1. What brought you to coaching?
From the time I was 22 and a new nurse, I was frustrated by our healthcare system. It seemed like people came into the hospital, we got them well enough to go home, and then within a month or two they were back needing similar care all over again. I became disillusioned with the healthcare system and its limitations. At the same time, when I was almost 24, I was rear ended by a semi and suffered significant health challenges of my own. Those injuries caused me to go on a quest to find health. And I met a massage therapist who was also trained in breath techniques who later referred me to an energy healer. I became impassioned with a desire to understand integrative health and several of its modalities (and I am still a junky in this department). I was looking for a way to bring all of my trainings together and offer new expanded definitions of health to people. Coaching offered me that opportunity. At the time, 2001, there wasn’t health coaching, so I trained in personal/life coaching. The rest they say is history…
2. Tell us about your coaching practice. (Niche, ideal client, etc.)
My niche these days is to work with women who are ready to live in soul alignment and follow their deeper calling. I work with them in either a longer process related to finding soul aligned work or allowing more creativity into their lives. I also work with women who want to learn how to dress in a way that lifts their energy, broadcasts their unique essence, and allows them to be more authentic and aligned. And lately the two seem to be merging as women seek out the style work and use that information to understand how to brand themselves and communicate in the world. On the health coaching side, I work as a consultant providing continuing education and teaching courses for Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches. I also work with teams to build models of healthcare that put wellness at the center. I currently work at M Health Fairview with the Psychiatry department in this capacity. And of course, my mostly full-time gig is Co-Director and lead Faculty of the Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching program at the University of Minnesota.
3. What do you love about your coaching work?
I love helping women see themselves more authentically, transform the limitations that they have been programmed to accept and operate from, discover their unique energy blueprint, reignite their creativity and Divine Feminine energy, and follow what lights them up as they build a life they love. I also love working at the system level in different ways to transform the future of healthcare, inspire new models of wellbeing, and utilize coaching as a key strategy to move people from information to inspired action around their health. I love to teach, lead and inspire in the coaching world. My absolute favorite part of my coaching work is seeing people get who they really are at the deepest level and make aligned choices that amplify the brilliance of that knowing.
4. Tell us about the coaching tools, books, podcasts, etc. that you follow that helps you to stay informed.
This could take awhile! I love Mel Robbins, John Assaraf, Louise Hay and her followers who keep the “You Can Heal Your Life” legacy going, Julie Foucht, Kendra Thornbury, Melissa Seaman, Mama Gena, Barbara Frederickson, Katharine Wilkinson. I will stop there with the who, it’s an endless and varied list. I love to read research articles and case studies on coaching – job hazard. I also read anything self-development, anything about integrative health and healing, and anything about system transformation. The 2 books I am rereading right now are “The Energy of Money” which is really all about mindset and taking aligned action, and “I Will Not Die An Unlived Life” which is all about finding and fueling our passion
5. How has ICF-MN helped you as a coach?
It has helped me find ways to connect with other coaches who are continually developing themselves. It has helped me utilize my leadership to make some collaborations happen that I had been wanting to forge for some time. It has helped me to take the profession more seriously and build new leadership skills. And it has brought me joy! So many connections with so many varied and interesting coaches. I also love the different programs that allow me to keep a pulse on different types of coaching as the field expands.
6. How can folks connect with you?
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