"the most dangerous woman of all is the one who refuses to rely on your sword to save her because she carries her own" ~ R. H. Sin


I teach business owners how to crisis-proof their business by taking better care of themselves. tools for better {self-guided online coaching tools} provide an actionable blueprint for translating intangible concepts - like values and purpose - into practises relevant for your business.


Crisis-proof your business and answer your own distress call by not only carrying your own sword, but also knowing how to use it.


Me? I'm a coach, writer, and reformed grudge holder. I also dream of being the next Grizzly Adams {albeit with cell service}. 


What else is there to say? 

Hi! I'm Kerstin. This is where you can find me most of the time: at my desk, in pjs more often than not, kicking ass and taking names.
Hi! I'm Kerstin. This is where you can find me most of the time: at my desk, in pjs more often than not, kicking ass and taking names.


Yes, it's true. I own the domain kerstin.ca. I know, right? At the beginning of 2017,  I decided to have a look at all the domains I own in my godaddy.ca account, and when I logged in, the ghost in the machine asked me if I wanted to buy the domain kerstin.ca, $26.23 (Canadian Dollars!), for two years. Um, yeah! 


I know how to say "no". People often don't know how to react to that, because they don't expect it. {Some say I have a tendency to piss people off. That's where that comes from.} Having firm boundaries and not apologizing for them? Simultaneously the hardest and easiest thing ever.




"It's totally true. She really does know how to say "no". Keeps telling me forever to stop barking and she means it. But she buys me awesome treats, so I'm good with that." ~ Jacob


I'm a master at not scratching itches. When I was a kid/teenager, I had really bad dermatitis. I used to scratch until I bled. At 17, it had gotten so bad that I was hospitalized for 7 weeks in a specialized clinic in Switzerland. There, I learned how not to scratch those itches. It's almost like meditating. You concentrate on the itch and at first it gets worse, but then it will stop {or at least you'll get used to it and accept it as part of you}. It really works. But only if you're mindful about it.

My dermatitis went away after my first pregnancy {thanks, PJ!}, but my ninja itch skillz stayed. Mosquitos have nothing on me. Plus the technique helps with figurative itches as well. Feelings of restlessness, stress, indecision? Hone in on the feeling and watch it either disappear or become a part of you. Boom.




"You're welcome, mom. Let's see, what can I say about you... I would describe my mom as badass and cool. And, I don't know how she does it, but she's always right." ~ PJ


The most important thing I learned in college is to always question authority. I attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, and one of the general courses I took in my freshman year was American History 101. The professor was very young, and part douche bag, part awesome {a very intriguing mix, but gets old quickly}. He frequently said: "Always question authority", very appropriate for a history class, because questioning authority is how history is made and how change happens.

But it doesn't always have to be on a grand scale. There are many figures of authority in our lives, sometimes people who actually know stuff, and sometimes people who are self-proclaimed experts. It's not always easy to know the difference, but it's always possible to question - with respect and kindness. Most of the time, the reaction will tell you whether they're an actual expert or not. 

I question everyone and everything, because I want to be well-informed and I need to know whether I can trust someone. And I teach my kids the same thing. It's ok to question a doctor, teacher, or lawyer. You don't have to take everything they say as the gospel. Of course this comes with a price. Because as soon as you know what you want to know, you may not be happy with the situation anymore - and that's when growth and change happens. You make your own history and write your own story! 


 *I guess since this page is titled Bio, I should also tell you that I am German-born, but made for Canada; I was a plumber in a former life {an actual former life, when I still lived in Germany}. I am a freelance writer and have been a life and business coach since 2005. Since moving to Canada in 2008, I have written three books and a bunch of other stuff, and you can read some of that on my Contently page*



P.S. - logo and graphic design by the insanely talented Ashley White at tsavodesigns.com | profile pic by my very talented son Marius; stock photos by Pixabay,  Death to the Stockphoto, and Haute Chocolate