Articles & Speeches

Welcome to Life is a Gift

I'm Sharon Pahlka. I am a life coach and a speaker at conferences and seminars. My specialty and my passion is working with and speaking about people who face chronic health challenges and those who care for them. I especially love speaking to patient groups and to the health professionals that care for patients.

Given my unique history of 19 years on a kidney machine and 14 years with a transplant, I have learned that Life is indeed a Gift. It just takes being ready and willing to embark on the adventure of opening your gift.

As your coach, I am a partner who walks beside you, supporting, understanding, encouraging, and challenging you to be an overcomer, opening and appreciating the gift of life.

Imagine having someone to help you work on the stuff of your life, handing you the tools and holding the light so you can see what needs to be done and have both hands free to do it. ....... I am that person.

Why do people want a life coach?

People who work with a coach are people who want things to be different. They are looking for change, have important goals to reach, and are ready and motivated to achieve them.

Sometimes people want more from life…more peace of mind, more simplicity, more joy - sometimes they want less: less confusion, less stress, less financial pressure. In general, they come to coaching because they want a better quality of life.

What you can accomplish with coaching: :

~ Overcome health challenges
~ Make the most of life when it has to be lived differently
~ Develop a new/revised vision for your future
~ Achieve more satisfaction at work
~ Create balance in your life
~ Seek wellness in all areas of your life

I am passionate and effective in coaching:

~People with chronic illness/conditions who want to find their purpose
~ People on kidney dialysis who are ready to move beyond their illness
~ Those considering, or in the process, of an organ transplant
~ Burned out caregivers needing lives of their own
~ Family/friends of health challenged people needing help communicating
~ People needing empathy and someone to believe in them
~ Women seeking deeper meaning in life
~ Women returning to the work force

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For more information or to set up a free consultation contact Sharon by email or phone
(206) 527-5927

Copyright Sharon Pahlka 2007

Writing and Speaking Samples

Real Women: Coach's Corner," Journal Newspaper:
Is Someone Driving you Crazy?
Under all this fluff is buff

In the Output Coach's Corner
It is enough
Guess I'll go eat worms

Kidney Talk Podcasts
Coaching Yourself to Victory: Making Changes that Matter

Other Articles
The Chosen One: Bonnie Parks Markuson and Seattle's Life and Death Committee,

Bachelor in Social Work, University of Washington

National Speakers Association Member



"As a life coach who has experienced chronic illness herself, Sharon is uniquely qualified to help me on my journey through my own life-threatening illness."