Melanie is a Martha Beck Certified life coach, activist, yoga teacher, intuitive tarot reader, instructional designer, way finder, writer, light worker, magazine publisher, and spiritual badass.
She specializes in helping both breast cancer patients and Resistance activists to manage fear and anxiety, find balance, and practice self-care so they can feel safe in the chaos, learn resilience, and keep fighting for what matters in their lives.
My story, so far…
I was lying in bed when I found the lump in my right breast.
A month later I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. The following three years included a double mastectomy, chemo, and three breast reconstructions, being unable to work thanks to depression and chemo brain, my husband’s job loss, bankruptcy, foreclosure, and separation. It also included anxiety, depression, PTSD, and suicidal thoughts. On the up side, I had incredible family and friends, an amazing husband, wonderfully loving pets, and some personal achievements like running a half marathon a year after chemo.
I’d always been interested in growth, happiness, and being a better version of me. My darkest moments brought me face to face with the parts of me that weren’t working in my best interest. On those nights when I was talking myself into just making it to the next day, I sought a way out. A way to get better. That’s when I found coaching and learned that I am not my thoughts. That I could change the way I think and what I believe to make my life better.
It’s been a long, hard struggle, but working on myself, finding my deepest integrity, and speaking my truth helped pull me out of the hardest time of my life with a greater knowledge of myself and my path.
I had some help from friends and other coaches. You don’t have to do this alone. I know what a struggle it can be. My experience and coaching skills can help lead you back to yourself and toward your life after cancer.
My guiding values are authenticity, humor, courage, and kindness.
Our purpose here is to know ourselves and have fun with who we are.
Learning to love, accept, and forgive ourselves leads to peace, knowing, and universal love for all.
We can laugh ourselves through anything.
You are never stuck.
Being real and authentic is who I am.
Kindness and compassion for each other can heal the world’s wounds.
There’s no such thing as a mistake.
The Universe is guiding our way towards each other.
How I Can Help You
I’m here to help you get through your own difficult experiences with cancer.
To help you calm your inner fears and find peace within. I’ve been there. I’ve struggled with the worst demons possible and I survived. Now I’m using what I’ve learned to give back. I’m straight-forward, irreverent, and I lead with humor. Sometimes just laughing at the situation takes the sting out of it.
I can help you move forward.
Cancer doesn’t have to keep you stuck in grief, unable to see your future full of possibilities. I’m here to help you visualize that future and work toward going after it. But, I won’t sugar-coat, pull punches, or mother you. You’ll find exactly what you need to move forward in confidence – and it all comes from you. I just help you see it.
I can help you face your fears.
And question my own beliefs, and change my thoughts to live a life of happiness and integrity.
I can help you learn to listen to your intuition.
While setting boundaries, saying no with ease, and making the best choices for YOU.
I’ll show you how to create more happiness.
And disengage from the negative voices in your head so that you can connect to your own inner wisdom and rebuild your life full of love and compassion for yourself.
Empower yourself toward a better life!
I’ll help you question any thought, belief, or fear that’s keeping you stuck so you’re free to move past cancer and onto the things you really want to do!
Why Coaching Will Work for You
You are more well-equipped to change your life than you may know. By discovering your own negative, distorted, or limiting thoughts, you can change the way your brain works to start making positive changes in your world! With a few simple tools you can take advantage of your brain’s incredible ability to rewire (called neuroplasticity) to learn new habits, think new thoughts, and believe new beliefs. Regardless of what your life looks like now, you can make changes to be happier and on the path to wholeness…right now.
How I Work
Try it for free with the 30-minute consult, where we’ll chat, get to know each other, and see if we’re a good fit.
Afterwards, all sessions are 60 minutes long, and are via phone or Skype, whichever works best for you.