you.

'You Are What You Say Yes To'

Posted 01.24.2013 | GPS for the Soul

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

How To Live Your Dreams ... Even If You Didn't Win The Lottery

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

As someone who listens to people for a living, I am often waiting to hear small truths in statements that could be written off as pipe dreams. In every big dream that is dependent on the lottery, there are little ones that need expressing right now.

The Slap: Rise Up Better Than Before

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 12.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

Mother Nature has done it again. She slapped us upside the head to knock some sense into us. There is devastation for many. Nothing makes sense for them yet, but for most of us, we've been slapped into awareness.

The Soul's Calling for a Place of Peace

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 12.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

Peace is not a new pursuit. Whether it's personal peace of mind or a more global peace between nations, we are a species with a long history of wishing for it.

When Should You Surrender To An Emotion?

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

"Know when to hold 'em, Know when to fold 'em" are lyrics from a famous Kenny Rogers song, and they apply to life in so many ways. When do you give up? When do you throw up your hands and let things take their course, despite being unhappy with the state of it all?

10 Ways To Discover Your Unique Gift

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 12.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

Everyone has something unique to offer. Give yourself the opportunity to find it. A fulfilling life will emerge from a conscientious approach to living and sharing what is in your talent DNA.

When To Stop Being A Hero

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 11.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

Now, it's perfectly normal to gain recognition and satisfaction from being the only one who can solve a particular problem, but when the joy of the recognition quickly fades into resentment, stress or overwhelm, sorry -- you've become the hero at a great cost.

On Taking Risks

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 10.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

Have you ever followed your GPS when it's gone rogue? It's recalculating and recalculating and you have no choice but to do what it says because you have absolutely no idea where you are. That's what taking risks are about too.

Loss: How Long Do We Mourn It?

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 09.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

Be sad, mourn and feel the loss. And then get back to living. We all need you to. As Robert Frost once wrote, "The best way out, is always through."

Couerage: Rocket Fuel to Reach Your Destination

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 09.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

How do we gain courage? We could "just do it" and "feel the fear and do it anyway," or we can break it down and really understand what is fueling us and let that add motion towards what we want.

How To Deal With Feeling Jealous

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 08.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

The mean, green monster is an opportunity to grow. If it visits your door, face it head on and heed its message. It's the quickest way through it.

Why You Shouldn't Write Off Your Childhood Dreams (Even At 100!)

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 08.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

Nothing we ever dreamed of or did in the past is a waste or meant to be written off as a flight of fancy.