"My mission in life is not merely to survive,
but to thrive; and to do so with
some passion, some compassion,
some humor, and some style."
- Maya Angelou


Discover your path. Thrive in your life

"My mission in life is not merely to survive,
but to thrive; and to do so with
some passion, some compassion,
some humor, and some style."
- Maya Angelou

Occasionally, great discoveries are made in isolation. More often, however, the journey of discovery is collaborative. Whether someone is discovering a new planet, a cure for a disease, a fabulous new dessert recipe, or any of a myriad of possibilities, they are helped along the way by the efforts of partners who provide insight, ideas, and invaluable assistance.

Somehow, though, many of us think that when it comes to discovering truths and power in our own lives, we should do that on our own. Why?

I named my coaching practice “Discover and Thrive” because I believe that to have a thriving life, we need to discover our deepest values, purpose, and motivations. I know how powerful it is to have a partner on that journey – clarifying, exploring, questioning, leading, following, championing, holding accountable – doing all the things a good coach does.

The best way to decide whether coaching is right for you is to experience it. I offer a complimentary, no-obligation introductory session, which you can schedule by clicking here.

Let me join you as you discover your path so you can thrive in your life.

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  • 7 Steps to Create Balance During the Holidays

    The messages blare out from every conceivable outlet: advertising; tv shows focused on the holidays; Pinterest boards with the latest and greatest holiday craft ideas; that stack of Christmas cards waiting to be signed, addressed, and mailed; invitations to holiday parties showing up in your inbox

    7 Steps to Create Balance During the Holidays

    The messages blare out from every conceivable outlet:  advertising; tv shows focused on the holidays; Pinterest boards with the latest and greatest holiday craft ideas; that stack of Christmas cards waiting to be signed, addressed, and mailed; invitations to holiday parties showing up in your inbox or mailbox; or any of a thousand other signs. People go into survival mode, saying they’re just pushing through until after New Year’s, when they can take a break.

    There is a better way.

    Recapture your mental/emotional/spiritual balance this holiday season with the BALANCE formula. Here’s how it goes:


    When the swirl of overwhelm threatens, stop for a moment. Take a deep breath or six or ten. Concentrate on that breath. Feel it filling your lungs, lightening the energy in your limbs, clearing space in your cluttered mind.  Whether you take 15 seconds or 15 minutes, take time to breathe.

    Assess where you are

    What’s happening right now? What’s ahead? Where are you right now in relation to what’s ahead? Is where you are right now where you want to be? If not, what steps do you need to take to get to where you want to be? Is where you’re headed truly where you want to be going? Assess, take stock, get a snapshot in your head.

    Lean in fully

    When you decide to take action – no matter what it is – lean in fully. Are you baking cookies? Be fully present to the baking. Are you going to a party? Be fully present. Kids’ holiday concert? Give it your full attention. Part of our overwhelm comes from thinking we can do many things at once. When we do that, we’re not fully present to any of them. Choose what you want to be doing, and then mine the fullness of the experience.

    Align actions with values

    When you’re confronted with a myriad of possible things to do, stop and think before you say yes to any of them. Decide what you truly value about the holidays. What’s important to you? What do you want to feel and experience? What do you want your family to experience? When you know what you value about this time of year, then choose only to spend your resources (time, energy, money) only on those activities, people, expenditures, gifts that align with your values.

    Notice the impact

    As you move through the season breathing, assessing, leaning in, and aligning actions with values, take a moment to notice the impact those things are having on your holiday experience. If you want something different, figure out what you want to change to get that. You could start again by breathing!

    Create experience consciously

    It’s easy at this time of year to default to habit, others’ whims, inertia, societal expectations, and so on. Talk to family and friends and decide what kind of experience you want to have. What do you want out of it? What purpose do you want it to serve? What kind of energy do you want people to connect with? In my family, we stopped exchanging gifts among the adults. Instead, we exchange names and create something that acknowledges who that person is in our lives — something we’ve made, written, sung, or otherwise created from our hearts. We present it to that person in the circle of the whole family, and it becomes a powerful, consciously-created experience. You’ll find your own way to do this.


    Have fun this holiday season. Open your heart to give and receive the love that so many people are ready and willing to share. Blessings to you!

  • Fiber Arts Friday – Stewing and Knitting

    It’s a little embarrassing to see that the last post on this blog was in late May. If I could claim that life has been a non-stop whirlwind of activity, I’d have an excuse for not writing. While there have been busy moments, it has not been non-stop. There is a writing project stewing in my brain th

    Fiber Arts Friday – Stewing and Knitting

    It’s a little embarrassing to see that the last post on this blog was in late May. If I could claim that life has been a non-stop whirlwind of activity, I’d have an excuse for not writing. While there have been busy moments, it has not been non-stop. There is a writing project stewing in my brain that I need to start tackling, but right now I’m still wondering if I have all the ingredients to make the stew happen. What else does it need? A pinch of this? A dash of that? Another idea or theme or motif from somewhere to ratchet up the interest level? Ok, rather than get to writing, I’ll just read this one more thing. And this one. And then this one.

    I’ve always liked the research phase better than the writing phase of anything. I used to say it was because I was a procrastinator, and, while that’s true, it’s also because I couldn’t stop trying to find new things that might just push my idea from okay to amazing. This shouldn’t surprise me. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator says I’m an ENFP; one of my StrengthsFinder strengths that has shown up both times I’ve taken it is Input (always collecting interesting things/ideas); my Co-Active® Leadership type is Eccentric; and I’m a Scanner, not a Diver. Eventually, though, there needs to be focus. I can’t keep all this brilliance to myself, right?

    Stories from the world call to me, too. I’m deeply interested in the political climate of the country and the elections, so keeping up on those feels important. The Olympics always intrigue and move me, and I found a way to circumvent NBC’s monopoly and watch them on the BBC, which actually showed athletes from countries other than the USA, if you can imagine that. They were a welcome oasis in the midst of all the violence in the news.

    There has been so much violence lately. Big violence. Large-scale violence. Hate-filled violence. The movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. The Sikh Temple in Oak Brook, Wisconsin. Shootings near Texas A&M. The Empire State Building today. There are more.

    And that doesn’t even touch the violence we live with on a daily basis with war in Afghanistan, domestic violence, rape, bullying, gay-bashing, and so many more violent expressions. It’s easy to look at all that and spiral into despair and hopelessness. Can we change? Will we change? What will it take?

    I know the answer is not as simple as “it will take knitting.” Heaven only knows, I wish it were. Some of my fellow church members in the United Church of Christ have a vision, though. I’ve written about The Scarf Project before on previous Fiber Arts Friday posts, and I’ll probably do so again. It’s why I’m still knitting scarves out of Red Heart yarn in this bright rainbow colorway, even though I really don’t like the yarn or the color. I’ve made two so far, and I’m on my third. I have one more skein of yarn left; one more scarf. We hope to have 3000 of them so that the delegates and visitors to our General Synod meeting in Long Beach, California next summer can share and wear them to draw attention to the hugely destructive personal and societal force that violence of any kind always is.

    We accept violence too easily. We pour out our shock and outrage over the obvious acts, while turning our jaded eyes and calloused hearts to smaller violent occurrences in the speech or actions of others. I confess that I watch television shows and movies that are replete with explosions, gunfire, and dead bodies. Sure, I cheer for the good guys and I even experience some kind of catharsis when they solve the problem of the bad guys’ violent acts with violence of their own.

    I also, usually against my better judgment, read comments on articles online. People very often say vile things under the cloak of anonymity. It’s a kind of bullying toward a target they don’t even know. It is a violent act, and it is accepted and built-upon by many others.

    I know there has to be a different way to be. I know there are other perspectives to find. I’m a coach — finding new perspectives is one of my stocks-in-trade! That’s part of the stew I’m making as I stare out the window, read another article or book, take Tiki to the dog park, or knit a rainbow-colored scarf to help someone else begin to become aware of a new angle, a new approach, and new way to recognize the violence all around us and begin to find a way to stand for transformation and hope, for justice and peace.


Discover what a coach is all about.

What is coaching?

The International Coach Federation defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Simply put, coaching is a process that works toward bridging the gap between where you are now in your life and where you want to be. As a coach, I help people discover their strongest values and deepest passions and connect those to their goals and dreams so that they can thrive. .

How does it work?

Generally, I coach my clients by telephone, so you can be anywhere in the world as long as we can arrange a time to meet together.

We start with a Discovery Session of about two hours. This is time when we get to know each other and lay the foundation for our coaching together. We’ll design the coaching relationship so that it is as open and transparent as possible in order to serve your goals. Part of this session includes discovering your core values and life purpose as well as other tools that will be important in the coaching process.

After the Discovery Session, we’ll spend about two hours a month in coaching sessions. This time can be divided into two one-hour sessions or three 40-minute sessions, whichever fits your needs and style best.

You hold the agenda.

Because I believe with all my heart that you are the expert on your life and dreams and that you already have the answers inside of you, I ask questions that help you access those answers. Together, we create a plan of action, set some goals, arrive at a way for you to be accountable to your goals, and celebrate your successes.

The best way to find out whether coaching is right for you is to try it. Call me at (715) 577-5542 to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation sample session or schedule online.

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The coaching process starts with a Discovery Session of about two hours in which we get to know each other and do some stage-setting for the work to come. After the Discovery Session, we usually meet for about two hours a month, spread over three 40-minute or two 60-minute telephone sessions. You may leave the session with homework, an inquiry to ponder, or something else to do between sessions. The value from our work together will come partly from our sessions, but greatly from what you do with the time between. It can be an exciting time of discovery and growth!



    This is one of coaching’s sweetest sweet spots. Together we will dive into your values, discover your life purpose, find what makes you really come alive, and help you put those things to work for you in your life while working on letting go of what’s not working for you. This is rich, creative, and powerful work that connects you with who you are truly meant to be in this world.

  • I’m thinking about making a career change.

    When it feels like your life is running you instead of like you’re running your life, it’s time to call in a coach.

    Often we fall into careers that seem right for us when we start. When you start growing in one direction and your work is veering off in another, it’s a good time to work with a coach. Fulfilling work and life start with knowing your values and life purpose and aligning them with the work you do. Coaching can help you discover these values and purpose, make a plan for taking action, and hold you accountable for taking the steps to get what you want.

  • I’m thinking about retiring.

    Is your nest starting to empty? Are you thinking about what life might look like in retirement?

    These are two of those choice points in life in which intentional reflection can yield marvelous discovery and create possibility for a tremendously rich life. Turn your empty nest into a launching pad and create the vital retirement that fulfills your life purpose.

  • I want to improve and energize my leadership ability.

    Here’s what the world is finding out: Leaders in all professions and businesses excel when they include coaching in their lives

    Whether you call it business, executive, personal or life coaching, the goal is the same — to get what you say you want by when you say you want to have it.

    Do you have a dream that wants to become a business? Do you have a business that’s ready to go to the next level? As your coach, I can help you get unstuck, set goals that are based on your core values and inspire you, and move out of the Land of Overwhelm into a deeply satisfying life.

hear from my clients


Jeanny did a wonderful job helping me determine who I am, who I want to be, what barriers were keeping me from enjoying life to the fullest, and how to break down those barriers. With her help, I have become more confident, creative and content. When life changes happen, I don’t hesitate to call her; Jeanny’s sage questions and suggestions keep me from becoming mired by them. – Beverly Wickstrom, Attorney

If you really want to move forward with your goals, a project, or your life, I recommend that you ask Jeanny to be your coach. Jeanny was my coach when I was transitioning my practice from my home office to an external location. She kept me on task and gave me the courage I needed to build a successful legal and consulting firm. I loved her encouraging and insightful style. It would have been so much harder without her walking right beside me every step of the way! – Paula Forbes, Founder of Forbes Solutions, LLC

Jeanny House is a fantastic human being – her presence and keen sense of focus allows true transformation to unfold before you. I have been fortunate to receive coaching from Jeanny and I felt such warmth and connection when I worked with her. I recommend her to those of you who want honesty, support, and a loving hand on your path – Jeanny is genuine and super fun! – Cindy Storms, Owner, Red Earth Sanctuary

Just after I started working with Jeanny, I found myself navigating an unexpectedly tumultuous 10 months of my life. Without an ounce of judgment, she helped me open up and explore my feelings, both holding me in them long enough to gain insights and adding just the right amount of levity to keep the process from being overwhelming. Together, we created some playful and powerful metaphors that brought me a release of negative emotions and the relief of a new and useful perspective. I continue to use those metaphors to pay attention to how narrowly I might be viewing a situation and to garner energy to tackle the big stuff in my life. I have improved personal and professional relationships with these new perspectives. – J. Nicole Larson, Baltimore, Maryland

I had hired Jeanny initially for certification. As great of a coach and mentor she was for that purpose, I got a lot more out of her coaching than a passing grade. She ended up coaching me for the next two years. Jeanny has a no BS attitude to life. She’s tough and will never let you hold your self small no matter how small you feel at the time. She will push you and make feel uncomfortable all the while holding and supporting you in a very safe way. She has helped me on numerous occasions gain different perspectives on certain issues that I have otherwise felt stuck in. I learned a lot about myself through our sessions. I grew as a person and a coach as a result of Jeanny’s persistence on getting the best out of me. We have set and achieved goals together and it is because of her guidance that I currently have a successful career in coaching based in Dubai. – Nour Sabbagh, Dubai

Jeanny is an amazing life coach. She really helped me to accept and love myself. I was going through divorce and she helped me a lot during the process to know I was doing the right thing for me. I especially got a lot out of the captain and crew metaphor process to trust myself and realize there were different aspects of myself I could trust and count on to make decisions in my life. – B. Kuhl, Colorado

Working with Jeanny, I was able to look at the obstacles in my life from a new perspective. Jeanny challenges your thinking with a unique approach that helps guide you to the outcomes you want to achieve. She is an invaluable resource for helping you to create the changes you want to make in your life. –Juli Rose, Director of Marketing & Creator of the 23careers1year.com Project


Find yourself and your purpose, and have fun doing it.

My entire professional life – teacher, pastor, coach – has been about helping people connect with curiosity to their innate brilliance, creativity, passion, and purpose. When we discover and then follow the paths that fulfill us the most, we thrive in our lives.

Here’s the big non-secret that we seem to be trying to keep secret: the world needs you. It needs your unique gifts, power, and wisdom. It needs you to connect with what you love to do and then do that. I can help you give the world what it wants and needs from you.

As a coach, I co-create relationships of trust with clients. I partner with them to help them live the lives they want, do the work they most want to do, trust the success that comes when they are most fully on purpose in their lives, and turn failures into learning experiences that provide the rich soil for success. I help people turn mundane to-do lists that they look at with dread into thrilling life goals that they can’t wait to start tackling.

My clients are writers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, teachers, pastors, business people, musicians, chiropractors, and coaches. Some of them are looking at major transition points in their lives. Some just want a chance to focus in on where they are, taking stock and making sure they’re on the path they most want. When they hire me as their coach, they get a partner whose only agenda and focus is their thriving.

I’m trained and certified by the Coaches Training Institute, the largest in-person leadership and coach training school in the world. I also hold Masters degrees in English and theology.

I invite you to contact me for a free consultation and sample coaching session.

Hire me to speak

I will custom design a presentation for your organization based on your needs. I try to bring a sense of fun and insight to these events so that your team members who might have come in dreading of a boring time (let’s be honest, here!) will leave entertained, energized, and enriched. Some recent presentations include the following:

Programs & Presentations

Staff Training and Self-Assessment

Spirit Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, 2016

“How to be a High-Performing Team Member”

US Bank Employees, 2015

“From Whining to Winning: Using a Coach Approach to Nip Complaints in the Bud”

City of Eau Claire Department Supervisors, 2015

“From Whining to Winning: Using a Coach Approach to Nip Complaints in the Bud”

Chippewa Valley Society for Human Resource Management Human Resources Conference, 2015

“Work-Life Balance”

Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce, Young Professionals Group, 2014

"Creating Your Ethical Will: Your Legacy of Values, Beliefs, Wisdom and Hope"

Foster Grandparents, CESA-10, October 2013

Visioning and Strategic Planning Day

for Northwest Synod ELCA Mission Development Team, June 2013

“Thriving in Your Life's Third Act”

Senior Americans Day, March 2013


Try it out or just say hello.

The best way to decide whether coaching is right for you is to experience it. I invite you to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation introductory session to explore the power of coaching. Use the form below to send your questions or comments.

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