Create something special . . .

(Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre published May 18, 2013)

The body. Remember that thing? Sometimes we don’t. At times our mind is so full of
thoughts, we leave our body. Well, really, we don’t — we are just too distracted to notice our body’s sensations. Though we are physically there, we have mentally traveled to a place far from the present moment. Away from the here and now. This is fine — even occasionally necessary — for a while. But when our thoughts get stuck whirling, as we try to “figure things out,” we lose the benefits of our internal navigation system. We miss the insights that come from our body.

The beautiful and perfect thing about the body, EVERY body, is its innate ability to
navigate. You see, the spirit holds our life map, and it is designed to show us the way.
It sends guidance through sensations regarding people, situations, decisions… really any matter involving our lives, if we pay close attention.

Each body uses a unique set of sensations to communicate. My clients have expressed feeling lightness, an open chest, excited butterflies in their stomachs when their body is communicating “YES!” And things like a constricted throat, tight shoulders and a queasy stomach when their body is saying “NO!” Your body has its own unique language.

To prove it, think of a time when you were in a blissful, joyful state. What were you doing? Go there now, see it in your mind’s eye. Your body will react. What body sensations do you feel? Really stop and notice. This is the way your body says “YES!” Now imagine the opposite… a situation (a job, perhaps) where you were not happy. Engage with it viscerally. See it in your mind’s eye. Now what sensations are present? They feel different, huh? This is your “NO!”

Be patient with yourself. As with all new things, we start out as beginners. With practice,
we get better at hearing what our body has to say and using its wisdom. We get better at Living TRU.


Create something special . . .

(Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre published May 11, 2013)

The tasks and worries of this world can pull us from a place of peace: our to-do lists are rarely completed, our fear of failure encourages us to take on more and more, and our unknown future keeps us on edge. To cope, we work harder, faster, in hopes of getting “on top of things.” In hopes of succeeding. Without meaning or a clear sense of purpose, life can lose its appeal and leave us feeling empty.

The problem is not life, but how we’re choosing to live it… we are disconnected from our true self. Separated from our life’s TRU adventure. We are running our lives based on the instructions of the left brain, rather than the intended leader in the right brain, our spirit. Left brain dialogue focuses on fear and staying safe. While the right brain longs for adventure, your adventure, to materialize.

To tap into that magical resource, we must learn to connect and stay connected. We must listen to our spirit so it can tell us where to go and what to do. You see, the spirit holds our own personal map; it will guide us if we seek its help. We were never intended to live on autopilot. We were meant to live the life of our dreams. Specifically, doing the things you see in your dreams.

So, how to connect? We start by cleaning house. Removing the clutter of thoughts in the mind so we can hear the still, soft voice within. The process of connecting begins here, and there are many ways to do it. I’ve made a list of more than 50 ways. I want to share them with you: either sign up for my mailing list or download directly…

My personal favorite (and the one I encourage all my clients to do) is journaling. The simple process of writing brings the mind to focus all its attention to the here and now, on only one thing. Then, the mind calms itself. To practice, get a piece of paper and begin free writing, or “brain dumping” as Julia Cameron of The Artist’s Way calls it. Simply listen to the thoughts in your head and write them down. Without judgment. Without censorship. Write exactly what you hear. Through this process, earthly concerns are removed and spiritual wisdom can come in. Keep writing! Start with 5 minutes a day, and make it a part of your routine. Increase your time when inspired.

Or, if you prefer, pick another connection method from the list. Something that appeals to you. Experiment. Find your favorites! The more time you spend with your spirit, the stronger the relationship will become. And the more you will know The Real You. And how to Live TRU.


Create something special . . .

(Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre published May 04, 2013)

“Living TRU”… what does that mean? Let’s start with “TRU.”

I pondered what acronym I could create from those three letters. I knew it was the spelling I wanted to use, I just didn’t know why. I tried to figure out something that would make sense. Something ingenious. Something mind blowing! But nothing came to me.

Not until I opened the door to my doctor’s office and in dropped “The Real You.” It was not audible, but I heard it. What? Yes, it was true: TRU = The Real You. “T”… The, “R”… Real, “U”… You. Wow! Talk about mind blowing!! It was perfect. Exactly what I was looking for. Because when you are The Real You, you are TRU.

The Real You is who you are at your core. Your Essence. Your spirit. It is the part of you that is ageless and could have been placed into any body. It is not the body, but is located in it. Specifically, it lives in the right brain. The right brain provides the space from which the spirit can guide and lead. That’s what the spirit was designed to do: it holds the map to our right life, to our entire life, including the work we are here to do. It can navigate without guesswork.

We gain access to the map (and the specifics of our life) when we listen deeply. When we spend time in a calm, quiet place — a place where we can be open to the truth — we hear the soft voice of the spirit. If our environment is too loud, we cannot hear. Even our own mind can distract us. The worries and concerns, the fears and the doubts of the left brain disconnect us, and we lose access. Our attention is brought to the surface, away from the spirit and into a place far from calm. As these fearful thoughts take over, we lose our clarity. Our sure direction becomes fuzzy. Our confidence dwindles. And we feel lost.

Living TRU is about coming back into alignment: reconnecting with the truth that is in you and your path. Next week, we’ll talk about how to connect to the spirit. Stay tuned.


Create something special . . .

(Mountain Views Newspaper, Sierra Madre published April 27, 2013)

Our life’s work often involves the solutions we have found for ourselves.

I didn’t know I was creative. I just knew what I loved to do. I used my mind in the ways I was comfortable with: ever inventing, imagining, dreaming. But I did not know why, or for what. I did not have that person who was able to speak clearly into my natural behaviors and help me understand what creativity was. I entered college with this lack of awareness. And I let others decide my career for me.

Well, as you might imagine, my Business Degree in Accounting did not provide the kind of stimulation my brain craved. Even with my love of numbers. What I did love was business, the Creative Part (now I know). I would create business names, logos and marketing ideas. I dreamed of starting new businesses and selling them. Businesses I did not know about, so I could live in the land of learning.

If I had only seen the clues. But even though one cannot go back, there are no mistakes. It was the way I was meant to travel. And it led me to this work, which is truly my life’s work.

I help some clients find their uniqueness and their ideal business. There is no need to search alone. I help other clients start dream businesses. There is no need to act alone. I help still others become more profitable. There is no need to suffer alone.

A Right Brain Business Coach is a unique brand of coach. As a matter of fact, I don’t know of any other. I combine a Business degree, a Fine Art degree from Art Center, and a Life Coach Certification from Oprah’s Dr. Martha Beck to uncover creative solutions to individual needs. There is no one–size-fits-all: why would two businesses be the same when no two owners are the same? That’s what separates them from the crowd. It’s their advantage. Personal Uniqueness + Personal Expression = Brand. And it is the thing you need to thrive!

I provide support, guidance and know-how. This work is about finding your True Self and the life you were created to do. If you are ready to find clear direction and step out with confidence, let me encourage you. If you would like some help, feel free to call and set up a complimentary coaching session. If I’m not the right coach, I’ll help you find the right one. My deepest wish is that you would find and do that thing that makes your heart sing.

Last August, I joined independent business owner Tanya Edmonds at The Center for Wellbeing. In Tanya’s words: “My vision for The Center for Wellbeing was to create a community sanctuary for wholeness, health, spiritual growth and celebrate beauty in all its forms. When Lori approached me about doing Life/Business Coaching here at the Center, it was a perfect case of serendipity. I was delighted at the prospect of adding this other dimension to services at the Center, and had it in my radar to find someone just like her. In our incredibly over-extended lives, I believe it is becoming more and more essential to seek out people who can coach and support us through our moments of indecision, transition and redirection. An integral component of what it means to be whole, healthy and fulfilled in the 21st century.”

At The Center, I offer private, one-on-one coaching in a serene environment. Sessions are weekly and by the hour. There is also the option to work by telephone, or even on Skype. We will find a way that works best for you and your busy lifestyle! Schedule a complimentary session.

For those who prefer group work, I offer classes. Currently they include The Right Brain Business Plan, for business owners who want to develop a map. Free to Create is a class I offer through the Art Center at Night program. It combines teachings from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and Life Coaching tools to open creative possibilities and freedom. To be informed of new classes and dates, please join my mailing list.

Our journeys may differ, but our creative spirits unite us. We carry deep longings to do what we love and share it with the world. To make a difference! Join me weekly right here


TRU Freedom

by lorikoop

in TRU

Create something special . . .

I never knew. Until this morning. Seriously. I’ve heard of it, but it never resonated with me. I just couldn’t see that I had a “fear of success.” I had only seen my fear of failure.

This morning I saw it. Yesterday, doors of opportunity opened. And I freaked out and ran! By using food, I attempted to hide. I now see I use it often, as a way to avoid success.

It’s so weird. It was there, and I couldn’t see it.

Thank goodness for unwelcome patterns. They point the way. They show us exactly where we need to look if we want to create more freedom.

I’m on a quest. A quest to live fully and reach my potential.

Coaching has given me the tools to know what to do when a pattern shows up that I don’t like. I make adjustments and relieve the pain. Like a chiropractor.

In this case, I found the thought “I can’t handle this.” Then used Byron Katie’s The Work to dissolve the thought.

I no longer live with the pain. I see I no longer have to.

. . . . . . . .

Coming TRU

Any unhealthy patterns stand out for you?

They mark the spot for growth.

Look closely for the thoughts that are creating the actions. Sometimes it’s buried deep, and you need help finding it. Hire a coach, if necessary.

“Work the thought” using The Work and dislodge the belief. When you do, you’ll automatically change the pattern, too.

No, you don’t need to live with the pain either.
. . . . . . . .

Private Coaching

I just needed help with one thing. One thing that wasn’t working in my life. And that inquiry opened the door to a world of tools I never knew I was missing… but I was. Badly!

You’ve probably never tried coaching before. It’s not like “years of therapy.” It’s more like 8 sessions, and you’re done. You will have the tools you need. Phone, Skype or in person. Try a complimentary session and see… my hunch is you too will discover an amazing world you never knew you never knew.

My special summer rate is $65/session (Reg. $75).

Stanley.seeks higher ground.


TRU Messages

by lorikoop

in TRU

Create something special . . .

She was exhausted. Her body and her spirit said so, but she had homework to do after a long day of school. So she “pushed through” to finish, instead of listening.

I believe this is how it starts for most of us, the disconnection with our body. It was required to make the honor roll. And we learned it well. So well, we hardly see that we still disconnect. Many of us are still pushing. To make the grade. To get the promotion. To “do it all.” But that faithful body, it’s still talking.

I recently watched a naturopathic doctor ask the body, not the person, where it was deficient. And the body told her.

Because it knows. Reconnection. All it takes is the time to listen. And honor. (Before it’s too late.)

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Coming TRU

Your body, what is it asking for today?

It’s on your side. And will speak the truth. In love.

It’s that kind of friend.

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Writing TRU

I am now a weekly writer for the free local newspaper, The Mountain View News. The Right Brain Business Coach to the community with my new column Living TRU. CLICK HERE to read the initial feature. I’m SO excited! A new way to reach the people looking for me.

They.have no trouble.
Their TRU nature.
And ours.


TRU Value

by lorikoop

in TRU

Create something special . . .

I was approached this week about being an “expert coach” at a conference. As we talked, I openly discussed the process of reinvention that I’m in. He said he was looking for someone who could confidently speak in public. I said I was working on it.

Following the call, I felt regret. I was afraid I had not framed my answers in the best light. The “right light” “to get the job.” The only thing I had considered was honestly answering his questions.

It’s been a few days, and I haven’t heard back. So I’m making up stories. Stories that hurt. “Stories,” by the way, are the things we make up in an attempt to understand things.

My morning journal time helps me sort things out. What should I have done? Here it always becomes clear.

What are my values? In other words, what do I value? Authenticity. Honesty. Yes, definitely! In myself and in others.

I have a client who recently quit her corporate job. She reminded me how she sacrificed her true self to make it work. She left exhausted. She’s not going to do that again. Nor will I! No hiding. No apologizing. No regrets for being me.

As I am me, the right people will be attracted.
As I am me, the right opportunities will come.
As I am me, the right path will unfold.

I was created to be me.

– – – – – – – – – – –

Coming TRU

And you were created to be you.

Stay true. To what’s most important. To your values.
Also for the people you were born to touch.

Authenticity draws them.

Your purpose is a lot bigger than you think.

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Right Brain Business Plan travels

Would you like to host a Right Brain Business Plan class? I am creating a 3-day version that runs Fri thru Sun. If you’d like to offer it with your other classes, or if you’re part of a group that could benefit, let’s discuss. The only stipulation is that it be taught in person. I’m happy to travel. Booking for 2013. Email:

It’s.the diversity that
makes them interesting.


Upcoming Classes

by lorikoop

in Upcoming

I am scheduled to teach Free to Create again this summer at Art Center at Night.

“If you have a longing to create, it was placed there. On purpose. Aren


TRU Hope

by lorikoop

in TRU

Create something special . . .

I noticed I was grabbing a snack in front of the tv at night.

Then I noticed I was fantasizing about the future a lot.

Then I realized I never stopped, all day every day.

Hmmm. I was running. Avoiding the present moment. The present moment is where feelings are. And I obviously didn’t want to be there.

It’s natural to avoid pain. If it doesn’t feel good, we run. We don’t want to hurt.

But I didn’t like my behavior (or behaviors) and wanted to change. To do that, I’d have to go to the present moment and look at what was really going on. What was I thinking and believing? Because these thoughts were causing me to feel, then act a certain way.

I looked in my head and found the thought “I didn’t do enough today.” I even heard myself saying it out loud. It was a solid belief, and I beat myself up with it regularly. It took my enthusiasm and hope, and left me feeling inadequate, incapable, and defeated.

I knew deep down it wasn’t true. That I was a hard worker. But that acknowledgment was far from my mind. Because it was filled with the other thought.

I decided to sit down at 5 pm every evening and write what I had accomplished. To find the evidence that clearly supported the better feeling, productive thought “I did my part today.”

That thought makes me feel peace. And with enough evidence, the old thought will vanish. Along with the behaviors I don’t want.

. . . . . . . .

Coming TRU

Become “the watcher” of your own life.
Be curious about yourself and your actions.
Not judgmental. But interested.
Your actions point to your beliefs.

If you see a behavior you’d like to change, look closely and ask WHY? Behaviors are indicators of what you’re thinking. And believing. Question those thoughts. By yourself or with a coach. Find better feeling thoughts and collect evidence.

This is how you create your best life.

Sometimes.the lense needs to be
adjusted. Depends on the results
you want.


TRU Trust

by lorikoop

in TRU

Create something special . . .

Lately, I have been putting myself out there.
Letting the Wind carry me. Then
doing the things that present themselves.
Things that don’t feel comfortable.
But feel TRU.

My feet are barely touching the ground.
Do I really want to fly? Can I trust the Wind?

Last night the HUGEST moth showed up in my bedroom. Right before bed. I couldn’t catch it. It was too dark. I might have hurt her. She flapped frantically all night trying to save herself. If only she knew I’d let her out in the morning, she could have calmed down and rested. As she was safe. And cared for. It was only a matter of time.

The easiest thing would be to pick my feet up.
The hardest thing is to pick my feet up.

– – – – – – – – – –

Coming TRU

Trust more.

Share the effort.

Do the discomfort.

And find your TRU life.

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I went to City National’s first ever small business conference called Insight One20, downtown LA. Seth Godin was the keynote speaker. It was time to meet.

I delivered a hug. And planted a seed. It felt so TRU.

And random. Just as this journey had begun.

Just because.

I felt it.

It.was a timing thing.