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Tallahassee Democrat - April 2010

Dave Hodges covered the Business & Professional Women Conference at the Civic Center for the Tallahassee Democrat where Elizabeth was the keynote speaker. The article is reproduced below.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Life and business coach Elizabeth Barbour challenged attendees at the second annual Women's Conference on Saturday to seek connection with themselves, their peers and community, ,and through that find the power to accomplish clear goals.

"I think to be a powerful woman, or man, means to know your worth, to know your value, to know who you are and what you believe and what you deserve," Barbour said. "And I think that if you can get connected with that, with your true value, your true essence...then you're going to continue to radiate that power."

A program of Business & Professional Women/Tallahassee, the event featured a day of sessions on health, business, networking and personal development. The theme was Live Beyond Existence - Becoming a Powerful Woman.

Barbour recounted her own struggle with divorce, job change and relocation to a new city, plus the long path to regaining her own connection with herself, friends and the community.

"There are times in our lives when it's all we can do to exist," she told the gathering at the Civic Center. "For somebody who maybe has just lost a job, you know that sometimes it can be all you can muster to just get up in the morning and say 'OK, how am I going to pay my rent?'

"I went from that place of existence to really thriving and really enjoying my life at that time," she continued. "I think what happened was I connected to my spirit self. I reclaimed my power."

Speakers at the luncheon told inspiring stories of achieving success despite various obstacles.

The Rev. Candace McKibben became a pastor in 1980 but was asked by those in the church not to mention that she was an ordained minister. Many at the time were not ready for women as clergy. "Don't allow your heart drive to be squelched by anything or anyone," she said. "Remain true to your heart."

Body + Soul Magazine - August 2007

Elizabeth was consulted by Life Coach Jennifer Louden in her column "Ask Jennifer" in Body + Soul Magazine. The question and answer are reproduced below:

Q. I recently made contact with my birth mother, who gave me up for adoption 33 years ago. As we've gotten closer, I think my adoptive parents are feeling a little hurt. How do I reassure them that this reunion won't affect our relationship? Briana T., Silver Spring, MD

A. Elizabeth Barbour, a reunited adoptee and life coach who works with people going through the adoption reunion process, says it's common for adoptive parents "to experience a variety of emotions when their child reunites with a birth family member." You need to emphasize to them that finding your birth mother is about finding a part of yourself, not about seeking replacement parents. This may seem so obvious to you-of course you still love your parents. But they may need to hear it. They don't feel the ancient pull you have to reconnect with your birth mother, understand your background, and feel more complete as a person.

Look at this period as a time of transition. In the most fundamental way, your sense of who you are is shifting because of this new relationship. It might feel like a second adolescence, or a pull between two families. "When adoptees experience reunion, many relationships are affected," Barbour points out. Consult a few books (such as May the Circle Be Unbroken by Eynn Franklin, Birthright by Jean Strauss, and Adoption Nation by Adam Pertman) and Web sites (such as on this topic and share them with your parents. Let your family know that your birth-mother reunion could reinforce your ties with them. After all, there's no more wondering, "Who am I, and why was I put up for adoption?" There's a saying in the adoption community that Barbour has personally found inspiring: "If a mother can love more than one child, why can't a child love more than one mother?" You might want to share that with your adoptive parents. By being open and gently honest, you'll help reassure them without losing yourself.

Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska PBS TV Show

Elizabeth was a featured guest on January 7, 2007 on Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska, which aired on PBS stations nationwide for 10 years. She was highlighted in show #301 of the series which focuses on the “Overload Syndrome” that we are facing in America today. The series can be viewed on Hulu here.

Enjoy these clips from the interview with Wanda.

Experience Life Magazine

In the July/August 2006 issue of Experience Life Magazine, Elizabeth is interviewed in the Life Balance article entitled "The Long View." She discusses goal setting and techniques for embodying change.

"Barbour challenges clients to visualize how they would feel if they were to get what they want. This feeling step, she explains, helps transport people into that place of acting 'as if' they are where they want to be. Feeling your goals enables you to 'try on' your dreams before committing to them." Read the full article.