Everywhere I look right now I see messages about gift giving. Every day my in-box is overloaded with all the best things to buy. It is so difficult not to succumb to the allure of all these ads and bargains. Thankfully, rather than whipping out my charge card... it got me thinking about the priceless gifts we give to others and ourselves throughout the year. Long after these gifts have been unwrapped, they keep giving all year long. They don't break, wear out, or [...]
This December, Susan Levine at Women Reshaping Lives hosted Job Shadow Day, an opportunity for juniors and seniors at The Masters School to learn about and explore their job interests with Simsbury Chamber of Commerce businesses.Two students from The Masters School joined Women Reshaping Lives for a day as part of a joint project of the Education Committee of the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce. Susan is pictured here with seniors Michelle and Rachel talking about her counseling practice, Women Reshaping Lives. They took the opportunity [...]
Join me for a roundtable discussion "A Conversation on Handling the Emotions of Job Loss" on December 9th. The event is sponsored by: JETS (Jewish Employment Transition Services), Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford. I'll be joining distinguished panelists, Julie A. Connolly, Life Coach, and Janice Rothstein, Director of JFS Clinician Services, for an interactive discussion on topics including: How To Grow Resilience, Techniques and Strategies to Reduce Overwhelm and Putting Self-Care and Affirmations into Practice. If you or someone you know is in career transition, I highly recommend going. [...]
We have come to the season of Thanksgiving and Celebration. The messages of good cheer and gratitude are everywhere. For those who are going through major life transitions and feeling sad, lost and overwhelmed, connecting to gratitude may seem out of reach. Just recently I was introduced to a reading by Joyce Rupp from her book, "The Circle of Life", by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wierderhehr. "A Closer Look at Thanksgiving" invites all of us to look beneath the surface to find gifts of gratitude [...]
As I look out my window this morning, I am struck by the sight of a blanket of leaves covering the ground. The foliage still on the trees is a brilliant array of oranges, yellows and reds. I feel the chill in the air and know that it is time to pack away my summer clothes and prepare for winter. I have been very aware lately that my body and spirit are in a state of resistance. I do not want to let go of [...]
I'm very happy to announce I'll be running my Passages and Pathways Workshop at Tunxis Community College on October 23. Hurry to register while spaces are available! Each stage of our life presents us with challenges and choices. We can’t always anticipate our life passages or have a clear sense of direction of what paths to take. This interactive workshop will provide ideas and tools to navigate the journey. Topics will include: Overview of Life Stages and Transitions – a look at life stages and [...]
Throughout my working life I have struggled to find that elusive work-life balance. You may have waged battle with it too...trying to find time for work, play, family, and self-care in a well planned, healthy combination of meeting your needs and those of everyone around you, both at work and at home. Does just reading this have you feeling stressed, overwhelmed and anxious? How is it possible to fit it all in? The pressure we feel around and inside ourselves to do it all, [...]
Simsbury Chamber of Commerce selected Susan Levine as a featured member. Susan and her counseling practice Women Reshaping Lives, were highlighted on the Chamber website as a recommended service to women in the greater Hartford area seeking advice on major life transitions related to career, retirement, aging, bereavement, separation, divorce and recovery issues. You can read Susan's profile on the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce website.
He took my hand. I could feel his eager and anxious anticipation. We started out together on that walk to school. It was the first day of KINDERGARTEN! Where had the time gone? No longer my baby or toddler, my little boy was growing up. I was anxious, just like my son. How would this first day be for him? I yearned for it to be just right. How I wanted to protect him from any and all of those school time hurts. Emotions of [...]
In this interview on The Simsbury Woman with Barbara O'Connor ("The Simsbury Woman: Counseling—Susan Levine interview"), I discuss why life transitions affect women differently at various stages of our lives. We talk about how gender roles, stereotypes and our own expectations affect our approach to transitions. I offer some ideas of how to best navigate these transitions and make life change a journey of promise and growth. What transitions have affected you the most? Join the discussion by adding your thoughts to the discussion below.