Founder

Norma Thatcher, Founder, Lifted Up

Photo by Coy Ferrell

An old love song asks the question, “What are you doing the rest of your life?” As I began a new chapter of my life (after thirty years in the finance arena of corporate America), I asked myself that very question.

In a transformational leadership class, I had to identify out of a hundred possible values, the 25 that were most important to me personally. From those 25 I needed to choose my top ten. The next step was to narrow it down to the three that identified my essence. And from those three core values, I was to create a “life title” for myself, using both an adjective and a noun.

The exercise wasn’t about what I do for a living. It was about what I do for a life. After long and thoughtful consideration, I chose healing teacher. That long-ago class was the catalyst for Lifted Up.

My real passions are teaching, speaking, and writing. Here are some related roles I’ve held:

  • Speaker at national conventions and business events
  • Christian education teacher for 25+ years
  • Life Skills Instructor at a homeless shelter
  • Trainer for a leadership class in the construction industry
  • Coach for company leaders on presentation skills
  • Community College instructor
  • Instructor of leadership class at the Boys and Girls Club

I also write a twice-weekly blog on everyday aspects of life, leadership, and public speaking. Writing with my “audience” in mind, I find ways to inspire my readers to

  • think from a different viewpoint
  • find ways to be grateful
  • learn new skills
  • smile

Please tune in to my blog! It’s easy to register to be automatically emailed new posts from this page. In the upper right corner, you’ll find the “Follow my blog” section. Or you can click on LIFTED UP BLOG at the main menu to read a sample and subscribe there.
Here’s a comment from one of my regular readers:

“When I see an email from LIFTED UP, I open it almost immediately, no matter where I am and what I am doing.  I truly enjoy reading what you write, always.”

On a personal note, my husband Richard and I live in Warrenton, Virginia, and have been married 36 years. “How many children do you have?” is a bittersweet question for us. While we are blessed with two daughters and two grandsons, we lost our 22 year old son in 2008 to a drug overdose. We loved the child and hated the addiction. Always.

May your day be filled with many blessings. Be lifted up.

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