Kathleen Blair has experienced many losses in her life. She endured the loss of five loved ones in eight years as well as job losses. Through her hardships and grief, Kathleen became a certified Grief and Loss Coach in 2012. She coaches others on how to navigate through the waves of grief. Kathleen creates a safe harbor for people to feel comfortable sharing. Her workshops, courses and private sessions help people go from hopeless to hopeful.
I’m thankful she was willing to come onto the podcast to share her heart with us. Loss is not the easiest thing to talk about. If you’re going through it, it’s hard to share. If you haven’t gone through it, it’s hard to know what to say. Not only is she sharing how she made it through the other side of the grief and allowed God to use her story to impact others, but she also shares some wisdom on how to go through the grief stages and come out stronger.
What’s even more special is that today is her late husband Bob’s birthday! We didn’t plan that. When I told Kathleen the release date, she told me that, and I was like, praise God, His hand is in everything!
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Links Mentioned in Episode
- Book The Lemonade Stand 2
- Journey Through Grief Course
- Kathleen’s Website: Hoperenewedtoday.com
- Connect with Kathleen on LinkedIn @hoperenewed
- Connect with Kathleen on Facebook @yourhoperenewed
Kathleen Blair’s diverse background has led her to use all her gifts and talents and direct them into helping others. Starting her career as an intern at Xerox Corporation, she succeeded in sales in spite of being the only woman on her sales team, because she wasn’t scared of the word “no.” You see, Kathleen’s strict father was from Italy and “no” was a word she was accustomed to. She would just rephrase what she wanted and present it again. It worked with her dad, and it worked on her customer’s as well. In fact, she was promoted three times in her five years with Xerox and then was recruited by Honeywell to sell computers to the automotive industry, something unheard of at the time. She laughs about the time she entered a conference room to give a presentation to the executives at Ford Motor Company and they gave her their coffee order.
From copiers, to computers, to recruiting, to home design, Kathleen excelled and then her world took a nose dive when she lost her husband, her company and more. With the many setbacks, Kathleen learned to use all her talents and strong faith to create a new life for herself. Through her journey through grief, more than once, others were inspired and would ask her for help. In 2012, Kathleen became certified as a Grief and Loss Coach, writing courses and holding workshops and retreats, she has been able to help others redirect their focus from hopeless to hopeful.
Kathleen resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with her two furry pups, Pumpkin Latte and Java Beane. She is active in community outreaches, speaking at corporate events, career fairs, private coaching and online group coaching.
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