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Debbie's Story

Debbie Knilans

My life’s path has had its share of twists and turns with a few significant events and choices over the years.


Over 30 years ago, I divorced, filed bankruptcy, and returned to my parents’ home halfway across the country. 

Since then, I had an amazing 27-year career as an operations executive with incredibly rewarding opportunities to lead wickedly smart and inspiring people. 


Most importantly, I married my loving husband 25 years ago. Together we created our beautiful little family of three with our strong and independent daughter.

While these events clearly shaped who I am today, I found myself at my most significant crossroads in 2021. I was confused with what was important to me, disconnected from family, friends, and co-workers, and dissatisfied with how I was showing up. 

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Life and Transition Coach

I made another choice, actually a number of choices.


I took time to explore and find my true self. I found I was my most authentic when making meaningful connections with myself and others. I love to guide, mentor, and inspire others. 


I found my inner courage and embarked on a new life adventure. I enrolled in iPEC’s Certified Professional Coach (CPC) program to become a certified core energy life and transition coach.

Everyday, I make the choice to connect with myself and others, live fully, and always lead my actions with love. 

Outside coaching, I teach and practice yoga. I am a lifelong learner and reader. I create something every day, either through writing, crocheting, painting, or cooking. I find peace and recharge in nature. I love exploring the beautiful hiking trails across Minnesota and the country.

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