About Shelly


I’m Shelly, a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation,

an Integrative Enneagram Accredited Practitioner,

and a shero-in-training just like you!

I’m guessing you are a seeker, too.

We tend to find each other, don’t we?

For as long as I can remember, I have loved being a part of something bigger than myself:

  • first, as the youngest kid in a big, loud, hilarious, hard-working farming family;
  • then, as a seeker of beauty, truth and wisdom as a student of theology;
  • next as a tenacious, though tiny bit down right self-righteous activist and advocate for people who are poor;
  • and now as the mom of four, spouse to my very best friend, coach, podcast host, e-course creator, and head dog-walker. 

At this stage in my life, I started a coaching practice to move toward more integration: of commitment to family and pursuit of the common good; of transformative work and a playful, flexible lifestyle.

Here’s what I love: 

Anthropomorphic animals nearly ALWAYS make me laugh.  I swoon at the sight of a beautiful old barn.  I am the most content when on the banks of a river but I also really love being on big chair with a big book.  I am a sentimental mess on my children’s birthdays and I am hopelessly devoted to my dog.  I love a good competition, especially when it requires feats of strength.  

And I love when people recognize that there’s a HELL of a lot of work that needs to be done in our world – and the best place to start is by working on yourself. 

Here’s why I might be the right coach for you:

As a coach, I am committed to holding you as the expert in your own life.  You are capable, resourceful, competent and unshakably good. 

I listen.  I challenge you to dig a little deeper.  I’m kind and fun and bring lightheartedness to the process of inner work.

I lean on the the Enneagram as a helpful tool for transformation and find it a powerful tool in the practice of coaching. 

I have several years experience as a mental health coach, trained in Cognitive Behavioral Coaching and ACT coaching practices.  And I have twice as many years experience as the client in the therapist/coach’s chair!

Professional Experience

  • 25+ years of leadership experience in nonprofit organizations prior to coach training
  • Professional Certified Coach, accredited by the International Coach Federation
  • Integrative Enneagram Accredited Practitioner (IEQ9) 
  • Capacitar Trauma Healing and Transformation Practitioner 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Justice and Peace Studies, Creighton University (Go Jays!)

This I know: 

  • Self-compassion is a superpower.
  • Knowing our core values and putting them into action is the best kind of self-care.
  • Self-awareness and commitment to growth is the best gift you can give those you parent, lead and love.
  • Most sticky situations just need some silence or a dose of creativity – and a healthy sense of humor doesn’t hurt, either.
  • It is vital to know the difference between discomfort and pain.
  • Courage and kindness are contagious, and good Lord, do we need both right now.
  • The work we need to do – as individuals and as a community – is a heavy lift. But we don’t need to do it alone.

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