Hello! And welcome to my site!
I started writing a blog partly as a catharsis 15 months following my husband’s sudden and tragic death. Although publicly, I saw my purpose as providing helpful information to my consulting clients and followers. What transpired however, was a journey of self-discovery and transformation that showed me how we all have the power within ourselves to find and live an extraordinary life – regardless of the challenges we encounter.
I am a runner. In the past 23 years, I have logged over 17,000 miles. I have completed close to 300 races including 45 Half Marathons ((1:46:41) and 8 Full Marathons (3:57:51). I’m not the fastest runner. I don’t run every day. I run to stay fit. I run to stay sane.
People have told me how strong I am to have endured all that I did. I’m not stronger than anyone. We all have that same strength within us. I had a means through which I could cope. My training runs are where I took out my anger; where I cried. And where I also felt alive. And where I regained my passion for life.
Through tragedy – and running – I found my calling.
I became a Road Runners Club of America Certified Running Coach in 2016 and also started my training to become a life coach that year. I received my Certification as a Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) in 2017; this after spending 20 years as a fundraiser and non-profit executive (if you want to read my biography to find out more about my career and education, look at my profile on LinkedIn). Being involved in my community and making a difference has been part of my life since I was a kid. Even as a runner, I favor races that raise money for a cause and I have personally raised over $90,000 for a variety of charities through my own cause-running efforts.
I write with the hope of inspiring better physical and mental health and a passion for life. And no, you don’t need to be a runner. Just be open to possibilities, ready to live your dreams and say good-bye to self-doubt. And I might just inspire you to run too. 🙂
I haven’t shut the door completely on my experience as a fundraiser. Please explore the Coaching page to learn more about how I can help support your cause whether it’s personal or philanthropic. I urge you to at least take advantage of the 30-minute, FREE, no obligation session to discuss what you’re thinking and see if one of my programs is a good fit for you or your organization. That can be scheduled here.
There are numerous blog posts that discuss the benefits of running. Go to “running” in the categories tab on the sidebar. To learn more about how a Life Coach can make a difference, read this post:
If you want to read more about my transformation, I suggest reading these blog posts (in order)…
- My Story: Part 4: Beyond Surviving
- My Story: Part 2
- My Story: Part 3
- The Story of The Cause Coach (or what I do Part 2)
- The Old New Job
And please stay with me. I post something new about once a week. Please join the email list to receive new blog entries in your in-box (better than forgetting to come here and missing something). Feel free to join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and FaceBook, too.