If I was given only one sentence to communicate my deepest wish it would be based on a quote from an unknown author – I want to inspire. I want people to say, because of you I did not give up. I teach and mentor others not to lose hope.
I have a passion to listen to others share the chapters and stories of their life, to see purpose in all life’s ebbs and flows, and to advocate for holistic healing methodologies. Through exceptional empathetic listening, I am able to lead others to find beauty and purpose in their stories, even if the story has chapters someone would prefer to forget or unwrite. I am able to hold up a mirror for others who may be struggling with self-doubt to find their self-trust.
As you will see when you visit the web-page above, I am Mother Nature’s daughter through and through; I am most at one with life when I am in her embrace and it is Nature who plays a large role in the mentorship and teaching that I provide.
And I am an author and life-story writer.
As you continue to explore hopehasacoldnose.com, you will also read about a journey in leadership that I have traveled from January, 2017 through August, 2018. You will learn about a second book in development – Hope has a Cold Nose. And you will learn through review of my curriculum vitae and the page titled “Emerging Future” that I desire to inspire hope, healing and social change, as well as to be an advocate for those who are unable to speak their voices or be heard.
If you have read my first book, To the Moon and Back to Me: What I Learned from Four Running Feet, you will learn that I do not see death as goodbye. I view two kinds of death; death can be literal and the other figurative. Figurative is when a life changing event leads us to a profound sense of loss, and then provides the opportunity for us to transform, much like a caterpillar freeing itself from a cocoon. Literal, of course, is the physical loss of someone we hold dear. Yet, in that profound grief is also the opportunity to find the gifts leading us to transformation.
I envision ways that death can be integrated into life such that death is not feared or kept hidden from discussion. Instead, my vision is for individuals to find that purpose can be found in the sorrow, that we make a life matter through the choices we make to live going forward, and that we live so much more when we don’t live in fear of death and profound loss. Yes, life has such significant moments in which life becomes before and no longer the same. I desire to inspire broken hearts to find their rhythm to beat more evenly again when one of those moments has taken one’s breath away. Through sharing my story of how I have learned those who have left Earth are still by my side, as well as the shedding of my own cocoon, I welcome the opportunity to accompany you on your grieving and transforming journeys.
Now that I have shared a little about me, let me share with you SERVICES I offer.
GROUP TEACHING and COACHING and ONE-ON-ONE MENTORSHIP. Note: This includes personal, family, or organizational team and individual leadership development:
WRITTEN LIFE STORIES. The life stories are not only if you or someone you love is nearing the end of their life on Earth. I also write legacy life stories for individuals who desire to put their memories and words of wisdom to paper. I write life stories for eulogies and celebrations of life as tribute to a beautiful life well-lived. I also write obituaries, as I think the traditional templates don’t begin to capture the essence of a remarkable soul. In obituaries, like life stories, I strive to write about life that has been lived in truly extraordinary ways. No life is ordinary.
LETTERS. I had the very sacred honor of writing letters for a dear friend as she journeyed her last months with a terminal illness. These letters were written for her two young sons so that they would have their mother’s words of wisdom when she was no longer on Earth with them. From that experience, coupled with my love of hand-written notes and cards, I gained a deep appreciation of how precious letters from the heart can be Perhaps there is much you wish to say to those you hold dear – regardless if you are on a journey with an illness such as cancer or dementia, or you simply need someone to be your voice on paper as a keepsake for those you love.
If you would like more details on group teaching or individual mentorship, or are interested in a life story, please contact me using the “Contact” link below or by visiting the tab titled “Contact”.
I look forward to our paths intersecting.
References and Testimonials
As a second generation holocaust survivor, I was dealing with inner deep pain for a long time. This was intensified after the death of my beloved father. As VP of Operations in the company I work for I received the gift of leadership mentoring by Christine. I expected to be mentored on my leadership skills; instead I found my life profoundly transformed in the most amazing ways by Christine’s mentoring. After one meeting she identified in a very gentle way, yet unbelievable way, my deepest pains. Pains I was hiding and not dealing with for long years. Putting the most beautiful mirror in front of me she walked beside me as I began transforming my life in a very short time, and in ways, I never thought possible. She utilized her listening skills and her way of softly guiding me towards healing. No one has ever been able to help me improve my life the way Christine has, and I will be forever grateful and thankful for how she improved my life and my well-being. – A. Kost
Christine is a true mentor and was an effective sounding board during a time of career transition. She provided encouragement and insight, enabling me to focus positive energy on the future and learn from my past. Her passion and skill in helping others is evident as is the care and wisdom in her approach – E. Ballman
The stories helped validate the value and significance of patients’ and families’ existence. We all want to know our lives mattered. Christine’s writing left a sense of satisfaction and completion as she helped people celebrate their own lives. – G. Carlson
Christine writes with intention and intuition. Her words flow in an unusual way but convey exactly what a person is and what needs to be told. I asked Christine to write my mother’s life story even though they had never met. The finished piece was amazing in its accuracy and brought my mother back to life for me if only for a few minutes. I am so very thankful to Christine for this gift of my mother’s story. Christine has a unique gift and I pray she continues to share it with others. – B. J. Ferry
Christine has a gift for being fully present with those facing death, and their loved ones. She openly offers them a forum to share what is important, to talk about favorite memories, to laugh and to cry. By doing so, she discovers the heart of what makes them unique, then with great thoughtfulness and care, pens a tangible, lasting legacy for loved ones to cherish. – M. Soule
To hold a written copy of a thoughtful reflection on a life often seems more meaningful and durable than the spoken word. People are pleased to be able to share their story with others. G. Carlson
The letters [from their mom] will become a “bible” to the boys. – K. Goldin
Christine had an intuitive way of getting to the reality of people’s lives. It was amazing to see how she picked up on the spiritual essence of individuals and families. Her insight was often valuable to me in preparing eulogies. – G. Carlson
I just wanted to extend to you a very special THANK YOU for your hard work at writing mom’s life story so well. I read it as you wrote it as her Eulogy at her funeral and everyone loved it and said it captured her personality, even her soul. – B. McNally
I highly recommend Christine and her skills writing Life Stories. They provide significance and peace through a difficult time. – M. Soule
I lost my best friend of 40 years. Christine reached out and wanted to know if I’d like her to write a piece about our friendship. I gave her information about us and she came up with a wonderful writing. It was beautiful, and I will always be grateful to her. Christine has a special talent and I’ll use her again if the need arises. C. Arenas
Families could pass written life stories on to younger generations, preserving the loved-one’s legacy. – G. Carlson