One of the best things in the world is being in the presence of someone as they step into the power and beauty of who they really are and how they really want to live. I am so grateful to witness this, and humbled when I have been able to support such an awesome transformation. Thank you for showing up the way you do ♡
There have only been a handful of people throughout my life that I’ve truly connected with, but with Anna, it has always felt like the most natural thing in the world. It's clear that for her, connecting with people - even people who are natural loners (like me!) - is something she does easily. She has a palpable interest in people and a totally infectious energy that is inspiring, challenging, and motivating. She’s also hilarious and makes every conversation fun and insightful.
Over time, I have come to be able to tell her anything, including my most private thoughts, aspirations, joys, and fears… as well as the things I am least proud of, and I always feel she understands me. Her advice is invaluable. And she’s incredibly open - never forcing anything on me. Instead, she partners with me in seeking the ways I can continually create a more fulfilling life for myself and those I love.
— Alissa P.
When I met Anna I was working at a job I loved but for an organization I hated. After having been unemployed for a few years, I was too afraid to take step toward finding a new job. Anna helped me realize the fear that was holding me back and gave me the kick in the pants I needed to help me get moving. Now I have a job I love for a great company, and at twice the salary! I've been able to apply what she's taught me to many other areas of my life — I'm now happily married to a woman I love, I have a wonderful daughter, and a home that I can truly call home. I have the desire to find those areas of my life where I've been "settling" and transform them into things that bring real joy. Her presence in my life has been a true blessing.
— Matt C.
Anna lived in an apartment with a European-style kitchen. Her Polish parents owned the building, and her grandparents lived in an adjacent apartment. She cared for them. When she was 30, she left her architecture career to make web sites. That's how we met. She bought a sun lamp for her desk. She bought lots of books about how to be a better person. She became a better person. She married and divorced. We started a club to drink tea in fancy places. Her house flooded. She threw a party and shared the aftermath with her friends. We both left our jobs to try something new. She gave birth to a beautiful daughter. She redecorated her new apartment. She married again. We talked about coaching. She became a coach. She was always my friend.
One day before Christmas, not long after we started working together, and not long after I started overseeing Anna's work, I called her into a conference room to tell her that her progress on our project was inadequate. She cried at work. She cried at home. The next day, she took over the project and did some of the best and fastest work that I've seen—not just up until then but in the decade since. I'm still learning the lessons of that experience: how to deliver criticism in a way that doesn't harm, how to get the best out of people, how to be kinder, more generous.
Anna has taught me many of those things. Anna provides ways to look at my life that makes it make sense. She's taught me how to attribute successes and failures in a healthy way using little more than language. Anna always finds what I'm saying beyond the words, reflects me back to myself, and offers a bibliography for further exploration. Her frenetic passion is contagious. I review all my major decisions with her despite the thousands of miles between us, because every time we talk I've gained such insight into life (and not just my own).
More than anything, though, Anna taught me how to be okay with who I am and where I'm headed. She showed me there are many paths through life, not just the ones I grew up with, and that all of them are valid. Without her example, I doubt I would've had the courage to switch jobs, to become a consultant, to break my own heart, to declutter my life.
Anna is the personification of self-improvement, a role model and guide for anyone who wonders how their life might be better.
— Joseph D.