Own Your Story

It’s Time to Own Your Life Story.

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.
— C.S. Lewis

Here’s the great news. When you own your story, you get to write the ending.

That means that no matter where you are right now, when you own your story, you get to decide what’s next for you.

Maybe that’s making the transition from active military duty to civilian life. Maybe you’re navigating the transition from rehab to sober living. Maybe you’re trying to re-establish your life after serving time.

The point is: we all have a story we’d rather be living. We all have parts of ourselves that we’ve put aside and locked away to survive in this world.

What would it feel like to thrive? What would that new story be?

Stories are data with a soul.
— Brene Brown

It can be difficult to describe exactly what it is that I do.

Coaching and storytelling often seem like nebulous terms; descriptors like “transformation” and “living the life you want” are used so often it’s hard to know what it all means.

I specialize in helping people navigate transitions so that they can:

  • Reduce their stress and increase their life satisfaction

  • Confidently make decisions rather than feel paralyzed

  • Be more engaged in their life and work, breaking the avoidance cycle

  • Learn how to adapt to the many changes life brings

I’ll let you in on a little secret. Shhhh.


I have a process.

It works for everyone I’ve coached. It works every time I coach someone.

Using my S.U.R.F. process, I help clients assess their SITUATION to UNCOVER limiting beliefs, then RADICALLY transform their mindset and FORMULATE concrete plans to achieve what they want.

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Every person and every situation is unique.

When supporting clients through the S.U.R.F. process, I call on a variety of technique and skills to see optimal results. These include:

Let’s get specific…what do I support clients with most often?

  • Transforming destructive self-narratives and finding their “why”

  • Effective communication/influencing without authority

  • Developing self-confidence and self-awareness

  • Enhancing productivity and fulfillment

  • Creating a conscious culture (in companies, teams, groups)

Here’s what my clients are saying about our work together:

My biggest takeaways are: learning about what makes ME happy and making time for myself. Being proud of who I am and how I ‘show up’ in the world. You also helped me build my confidence
— Client N., Minnesota


About Me

There’s a great type of coach...a mysterious type that often goes overlooked, because what they do doesn’t look like coaching. It looks more like magic.

Because these people have the ability to alter someone’s destiny in the time it takes to eat lunch.

Their core skill is to see someone in a way they don’t yet see themselves; to give their lives a larger narrative, sense of belief, higher purpose.
— Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code

Lisa Marie Nelson, PhD, ACC, ELI-MP

Coach // Storyteller

a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Lisa Marie Nelson, PhD, CPC, ELI-MP

Wait. I think that story’s already been written.

If I had a magic wand, I’d give everyone the power to write their life story; the power to envision, create, and live their dream life.

I started my career as a scientist and marketer in the biotech/pharma industry. For more than a decade, I helped companies tell the story of their products.

I’m bringing those skills into my practice and pairing them with CoreEnergy coaching.

I know what it feels like to be standing at the crossroads of your life, with no idea how you’ll pay for food, find work, or feel good about yourself. I know what it feels like to think you’re at rock bottom, only to fall a little further. And, I know that climb up from those depths is work; it’s a lifetime of work. It’s work that I’m grateful for everyday and it’s why I have an all-consuming passion for the work I do.

When I’m not coaching or creating, I am honored to spend my life with an incredible partner and two (spoiled) rescue dogs in the San Francisco Bay area.