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Welcome

WELCOME TO
SERIOUS STEPS LIFE COACHING

Is it time to reduce your stress
& life overwhelm?

Are you longing for a life reset -
a chance to declutter & simplify your life?

Do you want to create a more peaceful life
for yourself and your family? 

Coaching Focus Areas

RETIREMENT


Planning for / Adjusting to retirement

GRIEF


Moving forward after the death of a loved one or other loss of a significant relationship

CAREER


Need to change careers or
re-energize your current career?

REBUILDING YOUR LIFE &
SELF-ESTEEM AFTER

 

Work addiction, work stress, career burnout, or workplace bullying


 

CAREGIVING


Becoming a caregiver to your elderly parent(s)

MENOPAUSE


Empowering yourself as you embrace this next chapter in your life

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ABOUT ME

Hi!  I’m Verna May.  

 

I am a stress reduction life coach.  I have an Associate Certified Coach credential through the International Coaching Federation.

 

I help people who are going through major life transitions to reduce their stress.

 

I do both secular and Christian life coaching - whichever you prefer. 

Here's what makes me and my coaching service different: ​

 

I lived... 

I know...

 

I understand...

 

I commit...

 

​I lived the pain of working 50+ hours/week... being chronically stressed, overwhelmed and exhausted... and feeling like I was not accomplishing anything I wished I could be. 

I know what it feels like to just be “going through the motions”... or to be struggling to get through each day... or to wish I just had the time and energy to make some changes in my life.

 

I know what it is like to get blindsided by some life event.      

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I know what it is like to feel alone.  To feel that you have no choice but to figure out everything all by yourself - because you are afraid of reaching out for help and acknowledging that you can't do it all on your own.  

I understand what it feels like to deny, or to pretend that things are not as bad as they seem, or to be very afraid of making very major changes in your life. 

I know the pain of feeling like your health or life is starting to reach a breaking point - or that one day, it could be too late to pursue that one goal or dream you had always hoped to achieve.  I understand the fear that comes along with that.

I know what it feels like to be asked, "So, what do you do?" and you just don't know what to say

- other than what you used to do.  

I understand how hard it is to move forward when someone you loved so very much is gone.

I understand the frustration of having so many "What now?" questions - but no answers. 

I understand that dealing with the stress of a major life transition can take time - and personal investment on both of our parts. 

 

I believe in creating a safe, trusting, respectful, and ongoing professional partnership with my clients - so that they can effectively move on from their major life transition.  I create a safe place for them to explore and to share things they may never have told anyone else before. 

 

I commit to walking right alongside you. 

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I commit to helping you redefine (and in some cases, rebuild) your life according to your real needs, values, and priorities.

I will help you reduce the impact stress is having on your life.

I will support you to experience the joys and rewards that come from moving forward, and pursuing personally meaningful goals and dreams.

I also commit to being honest with you... to supporting you to find your own solutions... and to gently encouraging your personal ownership, responsibility and accountability for making changes.

 

If you are looking for a professional, International Coach Federation-credentialed life coach who can support you to reduce the stress of the major life transitions you are facing, then you have come to the right place!

Is it time to reduce your stress and create a more peaceful life? 

DON'T let overwhelming, chronic stress win.  

 

You deserve so much better.

 

And you don't need to go it alone anymore. 

 

Let's do this together.

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Client Testimonials

“Verna is one of the most generous coaches I have been with.

She establishes trust and intimacy so well that I felt I could really tell her things that normally I wouldn't feel a coach would want to hear but were vital in my personal development.”

Karyn D.

“Life felt chaotic. It was time to make changes.
 

Verna helped me implement a plan to simplify and restructure how I manage my time, my health, and my close relationships.
 

Now I feel peace - instead of feeling stressed and overwhelmed.
 

Thank you, Verna. This coaching experience has been life changing.”

Sherry B.

“Verna’s friendly style works well for finding bright spots and re-evaluating situations and language.


Verna pushed me to revisit certain words and beliefs that shaped a thinking that held me back.


I’ve known, in theory, that I can combat limiting beliefs. With Verna, I’ve experienced this in practice.


I’ve acted more quickly and effectively in having difficult conversations I previously delayed and allowed to drain my energy.”

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“Verna helped me find focus.


She motivated me to move forward.


She helped me regain my confidence.


Verna helped me sort through all the "stuff" in my head, so that I could find purpose and direction.”

C.L.

“Verna is warm, respectful, considerate, and professional. She is a good listener. She didn’t interrupt.


She always grasped what I meant.


She helped me discover solutions.

 

Some of the questions she asked me created some internal discomfort, but I needed to consider them to move out of my comfort zone.


She moved me forward in a positive way.”

Ian Coburn

“Verna helped me find perspective – and my voice.

 

I now feel confident about attaining my goals!


I cherish her always asking, "What strengths can you use to help you with that?"
 

Thank you, Verna for helping me feel good about my strengths.

 

I am excited about what I have to offer my family and my community!”

Felicity Solomon

“Verna listened. She asked questions. She gave me challenges.
 

She helped direct me towards constructive decision making and goal setting.
 

She helped me focus on the positive.
 

She helped me through the winter season of my life.

 

Now I am better prepared for new things.”

V.K.

“Verna is a compassionate and patient mentor coach with a meticulous focus on standards and policies.

She has the ability to meet the certification-related requirements and also allow for my personal agenda to be fulfilled.

 

She met all my needs and exceeded my expectations so I could become certified with the gold standard in coaching.”

Gina J.

“It was wonderful to be able to talk about some of my concerns knowing that Verna was listening and hearing me and that she was always focused on encouraging me and talking about my needs.


During the coaching sessions, Verna would summarize my thoughts and ideas in a way that helped me to clearly understand some of my personal obstacles and frustrations that prevent me from moving forward in making decisions and accomplishing my goals.

Verna would check with me at the next session to see what I had learned, to follow up on my progress and to celebrate my successes and aha moments.


Verna brought such caring and understanding to our sessions as she challenged me to ponder and consider new ideas that helped me to become more aware of the plans that God has for me.


Verna highlighted my interests and uniqueness as gifts from God and she helped me to find the confidence that I needed to make some decisions about my future.

 

I was always moved by the sincere and thoughtful prayers that Verna said before and at the end of each session. My gratitude is overflowing that God saw fit to bring Verna into my life at such a critical crossroad.”

Michele P. 

“Verna listened. She asked questions. She gave me challenges.
 

She helped direct me towards constructive decision making and goal setting.
 

She helped me focus on the positive.
 

She helped me through the winter season of my life.

 

Now I am better prepared for new things.”

V.K.

“Verna is a compassionate and patient mentor coach with a meticulous focus on standards and policies.

She has the ability to meet the certification-related requirements and also allow for my personal agenda to be fulfilled.

 

She met all my needs and exceeded my expectations so I could become certified with the gold standard in coaching.”

Gina J.

“It was wonderful to be able to talk about some of my concerns knowing that Verna was listening and hearing me and that she was always focused on encouraging me and talking about my needs.


During the coaching sessions, Verna would summarize my thoughts and ideas in a way that helped me to clearly understand some of my personal obstacles and frustrations that prevent me from moving forward in making decisions and accomplishing my goals.

Verna would check with me at the next session to see what I had learned, to follow up on my progress and to celebrate my successes and aha moments.


Verna brought such caring and understanding to our sessions as she challenged me to ponder and consider new ideas that helped me to become more aware of the plans that God has for me.


Verna highlighted my interests and uniqueness as gifts from God and she helped me to find the confidence that I needed to make some decisions about my future.

 

I was always moved by the sincere and thoughtful prayers that Verna said before and at the end of each session. My gratitude is overflowing that God saw fit to bring Verna into my life at such a critical crossroad.”

Michele P. 

“Verna encouraged me through prayer and reassuring words. She helped me to move forward, and to commit to goals.


Verna approached me with grace and tender-heartedness.


She CONTINUED to help me push myself outside of my box and to think for myself.


I am now completing goals. I feel confident in my own decision making.


Verna gave me positive feedback, and she challenged me.”

B.W.

“Verna far surpassed my expectations of what a mentor coach would be.

 

She was very skilled in how she conducted our sessions. I could tell that she spent quality time and attention listening to the recordings that I submitted.

 

Her feedback was always encouraging and positive with areas that could challenge me and stretch my development as a coach further.

 

Many of my clients cry during my sessions and even though I felt comfortable before the mentoring Verna helped me find ways to be even more at ease with strong emotions.

 

Verna is a very warm and friendly mentor who I would love to work with again.”

Karen T. 

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