to the moon and back:
a childhood under the influence

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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

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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.

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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

You can’t feel bad and good in the same moment (and you get to choose)

Sometimes it feels just too plain simple for me. And sometimes it makes sense and works. Well, actually it always works, when I actually do it. I’ve found it to be very true that I can’t feel good and bad in the same moment. I can only have one feeling coursing...

When all else fails, choose love

I am remembering, once again, to choose love. When I am stuck in a tough spot, I repeat to myself, over and over, “I choose love.” It brings me ease. When I get caught up in myself, I remind myself, over and over, of all the love within and around me. Of all the love...

I’m remembering that feelings are not facts

Have you ever noticed your brain working against you? You’re sitting there quietly, minding your own business, and suddenly the fear explodes within you or the guilt engulfs you? “Damn!” you think. “Where did that come from?” And before you know it, you’re down that...

Soothe yourself as often as you can

It’s a simple thought. It’s an important thought. Soothe yourself as often as you can. The more I connect with other Second Gens (people born and/or raised in cults or extremist situations). The more I connect with other people who have faced childhood challenges (or...

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As a recovering perfectionist – who somehow still seems like a complete perfectionist to people around me – the notion of doing something – anything – messily is somewhat foreign and quite mind-blowing.

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thank you @WendyandWords I love to remember that I get to choose.
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#bestbigbrother and me revisiting our childhood at @RaoulsRestaurantNY. I remember making sculptures out of the little drink straws and trying to walk up the spiral staircase after too much champagne.

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