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When I was working on my masters in Organizational Development and Leadership in Adult Learning, my favorite class was coaching. The exercises we went through made us into very good listeners. One exercise was to lock eyes for 2 minutes straight with out saying a word! It's not easy - what I learned though was very cool. It's all about body language, then words in a tone.


In order to be a good coach, you have to be a good listener. You have to help set goals with your coachee and when they veer off those goals help them understand awareness of reasons they might have gone off course. And then you ask good questions. It is a mindful approach.


During my time in my classes, I used intuition and read between the lines of what my classmates were telling me about a problem they needed to solve. I was told I was a good coach by my teacher and that I had a knack.


One of my other cherished classes was Gestalt Coaching, Creative Business practices and Consulting. I am super excited to start on this path where I help by asking, what would it be like if you could start living in your sweet spot in life?


I will be hosting a Creative retreat at Rally Coffee to address this question. Creativity flows in and out of all of us all the time. It is when we feel the most joy and time just dissolves. I hear people say, I am not creative. I just want to hug them. Yes! your are. Do you like to cook, do you like to collect shells on the beach, do you like to write, paint, the list goes on.


What I look forward to doing is help you on your journey to gain creative confidence - to have more space for what you love, for your head space and heart space. The number one reason why we don't do more of what we love is because of time. These workshops are designed to reserve that time and space to explore. In addition to this time and space, I will offer one-to-one coaching.


I am a multi-passionate creative person, artist and designer. I have a lot of experience in many diverse areas. I designed and built my home in Vermont, I made a pop up art studio in my garage at my house. Now I currently have the studio I have been dreaming of. Now I am here to help you design a life that better suits you and your desires and goals!

I am so excited to announce my creative retreats called Inspiration to Creation! Before the air becomes too cold and wind as fast as the holidays carry us away, lets make space for ourselves before Thanksgiving! I have the honor to co-host a beautiful gathering with Marianna Coppola of Creations by Coppola in her new location at 1724 East Passyunk Ave. Philadelphia, PA! She is a super talented floral designer from beautiful Naples who has lived here for several years and recently opened up her floral design shop in the heart of Passyunk Square.

Our vision for this creative retreat (and future retreats) is to create an environment that is restful, inspiring, full of nature, art, peace and time to rejuvenate. Something magical, intangible and transformative happens when you allow your mind a moment of space to create and the freedom to try something new!

With this in mind, we will be spending time in a place with inspiration, learning something new in art, design and watercolor paintings based on inspiration generated from floral bouquets you get to put together.

We will teach in a natural and modern/contemporary aesthetic. I will offer instruction in watercolor painting: merging art+nature with an organic and gestural hand. Each participant will learn something new and create something of beauty! The experience of giving time and space to create will leave you feeling light hearted, inspired and encouraged to continue in your own space at home if you want.

We hope to see you there on Thursday, November 15th at 7pm. You can collect your ticket under the header, 'workshops'.


Happy Creating,

Lauren

Hi friends!

My son, Ryan has become very aware of the homeless in Philadelphia and has grown concerned. Moving from Vermont, it is very apparent people need help because there are more people on the streets here.


He always wants to know why they became homeless, where they eat, where they sleep and how they get clothes. And lastly, are kids homeless. As a parent is it my responsibility to show him the truth. But what do we do with that truth once we know? It has become our families duty to now show him that we can do something about it. In this digital age, it has now become my goal to help my son send an S.O.S.


In the next few weeks we will be setting up shop, physically and digitally. He wants to do a lemonade stand or hot apple cider in front of our house and raise some money for a local homeless shelter for Thanks Giving.


The problem is people don’t carry cash around anymore. Which spurred my idea of asking people to use Venmo or Pay pal. This then gave me the idea to extend this to my digital friends who want to help. I will be hosting Instagram stories on the days we will do the physical stand. This way you can also participate if you live out of Philadelphia.


I am going to try to figure this out so I can ask my digital friends to contribute;) You in?

If you donate $25.00, you will receive an illustrated mug woodblock print that I made! You will need to provide me your email address and address attn to: lauren@laurenjohnsonstudio.com


All proceeds will go to a local homeless shelter that helps homeless children and their families, this may also include homeless veterans.

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