By 2021, I’d been tolerating pain and mid-life weight gain for years.
After breast cancer treatment, foot surgery, a knee replacement, and weight gain during the COVID-19 pandemic, I resigned myself to being a post-menopausal, overweight woman who would wear baggy blouses for the rest of her life. Although I walked my dogs twice a day, told myself to eat better, and tried a few things to get rid of chronic pain, nothing seemed to work.
Then, in March 2021, a life-changing conversation with my doctor had me take on transforming my health for real. She ignored my “Yeah, but’s,” and went straight to giving me the tools I needed to lose weight in healthy ways, including a virtual private coach and a year-long group program in the psychology of eating.
At the same time, I saw an ad online that gave me the courage to try Pilates, an exercise that had always intimidated me.
Secretly, I longed to be strong and flexible like a gymnast, but at fifty-eight years old, I doubted my ability to get my “flabby” aging body back in shape. I hoped Pilates would help, so I faced my fear and tried it.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered Pilates group classes could be fun and relieve stress while also transforming my belly, hips, and arms! Combining that almost-daily exercise with investing in expert support, coaching, and accountability helped me lose nearly fifty pounds and three dress sizes over a year. But just as important to me, transforming my body helped relieve chronic pain and boosted my confidence to fulfill other dreams I’d given up on, too.
Why Hire a Coach?
In theory, to lose weight and reshape my body, I should have been able to change my eating habits and do Pilates on my own. But I couldn’t get it done on my own—and there’s no shame in that. If you attempt to achieve a big hairy goal alone (with little help from experts or people who’ve done it before), you’re more than likely going to fail. Or it could take a lot longer than you think.
Even if you know, for example, that you like to write and you’ve got a good start on the book you’ve always dreamed of writing, thousands of people never finish writing their book, let alone publish it.
A Michigan publisher surveyed 1,006 people and 81% said they wanted to write a book.*
But here’s the catch: when The Write Practice surveyed its authors to find out what they found to be most difficult about writing a book, authors said, “Finishing it.”
* Joseph Epstein. “Think You Have a Book in You? Think Again.” New York Times. September 28, 2002
How to Finish Writing Your Book
You’ll need to sustain your writing (and re-writing) efforts longer than you might think to finish your book. You also need to organize, develop, and hone your ideas in a way that people will actually want to buy, read, and recommend your book.
That’s where I come in as a book writing coach. I’ve guided hundreds of authors through the book writing process.
I know how to get authors across the finish line to a published book they can be “peacock proud” of.
As a well-published author, educator, and writing coach with a PhD in English, I give you specific guidance and concrete feedback to help you develop your ideas, stories, and expertise. I also diagnose the strengths and weaknesses of your writing and teach you the skills to write a book that positions you as an expert, differentiating you from everyone else.
When you get stuck, I get you unstuck. When you get confused or second-guess yourself, I’ll get you clear and back on track.
Want to know more? Let’s chat.
How My Private Coaching Method Works
A three-month private coaching package consists of hourly virtual sessions with me every other week. To schedule your sessions, we’ll work out a consistent day and time to meet for the limited slots I have available per quarter.
Before Each Session
You will send me a portion of your writing twenty-four hours in advance. I take an hour to read and analyze your writing before we meet, inserting comments and making notes for myself to prepare for your session.
During a Session
I share my screen with you as I offer guidance and feedback while explaining my inserted comments. I view myself as a conversation partner about your book, using my critical and creative thinking skills to give you my best advice, as well as access to your blind spots.
At the End of a Session
You’ll get the marked-up manuscript, a recording of the session, all my notes, and any writing we might have done together during the session.
Want to know more? Let’s chat.