YOUR KIND WORDS
"Working with Melissa, both in her Mastermind group and in one-on-one coaching, has been a wonderful experience. She has a masterful ability to create a collaborative, safe space with 10+ women sharing stories, wins, and challenges, and providing support. She keeps the flow moving beautifully so everyone's voice is heard. I'm also privileged to have 1:1 coaching support with Melissa and again, she creates a space that allows for openness and growth."
"Melissa is a person who leads with heart. I work with Melissa on a committee as well as on a health coaching team. Whether she's taking the lead on a project or supporting the project, I know her contribution will be thoughtful, complete, and creative. She has a unique ability to see the big picture and manage details. It's a pleasure to work beside her and feel gently held and empowered."
"I have enjoyed having Melissa as my coach. She is an experienced professional and has insights that are valuable to me in my role. Through our work together, I discovered that as a leader, I am unique and have my own unique sets of strengths and skills. I lead differently and feel differently towards my work/my team/my role. I learned that everyone really needs a "Melissa" to help work through areas of executive leadership. It isn't easy and having someone to safely talk to has made a big difference in my life both professionally and personally. I am celebrating that I now recognize my wins, address my feelings and take a proactive approach with my leaders to help them become better leaders. Melissa helped me see that the challenges I was working through aren't easy for anyone, regardless of their title, role, tenure. During our coaching term, I had a lot of personal loss (sister, mom, dad) within 4 weeks. Melissa became a coach that helped me express the loss, how it was impacting my work life balance and really helped me put into words my feelings and grief during this time. I like that Melissa always met me emotionally where I needed to go, and was there to laugh with me too.
"Through coaching I have learned how to work with feedback, I have found my inner mentor and know how to reach her, and I have learned how to calm my inner critic. My coaching experience has been an eye opener for me. I am definitely using everything I have learned on a daily basis. I wish I can continue coaching forever. The lessons and techniques I have learned and the epiphany moments I shared with Melissa are priceless and I am proud to say that I will carry them with me for life. Melissa was amazing all through this journey. How she remembered every small detail of our conversation and gave me a very personalized experience all along. All of her advice and techniques are great and have worked wonders for me. I looked forward to our conversations always and it has definitely given me a positive outlook about life in general."
"I enjoyed my coaching experience with Melissa, she was kind and direct. She understood where my mindset was at when we started our coaching sessions. I found that she adapted her approach to my communication style and needs very well. She provided encouragement when I needed it, and offered practical advice and tools to use when I needed them. I am going to miss our time together, but I have my golden nuggets that I will carry with me."
"My first strategy session with Melissa was incredibly powerful and inspirational. I am grateful for her compassionate guidance."
"If you are looking for a coach who stands right there on your side, who believes in you, and who challenges you to be all you can be, then Melissa is the coach for you. She combines strong intuition, years of her own study, and a high level of coaching skills. Melissa has a natural sense for how to balance curiosity and openness with holding you to what you want to create. I hired her to help me with a major life transition and I not only value every session, but my transition has more life and fire than I could have imagined before."
"I have participated in at least 4 workshops with Melissa over the last few years, as well as receiving personal coaching. In the workshops, she was always very prepared, organized, and very attentive, not to mention, fun! I've really gotten a much better understanding of Ayurvedic principles than I ever had which is still manifesting in my life body, mind and soul. In our one-on-one work, I gained meaningful insight into my needs to feel clear, light, and accomplished as I have transitioned into retirement and "empty-nesting". She listened so well, she heard things I didn't even know I said! "
"Melissa is a shining light! She is a masterful coach and has a wonderful, attractive, and kind energy. Melissa’s caring for individuals and the collective is exemplary!"
"Melissa has been very helpful in giving me tools to find ways to be an effective and efficient leader in my business, without compromising what’s important in my personal life. I look forward to future coaching sessions as I continue to do the work in creating a beautiful life."
"Coaching forced me to look into myself and ask some questions that I think I didn't want to ask but also that I just took for granted. Melissa is a great cheerleader, and really pushed me to be accountable to the goals I set for myself. I have had difficult conversations and really put myself out there these past few months. I realized that what I have to say matters, and that I am more powerful than I thought I could be."
"Melissa is a delightful combination of strength, wisdom, and joyous humor. She is an unwavering truth-teller and truth-seeker."
" The wonderful teachers, the excellent workshops, the beautiful space - everything about Melissa's studio encourages calm and joyful practice. It also fosters a community of such loving and lovely souls, and I know that began with Melissa & Rita and the intention they bring to it. I’m so grateful for all the connections I have made at the studio."
"As a colleague of Melissa Arthur's when we both worked in integrated health teams through Vera Whole Health, I was continually impressed by her presence and her apparent skills as a coach. It was clear from our coach meetings that Melissa connected deeply with her patients. In fact, it was her mindful presence that I most noticed and appreciated when we were colleagues. I was also deeply impressed by her commitment to ending racial disparities. She led discussions around this topic that showed how well she understood the issues and could communicate about them in a way that made us all feel heard and accepted. She has gone on to lead mastermind groups and to mentor other coaches and I am sure she is masterful at this as well. I highly recommend her as an exceptional coach!"
" When I think back on 2021, coaching with Melissa was the best thing that happened to me. Melissa is a great mentor, a friend who has helped me navigate and guide through the journey of leadership."
"This experience has been wonderful for me. I felt completely comfortable talking to Melissa.
"Melissa is a very good coach, and I thoroughly enjoyed working with her. It was easy to connect and she was encouraging when I felt stressed. She helped me to be comfortable with who I am. She was good at helping me through situations and question why I felt the way was feeling. I feel like she really understood where I was coming from and helped me to get to the root of my issues."
"It was really transformational to sit still with a coach and walk through my thoughts and challenges. Life changing! Melissa provided a space for support, non-judgment, and mindset shifts that. moved me forward. I am celebrating that I am enough, I am not alone, I am doing well, I don't have to be perfect, and I am excited to share what I am learning with others!"
"Melissa is such a warm and wise presence. When I started working with her, I felt I needed to sharpen my focus and break through chronic obstacles which prevented me from achieving a daily quantum shift from good to great. She asked clarifying questions, helped me vision my desired outcomes, and develop strategies for developing a way of measuring and accounting for subtle shifts and improvements in my overall function. Now, rather than bringing my “b game” to my work and my life, I am bringing my “A game”, resulting in a much better sense of personal clarity, health and work focus. All this, in a fun accepting, and nurturant coaching relationship. I highly recommend Melissa’s coaching; everyone I know loves her, and she is widely recognized for her special talent."
"Melissa's steady and inviting presence helps create a sacred space for clients to process their deep challenges and opportunities. She asks powerful questions, then becomes the mirror through which her clients’ strengths and goodness are generously illuminated. I highly recommend her as coach for anyone seeking to realize a more purposeful and thriving life."
"I had never done anything like this before I sat down with Melissa. I came to her coaching practice at a time in my life where I felt like so much was out of my control. Through our sessions, she helped me to break down my frustrations to their core issues and from there build out actionable steps to move forward. Sometimes things can seem so large and amorphous. Melissa helped me to realize that, when you have the courage to look the issues in the face, and answer the difficult questions, you really have the power to write your own story."
"Melissa’s workshops are a treat to attend. I’ve participated in several, from discovering and fulfilling one’s purpose and aspirations to how to find balance with Ayurveda. She is well prepared for every topic she presents, but it’s more than that. Melissa can answer questions whether closely or only vaguely related to the material because she has studied the subjects in depth. And while preparedness and knowledge are important, it’s her warmth and enthusiasm that will keep me coming back. Finally, I have no doubt that she lives what she teaches. Recently, she had taken her dogs to the vet and planned to run them home and grab our class handouts before teaching our workshop, but the road was blocked. She arrived at the studio without class handouts and with her two dogs. Nevertheless, she laughed about the circumstances, joyfully and professionally taught the class, introduced us to her dogs during the intermission, and emailed the handouts immediately after class. In several moments of mayhem I’ve had since then, I remembered Melissa’s calm-despite-the-chaos demeanor and relaxed."
"I’ve known Melissa for 30 years. Not casually. Not just an acquaintance. But as someone I easily call ‘best friend’. And throughout these past 30 years I’ve been gifted with her gifts. She’s helped me navigate life transitions, career trajectories, and romantic uncertainties. She has helped me cope with loss and celebrated with me during times of triumph. I’ve found myself in situations where I ask myself, “What would Melissa do?” (WWMD) and more often than not the answer presents itself pretty quickly. And it’s not because she’s fixing anything for me or purports to have all the answers, but it’s because she’s instilled in me a confidence in myself and the ability to let my heart be open to all possibilities. Illuminate Guidance is an extension of the gifts Melissa has long possessed and I’m thrilled she’s creating the framework to share them with the world."
" Coaching is an amazing tool - truly a gift that I'm extremely grateful for. It has positively impacted all aspects of my life. The guidance and coaching that Melissa bestowed on me was the catalyst that got me to move forward. I tend to only see the unfinished work and don't recognize the accomplishments. She was able to walk me through the "cloudy mess" and helped me to see the wins along the way. I am more confident in my ability to communicate and contribute effectively to the team and the company."
"Melissa and I have coached together a number of times over the last year. She helped me find the space for quiet reflection, as well as room to imagine multiple possibilities. Melissa uses simple questions in a powerful way, encouraging careful consideration that goes well below the surface. She is also ready to share the joy with you, with her wonderful laugh!"