Many people like to start the new year with a specific goal or set of resolutions in mind, and while some endeavors can certainly be accomplished single-handedly, others can be easier or more successfully achieved with an outside expert’s guidance. If you’re trying to tackle an area that involves making an actionable plan and being held accountable, a life coach could be a key difference-maker, whether your goal involves figuring out how to put healthy meals on the table five night a week, seeking out a more meaningful career, or carving out time to finally make headway on a creative pursuit. For those inclined to start living their best life now, we asked The Scout Guide editors across the country to recommend their favorite local life coaches, most of whom make virtual appointments. Here, they introduce seven experts who are ready to help clients reach their full potential. Looking for a life coach in your area? Find one in The Scout Guide Directory.

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LIFE COACH: Montina Myers-Galloway of Invested Insights
LOCATION: Charlotte, North Carolina
WHAT SHE DOES: Montina helps high-achieving women change their mindset about what it looks like to invest in themselves. Counseling through past experiences or coaching for the future, Montina gives you deep levels of insight and will help you reach your goals more quickly. Available for one-on-one coaching or consulting for large organizations.

WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Montina’s friendly presence helps you put your life goals in perspective in a powerful and meaningful way,” says Lisa Sherrill, editor of The Scout Guide Charlotte.

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LIFE COACH: Tara Simkins
LOCATION: Augusta, Georgia
WHAT SHE DOES: Coaching highly capable, resilient women in a way that includes actually loving the lives they are currently living, with all of their dreams and responsibilities.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The greatest quality about working with Tara is that she combines being a life coach with being a friend,” says Ann Knox, editor of The Scout Guide Augusta

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LIFE COACH: Itir Keskiner
LOCATION: Durham, North Carolina
WHAT SHE DOES: Keskiner offers one-on-one, group, and professional coaching. During one-on-one sessions, clients receive focused attention on any area of their lives where they seek an increased level of satisfaction and get clarity on what’s getting in their way, and leave feeling supported with new tools and an action plan.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Itir is wonderful, friendly, calm, and so supportive,” says Hopie Avery, editor of The Scout Guide Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill. “She guides you to step back to see the forest for the trees and helps you find a path to be your true self!”

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LIFE COACH: Alecia Wellen of Alecia Wellen Coaching
LOCATION: Denver, Colorado, and Nantucket, Massachusetts
WHAT SHE DOES: Wellen helps her clients reach their potential with her expertise as a financial executive, life and transition coach, and as a reiki master.
WHAT OUR EDITORS SAY: “Alecia is committed to meeting each client where they are and helping them reach their full potential by creating a framework for living their best life,” says Stacey Leuliette, editor of The Scout Guide Nantucket. Leigh Gordon, editor of The Scout Guide Denver, further explains, “Alecia works with national and international leaders who are looking to advance their potential, both in their personal and professional lives.”

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LIFE COACH: Nicole Calhoun, PhD/ERYT
LOCATION: Fayetteville and Rogers, Arkansas
WHAT SHE DOES: Calhoun is a yoga instructor who is also available for life coaching and yoga teacher mentorship.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Nicole Calhoun has something so very different and substantial to offer her students and the yoga world through her own life coaching personal practice and her ‘dope flows’ classes at ĒLXR yoga studios,” says Jennifer Esty, editor of The Scout Guide Northwest Arkansas.

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LIFE COACH: Tiana Ronstadt of Power Women Investing
LOCATION: Tucson, Arizona and Tampa, Florida
WHAT SHE DOES: Power Women Investing seeks to empower individuals to pursue financial independence and plan for their most ambitious dreams.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Through the highs, lows, and everything in between, Tiana is there to be a mentor and friend, walking with you through your personal journey, utilizing the tool of financial freedom as the vehicle,” says MaryAnn Wittmann, editor of The Scout Guide Tucson & Southern Arizona.

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LIFE COACH: Katie Baird of Baird Coaching
LOCATION: Houston, Texas
WHAT SHE DOES: Baird specializes in leadership coaching and career transitions.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Katie has provided invaluable insights for our TSG Houston audience through her quarterly quick coaching moments that are featured on our City Page,” says Patti Mackey, editor of The Scout Guide Houston. “She has advised on such timely topics from owning your brand to traversing transitions.”