My Story

I’m a Certified Holistic Life, Career and Executive coach with a passion to work with you as you face yet another roadblock –  because your attempts to please everyone are never enough.

I know what you’re going through. Growing up as a third culture kid, raising three sons as a single mother, caring for my aging parents and juggling a career as a broadcast anchor and reporter, I felt I had to take responsibility for actions that weren’t mine. I would conform to be accepted. Fixing others became my mission. It was a terrible way to live – not only for me but for everyone in my path. I was addicted to people pleasing. Sound familiar? Until I made the decision to examine my life and put an end to this destructive cycle.

In order to do that I had to give up looking for external validation and approval. I no longer try to fix others. And I stopped apologizing for myself and those around me.(OK, I still say ‘I’m sorry’ way too often, but now I catch myself!)

As a Life and Career Coach, I will work with you to reclaim control of your life and find emotional balance and stability. I use a variety of modalities including Personality Strengths, Powerful Questions, Emotional Intelligence, Neuroscience and Brain Based Coaching. We’ll find the right tool for you so that you can own every decision you make with confidence. 

Born in India, I lived in Lebanon and Denmark before coming to the US. For more than 30 years I asked questions to get to the bottom of a story as a Radio/TV anchor, reporter and talk show host at KOA Radio and Fox 31 TV in Denver, KCBS Radio and KGO TV in San Francisco and KTRH Radio in Houston. I transitioned to life coaching after stepping away from broadcasting to manage the care of my parents, one of whom had Alzheimer’s. I graduated as a Certified Holistic Life, Career and Executive Coach from the Goal Imagery Institute and am continuing my studies in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). I am a member of the International Coaching Federation and hold a BA in Communications/Broadcasting from Biola University.

My professional and life experience, combined with decades of asking thoughtful questions, have brought me right where I want to be as a Life Coach.

Together, let’s team up in a thought provoking and creative process to eliminate your addiction to pleasing your family, your boss, your colleagues and anyone you encounter. You will discover what it is you’ve always been passionate about and then design the life and work you’ve always wanted. Your way.

My Approach

I believe you are whole. No matter where you are right this minute, I believe you have what it takes to get to the next step. I’m here to support what you’re ready to change. Any time you step out to challenge what isn’t working, there’s excitement for the new adventure – and that moment when you aren’t sure you can see your way forward.

Are you ready to stop living on auto-pilot? Eventually it takes a toll. Broken relationships, dissatisfaction on work, exhaustion, numbing yourself night after night. Let’s see what happens when you wake up and reclaim the person you have wanted to be all along. The person who’s right here in front of you.

1. Powerful Questions

Powerful questions come from a place of genuine curiosity. They are open-ended and activate the brain so that you can connect the dots. Powerful questions are direct, simple, specific and succinct. They generate creative thinking, uncover underlying information, encourage self-reflection, keep inquiry alive, stretch and expand awareness, bring growth and open the possibility of transformation.

2. Creating a Vision

Visualization is powerful tool that can take your goal setting to the next level. When you visualize reaching your goal, you make it real. Athletes, writers, politicians, businesspeople who achieve great success often use visualization to improve their performance. If you ‘see’ the dream realized, the path becomes much clearer. Setting your intention with visualization works. You get to claim your goal in advance.

3. Personality Strengths

What are your strengths and what do they say about you? There are a variety of free assessments that I will offer. Most often, the results re-enforce what you already know and with insights that help you take the next step. They can help you clarify your leadership skills, conquer obstacles, build self-esteem, resolve issues, express yourself, change your perspective and provide decision making.

4. Neuroscience & Brain Based Coaching

According to neuroscience, change is pain because it provokes physiological discomfort. If you want to create a new habit, you’ll do it through repetition and positive reinforcement which leads to long-lasting personal evolution. Focus is power because it creates chemical and physical changes in the brain. What you focus on, you strengthen, so you will focus on what you want, instead of what you don’t want. 

5. Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is an ability to identify and manage your own emotions as well as the emotions of others. It offers you the clarity to distinguish between and label different emotions. Then you can use that emotional information to guide your thinking and behavior, and influence that of others. The framework of EQ includes self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills.

Our Partnership

You have the answers you are looking for within yourself. They may be hidden or buried, but they can be uncovered. Sometimes it takes the right question, the space to respond and the belief you are being heard. I am confident in your capacity to reach your full potential. To accomplish this we must have mutual trust and bring what is necessary to the table. You will do the work, explore what you’re ready to transform, take the steps to move forward and keep your eye on the goal. I will be fully present, use active listening skills, ask powerful questions and walk alongside you. Together we will tailor the best strategy to design your life and work.

 

 

I’m so thankful to be launching this next step in my ongoing life journey. For each of you who have supported and encouraged me during this transition of the last few years, I’m so grateful!  Thank you to my husband, Art, who has given me the space to pursue this path. Marianna Lead, with the Goal Imagery Institute, is the brilliant force behind my comprehensive coach training. And a big shout out to Michele with one L, whose photographs are all over this site. 

Thank You

Design Your Life And Work