Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, peace, compassion and mercy. It later came to mean “hello” or “good-bye” as well. This one word has such a positive, well-wishing context that I very much look forward to using it this week! As you read this, I am day 5 of an 8 day vacation in Maui. It is in my anticipation of this trip, that I try to get myself in that laid-back, casual, stress-free mindset that Hawaiians tend to be really good at!

Hawaiians in ancient times followed a healthy lifestyle that included a well-balanced and nutritious diet, physical fitness achieved through both labor and sport, and a fastidious attitude toward personal hygiene. The first Westerners to visit the Islands remarked on Hawaiians’ grace and strength, bright teeth and general cleanliness. Health was understood to be the result of pono, or right, living; illness followed imbalance in some aspect of life, whether spiritual, mental or physical. Healers addressed each of these as the root or cause of illness, integrating psycho-spiritual methods such as prayer, revelation and group discussion with physical treatments.

How different we are over here, across the ocean. Who couldn’t use a more healthy balance, and inner/outer lifestyle focus? While I am there, I hope to let it seep into my pours so I can bring back some with me. How do we all fill our well? Find our balance? It’s different for everyone, but necessary for all.

At Centerpoint, we help you define and realize that balance, but it’s up to you to make sure you’re paying attention to it. If you find your work is bleeding into all aspects of your life, and balance seems out of reach, we are certainly here to help. For those who’ve got the balance down pat- good on you! Aloha 🙂


Leah Krieger
Executive Director


On April 1st, Centerpoint Institute turned 23 years old! How incredible to be a stand alone non-profit career guidance program in Seattle, and still going strong over 2 decades! A true testament to the work we continue to do at Centerpoint, and our beautiful Alumni whom continue to recommend us when they meet someone in need of our help. I can’t thank you enough!

If you’re racking your brain for a gift to give us, I have a suggestion! Your donations go farther than you can imagine. We are able to help clients with “Scholarship Funding” to offset the cost of their programs, through the donations from our community. This also helps with our community outreach, events, and so much more! Consider donating today, even $5 makes a difference. Thank you in advance!


A Day Of You!

LeAnn with Vibrant Life Source has developed a special one-day retreat on Saturday, May 2nd from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Centerpoint Institute for Career & Life Renewal that includes:
A gentle and restorative yoga session with a dash of a grounding meditation practice (no experience or equipment needed)
Journaling practice to dive deep into your inner most thoughts and dreams
Group discussion on the importance of establishing and maintaining a self-care practice
Realizing your ideals and igniting your dreams
A yummy vegetarian lunch catered by yours truly
Tips and tricks to living your best life
A goodie bag
Only $199 per person! Register now as spots are limited! Registration closed Wednesday, April 29th!

Trudy James- Speaking of Dying

If you haven’t had the pleasure to meeting Trudy, I hope that you get to someday! She has been a speaker at Centerpoint events several times, and is much loved every time she does. Trudy has just released a film, “Speaking of Dying”. Visit her website for more information, screening times, and more!


We Are Looking For…

Our Board of Directors is looking to add a member- specifically an attorney. If you are interested in joining a dynamic working board please contact Executive Director here.

We are also seeking a long term volunteer that can help out in our front office. Perhaps one day a week, no more than that. Contact our front office for more information, or to apply! 206-686-5433

We are also looking for items for our Institute: A gently used 32+ Flat Screen TV for our living room, (2) arm chairs for our conference room, books (always books!), office supplies (paper, etc). Please call Leah if you have any of these items you would like to donate, we would come pick them up!

Is your business in transition? Consider using Centerpoint for your Outplacement/Transition Needs!

Did you know Centerpoint has a thriving Outplacement program? We have been assisting organizations through transitions for 23 years! Our services range from helping one associate to transition out, to departmental lay-off’s, to complete closures. Our services are custom-designed for your business, government entity, non-profit organization, and educational institution. We do our homework, we learn your brand, your challenges and strategize with you on needs tailored to your business. Visit our website for more information, or contact the front office for details. Below is a recent quote after a Centerpoint workshop at a small business that closed their doors after 20 years, we were honored to be apart of that process with them.

“Your presentation of the ‘Natural Cycles of Change’, although abbreviated, was information that left us all contemplating! Discussing the reality that change is imminent and that all of us are processing this life transition in different stages, will be helpful as the closing draws nearer. The ‘Time Between Dreams’ will be a tool that all of us can reference as we continue working through these significant changes. Personally for me, the evening pushed me into action…the action of letting go. After everyone’s departure, I sat on the floor in the middle of the classroom that held all the energy of passionate, loving, grateful women and I realized in that moment I needed to let go of my hope that (this business) would continue with this great group of women, but (we) found strength in listening to everyone (the two of you included), a powerful evening for me! Guessing I just wasn’t ready to accept the reality until now.”

Resource Section

“Age Is Not a Barrier” – by Scott Stump/Today Money

“How to Quit Without Guilt”– by James Caan/LinkedIn

“4 Steps for Answering ‘Tell me About a Time You Failed”– by Lily Zhang/Muse

“How to Research An Employer Before a Job Interview”– by Liz Ryan/Forbes

“3 Key Question’s to Ask Yourself Before a Job Interview” -by Charles Galda/Fortune

“The Company You Work For Is Not Your Friend”– by Alan Henry/Lifehacker

“Finding Success, Well Past the Age of Wunderkind“- by Ryan Stone/NY Times

Quote of the Day!

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

– Mark Twain