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For all of us, the question is the Quest-I-On.
In other words, the questions you ask or fail to ask shape the journey of your life.


  • Are you a dreamer with a great vision you want help in landing?
  • Are you a doer wanting to step back, take a look at your life, and plan your next move?
  • Do you want to identify your top strengths and talents?
  • Do you want to re-focus your life energy into pursuits you find deeply meaningful?
  • Do you want to gain more confidence in yourself and fully utilize and master your creative abilities?
  • Do you want a supportive structure to help you identify your important dreams and goals and make them happen?

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If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be being called to a quest. I offer coaching to help you answer that call. To inspire, re-energize, and focus you to live your dreams, discover what you want, and actualize the fullness of your creative potential.

I have 30 years of experience as a career and life coach. I love helping individuals live the life they were born to live, and am passionate about this calling. I am a licensed Career Empowerment and Creative Empowerment facilitator, utilizing career and life coaching programs developed by bestselling author Laurence Boldt recognized innovator and leader in the career field, and author of the groundbreaking Zen and the Art of Making a Living and How to Find the Work You Love (read below to find out more). I work in Santa Barbara and the tri-county area, as well as Los Angeles and Internationally. I coach via phone (or Skype) which provides flexibility and ease in scheduling and allows you to examine your life direction in the comfort of your own home or office. I also offer coaching face-to-face for those who live in Santa Barbara. Sessions are 60 minutes in duration.

susan shapiro, life coach testimonial - Susan Shapiro's guidance and clear reflection was just what I was looking for! Over the years, I've learned that regardless of what you aspire to be, do, or have, the process of creating results is universal, and something anyone can learn to master. By working with and mastering the principles offered in Laurence Boldt's career and life coaching programs you will gain confidence in your ability to create the changes you want to make. You'll feel more empowered, alive, and happy. Not only this, but you will have fun in the process!

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Who Seeks Coaching

People who seek the services of a career or life coach include those new to the job market or between careers, creatives of every stripe, entrepreneurs and freelancers, those seeking to discover a sense of meaning in their lives, to get unstuck and moving forward, to develop more confidence in themselves, and those who:

  • Want to define and achieve meaningful goals, and master the distractions that keep them from doing so.
  • Want to seek and realize the important visions for their lives.
  • Want to chart their course through a major life transition.
  • Want to take creative control of their work lives.
  • Want to re-focus their life energy into pursuits they find more deeply meaningful.
  • Want to live passionately, on purpose, doing work they love.
  • Want a supportive structure to help them keep their attention focused on their dreams and goals.
  • Want to break through barriers of inertia and fear.
  • Want to build more confidence in themselves, their dreams, and their creative potential.
  • Want to take decisive action on their goals and have the help of a coach to hold them accountable.
  • Want to gain inspiration and develop the ongoing commitment to live their dreams.
  • Want to learn to skillfully balance the many demands of life.
  • Want a guide and ally in the creative process.
  • Want to make optimal use of their time and energy.
  • Want to discover, explore and nurture their creativity.
  • Want to overcome indecision and limiting beliefs.
  • Want to let go of limiting beliefs and unleash the hidden power of their subconscious mind to create the results they seek.
  • Want to stop procrastinating and take action on long held dreams and inspirations.
  • Want to sharpen their intuition and sieze life's opportunities to the fullest.
  • Want assistance moving through a difficult transition.


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Career and Life Coaching Programs

The following career and life coaching programs were developed by Laurence Boldt. In working with these programs you will be reading the following books by Laurence Boldt.


Zen and the Art of Making a Living: 2010 Edition
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—Richard N. Bolles, author of
What Color is Your Parachute?

In this bestselling book, Laurence Boldt assists you in discovering and actualizing your life’s work. In addition to traditional material like conducting a job search and writing a resume, you'll find information not generally found in career guides, including how to start a business, establish a nonprofit corporation—and how to love what you're doing until you're doing what you love.

How To Find The Work You Love
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Available in audio book for immediate download.
How to Find the Work You Love audio version

How to Find the Work You Love
Boldt’s timely book, How to Find the Work You Love, teaches you how to proactively take control of your career by setting your feet in the direction you’ve always wanted to go. Life then becomes a mission, not a burden; a contribution, not a cage of unmet dreams.

—Stephen Covey, author of
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

In today’s work environment, doing the work you love is the critical factor in personal fulfillment and economic success. In this book, Laurence Boldt helps you find the courage to begin the quest for your life’s work, leading you toward a breakthrough understanding of what you could and should do with your life.

How to Be, Do, or Have Anything

—Jack Canfield, coauthor of
Chicken Soup for the Soul

Ever wonder why some people achieve their dreams, while most feel trapped—forced to live a life they haven’t chosen? Is it a matter of fate, luck, or genes—or can anyone learn to unleash their creative power to build the life they want to live? Laurence Boldt asserts that the creative process is the ultimate formula for success, the key to transforming your fondest dreams into living realities. In How to Be, Do, or Have Anything, he reveals the secrets of the creative process in a simple step-by-step formula that anyone can understand and apply. Once you have mastered this formula and begin consistently applying it in your own life, you will realize that it can be employed to create virtually any result you can imagine.

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Life Coaching

"Among human beings, creativity is a natural, and not an exceptional, trait.
Birds fly, fish swim, humans create."


Do you want a healthier lifestyle, new career, improved relationships? Whatever life area you wish to transform, The Creative Empowerment Process will give you the tools to do it. You will learn to use your creative ability to attract the circumstances you want in your life quickly and with ease, and create for yourself a life of meaning and joy—motivated by a strong sense of purpose, and energized with the thrill of creative expression.

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Career Coaching

"Even as a plant grows toward the light, you will grow
toward the work you love, once you have identified it
and committed yourself to it."


Want to find the work you love? The Career Empowerment Program is specifically designed to guide you through the key steps necessary to finding your true calling and shaping it into a viable career. Whether you decide to hire me as your coach, working with a career coach will help you determine what career to pursue—one of the most important things you will ever do in your entire life. This decision deserves your own dedication and the support of a career coach to ensure your successful progress. Read more >>

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Group Coaching

"No two minds ever come together without a third invisible force, which may be likened to a 'third mind.' When a group of individual minds are coordinated and function in harmony, the increased energy created through that alliance becomes available to every individual in the group."

Take your next steps to personal and professional success and happiness with the support, energy, and interaction of like-minded individuals. Coaching Groups meet weekly or bi-weekly. Up to 12 participants per group, fills quickly! Special rates for Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, and Tri County residents. Contact Susan for more information or to register.

Group Coaching Topics:

Discovering Your Calling, Knowing Your Strengths and Talents, Embracing Change and Transition with Ease and Joy, Life Mastery Skills for Success and Happiness, Unleashing Your Creative Genius, and much much more.

Email for details and special first-time client offers.

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Life Coaching Quick Self Test

Answer the questions below, giving yourself a score of 1-to-10 in response to each, with 10 being perfectly satisfied with your life in this area and 1 being not satisfied at all.

Make sure to print out a copy of your life coaching quick self test responses. This can help as a reminder of the life areas you want to improve. Refer to the scoring key at the bottom of this life coaching self test to find out how you did and how working with Susan as your career or life coach can help you achieve the results you desire.


Life Coaching Quick Self Test

Life Coaching Integrated Life Matrix: Coaching Tool for Creating Life Balance


My Total Score:

Scoring Key:

Total points possible, 200.

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About Susan Shapiro, Life Coach

Susan Shapiro is a long-time associate of Laurence Boldt, bestselling author of Zen and the Art of Making a Living and How to Find the Work You Love, having worked on his various books, workshops, and other projects for many years. She attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, Coach University, and has been a student of meditation, personal growth, and holistic healing modalities for more than twenty years.

A successful entrepreneur, networking dynamo, and creative visionary all rolled into one, Susan is a powerful ally to doers and dreamers alike. As a life coach, she has the ability to inspire and motivate individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. She has worked with CEOs as well as celebrities in film and the arts and has mentored many other successful coaches and community leaders. She is licensed as a Creative Empowerment Process facilitator, having given seminars in a variety of venues as well as having served as an instructor for the program to inmates in the Federal Prison System. Additionally she is certified in the Zen and the Art of Career Empowerment method of career discovery and development, having for over two decades utilized the Career Empowerment Process, to assists individuals in discovering a purpose-filled, creative life's work, and helping them launch it into a viable career.

Susan believes that regardless of their backgrounds, people contain within themselves the answers they seek. In her sessions, she assists people in learning to draw upon this innate wisdom and gain the confidence they need to move forward in their lives. The enhanced self-confidence and heightened awareness that her clients achieve continue to empower them long after they successfully complete their work with her. In addition to her work as a life coach, Susan enjoys expressing herself creatively through music and the visual arts. She is the owner of Visionary Life Coaching.


Client Testimonials

"The word 'gratitude' feels too small to describe the way I feel. Susan Shapiro’s guidance and clear reflection was just what I was looking for to help me move forward on my path. Her coaching work was potent, efficient, and perfectly timed. She has a graceful way of making the process simple, quick, and fun. I really appreciated how deeply she listened to me and her appropriate use of questions. Thank you, Susan for helping me to connect the dots in a meaningful way!"

-Luce C., Paso Robles, CA

hank you again so much for all your help. It was wonderful working with you! The recommendations you gave me made quite a difference in my life. You helped me make some big transitions in a way no one else could have done. You are a wonderfully resourceful and patient guide. I wish you the best of everything!"

-J. O'Connor, San Francisco, CA

"It has been a pleasure to work with Susan. Her incredible knowledge and expertise in the area of Life Coaching was extremely valuable and helped me move forward. The tools she provided were easy to use and gave results that, if applied almost immediately worked. Further, with continual work the tools are life changing in many areas. I really appreciated Susan's style, I was in charge of the sessions and what direction they might take based on my personal goals. Susan has a great sense of integrity and is a compassionate caring individual. I will continue to use Susan when I am in need of direction and will recommend her services to family and friends."

-H. Walter, Santa Barbara, CA

"Susan gave me the space to explore potential goals for my life without passing judgment on my previous education, life experiences, or my sense of purpose. This made it safe for me to reach into my soul, pour out my desires, and share my dreams honestly knowing I would be nurtured in the process."

-Judy Cearnal, Santa Barbara, CA

"Working with Susan put me back in touch with the power of thinking big! Her love and support gave me the courage to remember the difference I wanted to make in the world when I was young enough to believe that anything was possible. Coaching with Susan is certain to energize your life and reawaken your dreams!"

-E. Marks, Educator, Ashland, OR

"Susan has helped me find my true self and provided me with the tools to continue to better myself everyday."

-Ashley Rivard, Los Angeles, CA

"Susan brings a great deal of spiritual, psychological and philosophical depth to her work, coupled with tangible consulting and coaching skills. Combined these provide a holistic approach to the coaching experience.

Coaching fundamentally requires the coach-ee to want some 'thing' different. It falls to the coach to explore what different encompasses, then help the coach-ee move toward those goals. Susan pushed and probed into areas that needed to be addressed. She held no judgments regarding 'good' vs. 'bad' or 'right' vs. 'wrong.' Our sessions focused on how I could get to an emotionally safe place, then push off again to recognize new possibilities and potentials."

-A. H., Coach, Consultant

"Susan is a fantastic coach. She is extremely supportive and has an incredible wealth of knowledge. She is enthusiastic and a lot of fun to work with (she even makes goal setting fun--which was a real plus for me.) I not only have great goals that I believe in and feel empowered to achieve since completing the program, but I also know myself better than ever before."

- M. Mori, Santa Barbara, CA

"Susan Shapiro walked into our lives one year ago in a month when we knew we had to 'put the pedal to the metal,' but didn’t know how to do so. We had recently moved to San Luis Obispo, and opened our therapy practice called Spirit Winds Therapy. The month we met Susan was a month that we truly needed clients to 'walk through the door.' Susan was a wonderful coach. First, she got us out of 'fear mode,' and then she gave us wonderful tools that enriched our lives as well as our business. There are many ways to do affirmations, but Susan taught us a particular method that had the phone ringing in a matter of days. After a month of performing the daily affirmations, we had 13 new patients call and book appointments in ONE week’s time. We were truly amazed. We would like to thank Susan from the bottom of our hearts. She is a terrific person who has a gift in empowering others to do their best."

- Michele Jang, Spirit Winds Therapy


"Susan is highly educated in the art of coaching, having worked with and been trained by one of the top inspirational mentors in the new emerging work-for-love movement. She assisted me in actualizing my life's work, and in learning to consciously create instead of by default. The clarity of vision I received in working with her inspired action and results beyond what I could have expected working with a coach."

-Lloyd Hegland, Speaker, Consultant, Tarot Master


"I am a 70-year-old clinical psychologist and have worked with many coaches and counselors. Susan Shapiro brings a quality to this work that makes her a rarity in her field. She has an ability to discern the obstacles preventing individuals from achieving their potential and guide a person through them. I recommend working with her to anyone wishing to make deep and lasting improvements in their life."

- Duffie Bart, MA

"In the four years we have worked together, Susan Shapiro has been one of the most important guides and mentors in my life. Susan is one of those rare people who not only see clearly to the heart of any issue, but also know how to derive the most important lessons from that situation, and to chart a course for personal growth and success through any difficulty. She is a person of the highest personal integrity. Her direct and honest assessment of each situation is presented in a context of the greatest compassion and support. She is able to sympathize with one's struggles, while always encouraging and guiding one to the next stage of personal growth. She is able to contextualize the challenges of life in such a way that one is energized and inspired to move through them to the next level, be it in terms of work, relationships, or spiritual development. Her own journey in life, her courage and success in facing her own life challenges, and her continual commitment to truth and enlightenment have been, and continue to be, a great source of inspiration to me and to all who know her."

- Vicky Hart, Performing Artist and Vocal Instructor


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