Our promise

Most of us give up some aspirational slice of ourselves as we face the demands of adult living. How can we envision our future in a tangible way and translate our dreams into bite-size actions?

Here’s the deal

At the heart of Reclaim Plan A is a brief workshop. Janice Maffei  takes you on a rich and rewarding journey guided by sparky stories and counter-intuitive questions—not the usual “where do you want to be in five years?” stuff. Much of the session unfolds in a powerful community of silence, where you can access your deepest reflections and enjoy the rare gift of focused thinking time. “There is a lot I want to do,” wrote a recent participant, “but I’ve lacked clarity. Today provided that for me.”

This inspiring and practical workshop will help you

  • Look back as you set out with greater focus and tenacity in pursuit of your vision.
  • Explore your ideal future, what the real and perceived barriers are, and how a few simple habits can make a big difference.
  • Design a path forward that identifies a handful of game changer actions to make the days add up to a Plan A week.

Meet Janice

Janice Maffei is a storyteller, a seasoned facilitator, a playwright and a founder of VisionFirst who has consulted with leaders and teams around the globe.

At work reclaiming her own Plan A, Janice has braided together a life that includes coaching teams on strategy and innovation, performing on NY stages and writing stories, poems and essays that have found their way to publication in The Southampton Review, The Paterson Literary Review, and HowlRound among others. Her play, “How to Bury a Saint,” received an equity production and a favorable New York Times review.

In 2020, scared but prepared, she made her standup debut with Me and Marie at a New York comedy club, and in 2019 shared her own Reclaim Plan A story at Generation Women. In 2017, she was selected as a Ucross Fellow and granted an artistic residency in the High Plains of Wyoming. Janice is a guest lecturer at Columbia and The School of the New York Times on innovation and creative writing, respectively. She serves on the boards of The Lillys, which celebrates women theatre artists, and her Manhattan co-op.

Watch Janice


The idea for Reclaim Plan A grew from efforts to reconnect with my most authentic and passionate self. This video, recorded April 10, 2019 at Generation Women in New York, is the first time I’ve shared my own Reclaim Plan A story. 

My first standup performance on March 6, 2020 at Funny Over 50. 


What people say

Love the group energy. Appreciated your humor and the excellent delivery of very interesting, thought-provoking content.

A great journey into what I have been thinking about—super encouraging and felt very strategic in how it was set up.”

Janice’s gentle but sturdy hand at the helm of the Plan A project is nothing shy of a gift. If you have the extreme good fortune to work with her, jump at the opportunity.

I’m feeling energized, enthusiastic and elevated.


Plan A living is nourished by ideas and good thinking that helps us make better choices. Visit our Resources page to find tips and tools that can help you on your Plan A journey. Check back from time to time as we’ll update and enrich as we discover useful tips.