Founder of Keep It Simple Coaching & Consulting (2018-present)
As the founder of Keep It Simple Coaching & Consulting, Michelle understands the challenges of significant life changes such as marriage and divorce, fluctuations in employment goals, opportunities, status, lifestyles, and life roles, as well as the challenge of growing older and recognizing unrealized dreams, goals, and aspirations. She is passionate about helping clients with change management and the transitions required for them to move forward personally and professionally. Through careful questioning and support, Michelle provides her clients with the space, time, and resources to discover and sort through what they truly value and envision in their lives. Fundamentally, Michelle believes that the relationships her clients have with themselves and others are crucial to managing change and achieving success in life. Using her business platform and the Keep It Simple philosophy, she empathically and compassionately pushes clients to gain a deeper understanding of the change process, how it, and relationships impact their lives, and how to successfully journey through both to positively and optimistically achieve their best life.
Experienced Entrepreneur and Manager (2003-present)
Michelle has opened, owned, and managed two successful restaurant businesses. The first, a Japanese and Seafood restaurant, she founded with members of her family on a popular tourist island in the Philippines. Within a year, the restaurant was featured in two national magazines, and quickly became known as the must-go-to place for tourists and locals alike. The second business, a speciality coffee shop and café in Michelle’s hometown in Nova Scotia, also became a popular drop-in spot for local community members, and national and international travelers. Michelle’s entrepreneurial experience expanded when she became a member of a historically-established network marketing product company in 2011. Within a few months, Michelle became a Manager with the company. She then received a Team Building Bonus in 2012, enjoyed All-Star Status in 2013 and 2014, and continued to grow and coach her business team. She helped develop four Managers on her team and supported many others in earning extra bonus income each month. Michelle won the New Manager of the Year award in 2013, along with several other awards, and earned two international all-inclusive trips with the company.
Motivated Educator and Life-Long Learner (1996-present)
Michelle holds growth and development near and dear to her heart. She obtained a Bachelor of Education degree in 1996, as well as a Master of Education in Leadership in Mental Health Education degree in 2017. After graduating with her B.Ed., Michelle took the opportunity to travel and work in Asia. During the eight years she lived there, she worked as an ESL teacher, a teaching principal of a Montessori School, and finally a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor. An educator with over 17 years of experience, Michelle’s passion for helping others learn, grow, and develop new perspectives and skills is matched only by her own desire to ensure the same for herself. In 2015, she enrolled in the M.Ed. program because she believes that the state of one’s whole health is crucial to success in life. Additionally, Michelle holds certificates and is an affiliate trainer for Social and Emotional Learning, and is a Certified Coach Practitioner, Group Coach Practitioner, and a Master Coach Practitioner with the Certified Coaches Federation (CCF). She has also successfully completed a 2019 Professional Speakers Federation workshop in Toronto.
Driven Intention-Maker, Dream Chaser, and Golf Enthusiast (1996-present)
Michelle’s greatest dream is to inspire and support people in living intentionally so they can experience a full, aware, purpose-driven life. She believes in chasing and achieving her own dreams but is fueled by the passionate desire to help others to the same. Once an enthralled PADI scuba diving instructor in the Philippines, her greatest outdoor passions are now golf and gardening.
What can I do for you?
I admit – I’m a change enthusiast. I believe that change can provide us with opportunities to grow and develop in ways that we never imagined. I believe that change – whether we are choosing it or not – can push us to expand our thinking and our perspectives on our goals and aspirations. I believe that change can be beautifully disruptive, intriguingly uncomfortable, and gloriously fulfilling all at the same time.
I believe that change can be difficult to do on our own. I believe this is where I can help. I can assist you in setting goals for the changes you want to make or manage, collaborate with you in the steps you want to take to move forward, and be your accountability partner who encourages you and believes in you on every step of your journey toward loving yourself and your life more.