Like Having Coffee with a Friend

Imagine you have scheduled a 30 minute complimentary coaching session with me. In that initial meeting, I have two intended outcomes in mind. First, develop an understanding of what you hope to gain from coaching. Second, nurture the relationship in a way that makes coaching feel like having coffee with a friend.

But not like having coffee with phone in hand, with no conversation, or faces buried in laptops. Rather, we engage in meaningful conversation. You enjoy coaching sessions as you become comfortable with my coaching style. I work diligently to ask just the right questions to help you discover the person you aspire to be by examining the person that you are.

ICF (International Coach Federation) defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential”. Asking the right questions is a primary rule of engagement when it comes to fulfilling this requirement. Questions probe for insight into your mindset; your attitude towards accountability and responsibility; daily growth and personal development; and your bend towards survival, success or significance. It’s all designed to reflect the principle that says you must know yourself to grow yourself.

As you can see, the relationship between the coach and client is one of discovery. Conversations sets the stage for moving through the appreciative coaching roadmap in four distinct phases. The result: you meet your coaching goal.

  • Discovery – reflecting and celebrating
  • Dream – articulating potential
  • Design – directing attention and action
  • Destiny – being and becoming
Coaching with Anita…like having a coffee with a friend.

Free to Focus

Become Free to Focus: Lack of talent or anointing is not the reason many believers are unsuccessful in their calling. The real culprit is a lack of focus. Without focus, success is slow at best and nowhere to be found at worst. Using the Word of God and Holy Spirit as our guide, this gathering is designed to help you clarify your calling and remove spiritual roadblocks that are cluttering up your path. There is freedom in focus. Our ultimate desire with our time together is to assist you in becoming free to focus on exactly what God has called you to do, so you can have an effective, stress free and prosperous 2020.

“Gather with us live to ignite your faith for success.” — Pastor Amos Johnson, Church for Entrepreneurs

Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. – Matthew 18:19-20 KVJ

Clarify Your Calling

Upcoming Gathering
Date: March 21, 2020 | Time: 9a to 5p     
Theme: Free to Focus 

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Women Speakers Association Interviews

Women Speakers Association is THE go-to place for innovative leaders, change-agents and women with a message to connect, collaborate and grow their visibility worldwide. WSA TV interviewed three authors from the international bestselling book, Voices of the 21st Century, released in October 2019—Anita D Russell, Sandy Hortan and Carrie Kohan.

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Advice from the Women Speakers Association Authors

Anita advises “Be responsible and accountable for how you manage your gift of life. Apply 6 keys to nurture, grow and empower your life: know yourself, nurture your life, integrate your life, connect with others, live intentionally, and seize opportunity.”

Sandy says “Change your perspective: change your life.”

Carrie reminds us that “”Everything is all about Love! If you’re not loving what you’re doing or how you’re living; not sharing love with yourself or others; or feeling love in your heart – then it’s time to shift and do what brings and gives you love in all ways! How do you do that? Practice The Five Lessons of Life!”

The Host and Producer is Laura Rubinstein, Certified Hypnotherapist, Digital Media & Marketing Mentor and Business Transformation Strategist. Follow her blog here:

In the Studio

I recently spent time in the studio at Princeton Television taping a new episode of The Place to SOAR TV. What a time we had! Whenever I’m there it turns into a mini reunion with old friends, like studio staff or director Irvin Harmon of Irvin J Productions. And, of course, my extraordinary guests, this time starting with Pastor Melinda N Samuels and ending with Lisa Austin aka “Love Lisa“—two people who represent the richness of God’s human family. Check out the pictures!

More details about episodes in the studio are coming soon. In the meantime check our YouTube Channels.

The Place to SOAR TV is all about sharing community stories and seeing life through different lenses.
Communities are filled with all kinds of stories of people doing incredible things to engage, enrich, and connect to the lives of others. The Place to SOAR TV is dedicated to capturing those stories.

We feature guests from diverse backgrounds – professionally, socially and culturally – hailing from local communities and beyond.  The topics reflect the SOAR Values and guests openly share their life experiences, transitions, self-discoveries, lessons learned, and why they do what they do.

Doing this work has taught me to appreciate the many talented and gifted people are out there, coming from all walks of life. Because of this show I have come to believe that the contribution of so many individuals at the “grassroots” level coupled with those who rise to the top, collectively make the world go round.

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A Bench by the Road

While attending the ASALH 104th Annual Meeting and Conference in Charleston SC, I decided to do the post-conference African American Heritage Bus Tour. So glad I did! Anyone who knows me would know that I have a deep appreciation for African American History—that is the undistorted view; the view that speaks our narrative truth to power; the view that brings into the present our generational contributions, not just in America but across the diaspora and the world. The tour was sponsored by Dominion Energy and the National Underground Network to Freedom. One place of historical significance on the tour was Sullivan’s Island.

Fellow Authors Sitting on a Bench by the Road.

For me the highlight of the Sullivan’s Island stop was sitting on a bench by the road with fellow authors. The “Bench by the Road” is a project initiated in by the Toni Morrison Society The name “Bench by the Road” is taken from a 1989 interview with World Magazine where Morrison speaks of the absence of historical markers designed to remember the lives of enslaved Africans. According to Morrison, her fifth novel, Beloved, served in this role:

There is no place you or I can go, to think about or not think about, to summon the presences of, or recollect the absences of slaves . . . There is no suitable memorial, or plaque, or wreath, or wall, or park, or skyscraper lobby. There’s no 300-foot tower, there’s no small bench by the road. There is not even a tree scored, an initial that I can visit or you can visit in Charleston or Savannah or New York or Providence or better still on the banks of the Mississippi. And because such a place doesn’t exist . . . the book had to” (The World, 1989).

The second notable memorial is the Sullivan’s Island Marker . . .

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A place where…Africans were brought to this country under extreme conditions of human bondage and degradation. Tens of thousands of captives arrived on Sullivan’s Island from the West African shores between 1700 and 1775. Those who remained in the Charleston community and those who passed through this site account for a significant number of the African-Americans now residing in these United States. Only through God’s blessings, a burning desire for justice, and persistent will to succeed against monumental odds, have African-Americans created a place for themselves in the American mosaic. . . .

ASALH: Author Book Event


Imagine a gathering of minds bringing forth knowledge, and narratives bearing the history from transatlantic migration to the 21st century...

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During the first week of October 2019, I had two firsts in my life. I visited South Carolina—not just driving through on my way to somewhere else—actually spending five days in Charleston. And I attended the 104th Annual ASALH Meeting and Conference held at the North Charleston Convention Center. The truth is I had no idea what to expect.

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“I was enthralled from the moment I stepped in the conference space . . .”

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Author Anita D Russell: I Wanna See Laney’s House

Anita is a life coach and bestselling author with career experience in multiple disciplines including pharmaceutical R&D, learning and development, and leadership. She took a bold step in 2013, leaving corporate America. Subsequently, she founded The Place to SOAR based her need to step out and redesign her life after corporate America. Later came the SOAR Coaching Academy, dedicated to helping people cultivate change in their lives through daily growth and personal development.

I Wanna See Laney’s House (2019), Anita’s debut as a solo author, is a sibling story chronicling lifelong spiritual development and a journey towards mental wellness. Read her recent article describing the journey on, an online magazine.

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Creativity & Leadership

Life Coaching Application

In my coaching system, creativity shows up as help my clients to proactively cultivate change. I help clients become who they aspire to be by examining who they are. When clients are guided through discovering who they are on a deeply inner personal level, often what emerges is their own creativity to step out and redesign thoughts, feelings and beliefs. As a result, they begin moving forward to living their best life. As a coach I help clients become leaders through creativity in their own lives!

Masterclass: Anna Wintour Teaches Creativity and Leadership

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