It All Began When I Decided to Start.
I’m Jennifer! Your tough love coach and biggest advocate for change.
I help you get exactly what you want and do the hard thing to make your dream a reality! I’ll activate your personal freedom and help you get motivated to take big, aligned action in life and business.
Oh, I’ll also hold you accountable and remind you why you started.
Coffee (“no coffee, no prana”); Meditation; My “Gratitude/And So It Is” Practice; Moving my body (yoga, weights, and/or a feminine movement practice!)
Sitting in weird positions in my office chair; Snuggling on the couch with my furbabies and my fella; Working on my next project or with my amazing clients…probably from the same chair or couch. (Did I mention I’m an introvert?); Watching my backyard birds (because apparently, I’m now a bird lady);
Dogma; bullshit; bypassing; projecting; victim mentality; driving slowly in the zoom-zoom lane; people who don’t like animals; decaf
Strong coffee; books; real food & real talk; owning your shit; finding the fun or humor in any situation; the power we hold to change our own lives
I’m powered by coffee & driven by humor, and I hold a deep belief that anyone can change. Even (especially), you!
What makes me believe so deeply in change? I experienced it.
In 2016, the accumulation of an entire lifetime’s worth of unworthiness, following other people’s expectations, people pleasing, and numbing my pain came crashing down. I found myself on the floor (literally), needing something to change…
And I knew I was the only one who could make that happen for myself. That was the day I made the SOUL decision that I would never be that way again - teetering on the brink of destruction. I got committed to change, and as the days went on, I didn’t only SEE results, but I felt them.
My life started to look different as I healed.
Every day, every change, every choice resulted in something new - something I had hoped for, something different.
“Being human isn’t easy, but it doesn’t need to be so hard. Let’s make life more enjoyable.”
I founded Courage to Rise in 2019, after years of leading, coaching, & inspiring change in my community. This company was born of my passion to help others create & live more fulfilling lives rooted in what they really want.
I had to face my storm to ensure it would never come again.
When I’d feel a painful thought or memory, one I’d usually push away, squirm out of, or distract myself from, I’d hold myself in it, gently, with compassion. I’d allow it to just be there, accepting it without judgment, letting the intensity of it wash over me until it calmed and I could see what was underneath it.
That was the shift for me after that dark night of the soul. I stopped running and started listening to my heart. Instead of numbing, avoiding, denying, bypassing – I took a deep breath and turned to face my pain. It taught me how intensely I’d devalued myself, across all areas of my life.
I love the woman I am today.
I fought through layers of hell to become her.
And I’ve promised her I will never abandon her again.
These days I sparkle, I cuss, and I serve up practical steps, compassionate guidance, and tough love (when needed) to help my clients get lasting results.
I’m also freakishly good at Ms. Pac-Man.
I live in Denver, Colorado with my 20lb cat, Marlowe, and my 12lb dog, Spike. I’d deeply appreciate it if you didn’t report to the State of Colorado that I don’t ski, cycle, or 420. ;)
Life’s too short not to sparkle! So let’s sparkle the f*ck on!
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Change is rarely easy, but it’s always worth it.
to my cat yell at me because I’m clearly trying to starve him
cheese. definitely cheese.
six books at once
so much water
probably reruns of a show I’ve seen 100 times
My Favorite Things
I love classic rock: Crosby, Stills, & Nash; Bruce Springsteen; the Eagles…usually playing on repeat
my happy place!
I was an English major & I’m obsessed with words and books…so.many.books 📚
I have a love affair with my morning coffee ☕️
My Favorite Things
Dark chocolate sea salt caramels from Marich. (No, I’m not an affiliate. I get no kickback. They’re just fucking delicious. You’re welcome.)
Cheese & Avocado. Together. Separately. Whatever. (I’d probably eat a roofing shingle if you slapped avocado and cheese on it.)
The work I do with my clients. It seriously lights me up and fulfills me so deeply.
Where I stand on the super important stuff... Agree / disagree?
It’s Jen with one N. (No one has time for superfluous Ns)
I did competitive target archery + still hold a record in Louisiana!
I used to ride a motorcycle (red Kawi Ninja)
I’ve met Bruce Springsteen (fan.girl.moment.)
I’ve never skied. (Yes, I live in Colorado. Please don’t tell them)
I ran a half-marathon in Iceland (before it became a popular spot)
I’m freakishly good at Ms. Pac-Man. (No, really. Freakishly. Good.)
INFJ, 3/5 Mani Gen, Libra Sun, Aries Moon, Aries Rising
let's work together
There’s not a doubt in my mind that this journey we take together won’t be one that you look back on and celebrate! Change isn’t easy, but it’s always worth it, and I’m here to guide you every step of the way.
Did we just become bFF’s? I think so…