Hi, I’m Donna…

How long have you been doing what you do, and how did you become a Breakthrough Coach? To answer, let me share with you a defining moment, and a resulting “compelling story” that brought me to where I am today –  supporting women like you on how to expand out of limitations and into a higher sense of self-worth and authenticity. 

But first, let me rewind.   I grew up in family where it was unsafe to be myself.   I was born to a mother who was in overwhelm from baby after baby (following the rules of her religion), with an absent air force husband.  She survived her suicide attempt, but she always struggled with attachment to her daughters,  like her mother before her.  I was a sensitive and empathic kid born into an environment where needs and feelings were unsafe. My mothers pain became my pain, although I didn’t know it then.  I just wanted my mother to feel better.  I remember at 7 years old asking if she’d show me how to do the laundry.    I thought there was something wrong with ME rather than my environment.  My adaptations were to not be seen or heard.  To blend in and carefully read my environment.  

Sensing the needs of others  came easily for me, but I wasn’t clear about my own.   I often felt pulled in many directions.   A bigsurprise about myself was around my tendency to  cater to others….it was a  stress response  called ‘tend and befriend’ – a female form of the fight or flight response. My tending SEEMED natural (to me anyway)l, yet it prevented my self-worth  from growing beyond the limitations I’d accepted as a child.   

The Doorway

I spent my 40’s in a beautiful contemplative community of psychological and spiritual inquiry.    I applied myself to studies of  how the mind, body and emotions worked together.  But at a point I realized  the structure  of the community wasn’t helping my habit of emotional bypassing. 

 Although  I’d been practicing and teaching yoga for some time, ongoing back problems worsened. Medical specialists gave me exercises and prescriptions.  I found a holistic massage therapist who resolved it in one visit. Inner tension patterns had affected my alignment and energy flow.  Inspired by him, I studied biomechanics and alignment to supplement my yoga training.  Teaching private and small group yoga gave me  joy and satisfaction, yet – something was off.   My yoga teaching reflects my own journey and I recognized low grade self-doubt.  So –  next came  courses and studies on how emotions are stored in the body.  I was working with small groups to explore these connections when all  that was interrupted by a series of tragedies and deaths, including a layoff in the family and a family member shattered and disabled by a drunk driver.

During the long days and nights in the ICU, there were some uncomfortable interactions. More than once a kind nurse or friend encouraged me to set better boundaries for myself.   You know how Tony Robbins shocks people on purpose to help them shift?  Well, that period blessed me with that kind of wake-up.     I had to learn to gracefully stand up for myself without feeling bad or beating myself up inside.  The I’m- not-good-enough energetic dust of my past had been sticking to me like cling wrap.   I began the gradual process of leaving behind that old perception of myself.   It was time to get out of my comfort zone.  I got support with coaching, various forms of therapy and energy work.  

In my yoga work,  I was combining psychological inquiry and spiritual principles from my contemplative years`.    I also used  imagery  and forms of  inner inquiry.  Body tension and thought patterns such as anxiety responded well.   I saw connections between movement patterns and  (hidden) self-talk.  I love the yogic and spiritual approach to working with the body.  I’m also drawn to other ways of understanding consciousness, the body, emotions, the mind.    I love the work of Dr. Siegel, psychiatrist and author of “Mindsight – The Science of Personal Transformation.”  How you feel is an essential part of your overall sense of  ‘knowing’ or gut response. It’s part of your inner guidance system, and it’s also  the way you feel connected to others as well.    What I loved most in my yoga work was sending women out the door with a restored feeling of their value, from the inside out.

Inner Guidance

As I  began to honor what FELT TRUE for me, my intuitive sense, inner knowing  – or whatever name you give to it –  grew.    As I trusted more,  I began to have  a sense of right place, right time and daily synchronicity.  Wonderful new people arrived in my life. Old unhealthy attachments softened their hold and released.  My habit of second guessing myself decreased.  The more I  nurtured this inner connection, the more I daring and alive I felt.

In my yoga work, I connected with many women like this.  Women who’d become disconnected from their inherent value or inner knowing early in life too. Women whose gifts of sensitivity and feeling had been hijacked, leaving them questioning themselves or feeling ‘less than’ in all kinds of ways, such as anxious, depressed, doubtful or not fully alive. 

You have a natural human desire to feel ‘felt’…it’s an expression is from Dr Dan Siegel’s book Mindsight.   Here’s my version.  Your subtle body, psyche, soul, intuition, higher self – that part of you that’s connected to something bigger – whatever name you give it –  feels the same way.   There’s a mysterious aspect of ourselves that wants to feel felt, to be sensed, to be tuned into.   We’re meant to  be in  relationship with something inside of us, something with a bigger perspective than we’ve got.    But to build this connection, it’s inevitable to encounter blocks from our past.  This part of yoga was most rewarding to me so I enrolled in a coaching program to empower myself to get better at supporting other women. 

Following my Path

Now  I draw from my my experiences, trials and triumphs and help other women break through too and  magnify their wonderful inner guidance to realize their creative potential.

I created a 60 Day Stop Settling, Start Living Program, a unique blend of everything I’ve described  – movement, imagery, coaching, spirituality, psychology, new science, yoga, alignment – into a unique form of coaching which uncovers the blocks that are holding you back or keeping you stuck.

I love seeing  women’s perspectives change.  They become radiant and confident as they foster this inner movement that adds MEANING and direction to their lives.   I’m  exploring a deeper connection with life while also being a catalyst for change.  I’m passionate  to help others jumpstart their inner navigation and create a life filled with LOVE, magic, abundance, RICH soulful guidance and FUN.


Who are your Clients?

I work with women just like you, who are TIRED of living a life that feels vague and uninspired; who are ready to live a more fulfilling, bold and soul fed life

  • All women, especially older women who feel that life is passing them by
  • Small & Large Business Owners
  • Teachers
  • Nurses
  • Mothers
  • Therapists
  • Professionals caught in the corporate ladder
  • and more
What makes you different from other Yoga Teachers and Life Coaches?

I’m a connector at heart. I use a form of intuitive listening to support each person on what it takes to create a shift for them. I work with the SEEN and UNSEEN parts of your story, from the PHYSICAL to EMOTIONAL and THOUGHTS to shift your perspective and create a NEW STORY and a new life. I’ve got a background in science and I use concepts of science, psychology and spirituality because they reinforce each other so well to support the shift that releases you from stuckness to your magnificent creative potential. And my own relationship with ‘soul pain’ from an early age has led me to explore universal principles outside of the isolated realms of psychology, spirituality, self-help or traditional education alone. 

What type of personality do you work best with and what’s expected of me?

The Stop Settling Start Living program was created for the person who is absolutely excited and serious about becoming the creative, strong, empowered and best version of herself she can be. It means not walking through life feeling lost, beating yourself up saying, “I can’t make a difference, I’m not good enough, no one understands me, no one see’s me….”. It was created for you to put systems into place within a couple months which will lead you to being able to use your voice, follow your own heart, uncover what REALLY matters to you and take action toward it to make the impact you were put on this beautiful earth, to make!

I work best with other women. Women who are committed to their growth no matter what, who are ready to get going and need the energetic support and tools to begin living a life of inspiration! You will be breaking through barriers that have held you back for too long. You will be expected to take serious and consistent action. No excuses anymore. Just a NEW way of thinking and my full support while you achieve this incredibly empowering new version of you!

What exactly is the Stop Settling Start Living Program and what does it include?

My Stop Settling Start Living Program is a powerful 8 week program of transformation that includes weekly one-on-one coaching with me.   While it follows an essential structure, it is custom tailored for you because no one person is the same.  It begins with understanding who you are at your core, where your power really comes from and where you’ve been losing it, how to use your intuition, get clear on what you truly desire and create powerful intentions to get expand into your full potential. 

1. Intention
We’ll begin by looking at how you’re bypassing your ‘why’. What are your pain points, how does what you want feel elusive to you, what are your coping mechanisms? What is holding you back from the life you dream of living? We’ll set intentions to hold the space for the creation and actualization process. 

2. Intuition
What FEELS TRUE for you? Let’s give you the tools to begin an intimate relationship with your birthright that went missing . When we understand how are body, mind and spirit are communicating and actually working WITH us, we become LIMITLESS. We’ll deeply explore the concept of what feels true for you and where the blocks are.

3. Level Up
We’ll hone in to the connections between your inner and outer life. What areas of your life have been slipping past you? Where have you been on the sidelines instead of being an active creator and participant? We’ll clear out the distractions, habits and excuses to put you back in the driver’s seat! No more feeling like you are the passenger.

4. Restructure
Your finances, relationships, career, words and actions all represent what is inside of of you. We’ll use the power of the conscious mind to access the HIDDEN power of the subconscious to create changes in your outer world. Together we’ll shift your energy toward the how  of an authentic life where you feel good in your own skin.

5. Step into your SPARKLE
With the tools, exercises and new energetic sense of who you are, you’ll realize how to choose you first ALWAYS – even when you think you can’t. When you discover your inner navigation, you’ll KNOW your voice matters. You ARE a natural uplifter. Your sensitive energy won’t need to hide any longer. You’ll realize you no longer have a NEED to shine, you just WILL. Put on your sparkle and get ready for the red carpet! It’s time to live as the Diva who’d been hiding!

Does this really work?

Yes! The approach to our work in shifting your mindset, developing new habits and following your inner wisdom will provide results you’ll carry for the rest of your life. This isn’t a quick fix or a band-aid solution. It’s got the tools you need to live a life on purpose, for the duration of your life!

After going through this program, you’ll be inspired toward change and growth in your career, relationships and life-purpose. You’ll connect with a lost part of your true nature – the dreamer AND achiever! The traveler and explorer. A motivated and STRONG women. Are you ready?

What results can I expect?
  • Connect with your intuition
  • Sense of relief and empowerment as you understand how emotions are assets 
  • Big breakthroughs & ah-ha! moments
  • Relief at moving toward what you want in life rather than being stuck
  • Let go and release trauma in the body and mind
  • Release self-sabotaging and limiting beliefs
  • Letting go of regrets – feel as if a weight is off your shoulders
  • A sense of being comfortable in your own skin
  • Increased ease, grace and fluidity in your body
  • Feel and look YOUNGER due to improved connection and movement in your body
  • Less wear and tear on your joints due to better alignment and core health
  • A new delight, ease and INSPIRATION in your self-care practices
  • HUGE stress reduction
  • Feel more at ease in your body
  • Be less inclined toward emotional eating
  • Decrease tension, aches and pains in the body
  • Feel taller, more spacious and graceful in your body
  • Think more clearly, ability to focus
  • The incredible stress-relieving benefits of self-trust 
  • Learn how to say No and honor yourself
  • Raise your self-esteem and self confidence
  • A better balance of giving and receiving
  • Breath easier and have more energy
  • Feel empowered & excited about your futur
  • The many many health benefits of stress-free living
  • A sense of freedom as forgiveness becomes easier
  • Better health, energy and coordination by better blood, lymph and electrical system flow in the body
  • Improved movement patterns that carry over into your sport or fitness program
  • Sense of freedom as you live life from your most authentic self
Can I contact some of your former clients to see what it’s like to work with you?

Yes, I encourage you to! Please go to my client testimonials page and read all of them. See which ones you feel drawn to. Then feel free to email or call them and ask what they got from working with me.

How can I guarantee myself that I will get the most out of this program?

Be totally committed to yourself.  When I sign on with someone, we are committed together.  I’m not just a spiritual hand-holder. My role is also to light a fire under your behind and make sure you’re getting out of your own way and I will do what it takes to shake you up and make sure you get  the truth you need for to get on the fast track to a better life.  This is a process that works if you take action, apply yourself and implement all of the steps.    

Donna, based on everything I’ve read and heard about you, I know you’re the one I want to learn from. What are my options for getting started with you?

Congratulations on saying YES to what matters to you! I’m happy to work with you to achieve your personal goals. The best way to work with me is in my 60 day 1 on 1 Breakthrough Program.

Okay, I’m ready to do this for myself, but I have a couple of additional questions. Can I call you?

Good, sounds like you’re ready to be pulled into your future! Yes, if you have a couple of questions, email me at Donna@magnifiedspirit.com, or call me directly at (512) 940 3267. I can’t wait to see you succeed and am honored to be the one to help you! Now, let’s do it!

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