"Living Well"

Each story shared by the individual authors in this 2019 "Living Well" anthology carries the message of turning fears into hope and inspiration. Please join us in celebrating the lives of these women authors and the milestones they share!

Get Motivated    Be Inspired    LIVE WELL!

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Kristy Barton was born and raised in Southern Wisconsin. In middle school, her family moved out to Cheyenne, Wyoming. She lived out west until she left for college—University of Missouri (Mizzou). She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism and a Minor in History. Mizzou’s J-School is still touted as one of the best Journalism programs in the country.

Kristy started her Journalism career at a young age. While lifeguarding and teaching swimming lessons in both high school and college, Kristy managed the PR/Marketing needs for the Parks and Recreations Swim Department in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

After college, she freelanced for a bit until she landed her dream job in St. Louis, Missouri. She was the PR Director for an area Union for 18 years. While she was working for the Union, she embarked on many adventures. She started an in-house PR Department, staff of one. In the 1990s, there was still a stigma in many Unions that women couldn’t hold a higher position other than being a secretary. Kristy not only built the PR Department, she also developed and maintained a monthly magazine, created slogans that would eventually become trademarked, helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for numerous charities and organizations.

In January 2015, Kristy embarked on one of her craziest ideas to date, she started her own business: Sunshine Multimedia Consultants—a full-service PR/Marketing firm. The first year was really rough, but by year two, Kristy was making a name for herself throughout the community. In the last few years, she has won numerous awards including the Webster Groves/ Shrewsbury/ Rock Hill Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding New Chamber Member, and back to back awards from the Small Business Monthly for being one of the Top 20 Best PR Firms in St. Louis.

Kristy’s business and home life are going extremely well. The addition of their adopted son, Jack, has been life-changing. Even though Jack’s not even one-years-old yet, the family of three feel like they’ve been together forever. Miracles can really happen. Jack is living proof.



Amy Baue is a Transformational Speaker and emerging thought leader focusing on heart and mindset connection. She is the founder of Rock Your Mind, Design Your Life, a virtual community offering a fun and refreshing platform for the new wave of women to use as a springboard to leap into their truth and authentic version of themselves.

Grounded in the philosophy of Igniting Awareness, Inspiring Transformation and Evolving Together, Amy specializes in helping women release fears and negative subconscious beliefs, radically shifting them both on a cellular and material level. When women remove their fears, they create new beliefs and change their world.

Amy is known as the “missing action” piece and learned that the success and fulfillment women desire comes when they focus, first, on aligning their inner world with the truth for who they are today. In this way, they access the creative power of the Universe which exponentially multiples their efforts. Only then does their outer reality reflect their inner desires. Amy has dedicated the past 15 years of her personal and professional life to the study of the neuroscience behind mindset and research on mind-body transformation. She has presented to groups and organizations locally and nationally such as Athena Leadership, Arras – Making the Tapestry, National Association of Productivity and Organizing, Polka Dot Powerhouse, Association for Bridal Consultants and Connections to Success and interviewed on podcasts. Amy has positively impacted and helped to transform women’s lives through her private VIP Emersion program and workshops and trainings by inspiring them to play bigger, stand in their brilliance NOW and claim their power to transform their personal and professional circumstances.

Amy graduated from The American Institute of Business in Iowa and has worked in the legal field, a business consultant to entrepreneurs, been a franchise owner, co-founded two startups and authored an e-book for women on adrenal fatigue.

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Ann Bauer is an attorney and founding partner of The Center for Family Law, whose attorneys focus their practice on family law matters. Services include mediation, collaborative law, and litigation.

Her belief is that the client and family lawyer should form a partnership and work together to try to achieve the client’s specific goals in a divorce.

Whether a client needs assistance in resolving issues through informal “kitchen table” negotiation with the spouse or the issues are going to be litigated, she emphasizes, “I want my clients to know that I am there for what they need and for the process that works best for them.”

She always hopes that when the client’s legal matter is concluded, they can focus on a positive future no matter the circumstances.

She is a mediator and a collaborative lawyer, working with couples who wish to settle their differences respectfully and out of court.

  • Member: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an organization of family law attorneys whose focus is to promote the highest degree of professionalism and ethics in the practice of family law.
  • Past chair of The Missouri Bar Family Law Section.
  • Founding Member of the St. Louis Collaborative Family Law Association, (past president and current board member).
  • Founding member of the Missouri chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) – interdisciplinary international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict.
  • Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyer since 2005.
  • Volunteer attorney for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.
  • Volunteer attorney for St. Louis County’s domestic violence dockets.
  • Recipient of the 2012 Pro Bono Service Award from the Missouri Bar.
  • Recipient of the 2013 Family Law Practitioner of the Year, Missouri Bar Family Law Section.



Debbie Baumoel has been a certified coach for over nine years. Her certification is from the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (C.O.P.E.), with the Villanova University School of Nursing.

She has worked with over 500 clients and has also trained and supported other coaches all across the country. Together they have impacted the lives of thousands of people. She lost 80 lbs. over nine years ago and has been at a healthy weight since then. She has been a role model and inspiration to many people through her numerous speaking engagements for professional organizations and business development groups. She has been interviewed on radio shows, podcasts and television and has had magazine articles written about her health and wellness journey. She has been a trainer on nationwide webinars and courses, instructing others on healthy habits, nutrition and wellness.

As a business coach she has supported and trained other coaches and helped them create profitable businesses while offering this lifestyle program.

She graduated from Webster University with honors and a degree in Education, with an emphasis in Curriculum Design.

She has been married for 41 years to her husband Victor Paglisotti and together they have two wonderful children!

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Lisa Bianco specializes in helping busy professionals and entrepreneurs be more productive and organized from the inside out. Her business Power is Within Coaching, Organizing and Productivity helps these professionals create awareness of the power they hold within themselves to build the business, space, and life that they desire. She accomplishes this by focusing on the underlying factors which are the inner work to make the outer work, the plan of action, a success.

She enjoys the challenge of working with overwhelmed individuals who are frustrated with finding a productivity, organizing or time management system that will work the best for them. She assists her clients to thrive by keeping them accountable on getting their work done, so they accomplish more in less time and now have the time to do what they love.

Lisa is an Associate Certified Coach with ICF, Productivity Specialist and Professional Organizer with NAPO and a Certified DISC Practitioner. She is an international speaker who leads highly interactive workshops at conferences and life-changing retreats.

That’s the outside business side; her inner personal side is she is married for plus or minus 30 years. Her husband travels a lot; the actual time spent together is a lot less. She is a Mom to a son and daughter who happens to be 14 years younger. She came into our lives when we needed her the most. She enjoys the outdoors, walking, reading, yoga and anything creative. If it all that involves a beach, family, and friends it’s appreciated even more!

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Jody R. Budo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Clinical Coach, trainer and author with over 10 years of progressive management experience, program and leadership development, team development, personal coaching and motivational interviewing.

She has conducted several trainings and webinars on creating a profitable company by focusing on the employees and teams within that company.  Current trainings have featured Creating a Healthy Workplace Environment, Dealing with Bullies at Work and How to Manage Service Members and Veterans in the Workplace.

Jody specializes in training companies who struggle with mentally unhealthy and toxic personalities in the workplace. She believes that by creating a positive team with the right people in leadership positions, a workplace can create the type of atmosphere for the employee, the team, and ultimately the company to maximize their bottom line and improve their profitability.

Jody has worked almost 20 years in the area of mental health for children, youth, families and military veterans and has her Master of Social Work degree from Washington University. She enjoys spending time with her family and their two rescue puppies, playing cards, reading, photography, traveling, and writing.



Michele Burghardt, C.Ht., NLP is a behavioral mindset coach working with struggling entrepreneurs and sales professionals. She helps them break through limiting sales blocks so they can achieve more success and make more money.

Understanding the importance of the subconscious mind as it relates to success science Ms. Burghardt has personally developed the Simple Success™ signature coaching program which combines conscious learnings, peer idea exchange, and retraining on the subconscious level. The focus of the program is to update your belief systems so they can support your goals of today.

Working world-wide, Michele Burghardt has helped hundreds of clients, from a variety of industries, transform their lives and achieve success. She also presents key-note presentations and workshops on a variety of success science topics to audiences of all sizes.

Michele has over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience. During that time she has started and sold companies and founded two not-for-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, is a certified consulting hypnotherapist, and holds a certification in neurolinguistics programming. Currently, she is the founder of The Savvy Mind LLC, a success science coaching company located in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Kim Carr is living her dream life every day as a small farmer, photographer, and aspiring author.  Having been raised in the suburbs of St. Louis, Kim knew by the age of ten she would someday be a farmer after spending a summer on her grandparent’s farm.  Kim obtained a degree in Animal Science and has had her farm for over thirty years.  Here she is surrounded by an assortment of critters including Uncle Squid, a very vocal goose, three very big dogs, two little ones, and two cats that rule the roost.

Currently, Kim is combining her passion for writing and photography in a photo series featuring heritage breed farm animals.  Many of these animals are in danger of extinction.  Kim is visiting small Missouri farmers that are working to preserve rare breeds of livestock and poultry for future generations to come.  Kim’s goal is to raise awareness that there are breeds of farm animals in need of protection from extinction, not just exotics.  By tapping into her life experiences on the farm, Kim can shed light on a subject matter that gets little attention.

Stay updated on Kim’s projects at www.kimcarrphotography.com



Patricia Eder has over 30 years of experience working in the world of consulting for healing and transformational projects encouraging individuals through capacity building and training. Her work is often for small non-profits, interior design projects and then eventually developing programs through her eight certifications in the Healing Arts.

Patricia’s credentials cover a wide spectrum of modalities to emphasize her wide range of experience. She has a B.A. in Organizational Development emphasizing changing systems and communication. She is a Reiki Master, Intuitive Healer (CIH), as well as a Certified Interior Designer owning her own company for 27 years in California. In addition, she has three certifications in Feng Shui and Interior Alignment, Certified Soul coaching practitioner, Inter-Faith Spiritual Director trained at CHI in Berkeley, CA, as well as extensive training in Kundalini Yoga. She has extensive international travel experience as a tour director and has studied with shamans, spiritual communities and yogis internationally and in the U.S.

Patricia created Enlightened Environments, a coaching and consulting conscious lifestyle design company, which incorporates coaching and training programs encouraging women to explore their deepest heart’s desire as to what their new lives could be! Her work helps her clients process their inner and outer transformational work ranging from her coaching work called the MOJO RENEWAL PROCESS, creating sacred space in their healing environments to help clients create a new way of being through conscious lifestyles. Creating new life stories with her clients is her passion; helping them fully engage in their lives by claiming their new way of being in the world through finding their MOJO again! All of Patricia’s work is about finding a new sense of themselves and going through a process of discovery, adventure and exploring the mysteries of life! This process is called the MOJO RENEWAL PROJECT!

patricia@enlightenedenvironments.com Contact Patricia for Top Tips on Finding Your Mojo!


Kerry K. Ghormley, CLTC is a specialist in Life and Health Insurance planning. Kerry’s personal experiences with most of the products she represents fuels her passion to help people. It is her wish to help others around her to be prepared for the unexpected challenges that arise every day. She has been helping protect individuals and families since obtaining her Insurance licenses in 2006. This includes Life Insurance and on the Health side, Long and short-term care plans, long and short-term Disability, Critical Illness, Cancer insurance and all things Medicare. She currently represents over 40 companies.

She is certified in Long-Term Care planning (CLTC), a designation where graduates have completed a rigorous multidisciplinary course that focuses on the profession of long-term care planning. She is a founding member of the Senior Resource Options group (SRO). She is a member of the Professional Women’s Alliance (PWA) and served on the board in 2016 and 2017 as the Philanthropic chair. She has a BSFA degree from Valparaiso University.

kghormley@gmail.com - Contact Kerry for a complimentary comprehensive Insurance review of any Life, Long and/or Short-Term Care, Disability, Medicare, Critical Illness or Cancer plans.


Dianne Graves is a founding partner, president, and mediator of Ball Graves Law and Mediation, L.L.C.. She brings a unique approach to mediation, leveraging her experience representing defendants at hundreds of employment and civil mediation cases. Dianne understands the pressures of meeting business objectives while balancing the needs of all parties. Traditional mediators spend a short time discussing the parties’ interests before moving to the negotiation phase. Instead, Dianne and her partner bring in additional resources to help parties brainstorm to understand the core values that brought them to the table, so they can reach their true objectives while avoiding the risks and stresses of continued litigation. She is so passionate about conflict resolution strategies, she wrote her book, The HR Handbook for New Parents, to teach the next generation how to build these skills into their daily parenting routines.

Before founding her firm, Dianne served as Assistant General Counsel for Save-A-Lot Food Stores handling employment, labor, and risk management litigation. Additional work experiences include legal roles at Ralcorp Holdings, AAIM Management Association, Huttig Building Products and HR/employee relations roles within BJC Health System.

She has supported the greater St. Louis community for more than 25 years serving on boards and committees, was founding member of the Save-A-Lot Women’s Interactive Network, and most recently, was named one of the Top Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer Magazine in 2018.

Dianne earned her Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University while working full-time in Human Resources and raising a family. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Functional major in Personnel and a minor in French from the University of Central Missouri.



Tara Gregor is many things: a St. Louis native and founder of BreakWell; she is a working, enterprising, single mom; and she is a busy woman who finds every opportunity to squeeze well-being into her crazy schedule.

Tara Gregor is passionate about helping employees live a better life. She is committed to work with companies to elevate their employee experience. With over a decade of experience in management, Tara observed what drove employee happiness and profits.

As a mother of two with an insatiable drive to have a successful career, Tara knew that there had to be a better way for employees to live. As a woman, she wanted to be a great mom and a leader in a business.

“My passion and my purpose are to help companies enrich their employee experience. Burnout is real. Debilitating stress is real. Feeling isolated or underappreciated is real. There is an endless list of physical, emotional, mental and social perceptions that employees are feeling that are all real. Companies lose really great employees because there are no measures put in place to overcome these issues and guide employees to a better way”.

BreakWell provides accessible self-care in the workplace to busy employees. As the shift in company culture and responsibility change, companies are staring to understand the need to help their employees retain resiliency. When employees identify with a company as genuinely caring, the effect is monumental. The transformation is exciting as we continue to emphasize work/life integration.

BreakWell, founded: 2018

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Dr. Nadine Kouba has presented workshops, consulted and coached individuals all over the United States as well as globally in the Asia Pacific region, in the Middle East and Europe. With extensive business expertise spanning seven different industries, education and not for profit, Dr. Kouba brings a powerful mix of strategy, empathy and real-world insights to her client engagements.

Along with her business partner, Dr. Kouba designed the guided career management program, Careers By Design, for employed individuals. Her passion is to add value whether she is coaching or consulting. Throughout her career, Dr. Nadine Kouba has worked with leaders at all levels. Her experience includes executive and individual contributor coaching, intact leadership team development, as well as, succession planning and leadership program development and facilitation.

Based on her over twenty-five years of business experience, Dr. Nadine Kouba brings a thoughtful approach to her coaching. She helps the client surface their goals, and then create and work an action plan that achieves their desired results—solving a business problem, handling a people issue, developing personal leadership, executive presence, transitioning into a new role or planning their career.

Nadine earned a Ph.D. in Education - Higher Education Leadership from St. Louis University and is also a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas Executive and Professional Coaching program. She is certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC).



Mikell Rush, founder and owner of Buoyant Float Spa. Buoyant offers Floatation Therapy in a high-end tranquil environment where one can decompress the mind and body in a gravity and sensory free environment. Studies show that floating can benefit individuals from stress to muscle recovery, and plenty more. Mikell has always been interested in wellness, from her days in nursing school to her time in pharmaceutical sales. Throughout her career, she has seen many new trends and treatments for healing minds and bodies. She has been a practitioner of many other forms of wellness such as massages, meditation, acupuncture, and other natural forms of healing, and now Floatation Therapy.

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Meaghan Schaffer feels like she is living well when she’s creating something: cooking, writing, painting, gardening, and crafting…on second thought, she’s in Pinterest recovery after some epic fails, so not much of a crafter; not much of a gardener either, but is working on it—loves it. She also loves: thunderstorms, orange, salt, early mornings, dogs, the beach, and attempting yoga, but wouldn’t mind if the following were eradicated: lint, sage green, escalators, sunburns, power tools, and driving in the snow. Meaghan is working on being vulnerable out loud and dismantling her perfectionism while living in St. Louis (which she only began to fully appreciate after a short stint in California Wine Country—yes, really), with her husband and two pups. Meaghan’s life has been sweet and beautiful and a little bit brutal; she does her damndest to live in the light and respect the shadows; ever a work in progress.



Melissa Swank is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and the founder and owner of The Well Being STL, a wellness coaching small business based in St. Louis. She specializes in helping reduce stress and improve the quality of life for women who work outside and inside the home. As a health coach, she works with clients to help them improve the quality of their lives through goal setting, understanding themselves and their own needs, and positivity. Through her coaching program, clients set nutrition, physical activity, and positive self-care goals that they believe will improve their health outcomes and simultaneously reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases.

Melissa holds a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health and has spent nearly two decades working as a public health professional: in cancer research and childhood obesity. After years of working in policy and programming, she moved into directly providing health and wellness education to children and their families at The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum. She strongly ascribes to the mentality of prioritizing prevention, encourages the development of healthy nutrition and physical activity habits for people of all ages, and believes in the power of gratitude to improve our well-being.

Her motto is simple: Eat well to feel well. Feel well to live well. Health is not just the absence of disease; rather, it’s enjoying each moment to its fullest as a Well Being.

Through the joyful chaos of her life, she finds balance through meditation and yoga and enjoys teaching at Yoga Six in St. Louis as a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. More than anything, she adores being a wife and mother to two vivacious, energetic, charismatic, and beautiful children.



Pam Wilson is a writer, licensed Master Social Worker and Book Coach.

Her Book Coaching with Davis Creative began in January 2017; she has successfully coached many authors to publication. She is also the Editor of the INNERgized Anthology published in October 2017, the Hear Her Now Anthology published in October 2018 as well as this anthology.

Pam is the Writing Instructor for the Cancer Support Community of St. Louis. Pam also writes a blog about her oh-so-interesting life where she puts her unique spin on everyday happenings and the journey of being human, the funny and the frustrating.  She loves to inspire others to live their lives with joy, dance, kindness, fun, and play. You can read this blog at: https://youcallitchaosicallitlife.wordpress.com. She is also the creator/facilitator of Write ON! a community-based writing program that empowers participants to find their voice and inspire change in the world. See the work at: https://www.facebook.com/WriteONstlouis/ This program has been successfully implemented in middle school, high school, home-school, and community groups. For fifteen years she wrote the “S.O.S. From Suburbia” column for “St. Louis Moms and Dads,” part of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The columns were about real life written in a relatable, humorous way. Find them at: http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/parenting. She has written free-lance pieces that appeared in St. Louis Magazine/Family edition both on-line and in print. She has written the “Off the Beaten Path” column for SwimBikeRun St. Louis chronicling her adventures in out of the ordinary exercise options.

In 2012, she self-published SOS from Suburbia, a compilation of humorous essays which supported her belief that a well-told, entertaining story about individuality and family was welcome and needed in our common community. She put the real back into reality with commentary on everyday life.

She says yes to most things and then figures out how to make it happen.

Pam has raised two amazing kids over the last twenty-two years. She loves to bike, read, travel, dance, and hike with her dog. One day she hopes to live on or near a beach. Pam earned a Masters of Social Work from Washington University and B.S. in Child and Family Development from the University of Missouri at Columbia.



Cathy Davis is the CEO of Davis Creative, a branding services agency headquartered in St. Louis, MO, specializing in brand strategy, graphic design and independent publishing. With hundreds of clients in all 50 states, and several foreign countries, Davis Creative is known for helping transformational professionals Look Good, Attract More Clients and Monetize Their Passion.

As a professional branding and author consultant, books and publishing have always been an integral part of Cathy’s life—from making them as a student in college, to working for a major book retailer after college, to collecting them for her personal library. A former board member of the St. Louis Publisher’s Association, she began introducing her clients to the power of self-publishing in 2005. 


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