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Vice President World Service UK


I loved Astrid's great balance of positivity and structure. Astrid helped me gain confidence and perspective. As a result of her coaching, I gained valuable self-awareness that allowed me to make effective changes easily. I got a promotion recently and I credit Astrid with helping me get an exciting new position. I really appreciated her professional knowledge, but her humanity and empathy make her a great coach.

I had a stressful job and wasn't sure how to make changes at work and in my life to find more career satisfaction and a balanced lifestyle. I was looking for a coach who understood the work environment I was experiencing. Astrid's real world experience made her assistance more relevant to me. I had already done thinking about my career, but Astrid helped me turn thoughts into actions and clarify what I wanted. She is empathetic and positive, but also helps provide structure.

— Jill G., London, England, Vice President World Service UK, American Express


Director of Learning and Engagement, OPERA America

[Opera America hired Astrid to lead two workshops for our 2013 Leadership Intensive.]  Astrid’s background in nonprofit management and ongoing work with performing arts organizations meant that she was able to tailor the leadership workshops to the specific needs of opera leaders.

Assistant Director at Pace University Encore Transitions Program (3)

As a former student and now as an administrator of the Pace University Encore Transitions Program, I Astrid's questions and the sharing of her life experiences resonated with the students, how much joy they got out of watching her build stories for the students out of their answers to her questions and their listing of their life experiences -- stories they could use for their next acts. I saw them come alive, cast off their fears of transition and become genuinely excited and optimistic about the prospects for their second acts for the greater good. I look forward to one day soon working again with Astrid, this time on a one-to-one basis, as my own transition continues to evolve.

—Constance Harris, Assistant Director, Pace University Encore Transitions Program

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Astrid's Blog

Cultivating Long-Term Happiness through Meditation : A Skeptics’ Guide to Meditation for Music Entrepreneurs
In my last post on 3 More Happiness Strategies Arising From Flow, I spoke about meditation.  This week, I am happy to share an infographic on the benefits of meditation called The Skeptics' Guide to Meditation, created by the website and Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier. I have flirted with meditation for years, intrigued by all of the research that documents the benefits to one’s physical, emotional and mental health which include the ability to be in the moment, fe...
Tapping Into Flow: 3 More Happiness Strategies for Music Entrepreneurs
I love Flow—the intense experience of joy where you are thoroughly absorbed in an activity that fully engages you in the moment and finds the sweet spot where your skill level meets your challenge at hand to achieve a result that feels meaningful, new or fulfilling. The concept originated with positive psychologist Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi in his book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1990) and is fundamental to success because it represents your level of optimal performance.It's fasci...
Building Social Support: 3 More Happiness Strategies for Musicians
I am fascinated by the research showing that happiness breeds success and have been sharing information with the students at the Yale School of Music on how to create life-long happiness. In my last post, we examined how to create the happiness habit by cultivating optimism.  This week, I would like to share 3 happiness strategies that strengthen your ties to other people.This brings me to the coaching groups that I run at the Yale School of Music.One of my overarching objectives in forming...
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