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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 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 learning to truly meet clients where they’re at to prompt powerful change.

3.) I rally crowds: invite me to your business or event, and we’ll talk about how working with fear instead of against it will have you, or your employees/co-workers, playing a revolutionary new game. Small business associations and chamber of commerce organizations will love my take on how brick-and-mortar businesses can use social media to increase business–without spending hours (or thousands) on marketing consultants.

4.) The Coaching Blueprint — After getting emails from coaches and typing long responses about “how” I was making money with my coaching practice, I realized that there was a need for a life coach who had made the transition from salary to self-employed to 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.

I’ve Been There

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 go through the motions, pay the bills, wear your seat belt, show up for work, and 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 getting to the core issues, telling the truth, and living with integrity had to become core courage practices, daily habits that became ways of being.

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.

Note: I’m not going to bullshit anyone. 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’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):



How can I contact you?

Media inquiries: yourcourageouslife.com/media/

Tech issues: if you’re contacting me regarding a tech issue with a digital download, check out the confirmation email that came with your purchase–it gives you some resources that will probably help you quickly.

Sending love: support -at- yourcourageouslife -dot- com, checked daily Monday through Thursday, excluding bank holidays.


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?
Occasionally. Information about those sessions is here: Blueprint Sessions.

Can I interview you?
Yes–get all the details, here: INTERVIEWS.

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

Let’s collaborate on something! I’ve got a (workshop, retreat, e-book, course, interviews series) to tell you about.
Beautiful. 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.

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 diving deep with my own life coach-counselor-guru-mentor, Matthew Marzel. As a side note, I also have a B.A. in English and in Sociology, with a minor in women’s studies. My M.A. is in English. In another life, I spent weekends scouring the clearance racks at Banana Republic for nice suits on clearance. Thank goodness those days are o-v-e-r.

I like anecdotes and tidbits. Tell, tell!
Here goes:

  • Stats: INFP or INFJ, depending on which online Meyers-Briggs test I’ve taken; definitely 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, and I am utterly ecstatic about this fact, on a daily basis. The sunsets, the locally-grown produce, the slower pace of living, the seasons…it is pure sensuous delight.
  • J’adore heated yoga. Vinyasa flow is my jam. This place is the best yoga shala I’ve ever been to in eighteen years of practice.
  • 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. I’m not a vegetarian, but I’d have to be starving to death before I’d touch factory meat, largely because of this book.
  • I started my first business, a boutique graphic design consultancy, from my dorm room in college. I secured VC funding from the college’s entrepreneur club after submitting a business proposal, and while my student cohort perfected their keg stands in their spare time, I went to chamber of commerce meetings where I rolled my skirt at the waist band, because I couldn’t afford to have the length 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 will get you far.
  • I am positively addicted to all things endurance-related. I am a runner and triathlete, and have completed longer distances (including, as of July 2016, a half-Ironman!) but prefer shorter distances. I love racing environments, reading about endurance athletes, and the Ironman channel on YouTube. After years of chronic running injuries, I’ve been injury-free (knock on wood) since discovering Hokas.
  • 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.
  • 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 courage, 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).