to the moon and back:
a childhood under the influence

Share the Hope

Lisa Kohn’s memoir of being raised in and torn between two conflicting worlds. There was the world she longed for and lived in on weekends – her mother’s world, which was the fanatical, puritanical cult of the Moonies – and the world she was forced to live in during the week – her father’s world, which was based in sex, drugs, and the squalor of life in New York City’s East Village in the 1970’s.

To the Moon and Back

new awards

Silver Medal Award

2019 Shortlist

2018 INDIES Book of the Year

13th Annual Finalist

Honorable Mention

2019 Finalist

You really need to read this book, because it’s awesome.

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Lisa Kohn

Lisa’s long-running blog offers hope and joy to others who may feel beaten or damaged by their upbringing or circumstances.
Lisa shares stories from her past, as well as her challenges, peace, and healing of today.

to the moon
and back

Told with spirited candor,
to the moon and back reveals
how one can leave behind
absurdity and horror and create a life of intention and joy. This is the fascinating tale of a story rarely told in its full complexity.

Coaching, Consulting, & Speaking

As a Chatsworth Consulting Group Partner, Lisa focuses on leadership consulting and executive coaching, spending time speaking, writing, teaching, and presenting approaches to life and business.

Lisa Kohn Writes

Play is so important, and joy is so important

This morning the universe gifted me with an Instagram clip of Gabor Maté, quoting Winne the Pooh (one of my favorite philosophers!). “Play is so important, and joy is so important,” he shared. It feels like that’s all that really needs to be said. I’m staying with...
Good job not dying

Good job not dying

Yesterday was my cancer-versary. Two years ago, I had my everything-ectomy and received my cancer diagnosis. It’s definitely still weird to process. I’m sitting outside nearly all day long these days, either on the daybed on my side porch or in the hammock between the...

Yes, that really happened

Yes, that really happened

(TW – I write about molestation) It is so easy to downplay some or all of the trauma that happened to us. It’s common to not even really remember it and to disregard or doubt it when we do remember it. This is our body and being’s defense mechanism that kicks in,...

Relax into okayness

Relax into okayness

My heart hurts a little. I think it’s mostly because I’m tired. I still get weary at the end of the day, and whilst I am so looking forward to curling up on the couch with my heated-pillow/security blanket and watching a movie, I am pushing myself a wee bit to get...

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I asked my older child if they thought self-expression was one of my values

they laughed at me

I know all presentation is self-expression

I certainly like to express myself

especially with my all stars

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the magnificence of a sunset

I pause to take in the beauty around (and within) me

I breath deeply and let it sink in

I rewire the trauma-infused parts of my brain and strengthen my networks of love and joy

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I’m staying with this today, with all the pain in the world and with my own “gotta laugh/gotta cry” physical issues

my latest blog post - - Play is so important, and joy is so important

#tothemoonandback #thoughtfulleaders #baldisbeautiful #cultsurvivor

I can be on the lookout for wonder



for the universe reminding me of the wholeness of the world

and how I can contribute to it

to stand for what is right

to speak truth to power

to Love With All My Heart

#tothemoonandback #baldisbeautiful #cultsurvivor

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