About Melanie

My Story

I wear a lot of different hats! I am a Well-Being Coach, Inspirational Speaker, Educator, Workshop Coordinator, Level One CrossFit Trainer, and Licensed Mental Health Counselor just to name a few!

I can balance all these roles because I practice what I preach: the life-changing tenets of Positive Psychology, the science of well-being. I have over 30-years’ experience managing, teaching, coaching, and counseling, providing me with purpose and meaning.

I use what I have learned to help others, thus far well over 1,000 people, to increase their well-being by guiding them to process and have gratitude for their past, celebrate the present, and embrace the abundant possibilities of their future.

My Bachelor in Arts in Psychology is from Western Washington University and my Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. I grew up in Hawaii and have lived in Bellingham, Washington, for 35 years. I love all my roles especially Daughter, Mom, and Tutu (Grandma).

Surviving to Thriving

Twenty years ago, I sustained a devastating neck injury that ruined my life. My life was over, I even wanted to die. Despite chronic pain, disabilities and an uncertain financial future, I had to show up for my children and create a better future. I completed my life long dream of becoming a licensed mental health counselor.

I went from surviving to thriving.

When age 50 was looming, I looked in the mirror and did not recognize the puffy face staring back at me. I was unhealthy, unhappy, and in a bad marriage. And to make things worse, I felt like a fraud at work, I was teaching happiness! I started CrossFit and took charge of my health by drinking water, getting great sleep, eating clean, and moving my body. After just six weeks I was feeling healthier. And happier.

I went from surviving to thriving.

My Health Journey

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