I am a small-town Saskatchewan farm girl turned speaker, author, coach, and podcast host.
I am here to help you bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be.
You might be looking at me, thinking “this woman has it all together"...
I want to introduce you to Corliss 1.0. A woman who lacked confidence and had low self-esteem. She found huge success in direct marketing, yet didn’t feel that she was deserving of that success. She tried desperately to keep her crumbling marriage together because she had no idea how she’d make it on her own.
She wanted to be happy and live an amazing life, with a beautiful home, successful career, fantastic children, and a traditional family. She worked hard for that, so hard in fact that her desperate quest to "have it all" kept her just surviving her life.
Happiness was short-lived and she always felt like she didn't quite measure up.
That was me. When my marriage came to an abrupt and permanent end, followed by a move from a beautiful custom home to a tiny two-bedroom apartment, I found myself lost. My business was failing, my kids were becoming independent and with all these changes, my purpose was gone. The future looked bleak and I knew I had to make some major changes in order to truly feel I was living my best, purposeful life.
And, although I do feel I -- mostly -- have it together now, I spent more sleepless nights than I’d like to remember, wondering if I was ever going to feel confident and happy. Wondering if I’d ever move past the remnants of the toxic environment I’d put up with for far too long.
It took some work, but eventually, I realized...
I (and I alone) was in the driver’s seat of my life.
I am convinced that the past serves a purpose, and it doesn’t define you; it prepares you for what’s next. Those sleepless nights in a tiny apartment, wondering what was next equipped me for the next stage in my life (the one where I finally figured out what I was next, what I was meant to do, where I found my true purpose in life, and where I discovered my passion in my work).
Once I decided that I was responsible for my life, I became empowered to create change. I reflected on the choices I’d made that landed me in the situation I was in, and why I felt the need to prove myself to so many people.
I fell in love with vision boards again, creating a board with “firsts after forty” on it, realizing that I had lived so much of my life doing what I felt was expected of me that I didn’t even know what I liked, or who I was. I needed to explore new things and learn to love and accept myself… for myself.
I added images of a new home for myself and my kids, and pictures that represented the relationships I wanted to have with them and others. I placed a footprint in the middle of my board that represented the role model I wanted to be and each time I looked at that picture it reminded me of who I decided to be in the world.
As I filled that vision board, my sadness turned to excitement knowing everything I was going through was a gift, giving me the opportunity to start over.
I invested heavily in formal coaching and training, helping me turn what I loved about working with my team in my direct sales job into a business all on its own. I spent countless hours changing my mindset into one that can embrace what makes me unique. I’ve learned how to change negative thoughts into positive ones, allowing me to feel gratitude under almost any circumstance.
Just like me, you are responsible for your life and you have the power to create change.
YOU are in the driver’s seat and you can make changes to your life if you really want to. If you are in a rut, facing a challenge, or struggling to feel joy, find the courage to do something about it.
The power is --- and always has been --- in your hands.
I restarted my life at forty.
At forty-one I bought my very own first home and shortly after fell in love again.
I changed career paths at forty-five, started my company at forty-six, wrote my first best-selling book at forty-seven and became a podcast host at forty-nine.
The best part is, I am doing these things because I want to, not because I have to. After years of trying to succeed to gain the approval of others, I am now leading my life on my terms and from a place of courage, authenticity, and purpose… and if I can do it, you can do it too!
Something brought you here to read my story, and it is my sincerest hope that something about my journey inspires you to take action. Life is too short to settle and no matter what challenges you are facing, or will face, I can promise you, there is still a happily EVEN after available for you. Don’t waste a minute, you have the power to LEAD your life and we will help you get there.