My Next Big Adventure – In the Words of Led Zeppelin, I’m “Going to California”
Written by Lisa Montanaro | March 30, 2012

A Special Note to my Clients, Colleagues, Family and Friends,

Okay, I have big news and I can’t hold it in any longer! I have grappled with when to “go public” about it, but the timing feels right AND I am not the type of person that likes to hold things back, so here goes.

My husband, Sean, officially heard that he matched for a 3-year residency in veterinary internal medicine at the University of California at Davis, so in the words of Led Zeppelin, we are “Going to California…”. Wow! He starts August 1st so we leave mid-July. Our plan is to take our time and road trip across the country in our VW with our 2 dogs in the back seat, stopping to see friends and family, and some great sites along the way.

I am so happy for him and proud of him. He took a big chance and went for it! He asked me my advice as a l ife and career coach, and I told him that if he would have any regrets down the road, to take the chance now and I was in full support of him. Most veterinarians specialize right after their internship and he has been a general practitioner for 11 years so he was a very atypical candidate. Meanwhile, he was like the Superstar of the match and got his first choice!

As you can well imagine, there are some major logistics involved, and some mixed emotions for us. It is bittersweet as in order to embark on this journey, we need to leave our home, friends, and family in this area — not to mention my clients who I get very attached to! So there have been some tears too. But overall, we are looking at it as a great adventure.

I have been moving in the direction of a more global/virtual business model for years with coaching, consulting, speaking and online programs, and this has surely forced me to really change over. BUT I am keeping the business open here in NY (so will have an East Coast and West Coast office, making my business bi-coastal — love that!). I plan to come back East every two months or so to do speaking engagements and book a week servicing my clients in the NY area. So don’t write me off just yet — you can’t get rid of me that easily! I also now have an organizing associate who handles residential organizing for me, so we will see how it goes… it will be an experiment, and surely one I can pass onto my business coaching clients as I learn from it (if any of you are thinking of expanding your business in the future, I got your back!).

All of this is my way of saying that I’d love to continue to work with you even after I relocate, and am set up to do so through my coaching packages and programs via phone, Skype, and e-mail. So if you hear I am jumping ship from NY as of July, I wanted you to know the truth and know that I am still very much in the picture if you want me to be. 🙂 I will travel for speaking engagements, large consulting projects, and will be sure to let my private clients know when I am going to be in their neck of the woods to book in-person sessions with me.

Also, if you want to take a road trip or write off a business retreat to beautiful Northern California, come work with me on the West Coast in person! I will be doing VIP Intensives with clients out there. I’ll be living one hour from San Francisco, one hour from Napa/Sonoma Valley, and two hours from Lake Tahoe — talk about a great area! Indeed, I am planning an entrepreneur retreat in Napa Valley for 2013, so stay tuned.

And if you are in the NY area, and want to double-up on our in-person work together while we have the opportunity, then please let me know so I can book you into my busy schedule over the next few months. 




Meet the Author

Helping others be the best versions of themselves gets me jazzed!

I’ve worn many hats in my lifetime—often at the same time—while enjoying fulfilling careers. I’ve been a performer, teacher, sign language instructor, lawyer, career counselor, law professor, coach, consultant, mediator, entrepreneur, speaker, trainer, writer, and author. 

I’m an eternal optimist and life-long learner, constantly researching ways to improve personal and professional effectiveness. And it brings me great joy to then pass on the results of that persistent curiosity to my clients and audiences. 

Of all the career hats I’ve been privileged to wear, my favorite is owner of this business since 2002. Why? Because it provides me the opportunity to work with wonderful organizational and individual clients. On any given day, I get to connect deeply with audiences, work with dedicated teams, improve workplaces, watch clients have a-ha moments, and know I’ve made a difference in their lives and careers. And that is very satisfying.