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The sun sets over Dog Leg Bay on Gunflint Lake in Northern Minnesota.

Meet Sarah

Photo of Board Certified Education, Career and Life Coach Sarah VanderMeiden, M.S., BCC

The Power of Listening

Sarah VanderMeiden, M.S., Board Certified Coach and CEO (Chief Effectiveness Officer)

How long has it been since someone listened to you? REALLY listened to you?  Listened to not only your words, but the feelings, passions and energy behind them? Without judgement, without interrupting to tell their story, without telling you what to do?

How long has it been since you listened to yourself, your hopes, your dreams? 

Throughout my professional career, my passion has been to talk with people about what they want out of life and work together to discover steps to make it happen. There is nothing more rewarding for me than to listen for people’s passions, facilitate discovery of possibilities and encourage positive movement toward goals.

As your Coach, I offer...

…the ability to listen deeply with insight and discernment to help you discover your vision and purpose;


…the curiosity and creativity to help you determine how to achieve what you want;  and

…the energy and enthusiasm to empower you to take action toward realizing your dreams.

My life coaching services help people who desire to achieve a certain life goal or who want to make a major shift in their life. My overall goal is to help people identify what living their best life looks like and then take action toward getting to where they want to be. I particularly enjoy helping people clarify their life vision, purpose, mission and values and how they want to live these ideals through their education and career

As your Coach, I will utilize my strengths and experience to help you clarify what you want and specify action steps to achieve your goals. You will learn proven systems to boost your effectiveness in accomplishing your action steps, which, along with the accountability I provide, will get you further, faster. We’ll also take on any potential obstacles as well as implement strategies to supercharge your success! Coaching is available in both individual and group formats, in person and by phone or online.

I trained with the Institute for Life Coach Training and have demonstrated my professional coaching knowledge, skills, experience and competency through earning the Board Certified Coach credential.  As a professional, I am committed to upholding the Code of Ethics established by the International Coach Federation.

Above all else, I believe in you and your ability to accomplish your goals.  Contact me today so we can talk about how to get started - I look forward to meeting you!


Get to know Sarah through

listening to her on the

Wellness Renaissance Podcast!

Photo by JaneCane Photography

I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from St. Olaf College, and, motivated by my love for the college experience, went on to earn a M.S. in Counseling and Human Development, with an emphasis in College Student Development, from Moorhead State University.  


I have 30 years of experience helping people effectively navigate the challenges of life. My professional experience includes Life, Career, and Business Coaching; Academic Advising, Administration,  Career Development, Marketing, Community Development, Individual and Group Counseling, Leadership Development, Program Development, Supervision/Management and Housing Administration. I have taught dozens of seminars, training sessions and for-credit college courses. 


I love the outdoors, and feel blessed to live with my family in the country in Northern Minnesota.  Living in the Great Northwoods allows me to experience the the beauty of nature through hiking, biking, swimming, boating, camping, fishing, skiing and snowshoeing. Among my many interests are stand-up paddleboarding, singing and photography.  

**All nature photography featured on this website are Sarah VanderMeiden originals.**

Background and Experience

I am thrilled to have been ranked by as the top life and career coach in Minnesota and in the top 1 % of coaches in the nation!

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