If you’re aching for a job that matters, but feel overwhelmed by making that change — Jumpstart is for you.

Maybe you’ve been in the same job for a few years… or maybe even a few decades, but it’s lost its luster.

On your best days, work is just a grind. You sit at your desk for exactly 7.5 hours, and not one minute more. Your coworkers are pleasant, but guarded. The grey padding of your cubicle walls are the color of existential dread.

But on the worst days? If you have to show up at this place one more day you might pull your hair out. Or light the trash on fire. You may even fantasize about your boss in various stages of total embarrassment — their incompetence or outright cruelty finally unveiled for all the world to see.  

You know this isn’t you. You are not the type of person who wishes ill of others, but this day-in, day-out, mind-numbing, soul-crushing routine has gotten to you.

You WANT to be motivated. You WANT to love your work. Maybe you’ve tried giving yourself pep talks. Or shaking up your schedule. Or manufacturing special projects (like paper holiday wreaths) to give yourself something to look forward to.

It’s time to stop reading self-help books, and finally do something about it.

…But what?

Where do you even start?

Every time you open your resume file, the cursor just blinks. Mocking you.

After a couple hours of adjusting the formatting, you give up.

“At least I have benefits,” you think. “I can keep at it for another few months. I’ll figure this out next week.” Or next month. Or next year.

Except you said that last week.

And you said it last month.

And the one before.

What if we could shift your perspective — and your trajectory — in just one 90-minute conversation?

What if you could:

  • Get clarity about what’s important for you at work; and what actually doesn’t matter
  • Stop worrying about what “they’ll” think if you leave this job
  • Renew your confidence in what you have to offer, and what to do next
  • Feel the future you rejoicing you finally did this
  • Know exactly what to say to people who can help you find your perfect gig
  • Have a partner in the work, who’s cheering you on and keeping you on track

If you’re ready to take the first step towards truly meaningful work, let’s get started.

  • I’m Ready
 

Making a job transition is scary. There are so many things on the line. You have a reputation. Student debt. A mortgage.

Maybe the devil you know seems better than the devil you don’t know.

What if you didn’t have to go it alone?

What if you had a partner to walk with you to the clear, concrete steps to get started?

What if you knew exactly who to call? And exactly what to say when you got them on the phone?

And what if it was easy?  

A Writer Discovers Her Truth

We have made so much progress in just six months. When we started I felt so angsty. I was always anxious about writing — or rather, not writing.

Vera gave me this space that I could just say things that I was ashamed of and I was not penalized in any way. It turns out, you can feel things and still do stuff anyway. I’ve always had this anxiety that I was paralyzed by my emotions — but you can have emotions and still do stuff.

I feel completely different than I did six months ago. I feel totally clear — and not only that, I feel comfortable and happy about my life and its direction. And I feel more comfortable in my decisions about myself and what I do in my life. Best of all: Now I’m writing every day again. It feels awesome.

Jessica V.

Life Changing!

I started working with Vera a year ago when I realized that my life needed to change. I heard her speak at a leadership meeting, and realized that if I wanted to change my life, I would need her help to guide me. Since we’ve started working together, I have been able to set clearer boundaries with my family, I have carefully re-evaluated my relationship with volunteer and nonprofits that were wrecking my work-life balance, I have been sober(ish) for about a year and completely sober for over 7 months, I have achieved a major professional designation (coursework + exam) that has been a goal for the past 5 years, and my husband and I are expecting our first child!

Working with Vera has been especially valuable in navigating the growth that I’ve experienced in 2020. I never expected to be pregnant during a pandemic, intense grief at the loss of my grandmother, economic recession, civil unrest, murder hornets, Saharan dust, tropical storms, etc., and I couldn’t have navigated through this year without her help. I’ve been able to rely on and build healthier coping strategies with her help, and I am extremely grateful that I met her and decided to work with her a year ago!

C.D.

Vera’s so great, you’ll be thanking her in your book acknowledgements!

When I started working with Vera I was swimming the backstroke in a morass of certainty that I had to do everything for everyone or else it wouldn’t get done but instead I was on a slow track to completing nothing that I valued. Vera helped me to figure out the difference between what I thought would be useful career-wise and what I actually wanted to do. She started coaching me in the middle of a depression and getting bogged down in a book project that I had gotten stuck on. I am now completing the page proofs on that book! I particularly love working with Vera because she can pull together the threads of what I’m saying to her and help me create road map forward. She can help you see the forest for the trees, and at the same time develop the steps you need to take to finish a big project or make significant life changes (I did/am doing both!)

Liz M.

Practical guided steps, support, and liberating spiritual insight

When I first started working with Vera I was practically crippled with overwhelm. I had limited systems in place to bring the power of my ideas into fully functioning reality. Vera gave me practical guided steps and support as well as liberating spiritual insight to help me optimize my time and stay on track. Working with Vera took me from a place of anxiety and worry about my work to a place of inspiration, progress, and excitement. It was life changing for me.

- Kate B.

A Level Of Trust I Never Imagined

I am so lucky and grateful to have connected with Vera and highly recommend her as a coach! From our very first conversation, her intuition, skill, deep listening, and compassionate response was evident. She was able to build genuine rapport from the start and foster a level of trust I never imagined possible inside of a coaching relationship.

Our work has gone well beyond the job/career-related issues that initially brought me to coaching. I’ve been able to explore and expand my ideas of what “meaningful work” really looks like for me – not only regarding my day-to-day work for pay, but also within my creative practice, activism, interpersonal relationships, and personal healing and growth. In our time together I have overcome several internal barriers and accomplished concrete goals that had previously eluded me.

Vera is skilled at keeping our conversations focused on my goals while also allowing flexibility in the process. She has been a compassionate witness and a consistent, reliable rock during the most tumultuous period in my adult life, helping me regain my footing at critical moments. She has a natural way of honoring the vulnerability inherent in the coaching process and has put me at ease even when discussing sensitive topics. She brings humor, insight, gentle guidance, honest reflections, personal experience, and empathy to her work with clients.

Being coached by Vera has provided clarity and comfort in uncertain times and enabled me to make and sustain important changes in my life. Working with her is a gift that I hope others will give themselves as well.

Karey Kenst

Vera helps me trust my gut.

Over the years as I have found myself at a crossroad or a threshold I find myself wanting to reach out to Vera. When I do, somehow, she uses her amazing listening skills and intuition to highlight what I’m really feeling and thinking. Vera helps me reconnect with my inner world. She’s like a gem hunter brushing away the dust to help the truth shine through. Plus her astrology skills are super on point.

Lindsey Greeson Purcell

Vera has helped keep me honest.

I have found the check-ins every 2 weeks with Vera very valuable. Having someone to keep in touch and track my progress and keep me honest has been great. It helps to have someone like Vera as a milestone along the way. Someone outside of family and work to share ideas. Highly recommend.

Blake Haney

Hi, I'm Vera.

Ten years ago, I was in exactly the same place you’re in.

I was outwardly successful, well-respected, and on a clear path to an executive office. I had great benefits. I was doing work that seemed to matter.

Except I was miserable.

Every morning, I had to give myself a pep talk to put on the suit. I spent so much energy getting myself revved up to GET to work, I barely had any energy left to actually DO the work.

Nothing seemed to help. I knew I needed a change, but there was no way I could give up my salary.

Now? Now, I love what I do. I wake up excited and inspired 95% of the time. I wake up with the confidence that I am doing the work I was born to do -- and if my passion and drive changes, I know how to pivot.

And I still have benefits.  

Here's How Jumpstart Works:

First, you'll complete a simple 10-minute vision exercise that will surprise you with clarity.

Next, answer a few reflection questions we'll go over together.

Then we'll have a 90-minute, in-depth assessment call. By the end, you'll be clear on your next steps, and have specific assignments.

Two weeks later, we'll meet again for a 30-minute check-in. We'll review what you learned, and get you on track to keep moving forward.    

  • I'm Ready
 

I know you’ve read “What Color is Your Parachute,” and you’ve been trying to come up with these answers for years. Alone.

I know you’ve been scouring job boards and updating your LinkedIn profile and nothing has happened.

I know you're tired of hearing your own complaining.

And I know you’re afraid to even hope that things could get better.

You’ve been trying to fake hope that work will get better for so long, that you don’t even dare to hope for anything anymore. You’re just trying to get by.

It doesn’t have to be like this. In fact, it might be way easier than you think.

Best of all? It’s just $297.


That’s more than 20% off my usual rates.
Why? Because I want to jumpstart as many people on this journey as possible. I believe that the world will be a better place when the people in it are doing work they’re passionate about.

I believe we’re better parents, partners, and friends when we’re not always anxious about workzilla.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive -- because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.” -- Howard Thurman
   
  • Buy Now
   
Once you complete payment, I'll contact you within 48-hours to schedule your first session.

I'll also send your vision exercise, along with some follow-up questions to get prepared.

Then, we'll have our first call and dive in!

Some fine print:

Because of my existing schedule, I have a limited number of spots available.

Imagine waking up on June 1, 2024 with hope. I’m not promising you’ll know exactly what’s going to happen, or even have the job of your dreams -- but you’ll believe there is a pathway that gets you to fulfillment, and you’ll be well on your way to waking up excited in the morning.

Here’s to a 2024 of meaningful work.