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Category Archives: Life Makeovers

Life Makeovers by Cheryl Richardson, with the help of Oprah Winfrey, started a world-wide phenomenon. With the help of my friend, Ruth, we worked with ESRA-Israel to establish a Life Makeovers group in Tel Aviv. It was a great success.

The year long program featured about 40 members who attended regularly, following the chapters in the book and working in small groups with each other to keep on track and improve the quality of their lives and thinking.

Success in such a program is relative. You get out of it what you put into it. For some, it was entertaining and helped them meet new people and learn a little about themselves. For others, it was tremendous in changing their attitudes about themselves, seeing past self-imposed limits and getting past the obstacles that slowed or stopped them in their lives.

The program ended but still requests come in to continue such programs. If you are interested in a Life Makeover program, workshop or group, or into Life Coaching or any form of self improvement research, studies, or work, hopefully the essays within this section will help you.

If you are interested in having Lorelle help you start a similiar group or speak at one of your group functions, please contact her via email or the Contact page.

Life Makeovers Group – How to Start Your Own Group

Life Makeover Program in Tel Aviv Completed In the end of 2002, we finished this year-long program and it was a resounding success for those who participated fully, and a lesser success for those who participated at a lesser level. The adage that you get out of it what you put into it lived up […]

Social Relationships and Connections: Support

This essay is based on Cheryl Richardson’s book, Life Makeovers, and various other resources, specifically The Center for Rural Studies at the University of Michigan. I encourage you to check out their Communications web pages for more helpful information on improving the quality of your life. We all need support. We all need to be […]

Social Connections Worksheet

The following is the form used to accompany the essay on Support and Sharing. Social Relationship Chart – PART I First, plan to spend at least 15 minutes on this part of the exercise, so set aside time. Then, take a blank piece of paper and draw a small circle in the middle of it […]

The Power of Choice

Summary of Life Makeover meeting May 9, 2002 Every step of the way, you are making choices. The smallest decision you make in your day may effect the outcome of the day and your life. Most of us have had one of those "near-miss" moments in our life where we just avoid stepping off the […]

Center of the World?

Driving in Tel Aviv is an experience. Need I say more. Okay, I do. Heading down Alozorov, I witnessed a truly shocking event. One car ahead of me was a Mercedes Benz. In the lane next to it was a good-sized motor scooter driven by an even bigger sized man. This is an everyday event […]

The Symptoms of Touch – Hiddai Levi

Program by Hiddai Levi Essay/Notes by Lorelle VanFossen To right the unrightable wrong, to love pure and chaste from afar, to try when your arms are too weary, to reach the unreachable star. Song, The Impossible Dream from Man of La Mancha Exploring the psychology and "symptoms" of touch with Hiddai Levi was a revelation […]

Touching Clues

Tell a man that there are 400 billion stars and he’ll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint and he has to touch it. I come from anti-touching stock. Sure, as babies we were hugged and cuddled, coddled and cooed, but then something happened. Maybe it was the changes that occur naturally in […]

Active and Reflective Listening

This meeting was very exciting and here is a summary of the program for those who missed out. Active Listening – Are You Being Heard? Active listening is traditionally considered a way of listening and responding to another person that improves mutual understanding. Many have come to think of it as structured conversation, where one […]

Pursuing Your Passion – Getting Out of Your Own Way

Due to the overwhelming response by those who attended the last meeting, here is a summary of the topic presented: "Finding Your Passion, Part II". In many of the lessons found in Cheryl Richardson’s book, Life Makeovers, she reiterates the point that once you have set a goal, made a decision, and taken a step […]

Life Makeovers – Pursuing Your Passion

At the last meeting, we discussed ways of finding your passion. Remember, passion comes in many forms. It provides us with keys to our heart. The power of passion will provide you with the fuel to enjoy a new hobby, create a new career, and do something that serves others in a very powerful way. […]

Learning and Living Against the Odds

FEAR OF SUCCESS: Trying is the first step towards failure. Homer Simpson Homer Simpson of the television show, The Simpsons, has it a little backwards, but for many of us, this rings true. Our fear of success, whatever that looks like, often keeps us from moving forward because we just KNOW we will fail, so […]

Journal Writing

There is something about a blank page that seems to lock up the imagination and still the pen in hand. Writing in a journal is a challenge. Everyone has their own reason NOT to write. What is yours? Is it the challenge of expressing your inner feelings? Is it the fear of someone else reading […]

What’s Draining You?

In Week 6 of the book, Life Makeovers, Cheryl Richardson discusses the concept of energy drains and invites you to take action to stop up the drains in your life. When I look around my desk and computer right now, I can see piles of energy drains everywhere: stuff I’ve put off, papers I need […]

Learning From Others – Working With Your Small Group

I’ve heard from some of you that you are unhappy with your small group. Some concerns are interesting. I thought I would share a few and offer some suggestions to help you and your group. One woman called worried about a woman in her group monopolizing the meeting. "Have you told her how you feel?" […]

Learning Some Rules of Life (Be On Time)

At a self-improvement seminar I attended years ago, their rules for attendance were simple. 1. Arrive on time. 2. Do not leave the room during the program unless given permission. 3. Participate fully. Pretty easy, until I began to test them out. At first, I found myself participating fully, snapping my brain back whenever it […]