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Meet Michelle Friedman: Always on the Lookout for New Challenges

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I loved it! It was the perfect fit for me in every way and I fast-tracked the learning to get my certification as quickly as I could.

I was very lucky. At the same time I was growing my coaching practice, the program that I was certified by asked me to teach for them and I became a coach trainer - also a perfect fit. Again, everything I did related to my coaching practice and teaching was from my home with my equipment and adaptive technology and that was perfect.

Don't get me wrong. It isn't like I never left my house. I absolutely did; I was still very actively involved in my lay leadership roles and certainly had a busy social life but where work was related, I was able to do everything from the comfort of home.

When the economy took a nose dive, I found my practice starting to struggle a bit. People didn't have disposable income to pay for coaches. At that same time, the high school that I had been on the board for many years of and served as their fund raising chair asked me to serve as the president of the board. Once I picked myself up from the floor from the shock, for three years I put a lot of energy into that which put working on building and maintaining my coaching practice a little bit on a back burner. Now, several years later, I am president of the board of a different organization and maintain a small private practice. I'm now putting a lot of time into getting the word out about my book and getting myself into schools to talk to kids of all ages about blindness and disability. I'm loving it and finding it meaningful and I believe is what I'm supposed to be doing.

And somewhere in the middle of all that, I have a few hobbies that i try to squeeze in.

JB: Like what?

MF: I have been dabbling in ceramics for the last seven years and took up knitting a few years ago.

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This past summer, I started really gardening and even built, with the help of a good brave friend, my own raised boxes with the most awesome power tools.

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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