Welcome! I’m delighted and honored that you’ve found your way to my web site.
If you are on this page, then likely you are considering working with me and want to know a little bit more before you reach out. While the coaching process itself is all about you, in order for you to truly relax and feel safe (we go deep-dive exploring together) a good fit is essential, so this page summarizes some of the qualities that I bring to the relationship that will help make the coaching experience truly powerful for you!
Training & Credentials
I’m a Certified Professional Coach trained at iPEC, one of the top training programs accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF), so you can rest assured my credentials are legitimate and I’ve been trained by the best – which means you get proven coaching techniques that have helped thousands of people define their dreams, overcome challenges, and step into their greatness. I’m also an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) and offer iPEC’s powerful Energy Leadership Index Assessment tool as part of my coaching service. This attitudinal assessment tells you how you’re showing up in your life right now, both day-to-day and under stress, and is a springboard to some deeply impactful insights and discoveries.
And it doesn’t stop there. I walk the talk every day in my own life, as you’ll see below. I’m also an ICF member, and I pursue regular continuing education and professional coaching for myself to keep me on top of my game, fully present for you in a way that has yielded powerful insights and results for my clients.
My Life Experience, Attitude & Approach
I experience life as a fascinating adventure. Coming from a place of deep compassion and curiosity, I view life through a lens of exploration and discovery. I am deeply intuitive, and I love people – friends, family, and strangers – with an open and unconditional reverence for each individual’s unique gifts and perspective. People’s lives and stories fascinate me. My deep intuition and non-judgmental attitude of discovery allow the unique inner beauty of each person I meet to shine through to me with great clarity. Coaching to me is a privilege, an opportunity to support and inspire someone else on their own irreplaceable journey. At its heart, coaching is designed to build self-awareness and support conscious choice. All the rest of its many benefits grow from that essential core.
I have explored several deeply satisfying life paths with great enthusiasm and expect I’ll explore several more before I’m done. For example, I took a semester off from a prestigious college to work in a service station and learn how to fix cars before studying and traveling extensively abroad. After graduating, I worked for a multinational firm while going to massage school – an experience that transformed my life. At one point, I lived on a shoestring budget and still managed to scrimp my way to enough savings to spend a year riding my bicycle around the U.S. and living abroad for several months, which again transformed my life. I worked again in corporate America, moved on to build a successful freelance writing career, and then took a sabbatical to travel the world for most of a year – yes, you guessed it, once again transforming my life.
I am a certified community and family mediator. I have served on several boards as a director, trustee, officer, and member of numerous committees and task forces. I have been an outdoor enthusiast ice climbing throughout the Northeast; skiing and dogsledding in Montana; kayaking Class V whitewater rivers in multiple countries; scuba diving around the world; and climbing some of the tallest mountains in the U.S., Ecuador, and Nepal. I have built a house with my own two hands. I am a published author. I got my master’s degree while working full time, helped lead a small business enterprise to explosive growth, and chose a six-figure pay cut to take a position that allowed me to follow my heart and be of service to my community.
I have been happily single and dating, married and divorced (amiably, but nonetheless painfully), and married again. I have navigated the death of a much-beloved parent and those of friends at a “way too early” age. I have opened my heart to love, had it shattered – and not only survived, but thrived. It has been my great privilege to have been shaped and honed by each of my relationships, and today I am a wife and stepmom building a life with a talented and loving husband, partner and friend, with whom I grow together every day, defining what “home” and “family” mean to us and supporting and discovering each other and the emerging personality that is our son. I am actively involved with my family and community, have many creative interests, place a high priority on playfulness and laughter, and integrate healthy eating and exercise into my daily life in ways that are enjoyable and sustainable.
Would you like to know an important secret to my success in living a full and adventurous life?
First, it’s important to note that I have moved through my life much like anyone else – without an instruction book – and that some of life’s challenges I’ve handled with grace and composure, others not so much. I’m human – just like you, just like all of us.
But always, whatever I am doing at any given moment, I do it with compassion, with curiosity, and most importantly with my whole self – and when it is time to move on, I recognize this, honor it, and find my next path. I know that I carry my core integrity with me wherever I go and trust that the road will always rise up to meet me – and it has never failed me yet!
These are the rich adventures and enthusiasm I bring to life – and to coaching. To me, your story is as unique and fascinating as my own. I look forward to discovering, appreciating, and celebrating you!
People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.
If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.
Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.
So I had made a decision which carried with it things that I could not articulate at the time. I had made the choice instinctively, and only later had given it meaning. The trip had never been billed in my mind as an adventure in the sense of something to be proved. And it struck me then that the most difficult thing had been the decision to act, the rest had been merely tenacity – and the fears were paper tigers. One really could do anything one had decided to do whether it were changing a job, moving to a new place, divorcing a husband, or whatever, one really could act to change and control one’s life; and the procedure, the process, was its own reward.
I wouldn’t say I ‘have it all’ by society’s (rather impossible) standards. I wouldn’t say I’ve achieved the pinnacle of work/life balance, as it’s universally understood. But that’s only because I don’t believe there is a one-size-fits-all definition to either of those. Despite what the media might tell women, you don’t have to choose one way of life over the other forever. You can, in fact, change your mind. You can choose and re-choose the direction of your own adventure. The only caveat: you have to be willing to really go for it.
At the root of all our pain, doubt, and anxiety is a misunde