My work as a coach is built on the foundation of my own personal transformation.  I've grown and changed as a person through a better understanding of how my brain works and learning about philosophies that keep me grounded and present.  I've been transformed by life events, people, travel, living abroad, and learning.  It's a privilege to have you visit my website.  Thank you and please feel free to be in touch.  


How to make life less difficult

Life's not easy, but it can be less difficult

The more I learn about myself, the better I understand my reactions, emotions, behavior, and decisions.

The more I learn about others, the easier it is to have empathy, curiosity, and interest in their perspectives and ideas.

Every person is an individual with a unique story.  You. Me. Him. Her.  It's easy to make generalizations, but by doing so we miss so much.

There are practical ways to make life less difficult.  Let's start now.

Accepting what is

It might seem simple, but the first lesson is: accept that life is not easy, but it can be less difficult.  And it's up to me (and it's up to you) to seek out the ways to lessen the difficulty.  

About Lisa

Life isn't easy

Lisa knows life isn't easy.  When she was 24, her first husband discovered he had a brain tumor -- just 9 months after their wedding.  The next 4 1/2 years were filled with experiences most people expect to face in their 70s or 80s... being a caregiver, becoming a widow, and starting over... alone.

Difficult times

Throughout her 30s, Lisa experienced a lot of ups and downs.  New career(s), new love, new home(s).  Grief, depression, and anger were all part of the aftermath of losing a spouse.  Then with new love came new challenges -- moving to the other side of the world, starting a business, moving again.... Life wasn't easy.  And yet, along with the challenges, there were people and experiences making life less difficult.

Making life less difficult

Choosing new perspectives isn't easy.  Lisa works hard to make life less difficult.  Some days seem successful... some days, like failures.  But every day is a chance to make life less difficult for herself and those around her.  She's grateful to share this journey with you.

Professional journey


Lisa founded her company, Réussir, LLC, in 2012.

Lisa has been working in the field of Emotional Intelligence (EI), an area of specialization for her coaching and training practice, since 2012. She is a master trainer of the EQ-i 2.0 and EQ 360 suite of assessments and the Team Emotional and Social Intelligence Inventory (TESI 2.0). Lisa has worked at every level of corporations helping them professionalize through improving their understanding of the impact emotions have in the workplace, the importance of emotional management for leaders, and the daily impact of emotionally intelligent teams on an organization's bottom line. She has partnered with Kandidata Asia and EQ Europe, two of the leading consulting firms for EI in Asia and Europe, since 2013.

Originally from the United States, Lisa has lived and worked in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, and France. Her work extends around the globe as an Adjunct Instructor for the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service Institute.  She has also served individual coaching clients from 16 countries, conducted training in over 20 countries, and had participants in her courses from over 50 countries. Lisa's cross-cultural experiences uniquely qualify her to provide EI training to these diverse groups and teams.

In addition to her EI work, Lisa is a trainer of the Pearman Personality Integrator, an active user of the MBTI suite of assessments, the DiSC tools, the Prepare-Enrich Inventory, and the Leadership Communications Inventory.

Lisa summarizes her work via a quote by Mary Anne Evans (George Eliot): "What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?" The work of EI opens doors to helping individuals, leaders, managers, and teams make life less difficult for themselves, those they work with, and their friends and family. The effects of well-understood emotions has far reaching effects for good in the world.

Lisa is married to John, a US Diplomat. Together, they enjoy paragliding, rock climbing, sailing, outdoor adventuring, travel, and managing a small real estate investment business. 


The pegasus transformation

I wanted to take a moment to tell you about the logo of Make Life Less Difficult.  

The constellation in the logo is the Pegasus Constellation.  The flying horse.  For me, the pegasus represents transformation.  It represents the shift from moving with my feet on the ground to that transformational experience of flying and seeing the world from an entirely different perspective.  

When I was a young girl, my neighbor's pony kept escaping from his pasture to come visit my sister's horse.  Buddy, this equine Houdini, became my first horse.  From 8 years old until my late 20s, horses were the center of my world. 

After Eric died, I moved several times and no longer had a place to keep my horse.  Unexpectedly, I found solace and healing in challenging myself physically and started trail running with my Great Dane.  The running expanded into biking and swimming.  I completed the 2015 Chattanooga IronMan Triathlon in memory of Eric, 10 years after running my first race.

Somewhere along the way I was introduced to rock climbing and really loved the new perspectives I had when I was up high looking down over the valley.  It was scary and exhilarating!

A couple years ago I began paragliding.  This took it all to a new level.  Flying!  Pegasus.

The transformation from horseback riding to triathlon to rock climbing to paragliding reflects the transformation that has happened in my life.  It's almost miraculous and certainly has been unexpected!

For a long time, I resisted the transformation.  I didn't want to be different.  I tried holding onto the old versions of myself.

Accepting and stepping into the transformation has made life less difficult for me.  Wearing my wings, embracing the pegasus. 

It's fun to fly.  Discover your wings and make life less difficult!

Become an ARCHER

The foundation to make life less difficult:

  • Acceptance
  • Responsibility
  • Curiosity
  • Humility
  • Empathy
  • Respect