My Story

Fresh Approach Weight Loss Surgery Coaching

Compassionate Courage Coaching

Hello Sweetheart.

I’m Mary, and I’m the happiest, healthiest, and most at peace I’ve ever been in my adult life.

That’s saying a lot.

So it’s only right I give you a little backstory.

Six years ago I felt pretty crappy about my life.
I’d been diagnosed with diabetes on top of five other medical conditions.
My marriage had gone from on-the-rocks to falling over a cliff.
I was bitter, confused, scared, embarrassed and sick.

I couldn’t live like that anymore and made a list of things I wanted to improve in my life.

I decided to begin with my health and had weight loss surgery the following year. The day I left the hospital my diabetes was in remission and I never injected insulin again. I was on my way to a happier, healthier life.

And then, three months later my husband sat me down and said, “I haven’t been good to you.” I guess he could say that. He’d been having an affair with a coworker for years. How could I not know, right? Deep down inside I did know, but I pretended not to.

Turns out I hadn’t been good to me either.

I ignored all the signs. What would I have done anyway? I didn’t have the courage to stand up for myself. I was too afraid to take any meaningful action. I never felt good enough and I lacked self-compassion and self-confidence.

When something like this happens you’re given a choice.
You can crumble, or stumble to your strength.

I chose to stumble…through divorce, my mom’s death, financial challenges, serious medical diagnosis, and raising two teenagers.

I relied on inspirational teachers I found on You Tube, TV, in books and blogs. I immersed myself in learning as much as I could about resilience, vulnerability, compassion and loving what is. And I practiced it all.

For more than two years I stumbled, but I discovered my strength.

Then one day my sweet friend said, “Mary, I’m amazed by how you’ve come through the last few years. Your strength and courage are inspiring. I think you should consider helping people who are going through rough times.”

Her encouragement led to my 9-month Life Coach training with Dr. Martha Beck. Yes, Oprah’s personal Life Coach. Then I completed Level 1 Spirit Junkie training with the amazing Gabrielle Bernstein.

Today I work with people who feel discouraged, unworthy or frustrated, and help them move toward inspiration, confidence and peace.

I teach my clients how to make a heart and mindset shift about people, situations, and themselves. I support them as they create a path for living their best lives.

And how do they do that? With Compassionate Courage AND a Fresh Approach.