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

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

Don’t worry about it. You’re doing fine.

It was my holiday gift from my older kid. A magnificent, weighty mug with words on it. Words that my kid, along with perhaps many other people, thought I needed to hear and know right now. Words I think that maybe many, if not all, of us need to hear and know right...

If you feel something, you’re probably doing something right

Again, my yoga instructor. Again, it makes sense overall. Where would I be without my yoga to re-center me? We were moving into some pose – a tougher pose – and that’s what the instructor offered. “If you feel something, you’re probably doing something right.” If we...

Progress not perfection…again

I first heard that saying when I crawled into Al-Anon. “Progress not perfection.” I have to admit, I didn’t quite understand it when I first heard it. Yes, it was a soothing thought. Yes, it took the pressure off. Yes, it gave me...

What do you mean I’m at the wrong airport?????

Months ago, I forgave myself in advance for all the mistakes I was about to make. Perhaps needless to say, I have made quite a few. Maybe a twelve-stop book tour over the space of six weeks (with no real break in my consulting and coaching work) was a bit much to ask...

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I'm so lucky to have #tothemoonandback described as a "gorgeously written memoir" by IndieReader LisaKohnWrites photo
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There is pressure to be my best self – whatever the hell that is. Again, it’s self-imposed. Again, it’s a deeply ingrained impulse that drives me incessantly. Until I read my mug. “DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT” it tells me, “YOU’RE DOING FINE."

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@only_mama Thank you!! Although I think the font is still too small (it’s only 900+ pages at this point) so I think I have to print it out even larger. And have you heard back from the writers conference? I haven’t.
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I printed out the manuscript in size 30 font so that Danny, my dad, can maybe read it. To say I'm nervous doesn't capture it. Slightly sick to my stomach in fact. But he kept asking...

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