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There seem to be an infinite number of resources available to people looking to make career changes these days, and I think I looked into most of them before I met Astrid. Numerous books advised me to do what I loved.  That sounded good, except that I didn’t know what I loved. A career test provided some insight and long lists of possibly compatible jobs, but ultimately directed me to do what I loved - back to square one.  Another career coach, dispensing with frivolities like love, laid out a practical approach to a career path that objectively made some sense, but I knew in my heart that I would hate it.  I felt deficient for not knowing what I loved, unreasonable for rejecting a sensible path that didn’t appeal, and in general, completely hopeless about my situation.

Clarinetist and DMA, Manhattan School of Music

For the last year, I have had the honor to work one to one with Astrid Baumgardner.  Her coachings have brought clarity to my life, uncovering values and goals, and the importance of aligning efforts with these priorities.  Through this process, I am rediscovering my intuition, reconnecting with what really makes me tick, rather than what should make me tick.  I am challenging my inner critic, and learning to trust myself.  Astrid is one of the most insightful people I have had the pleasure to meet, and brings a cultured, intelligent, and compassionate thought process to every challenge I present.  I could not have hoped for a more meaningful experience. 

Pianist and DMA, Juilliard School

Astrid has a great gift of seeing the beauty in each person and allowing their strengths to come through.

— JC, New York, NY

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Finding Your Life Purpose: 3 Steps to Help Your Career Transition
Throughout our lives, our identities change so when it comes to careers, it should come as no surprise that we have multiple career possibilities and not just one given path. The situation becomes even more interesting when you are committed to finding a career that align with your life purpose so that your work reflects something meaningful to you.This very question is at the heart of what I do at the Pace Encore Transitions Program, where several times a year, I work with a group successful bu...
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How to Stay in Balance over the Summer: 5 Steps for Music Entrepreneurs
Summer is officially here! For many of us, it means a change in routine and the opportunity to do things that we do not have time to do during the rest of the year. School is out, summer festivals are about to begin, you may be on tour and/or you may have more down time around home.How do you make the most of your summer so that it is both productive and restorative?It starts with setting inspiring goals and then learning how to prioritize so that you can focus on the most important things in yo...
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The Power of Vulnerability: How Music Entrepreneurs Experience Deeper Connections and Authentic Success
Now into their second year, my coaching groups at the Yale School of Music have provided a powerful measure of support to our budding artists as they forge the joys and the uncertainties of the artistic path. This year, our coaching groups were much more free form than last year.  Students shared their challenges and successes and we improvised our topics based what came up.  Time again, our musicians talked about their self-doubts, the fears, the struggle to manage time, and the...
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