Just finished RAGBRAI in July of 2017, rode my bike across IOWA - 7 days, 411 miles. Incredible experience and incredible feeling of accomplishment. It is so important that we set goals that are going to push us to be our best. This one pushed me to my limits and I am grateful.
I was born and raised in Mason City, Iowa by a German mother and a father who had his own small business. My mom taught me the importance of taking care of your possessions and that the little things matter and my dad taught me to have grit and to not settle - that high expectations are important. I had the best neighborhood to grow up in, kids of all ages, we were always outside playing dodgeball, kick the can, chase, and any other game we could sort out. What I got out of my time in the “hood” was how to manage relationships, have confidence in my abilities, and to not be afraid to compete with the boys.
I was a competitive athlete in both gymnastics and track. Let’s face it gymnastics is not for wussies -- I was in the gym everyday, well before girls were involved in competitive sports. The tenacity to do this sport has carried me through my entire life. Flipping through the air, swinging on the bars, dancing on the floor, balancing on the beam, and battling through injuries made me tough and resilient. The number of times I had to get back up on that beam after falling prepared me for the obstacles that I have faced in my life.
Friendships are not to be taken lightly, I happen to graduate high school in 1985 with women who are still my friends today. This didn’t come about by happenstance. We committed to our connections and have stayed true to our shared experiences and have strengthened our relationships as we have made the journey through life together. Knowing that you have someone in your life that will always have your back, is a tremendous help when you are uncertain about your future and need life advice.
Attending college at the University of Iowa was impactful, just as college should be - never one to shy away from a challenge, I found myself in engineering school and joining Delta Gamma. Let’s just say, getting through engineering was a feat in itself, although I am not a mountain climber, I suspect that’s what I did. Being a part of Delta Gamma is where I found my leadership voice, which proved to be an important experience for me. Living in a sorority is a breeding ground for life coaching, I did a lot of that and am so grateful for those memories. In thinking about it today, I knew I had found my “people” and learned that I could be myself and that was enough.
I think it’s important to share my personal journey so you can understand the perspective I will bring to your coaching experience.
I moved to Kansas City in January 1990 and have been here ever since. My job as an engineer working at Hallmark Cards, Inc. brought me to the area, meeting my husband, Dan, and having three kids together (Troy - 25, Trent - 22, and Maren -19) is what has kept me here - and maybe the great weather, awesome barbecue, and rooting for our great sports teams - the Chiefs, Royals, and Sporting Kansas City. I will say right now I am a HUGE soccer fan.
My work life has been a journey, to say the least. I spent 13 years in my corporate job learning everything about how to create and produce greeting cards and other specialty products. I had some great mentors during this time and worked with some great people. I developed my project management and facilitation skills and learned the power of setting goals, being clear about objectives, and working the process in order to achieve success.
I moved from the corporate environment to the small business world. I used what I learned about retail management and opened an independent bookstore. This was three years of fun and frustration. I loved the customer and community side of the business and searching out great book titles, I didn’t love the costs that came with high inventory and low sales. Absolutely no regrets about taking this chance and in the three years the store was open, I have some of my greatest family memories.
Over the past 13 years, I have worked as a high school teacher and advisor. I got my Master’s Degree in Teaching and worked tirelessly in the high school in my community to create a positive culture and a classroom based upon high expectations. This is where I found my passion for developing people. My message to my students has always been to “be you” and now it’s the name of my coaching business.
All of these experiences have brought me to today and have led me to you. I have lived my whole life believing that everything happens for a reason and I want you to know that I can’t wait to work with you, get to know you, and start writing the new chapters of your story.
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