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Astrid is an invaluable resource for ALL lawyers in transition.  I felt lost and defeated after years of working at a law firm,and I wanted to make a change but didn\'t know how.  Astrid immediately inspired confidence and helped me make positive changes in my career and personal life.  The coaching process was empowering as I re-discovered my strengths and interests in addition to  working on improving my weaknesses.  With coaching, I was able to identify alternative career paths that I would find rewarding and that I would be passionate about based upon my unique set of strengths and values.  Astrid also coached me through my interviews and brought out the best in me as I presented myself to new employers.  I am excited about the opportunities in my new career, and coaching was instrumental in allowing me to be a happier and more productive person.

Joshua D., New York, NY

Yale School of Music Graduate & Pianist

 

"Astrid's approach to personal development and self-discovery was stellar. She was able to consolidate my hunches on what had made me successful and happy in the past, and to refine them in a positive, value-oriented way. The workshop was succinct and compelling, addressing both the practical and psychological concerns of professional musicians. Astrid is an inspiring and engaging speaker, and also a compassionate individual. I highly recommend her workshops to all those who have all those questions and doubts that always seem to be milling about upstairs!"

— David F.

 

Clarinetist and DMA, Manhattan School of Music

For the last year, I have had the honor to work one to one with Astrid Baumgardner.  Her coachings have brought clarity to my life, uncovering values and goals, and the importance of aligning efforts with these priorities.  Through this process, I am rediscovering my intuition, reconnecting with what really makes me tick, rather than what should make me tick.  I am challenging my inner critic, and learning to trust myself.  Astrid is one of the most insightful people I have had the pleasure to meet, and brings a cultured, intelligent, and compassionate thought process to every challenge I present.  I could not have hoped for a more meaningful experience. 

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Astrid's Blog

Building Social Support: 3 More Happiness Strategies for Musicians
I am fascinated by the research showing that happiness breeds success and have been sharing information with the students at the Yale School of Music on how to create life-long happiness. In my last post, we examined how to create the happiness habit by cultivating optimism.  This week, I would like to share 3 happiness strategies that strengthen your ties to other people.This brings me to the coaching groups that I run at the Yale School of Music.One of my overarching objectives in forming...
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Cultivating Optimism: How Musicians Can Create Life-Long Happiness
I had the privilege of participating in the Community Day at Yale's Institute of Sacred Music this past weekend, a day-long celebration of transformation through the arts, where I spoke about how musicians and artists can create long-lasting happiness. I am fascinated with this topic since research shows that happiness and optimism generate the positive emotions that make it possible to cultivate the mindset and engage in behaviors that give rise to fulfillment and success. In other words, ...
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Community Engagement and The Future of Music: Lessons from Mozart in the Jungle and the NEA Report
I think a lot about the future of music and the arts. It's my calling and my passion to help today's musicians use their art in order to make their mark and have an impact on society in our changing landscape. It is also my job at Yale to inspire and empower our students to take their artistic training and help them find a way to live a sustainable and meaningful life.Lately, I have had an infusion of information about this very topic: the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, as well as the ...
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