Confidence is about knowing that you are good enough NOW to start creating the life you dream of.

There are times in our lives when we know there’s something different – something more for us. But sometimes, even if we know exactly what we want, our confidence doesn’t come naturally.

We know we want more, but we seem to get in our own way when it comes to finding the courage and confidence to go for it.

We feel…

  • Guilty or ashamed that we want more, when our lives are good enough as they are, and others have things harder than we do. (“I should just be grateful for what I have and it’s selfish to want more!)

  • Insecure, wondering if we’re good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, ambitious enough, dedicated enough, focused enough, capable enough – to pull it all off.

  • Overwhelmed with how much things might have to change, confusion around what it will take or where to start, or fear of what we might lose (“I don’t want to make the wrong decision!”)

  • Obsessed with caring about what other people think, so every time we think about what we want, we hear our mother / best friend / partner / boss / inner mean girl in our head, and then end up back where we started.

It can be scary to make big changes.

But if we don’t overcome the guilt, shame, fear, overwhelm, attachment to other people’s opinions, or ideas of where or who we’re supposed to be, we will end up betraying ourselves and staying stuck.

But here’s the secret:

You don’t have to overcome all those things before you start.

You don’t have to have it all figured out before you start.

You just have to start, and gather confidence along the way.

How do I know this? It used to be my story.

Hi, I’m Melissa. I’m a Life Coach and Empowering Portrait Photographer for women. I work with women who are tired of letting fear run their lives, and I help them define their desires and develop the confidence to create their dream life.


I used to be a Pharmaceutical Sales Rep. At the time it felt like a very glamorous job to have: big bonuses, company car and gas card, expense account, huge meetings in Vegas where Bon Jovi plays private concerts for the employees. It seemed like a dream. But after a couple years I began to feel empty inside. I felt unfulfilled, unappreciated, taken advantage of, and disgusted with the management of the company and the greed of the industry.

I became so depressed and stressed out over what to do that I couldn’t get out of bed, and couldn’t keep from bursting into tears all day long. I felt trapped and stuck. I felt beaten down by an industry and boss who was constantly making me feel like I wasn’t good enough, smart enough or motivated enough to be successful at my job. It made me feel that I needed to change who I was to fit the mold of the “perfect sales rep”.

I knew there was something better for me out there. A career that I LOVED, that fulfilled me creatively and personally, and where I was helping people on a deeper level.

I knew I wanted to help women feel good about themselves, because confidence and feeling beautiful was something I had struggled with my whole life. So I became a makeup and hair artist to show women how beautiful they really are.

When I made the leap to leave my corporate career behind, I had no idea what I was doing, or if it would work. But I leapt, and trusted that I would find my way. And it was hard! It was before I had discovered any kind of personal development. I had no mentors, or role models to follow. I had to blindly follow my intuition and drink in anything I could about the beauty industry. And I had to stay focused on my dream and why I was making the change. And I did it. I built a successful business making women look and feel beautiful.

I spent years hustling and working non stop to make my dream work. It wasn’t easy, but I kept going. And it wasn’t until I hired my first coach that I realized it didn’t have to be so hard. That with the right kind of support and guidance I could realize my dreams and a plan to get there much faster than doing it on my own.

That’s what I’m here to help you do:

  • Get clarity on your dreams and desires and what you really want your life to look like.

  • Come up with a plan to create the life of your dreams so you know exactly what to focus on and how to get there.

  • Recognize your gifts and natural talents and what’s possible for you when you share them with the world.

  • Start taking grounded, yet bold steps towards where you want to be, and someone to hold you accountable to reaching your goals.

  • Develop a relationship with yourself where more and more, you recognize that you are beautiful, worthy, capable, and more than good enough.

  • Stop letting fear control your life and learning how to get rid of it once and for all.

  • Learn what’s holding you back and break up with your limiting beliefs for good.

  • Feel that you’re worthy of having everything you want.

I know what it’s like to have a yearning to do something different, and feel afraid to go for it. I know the fears of not knowing how to get there, if you know enough to make the leap your heart desires, and if you will succeed at it. But that’s why I’m the perfect person to help you on this journey. I’ve been through it and came out on the other side. I’ve invested thousands of dollars on my own personal development, mentoring and coaching to shift my mindset and learn the skills to help you get where you want to go. I became a certified Life Coach to help you dive deep into your desires and gain the clarity and self confidence to create a plan to achieve your dreams.

Plus one of my natural talents is to see you as the unique and amazing woman you are, and help you see her and fall in love with her.

I’m here to stand for you and your dreams, and help you get clarity. I’ll help you get in touch with your intuition and inner guidance to make the big changes for what you want your life to be. If you are feeling stuck, lost, unhappy with your life and know you’re meant for more, let’s create the life you dream of!

It’s been surreal to take one hour consistently with Melissa to focus on me, my priorities whether correct or not, and define attainable goals.  I feel like I gave myself permission to dream big with the time spent with Melissa and her help was incredible to break it down into action items that weren’t overwhelming.  What I got out of it was dedicated time to check in on me, explore topics that seem to get pushed to the wayside as a wife, mom, and career woman. Simply put, I took this time with her to identify 1-2 personal obstacles, make small changes, was accountable to the work, and the outcome is better self awareness and my acceptance to let some little things go.
— Lesley Smith

Within minutes of our first session I felt like I had known Melissa for years. She brings such warmth and empathy to the coaching process, it feels like a giant hug! Having a wealth of professional experience in both corporate and creative career fields Melissa is equipped to tackle just about any coaching request. Her natural curiosity empowers her clients to become curious about their own lives, and design the lifestyles they’re after. If you’re ready to step into a world of new possibilities, Melissa is your girl!
— Liz Czepiel, www.lizabethczepiel.com

So how does coaching with me work?

  • You’ll receive a welcome packet to help you get started on our journey together.

  • We’ll start with a 90 minute deep dive to get clear on what you desire, what you want to change, how we’re going to get there, and set up goals to achieve your dream life.

  • You’ll get 15 x 50 minute calls via private conference line to be used over 5 months. We’ll chat every week for 3 weeks and then take a week off for implementation.

  • I’ll give you journal prompts, activities, tools and readings to support our work together for you to complete on your own.

  • You’ll get recordings and notes from each call that you can go back to whenever you want.

  • If you need support in between our calls, you’ll have access to me through email M-F during business hours during our 5 months together. I respond within 24 hours.

  • I love to make my clients feel special so you’ll also receive gifts and love notes along the way.

“When you're on the precipice of a big life change, it can be terrifying. In times like these, having someone who can hold an open, non-judgmental space of deep listening, and honest reflection, is so powerful. This is Melissa. She has a way of understanding the complex challenges with making a life-changing leap, while seeing the brilliance and beauty in you, and cheerleading you along your most aligned path. I trust this woman deeply, because she's been there, she's skilled, and she cares. “ Nisha Moodley, Women’s Leadership Coach www.nishamoodley.com

Let’s create the life you dream of!

Melissa is so easy to open up to. She creates such a loving a safe space that you know you will not be judged for anything you have to say. She helped me see my worth along with the confidence to go after what I want. I would talk myself in circles and Melissa would skillfully bring me back to what it is that I really want. I love Melissa so much and I would highly recommend her to any of my friends.
— Kari Lahde, Business Coach, www.karilahde.com
Melissa is an incredible coaching goddess. From our very first session, she created such an exquisitely beautiful and safe space. I felt so held and nourished as I dug into everything that I needed to process and shift. There were a number of times where I thought, “oh dear, Melissa is going to think I’m crazy for this.” Instead, she met me right where I was at. She’s also amazingly intuitive. All of her reflections were spot on and so helpful in moving me forward. I feel so grateful for Melissa and recommend her coaching with all my heart!
— Cait Ryan

Curious to see if Life Coaching is for you? Click below to learn the 5 Ways Life Coaching Can Transform Your Life!


What is coaching? Coaching is seeing what’s possible for you in your life. It’s about helping you get clear on what you want, and creating a path to get there. It’s not about fixing you, but helping you to be your best self possible. It’s a partnership between you and your coach to help you define what you want in life, create clear goals and a plan to achieve them.

What can I expect from working with you? You can expect my commitment to being a co-collaborator in creating a life you dream of. I create a warm and safe space where you can feel seen and comfortable to share your heart, but I can also gently push you to dig deeper to create real transformation in how you are experiencing your life and to make the changes you want to make.

What’s your approach to coaching? I believe in being honest and having open communication in the coaching relationship. I use a combination of gentle, comforting questioning but also am not afraid to be straightforward and call you out on any false stories or bullshit you are telling yourself. I am able to see what’s really underneath your words and reflect back to you in a way that feels authentic to you.

How do I know this is for me? If you’re tired of feeling stuck and watching life pass you by, then coaching with me is for you. If you’re done with feeling scared to leave behind what’s not working in your life and taking a leap to make big changes that will lead to living your dream life, then this is for you.

Can you guarantee my results? There are no guarantees in any type of coaching. However, if you do the work, show up for your sessions, implement any exercises or tools I recommend for you, and take it seriously, you will have the best results.

Do you offer a payment plan? Yes! There is a slight discount if paid in full for your coaching package, and I offer monthly payment plans.

Are you ready to make big changes to create the life you dream of?