We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Yang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrea, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I love this question! There’s so much, including:
1. Acts of kindness, compassion, and wisdom. Generosity without agenda. Unconditional love.
2. The Buddha, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and other monastics who’ve devoted their lives to understanding the nature of reality and working for the benefit of all sentient beings.
3. People who’ve aligned their inner and outer lives, living with purpose and in full expression.
4. People who are constantly learning and growing, using their talents in service of others.
5. People who persevere through moments of loss, grief, and injustice, their faith in humanity intact, their resilience even stronger.
6. The rise and fall of a beautiful melody. Recurrent themes in a piece of art.
7. Being in nature, particularly in the mountains and by the ocean.
8. The vastness and gifts of Mother Earth, this universe, and what lies beyond.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My coaching business helps heart-centered, high-performing lawyers with professional development, career transitions, and holistic wellbeing. Basically, I help people relax, connect with their deepest truths, and align their purpose and talents with what they do professionally.
They say your ideal client is you from a prior chapter, and I’ve found that to be true. Former me liked to overachieve for the sake of overachieving and constantly sought external validation. I ended up exhausted and so unhappy! Working with a professional coach, Sindy Cassidy, helped me return to the basics, clean house internally, and find a new job counseling law students on their careers.
My counseling work led me to coaching school, as I wanted additional tools to support my students. Through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, I learned what Sindy had done to enable my transformation. Now, I get to do the same for others with my own spin and perspective.
Since certification, I’ve been coaching clients and building a YouTube channel called Career & Life Chats with Andrea. This channel features fulfilled lawyers — including my sister and many dear friends — as we explore their careers and what makes a meaningful life. I love supporting people on their journeys, being wholeheartedly me, and sharing my gifts with the world. It’s a joyous effort that I never imagined possible as a lawyer.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Definitely lots of time in nature! Let’s start in Malibu. We’d walk Zuma Beach and Point Dume, taking in the ocean and mountain views. Afterward, we’d enjoy a meal at Sunset Restaurant, ideally at the golden hour. Other favorites are birdwatching and wildflower season at Malibu Creek State Park and Paramount Ranch. Really, anywhere in the Santa Monica Mountains is restorative.
We’d stop by the Whitefire Theater, too, a cozy theater in Sherman Oaks. There, we’d watch a show or take an improv class with one of my favorite teachers, Bill Chott, of The Improv Trick. We’d get some easy eats before or after at the nearby Rumi Cafe.
Next, we’d visit Nechung Dharmapala Center in West Hollywood, which offers Tibetan Buddhist teachings and meditations. It’s a wonderful community that attracts seekers from all walks of life. For another spiritual haven, we’d spend time at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in the Palisades, which features a natural spring-fed lake and hilltop temple overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
I mentioned wildflowers earlier. Wildflower season is beautiful! For a sea of bright orange poppies, we’d go to Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve. For more rainbow colors, the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are a delightful 50 acres. Those two places are a few hours’ drive from each other, so we’d spread that over different days.
While we’re doing day trips, I must mention Ojai. What a magical place! During the spring, the smell of Pixie tangerine blossoms fills the entire town. We’d buy those tangerines straight from the source at Friends Packing House. Then we’d peruse the offerings at Bart’s Books, an outdoor bookstore, and enjoy a tasting at Ojai Olive Oil. Finally, we’d drive to Meditation Mount for 360 views of Ojai Valley, catch the “Pink Moment” sunset, and top it off with a sound bath.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family, friends, and mentors, of course, for their endless love and support! Venerable Thubten Chodron and the Sravasti Abbey community for anchoring my spiritual studies. Bill Chott and the improv world for helping me rediscover play and creativity. Sindy Cassidy, for introducing me to the power of coaching, and the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, for training and connecting me with a fantastic coach community. Finally, my coaching clients, students, and YouTube guests and viewers for making my work so rewarding.