It’s kind of a bizarre bastardized word, isn’t it? Take all the things you think you know about the C-word and flush them down the toilet.




I know what you’re thinking … Questions about the legitimacy of coaching, the results, the effort, the pricing. I know people assume that life has to be really shitty in order to require this type of assistance. Ohhh, puh-leeez.

I have witnessed the powerful catharsis that comes from putting real, serious effort into thinking about what’s important to you… and from having someone truly listen. Do you know how underrated that is? To have someone truly listen? Life changing.

I’ve watched self-actualization begin and depression lift. I’ve seen coaching—no matter how annoying the word—give people new eyes to see their values, beliefs, goals, and then the fears and blocks that are trying to box them out. I’ve witnessed lives completely changed.



Meet Janet Louise Stephenson
Former Mask Wearer

I became a certified life coach and healer because my life changed so drastically once I started peeling back the layers to reveal the REAL me. Because I couldn’t get over how good it felt to get unstuck, to stop under-living, to look in the mirror and see my own sparkly eyes staring back. Because I know how much it would have meant to me to have had ONE person in my corner, listening without judgment… supporting me in my quest to become a better version of my self. Back to the butterfly-isms: I fought like hell (on my own) to emerge…



  • It means pausing to consider how you got where you are, and acknowledging the life you really want (not just the one you think you should want.)

  • It means taking responsibility for your life because you are the one facing the consequences, not the people watching from the cheap seats.

  • It means realizing that if you’re not happy with your job, your health, your relationship, your existence… then where are you in life? It’s up to you to change it.

  • It means accepting that change doesn’t happen overnight. Life gets messy, haters gonna hate – and it’s up to you to hold your head high and fight through.

  • It means admitting that sometimes you need someone to hold your hand and help you figure out what you want most so that you can begin to take small steps (or big, fancy leaps!) towards it.

Because life is not about winning the superficial game of outrageous comparisons (where you judge your behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel). It’s about finding yourself, figuring out what matters most to you, and living your life as the best version of you.

That’s where the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is, my friend.

It’s the treasure marked by an X.

It’s worth making the effort.



 We’re gonna identify the masks you wear, where they came from, and how to steadily remove them.

 We’re gonna remove the emotional blocks, old wounds, and outdated beliefs that are keeping you stuck.

 We’re gonna take baby steps in implementing the behaviors that are good for you and make a huge difference in how you feel.

 We’re gonna connect your outer world with your inner world so you can start living from YOUR truth, your center.

 We’re gonna co-create a brilliant plan that excites, motivates, and inspires you to action (and adventure).

 We’re gonna kick your lack of enthusiasm, lack of willpower, procrastination, general feeling of blah, ick, and un-wellness (and the ache of not knowing what to do about all of it) square in the crotch.


Let’s Start Somewhere.







Carolyn Gardner

When I first started working with Janet, I really didn’t know what to expect. I just knew that I was an emotional train wreck and I needed some serious help to start making sense of my life. I was unhappy, slept a lot, and started a downward spiral of self-sabotage. Somehow, even though I didn’t know what I wanted or needed, I felt drawn to Janet and she helped me to find clarity and purpose in my life… I didn’t even know that’s what I was missing until I found it!

Gently, she pushed me toward a better version of myself. She asked me hard questions that I really had to dig deep to find the answers to, which helped me to learn so much more about myself. I felt supported and empowered during our sessions, and even in between sessions, Janet was available for a quick question or even a pick-me-up when I needed it. Working with Janet was like finding a best friend that I never knew I had.

I’m in a new space now. I’ve got a handle on my emotions and a new toolkit that I can use to deal with life as it happens. Thanks to my coaching from Janet, I’m now the kind of person who will look you in the eye, smile, and genuinely have the capacity to engage with you. I’m proud of who I am and who I am becoming.

Carolyn Gardner - Jackson Hole, WY

Vanessa Anderson

I used to be that girl who runs around with a billion crazy ideas, no plan for following through, no discipline and no commitment. I felt like life was getting away from me and I wasn’t being very effective at being a decent human being. That might sound dramatic, but I felt very chaotic, emotionally.

I am proud to share that I just finished something. Something big! For the first time in my life!

I finished something that *I* wanted to do for *ME*. Not something that I thought I SHOULD do, not something that I did for somebody else or for somebody else’s approval, or in order to support somebody else. I did it for no other reason than because I WANTED to. Because I felt drawn to it, curious about it. This is absolutely HUGE For me after everything I’ve started and dropped.

If it weren’t for my life coach, Janet, I wouldn’t have had the courage to start it, or the fortitude to complete it. Her guidance and support helped me discover what I wanted to do with my life and then take the necessary steps to make it happen. I am on cloud 9 and so proud of myself!

Vanessa Anderson - Shelley, Idaho

Tim Scoresby

I found Janet through a friend who knew I was really struggling with some personal issues. He recommended I go check out her blog and I decided it couldn’t hurt – my life was on an endless loop of discontent, I might as well try it. I found very quickly that Janet’s perspective on life was entirely new to me. After six months of reading all of her blog posts and lurking, I finally scheduled a session with her. I was scared to confess to anyone what I was really dealing with, but I knew I really needed some help and Janet seemed like a wise, supportive, and most importantly, non-judgmental choice.

I shed tears of joy and gratitude in my first session. Janet met me with compassion and the personalized insight that I so desperately needed. I was instantly able to see how my own mindset towards my life kept me feeling like a victim. With some coaching from Janet, I went from feeling like a dull and muddy rock to a brilliant diamond!

One of my greatest breakthroughs while working with Janet came when I realized that I have the power and the ability to create my life exactly the way I want it. I had heard this before, but I didn’t believe it. I am now enjoying so much confidence and joy – and I owe it all to Janet’s wonderful guidance!

Tim Scoresby - Tremonton, UT

Rhonda Hudson

Before I signed up for an Emerge Guidance package, I was in a decade long funk that I couldn’t seem to find my way out of. I should have been happy, but I was tired of being everyone else’s slave and never taking any time out for me. Heck, I couldn’t even remember who I was. After my first session, Janet’s coaching gave me my first glimpse of hope and inspiration that I had had in years! I could feel the excitement and possibility bubble up from within me. It didn’t take long for me to remember the things that used to bring me such great joy, and start to feel comfortable taking time out just to rejuvenate and take care of myself.

Working with Janet taught me that most of all I need to love myself because I am worthy of that love. I had forgotten, but I won’t ever forget again. Now I’ve got tools in my toolbox and I know how to drag myself back up when life knocks me down. I’m so grateful I found someone who reminded me of the vibrant woman I used to be – Janet kept telling me, “You’ve got lots of wonderful years ahead of you! You might as well fully enjoy them!” I may be late, but I’m back and better than ever!

Rhonda Hudson - Dillon, MT

Kathleen Rutherford

I’m embarrassed to admit that I was having extreme marital problems when I decided to make an appointment with Janet. I was surprised at how quickly I felt comfortable and safe with her and I easily poured my heart out. Janet was so gracious with her support – she listened to me, but she didn’t get on the “oh, my husband is such a jerk” bandwagon. In fact, she made a rule that during our session we wouldn’t talk about him at all – she gently forced me to look at my self and the areas that I needed to work on.

One of the greatest shifts I’ve had while working with Janet is seeing my role in what happens to my life and being able to give other people the freedom to be who they are, without taking it personal. My emotions are no longer a roller coaster, and I see my husband in a new light now that I’ve quit acting like a victim. By working through my issues and choosing to grow as a person, I’ve been able to improve my relationship by leaps and bounds and I have Janet’s wisdom, guidance, and support to thank for that.

Kathleen Rutherford - Logan, UT

Emily Barney Thomas

I believe that a person who is their authentic self is the most valuable gift we can give for our future as the human race. Janet’s Butterfly Maiden Project has given me support and connected me with other people as they have struggled to find themselves and come out of their cocoons. I have been through a powerful transformation process. I haven’t always been able to explain what I’m going through to others, especially those close to me.

Being part of Janet’s Butterfly Maiden Project has enabled me to explain and show my transformation with my husband and friends. More than anything, I wanted to be understood and to share my experience with others. I was part of Janet’s group Transformation Tuesday, a part of the Butterfly Maiden Project. Every Tuesday our group would receive an email to think, ponder and act on. Every week it was just what I needed to hear. I cried when I read how openly people shared. I laughed with others about our human nature and this process of becoming our authentic selves. There were no judgments, no gimmicks, just straight truth and wisdom.

Before I was a part of the Butterfly Maiden Project, it was like walking in the dark. I wasn’t sure what would come next or how to proceed. Janet helped me see the big picture and all the little steps needed to get there. She handed me the keys to break the cycle of depression and doubt. Now, I have boundaries. I don’t take on people’s burdens. I speak my truth without shaking or crying. My beauty shines from within and I am comfortable with myself and know what I want and where I’m going. I hope everyone joins our empowered army of butterflies!

Emily Barney Thomas - Rigby, ID

Paul Economou

As a person who has worn many many masks, when I look back I see that each one was a sort of cocoon. Once my true self became condensed enough to shed the mask it would be replaced by that next container or mask… each eventually hardened into another iteration of a or container…. each of these were protection, safety, and comfort… but all seemed to pass into another. Lately it feels like I’ve shed many of these masks, and finally they are all mostly arbitrary.

Janet, eventually after we realize that each of these things is a building blocks for who we are, we accept finally our Whole selves. You have seen who I was, who I am, far before I could. And I just need to say… Thanks for holding space for us!

Paul Economou - Indianapolis, Indiana

Marsha Simms

I just had my first guidance session with Janet and I’ve still got tears in my eyes. Tears of joy and recognition. She saw me, the real me… the one that I hide from everybody else. She talked to the REAL me.

Marsha Simms - Alpine, WY

Annie Gruber

I’ve lived with so much shame in my life, it’s ridiculous. I’ve been beating myself up for not being happy when I “should” be, and I have never dared admit it to a single soul.

How is it I could live my whole life feeling like something is wrong with me, and in one hour find hope, inspiration, empowerment? I am strangely comforted that other people experience these feelings of sadness and displacement, which I also didn’t realize are the same as symptoms of depression. Just the idea that I can break free from my perpetual fog amazes me.

For me, knowing that I’ve been out of alignment with my Soul is a significant and life-changing realization. Giving away my power has been the root of my lifelong funk. I’m still absorbing this concept, letting it move through me so I can become bold and courageous enough to say how I really feel and make choices that really matter to me motivated by the thought of honoring my authentic self.

I am forever changed by the awareness that I can live without feeling stuck or trapped!


Annie Gruber - Kansas City, Missouri

Kent Millar

I am so damned excited I can hardly contain it!!! I want it all. I realize I am worth it and I am comfortable with you -Your goofiness, openess and just the overall comfort I have with talking with you. I can also tell you’ll be an ass kicker when needed. Thank you for being you, for being a light to help me find my way. Your coaching style is just what I need to get me out of my funk.

Kent Millar - Salt Lake City, UT