Hi, I'm Merilee!
I’m a life coach and drama disruptor!
I’m wildly passionate about helping you ignite your inner power and get crazy intentional with your life so that you seize every opportunity there is to live with passion, joy, freedom and meaning.
I know you want this too and it’s 100% possible because you have the power to control your story!
And if ever there was a time to get intentional about your life, it’s now!
At some point, our life alarm goes off.
We wake up and realize that life is going fast. We start to question who we are, who we want to be and what we really want. We can even feel stuck or lost.
Please know that all of these feelings and questions are normal. Yes, life is beautiful. It’s also constantly changing and challenging.
Whew...that’s a lot! Sound familiar?
How I Took Charge of My Story
This was me five year ago. I was increasingly feeling dissatisfied with my life, particularly my career. And my unhappiness was spilling into my personal life. I was frustrated with myself and because of this, I wasn’t showing up as my best for my husband, kids or anyone else. I felt lost. I was just going through the motions. Ugh!
I was doing what I thought I “should” be doing with my career which was leadership development and organizational consulting. While I enjoyed teaching and helping people, something felt off. I hated this feeling and I knew I couldn’t go on like this, so I hired a life coach.
My coach challenged me to look deep inside myself. She helped me reconnect with my true inner light and what energizes me. I also realized that I had a lot of old stories of self-doubt that were holding me back that I needed to release and rewrite, which I did.
After working with my coach, I walked away feeling abundantly confident and clear about who I am and what I wanted to do with my career and life. I felt like me again!
The truth was that my corporate clients were always coming to me for help at a deeper level because our work and personal lives aren’t separate. They ebb and flow as one and absolutely impact each other. I know because I personally experienced it!
I wanted to help people beyond workplace challenges. I knew I had the skills to help them gain clarity and take consistent action to create what they want in all areas of their life. I wanted to be a life coach! And so I quit my corporate training career and I haven’t looked back!
How I Can Help You
I know you’re a lifelong learner. It excites you to continuously grow and improve yourself. You get totally jazzed by listening to the latest Brene Brown book or Tony Robbins podcast. And you love a good Mel Robbins video for some kick in the a*s motivation!
I can hear you when you say that you want to live true to what’s important to you. I have no doubt that you want to build stronger relationships and go after your dreams before it’s too late.
I know you want to be better and that you even have an idea about what you need to do, to do better.
And yet, you struggle to be consistent with your intentions. At times, you let your emotions get the best of you. And you honestly don’t know why you’re not taking action on the things you want to do.
The reason why you have a gap between what you want and what you actually do, is that no one has given you the practical tools to master your thoughts and emotions in real time. Having this power will allow you to intentionally choose different thoughts and actions that are aligned with your values and goals.
I enjoyed the Ignite Your Power program. Checking in with and discussing the week’s challenges with Merilee and my peer group was a great learning and growing experience. Merilee has great energy and puts you in an environment that you can trust in. You will be in a safe place to share experiences and just be yourself.
My Unique Coaching Magic
Your Thoughts and Emotions Are Everything!
Please don’t underestimate them.
They control every action that you take and they are writing your life story. Your thoughts create who you are and what you believe about yourself. They will either help you or significantly limit you in life.
My coaching gives you the tangible mindset tools and emotional agility skills you need to raise your consciousness. From here, you can choose to upgrade your thoughts, beliefs and actions so that you consistently live your values and take sustainable action towards the things you most want.
Unlike other courses, programs or DIY resources you’ve experienced, my coaching goes beyond merely building awareness and knowledge. The magic is in my blended learning approach and support.
Together, we’ll progressively build your confidence and capability. We’ll build on your strengths, because I know you have many! You’ll experience targeted learning and skill building activities along with my one-on-one coaching to accelerate your progress and anchor in lasting change.
I’ve completely got you! I’m here to support and guide you every step of your journey!
You’ll walk away knowing how to embrace and leverage ALL of your emotions, instead of avoiding or bottling them. You’ll have the communication skills to speak your truth. These lifelong superpowers will give you the strength to be resilient through changes and build meaningful relationships with yourself and others along the way!
Life is amazing and I can’t wait to help you write your next chapter!
On a Personal Note…
I live in Pittsburgh, PA with my husband and best friend, Scott, our two children, Rita and Alex and our furry rescue pup Sandy.
My love for developing people sparked with my first leadership role which was at my most favorite place, Walt Disney World! Yep, I worked for the mouse and it truly was a dream come true with tons of life lessons learned!
When I’m not coaching you can find me making memories with family and friends. I’m an avid lover of beer and local breweries. I appreciate going out for a good run! I love listening to live music, dancing and all things Irish!
My mind is always planning our next travel adventures as a family!
I absolutely love to laugh. There isn’t a day that goes by without me quoting a movie or show. Some of my classic favs are Mr. Mom, Spaceballs, What About Bob, anything with Will Ferrell, Schitts Creek, The Office, Derry Girls, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and Outlander!