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2020

Has this been the longest and shortest year ever? GOODBYE 2020…It hasn’t been all bad, I’ve given more attention to my exercise, my eating, ME in general, my business, connection to my mom and creating big changes in our environment moving homes after 25 years in the same spot! ‘20 wasn’t allllllllll bad.


Hello my beautiful friends: I could not be more proud of the coaches in my Coaches Mastermind Program for women who are natural givers and want to get their message out into the world by creating brand, spankin’ new COACHING businesses…


Is it easy for you to say I love you? I remember going on a vacation with the company I represented years ago with a bold, loving, wise and fun couple that role modeled ending every call home to their kids with, “Love you!”


Happy DECEMBER!! The clients and coaches that I mentor always know one of my fave sayings is: What if it’s better! (Big sloppy kisses of gratitude to Clarity Coach and Fun Facilitator Nina Obier for teaching it to ME!)


Hello, my friend. “One of the saddest things in life is to look back one day and to realize that you could have been, done, and had so much more.” Ooo that stung when I read Robin Sharma’s book, The 5 am Club with a recent book club that I was leading. What’s...

Welllllll, it’s time to go home, friends. ✈ After 3 weeks in Arizona, I’m leaving on a jet plane. Handing over the reins to my brother and dad to care for my mom. Shirley is doing really well after her pelvic break while enduring cancer treatment. Biggest...

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I’m going to just cut right to it. If you’re a mama of an emerging adult, this one’s for you. Two of my kids just dropped out of college. Boom. 🤯 I went from crying to content within a day and here’s how: They were miserable, not learning, going through the...

Hello lovelies, I am writing to you this week from Arizona. My mom is in the hospital. I was grateful that I already had a trip planned to visit AND I am able to stay here to partner with my dad to care for her. While health and hospital stays are stressful, I wanted...

Hi, my friend… Coming to you via video THIS WEEK! It’s women supporting women! I’m inviting my dear friend and John Maxwell Certified Coach, Laura Gillon, to the table to add her expertise and experience to our new DEEP DIVES! As women, we all need a safe space for..

How are you darling? Did you know we have 71 days left in 2020? I mean we are so OVER this year, aren’t we? But dang. We can not wish time away! I am here to share with you today that you don’t have to LONE WOLF your life! You don’t have to suffer silently. Why are...

We sold our house. I’ve lived here in the same house in Des Moines for 25 years! I was pregnant with my now 24 year old when we moved in. That was a long time ago!!

I’m going to crack my heart wide open here and tell you what I’ve been coming up against this week. Here is the dark truth: I want to control others. Specifically my children. I want to save them! I want to rescue others. I decided to take myself on this week and get...

Happy Fall, my friends… We celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary and it gave me the opportunity to think back over the past decade together! What’s made our life in marriage #2 work out, here’s 8 things: I did not care that he sent me a “canned response” on the...

You guys, Ten years ago this week I was so scared to be single. And be a mother of a LOT of children!! At the same time. 😆 I battled a critical inner voice that was saying “WHO is going to want YOU..?” I mean, really, my dating profile could’ve read, “Single...

Hello! This past weekend I spent 3 days in a full immersion retreat to help five FUN and SUCCESSFUL women write their next chapter by creating businesses they love. It was a Dream. Come. True. to hang out with these vibrant, life-lovers!! (You guys all think I do this...

Wowza. Is it September already? AND, it’s a strange back to school year, right?! Back to school gives me the same feeling as January 1st. A chance to create intentions, new rhythms, and reset in lots of areas. Do you feel this too? Whether or not you have kiddos...

These beautiful souls are wrapping up a multi-year growth journey with me and my heart is just absolutely exploding. Like a proud momma when 11 of her “children” graduate with A+’s! One of their final stretch exercises was to do a presentation to the rest of the group...

Are you a love language fan? We’ve been talking about this tool in my family because last week was my birthday and every year the topic of what kind of a gift do you value most comes up! Here’s the thing, my hubby deeeeeeply values GIVING/RECEIVING GIFTS and...

Feeling the birthday love.❤️🎉 The kids hosted a family Zoom on the eve of my 53rd with a slideshow of pictures and messages from themselves, clients, friends + the dog! Then we celebrated on a local patio for dinner with the Des Moines crew on my...

I’ve been in sales my whole life. I get amped up about something (weight loss program, scrapbook product, jewelry, protein shakes, it doesn’t matter — when I love something I SHARE it boldly with everyone!!) and so I’ve spent 25 years in the sales industry. THEN...

At Sunday night dinner, my 20-year old son noticed we were wearing similar biking t-shirts and asked to take a picture with me. Do you all remember THIS IS THE KID who at age 17 gave me the F.U. 🖕 and walked out of our home the summer before his senior year of...

I’m in Arizona celebrating my dad’s 80th birthday. On Saturday we created a black tie event with two main goals in mind: celebrate my dad and FORGET for a few hours about Covid and cancer. We danced, we ate, we wore masks, we stayed safe. My dad and I have always got...

We were out walking and ran into Phil, our neighbor at the lake. We asked how they are fairing during quarantine and he said (with bulging eyes), “let’s just say my wife and I are bonding!!!!” 😳 Marriage in a quarantine, not for wimps! How is your marriage...

Hello warrior women, Have you ever wondered if you would ever arrive at your destination? Have you ever had such a zig zaggity route that you thought surviving was not possible? Those are some of the feelings I’ve had watching my boys get to high graduation...

Hello beautiful warrior woman: I traveled to Arizona. My first time on an airplane in months. I contemplated whether it was smart to travel and decided to listen to my heart instead of my head. To me it was a “hell yes” and I soaked up every moment with my mom and...

Happy 4th of July week! How are you celebrating the day? Are you soaking in the sunshine or relaxing with your kiddos? Maybe you’re reading a good book or social distancing with friends and neighbors. No matter how you are celebrating the day, my request is that we...

Oh momma…. I’m here in Mesa, Arizona loving my mom who is going through her final chemotherapy for Stage IV lung cancer. Here’s a few ah-ha’s from Shirley’s cancer journey and my supporting her: When you ARE a good friend, you have an endless supply of GOOD...

Hey there! I’ve taken these last weeks to listen and learn and take in all the racial injustice discussions. I am proud of our world for stepping up, taking a stance, and saying enough is enough. My eyes are open, my heart is energized, and I am ready to...

Hey my loves, 2020 is almost halfway over. It’s been tough and heart breaking. It’s also been incredibly inspiring. Because we are awake… MY INTENTION is to do a lot more listening and tuning into what’s been really going on in the world that I was choosing not...

There’s a lot going on in our world. As a white woman, I realize that one thing that I’ve done is opted out of some of the hard conversations because I haven’t known how to fix racial injustices. I now see that I’ve been aware of things but acted like I was separate...

Hello! My desire is to “be fully me now.” Do you know the real you? I’m on the journey to understand myself and to access the full expression of ME. So this bulletin board popped out at me on social media…Best Life Tribe member, longtime friend, and teacher,...

Hey there! During COVID-19, if you’re like me, you’ve probably created some good habits and some not-so-good habits. I’m guessing good habits like: we’re less busy, slowed down, connected to our kids/family/friends more with Zooms and FaceTimes and for...


Life’s been different for most of us for a while…we’ve adapted and changed to go with the times (that’s our specialty, right?!). It also means we’ve changed or become more aware of how we approach life. So I did a little reflection and thought I’d share with...

In case you missed it in Best Life Tribe… I have a feeling some of you will think I am down right WILD for saying this and others of you are already doing this…. BUT. I am confessing something today. Listen in…

Hey you! I’m sure it’s no surprise, but gosh I love my job. I love connecting and networking with inspiring women around the globe. It is such a gift to my life. YOU are the reason I jump out of bed eager to work. It’s why I give FREE 30 minute discovery calls! I want...

Hello dear Tribe, how are you getting along? Getting weary? Settling in? Finding the silver linings or lost in anxiety? Yup, me too. I’m riding the roller coaster with you. We are in this together. Recently, I’ve been thinking about how DAILY life is. Especially now...

Hey Tribe: ONE DAY, this “shelter in place” will be done and I want us to think for a moment today… WHO are you committed to BEING on the other side of this? (I honestly didn’t know myself…this is our homework this week…together…I’ll start my first...

Hello my friends, The world gave us a PAUSE button, now we get to decide what to do with it! We are in about week 4 of this thing. It’s time to sit down (invite your partner or your kids, your boss/co-workers to join you or do this activity yourself!) and get real...

Hello friends, We are really in the thick of it, aren’t we? You were put on my heart today. We are all still transitioning and adjusting to this new way of life in the middle of the pandemic as it continues to evolve. I am checking in on how you are, really? Please,...


Hello there! Wow. This can be a super wild time. Loads of unknown, new routines for all of us, kids/spouses at home, or a quieter house than you’re used to. I see you. I feel you. I’m with you. I’m striving to very intentionally find JOY in the midst of all of this...

We are in uncertain, unprecedented times. While I am not fearful for my immediate family (my husband, myself and our kids) I do have real concerns from my own mom. She just kicked lung cancer in the you know what and now may be killed by a sneeze? Yikes. Yet…in these...

I have been a human “doing” all my life. In the past I have decided my worth based on how many things I get done on my to-do list in a day. I used to decide if it was a good day or a bad day depending on how much I achieved! Can anyone else relate? For years, I have...

Every week I show up in your inbox and talk about ME. I share my pain, struggle or win! Now it’s your turn! The easiest way to start making you (more) real is to know more about YOU. I am only a few years into this whole online place of meeting. If I met you in...

When my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer in October of 2019, we were devastated, of course. Since then, she’s been declared cancer-free and in remission. We are all rejoicing with her and beyond thrilled. Life is how you see it, not how it really is. As I look back...


Bethany and I met in our coaching certification program, so when she asked to interview me, of course I said yes. She asked me to be a guest on her podcast Dialed IN! Listen in… “Life is not what happens TO you – It’s what happens IN you.” Apple Podcast: ...

Hey Tribe: Today someone reached out for coaching. She was having a breakdown, HELP!! She shared with me that she spoke up to a friend about concerns she had in their relationship. She chose to “go there” with her friend when she could’ve stayed quiet. She was honest...

Hello there! Surrender. SURRENDER is my word of the year. 2019 was a doozy – aren’t they all? As I look back I realize that I worked on myself, my business, my health, many of my relationships – especially with my 17 year old Samuel who is the only...

One of the biggest things I realized about myself in 2019 is how tightly wound I was! Oh my goodness. I’m going through life making everything HARD. Proving myself. Starting and building businesses. Frenetically raising kids. Pushing. Striving! Using brute force....

Last week I coached someone who had just merged two households and was struggling with too much stuff. She thought all her answers were going to be found in decluttering her home. After asking more questions I found out while the stuff is still a problem, the REAL...

I’ve been a calendar/planner geek all my life. When I was in college I actually had TWO calendars. One for social, one for academic. 🙄 My digital-techy kids think this is simply hilarious. You can imagine that January is my absolute fave fave fave time of year...

The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me: One of my transformational coaches sent me her life version and I was so inspired that I wanted to share mine with you. I was born in Iowa. I had parents, Elwood and Shirley Rake, who now have been married 57 years! What a...

Merry Christmas, Tribe! How are you celebrating the holidays? Personally, I love not shopping or hunting for the perfect gift! I’d rather be creating memories. This year our family is cruising the Caribbean for the holidays. I enjoyed a no shopping December! I didn’t...

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