Deanna's Thoughts

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Why Having a Clear, Compelling Life Vision is Even More Important Now

I remember sitting at my desk on the 12th floor of a building in Portland, OR; my desk overlooked the Willamette River, and I had a gorgeous view of Mt. Hood. In my mid 30’s I was making six figures, I had a beautiful four-bedroom house in the suburbs, and my husband was someone I […]

How to Change the Core Beliefs that are Holding You Back

In chapter six of her book “How to Do the Work,” Author Dr. Nicole LePera talks about our Core Beliefs. It’s one of my favorite topics as she opens the chapter with a discussion of the stories we tell about ourselves.  “We often tell ourselves stories as an act of self-protection. In childhood, we are […]

Three Things to Do When You Feel Like You’re Not Doing Enough

Ten minutes on social media was all I needed to start going down a negative spiral. I hopped on, started scrolling, and my timeline confronted me with friends, peers, and students doing extraordinary things.  My friend Kat is launching a spiritual healing school. A person I admire joined Julie on her podcast; past students are […]

How to Build Your Business and Stay True to Yourself

Many folks who read my blog are former students from a life coaching certification course where I teach. If you’re one of my students, “Hi, I’m so glad you’re here!” I teach two classes, one on powerful questioning and one on the 5D conversation model. Quite honestly, it’s one of my favorite things to do. […]

I’m Not Perfect; I’m a Coach.

Last week a client of mine told me they were grateful that I had done a recent video on an area of my life where I was struggling. Up until then, they said they thought I had my life all figured out and that I was kind of “perfect.” While I’m proud of the work […]


How to Write Your Own Personal Development Book Through Journaling

I can’t remember the last time I read a fiction book—something for pure pleasure. My bookshelves are filled with personal development books, with topics ranging from leadership to storytelling, positive psychology, relationships, and lots of stops along the way. I’m fascinated by us humans, how we work, and how we can learn to work better […]