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Practicing courage is my expertise. Teaching others how to make courage a habit is my vocation.

I help people to…stop the doubt and second-guessing, to learn to totally trust themselves, and to prioritize what matters most to them, cutting away the bullshit in the process. When courageous living becomes a habit, a way of being, old fear patterns no longer have the same power.

I stand for righteous integrity and ferocious love, all in service to living life on your own terms and being a force for good. My greatest wish for all of us is that we completely and totally love and accept ourselves, and that our basic sense of safety and security in the world arises from knowing, trusting, and believing in exactly who we are.

This I know to be true: choose courage as a habitual way of being, and you get unstoppable.

I offer:

1.) The Courageous Living Program — every tool I’ve ever shared with a life coaching client is here, in one digital program. Take this day by day, a piece at a time, and you’ll release limiting doubts and make what matters most the central priority of your courageous life. No settling. Pure courage.

2.) The Courageous Living Coach Certification, a holistic life-coaching training program that teaches women a seriously powerful life-coaching skill-set that goes beyond (way beyond) the typical “factory coaching” model of 1-2-3 steps for self-help. This program is intensive, rich, and all about meeting clients where they’re at, to prompt powerful changes.

3.) I rally crowds and am interviewed on courage as it applies to a wide range of topics: women’s leadership, health/wellness/fitness, business and marketing, creating better habits and habit-formation, relationships and dating, parenting, and more.

4.) The Coaching Blueprint — As a life coach who has made the transition from salary to self-employed, I’ll tell it like it is: Here’s what works, here’s what doesn’t, and here’s what you need to keep in mind if you want to do this, your way. The Coaching Blueprint guides you to create your own effective approaches to marketing your coaching or consulting practice…without feeling like a greasy-haired slickster. Make more money, in less time, while staying true to you.

Free resources for courageous living: YourCourageousLife.com/begin


My Story

kate swoboda bio Today, my life stuns me pretty regularly with its generosity, simple elegance, and its capacity to offer love. Wine country sunsets, vinyasa yoga, time to breathe, books tumbling off of shelves, one handsome Italian husband and a seriously cute kid are part of the deal, not to mention getting to work with some of the most amazing women I’ve ever met through the Courageous Living Coach Certification.

And–life wasn’t always this way. I know what it’s like to walk through life kinda…meh. It’s possible to go through the motions, pay the bills, wear the seat belt, show up for work, smile when required…yet know that something pretty big is missing. That was my life, and I’m acutely aware of the fact that if I didn’t consciously choose to practice the courage habit, it could be my life, again.

I tried about a gazillion of those 1-2-3 step plans before I figured out that telling the truth about fear routines, honoring integrity, accessing the body’s wisdom and making more space for pleasure had to become core courage practices. Hang around here long enough and you’ll see that I’m a straight shooter with lots of hard-won wisdom, pragmatic tools, and a ton of ferocious love–love for you, that is. Big visions and world changers are welcome.

I now understand how fear works–all the tricky ins and outs and disguises and internal narratives.

When you understand something, it becomes your friend.

I’m a contributor

I’ve written guest posts for, collaborated with, been interviewed for, or contributed to all of the following places (and a few more, but this graphic was getting out of hand):



Do you accept guest posts for publication on your website?
Not at this time.

Do you still take on life coaching clients for personal coaching?
Yes! My life coaching page is here: www.yourcourageouslife.com/life-coaching. If you’re interested in training to become a life coach, I certify people through the Courageous Living Coach Certification.

Do you do any business consulting?
I work with HR departments to create and facilitate customized programs within their organizations, and I can speak at events and conferences. However, I no longer offer specific, one-on-one marketing consultations to assess someone’s business. If your leadership and development team would like to work with me on curriculum design and facilitation, email support -at- yourcourageouslife -dot- com and let us know what you’re looking for.

Can I interview you for my podcast or tele-summit?
Yes–get all the details, here: INTERVIEWS. I’m overwhelmed by long, scrolling emails. Brevity is more inspiring. Dates and the actual specifics of your request (date, when, where, how) are crucial.

Is “Courageous” really your last name?
Nope! But I do have it tattooed on my right shoulder, in sanskrit.

Are you on social media?

Who does your website design?
My husband, Andrew Rado.

Why did the chicken cross the road?
Because it was the courageous thing to do, obviously.

What’s your background/degree/training?
My coaching training consists of two years of in-person training and mentorship with Interchange, numerous ongoing education workshops with the Challenge Day organization, and more than a decade of diving deep with my own life coach-counselor-guru-mentor, Matthew Marzel. I also have a B.A. in English and in Sociology, with a minor in women’s studies and a graduate degree in English.

I’ve also taken on additional coursework in theory of personality, research methods and design (as they apply to behavior change data analysis), lifespan development, abnormal psychology, and graduate-level coursework in diagnosis, group counseling, and different approaches to counseling.


I’m an INFP or INFJ, depending on which online Meyers-Briggs test I’ve taken; formerly “HSP”; a Sagittarius with three planets in Virgo, which I’m told are the “get shit done powerhouses” of the Zodiac.

I live in Sonoma wine country, about 45 minutes north of San Francisco. J’adore vinyasa flow yoga. This place is the best yoga place I’ve ever been to, in 20 years of study.

To love me is to accept that I’m one of “those people” with an annoying number of food restrictions. Gluten-free and dairy-free are just where we get started, and I trend towards vegetarian (because you know that eating meat, particularly red meat, not only corrodes your arteries but is also the largest cause of environmental devastation, right? And that we each need to do our part, right?). This book changed me, forever.

I have zero support for #45 being in office, and I’m self-righteous and soapboxy about the need for social change that upends the privilege paradigm. The system doesn’t need to be fixed; it needs to be dismantled.

I started my first business, a boutique graphic design consultancy, from my college dorm room. I secured venture capital funding from the college’s entrepreneur club after submitting a business proposal. Once a month, I networked by attending local chamber of commerce meetings, all while wearing an ill-fitting skirt suit because I couldn’t afford to have it tailored. The manager of the local Einstein’s Bagels would try to embarrass me in front of people at these meetings by saying, literally, “Aw, isn’t she cute?” to potential clients while I was talking with them. It taught me a lot about not letting people discount you because of your age. Smarts and a shit-ton of hard work and hustle will get you far (and as it happened, I secured my first clients!).

I am positively addicted to all things endurance-related. I am a runner and triathlete (I’ve completed a half-Ironman). I love racing environments, reading about endurance athletes, and I geek out on endurance biopics. After years of chronic running injuries, I’ve been injury-free (knock on wood) since discovering Hokas and studying Chi Running.

I am fascinated by the in-betweens and dichotomous relationships. For example: The fact that affirmations can be both ridiculously fakey-fake AND incredibly powerful. Or how you can love someone and not always act like you love them. Or how you can work with the varying shades of grey between striving, healthy goal-setting, and surrendering utterly to the fact that we have no control, whatsoever.

My husband is my very best friend. Spectators have occasionally remarked that it’s like we have our own language. Our pet name for one another is “Lovey.” We forget ourselves and start calling out “Hey, Lovey!” across aisles at Target. Our daughter is a pretty typical three-year-old, which is to say that she is a combination of magic and savagery.

Fashion and home decor are my guilty pleasures. “Guilty” only because they’re kind of surfacey, 1st-world topics that conflict a bit (here we go with the in-betweens) with the fact that I have a hugely righteous social justice streak.

I’m lit up by… my daughter, efficiency, spontaneous dinner plans, the sound of spoken Italian, friendly cats, the 10-second count before a race starts, the experience of collective effervescence, people who practice the courage habit, the raw truth-truth-truth, asking people, “If I really knew you, what would I know about you?”, how I feel after I run, and the moment when intuition joins practicality (that place where what you internally “know” pairs with taking action).

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