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I was born in Minnesota, but as a kid we moved around and I ended up in Colorado in 1983. Other than spending a little time in Washington and Mississippi, I've lived in Colorado since then. I have three awesome children. They grew up in Highlands Ranch, so Colorado is definitely home for me and for us.
Last May, two weeks before I turned 50, I graduated from MSU Denver. I tried going to college right out of high school, but I struggled and was told that I wasn't college material. I'm the first person in my family to graduate from college. I hold a bachelor's degree in psychology and minor in integrative health care and health and wellness coaching.
A change in careers
A friend told me to find a job doing something that I love at home. Long story short, I found a group of about 20 neighbors and every couple of days I would drop off a new flavor of cupcake. After three or four months, I started a cupcake bakery that I had for about seven years.
In 2010, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's. I was also going through a divorce. Everything came crashing down at once. I had this realization that everything in my life needed to change and that I needed to support myself. I took a health and wellness coaching class and was completely hooked. I did my internship at MSU Denver and helped them obtain their accreditation in health and wellness coaching.
As a life coach
What I do is help individuals reframe their thinking. I've noticed sometimes someone will have struggles or adversity in their life and they feel stuck. I help individuals see it as positive opportunities for growth.
The other thing that I do is guide clients in finding their unique character strengths. Instead of trying to fix what's broken, you are building what's already working. I also provide accountability to individuals who have set goals for themselves, whether that is a career change or relationship.
Words of advice
First, allow yourself to be imperfect — allow yourself to make mistakes. Second, learn how to veer away from the herd mentality of wanting to fit in. Find out who you really are and embrace your unique character. Third, take the time to find what you are really passionate about and then take action. It could be finding a new hobby or going back to school like I did.
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