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Clear Out the Past and Make Room For The Future

  • Jul 12, 2011 · 9:00 AM
  • Valencia Gardens

You've heard it before: Get a clear vision of what you want and it will just come into your life. You’ve made the vision board, you’ve said the affirmations, you’ve spent hours picturing, imagining and envisioning your perfect job. So, where is it?

Next week's SFPCN speaker, Lydia Snider, will offer a tip that might be the missing piece in getting what you want. She calls it creating the vacuum.

There is a saying that “nature abhors a vacuum.” Every empty space gets filled. Lydia thinks differently - she believes nature “ adores a vacuum,” because it makes room for the new to come in.  

People get excited about planting the seeds for a new job, relationship, and more that they want in life. Then, they forget to stop and consider, " Is there room for this?" Often without even realizing it, we have our lives packed full both physically and mentally with artifacts from our past.

If you are finding your forward momentum stalled despite your steady efforts, the problem may be that there is simply no room for the new.  

Join us on Tuesday to learn the different techniques to create space in your life and the technique most effective for you.

Presenter Biography

Lydia served as a special education teacher for nearly 20 years before being forced out on medical stress leave.  When she left she discovered how completely her job title had become intertwined in her sense of identity.  She couldn’t teach and she didn’t know who she was without teaching. It was as if she was suddenly put out of the only home she had known, the door closed behind her and before her lay a harsh unknown landscape. Resisting the temptation to give up, she headed into the unknown. She has now designed her life around the elements of teaching she loves and around her other passion, kiteboarding. Lydia will be sharing the most valuable discoveries she made in that journey.

Program Schedule

The doors open at 9:00 a.m. and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. sharp and will run 1.5 hours. We must depart the community room by 11 a.m.

$1.00 donation requested.

Mass Transit / Parking

Please note that Valencia Gardens' parking is restricted to its residents. Parking within its lot by non-residents will result in your vehicle being towed at your own expense.

The 16th & Mission Street BART stop is two blocks from our location, while the Market & Church Street MUNI stop is four blocks away. Inexpensive parking can be found at the Hoff Street Garage, 42 Hoff Street, San Francisco.

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  • Pamela

    Excellent ideas. Presentation style could use a little refinement.

    July 17, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    great topic, but we could have used more time to fully explore the concepts presented. Lydia was an engaging speaker - maybe she could come back at some point to talk about one of the other steps in her program.

    July 13, 2011

  • Jim D.

    Lydia Snider made her San Francisco presentation debut with us yesterday and if the buzz in the room is any indicator she was a rousing success. Thank you Lydia for reminding us that we have to work the job transition process on every level if we are going to manifest the work and life we want for ourselves.

    July 13, 2011

  • Alison M.

    Lydia's talk was insightful and reminded me of some reference materials that I've sought guidance from in the past and introduced new readings and tools that I'll be referring to. Thanks again!

    July 13, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    What's one difference between an old worker and a fresh-faced one? The latter lacks the emotional baggage employers don't pay to carry. Lydia provided us insights on how to recapture the bold enthusiasm of the young. Review expanded at

    July 13, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    The notion of paying attention to lack actually creating lack resonated. As did the notion of clearing out physical, emotional and intellectual old "stuff" to make room for the new.

    July 12, 2011

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