"Much gratitude to Shanen Kazynski for all your coaching around my last of 3 sons graduating and leaving home. I was feeling such a loss, sadness.  You helped me so much by showing me how to use the 68 second process and the 'wouldn’t it be nice if' process. They helped me raise my energy and feel and think so much more positive and look forward to the next chapters in our lives. I have been using them in all kinds of different areas of my life.  Thank you so much for coaching me. I will definitely be contacting you in the future."
-Wendy Johnson​

"Shanen Kayzenski  has been coaching me for six months.   She has opened my mind and heart to many processes that keep me happier and better able to manage my busy life.  Her gift of coaching is full of God’s grace and creativity.   I am thrilled with the work we do each coaching session.  We set a tone that continues for the week(s) as I find challenges along every path I set course on.   Working together has been a joy and provides me with hope, dreams and creative flow."  

"I had a stroke 4 1/2 years ago. (Thank God I did not lose my voice). We go to the YMCA 2-3 times per week for strengthening and my well- being. You never know where life is going to take you or what challenges may occur. Shanen has also been my sounding board in my life dealing with life transitions in many ways. Shanen is a Certified Life Coach who has experience with people going back to school/ career change, dealing with medical issues, disabilities, aging parents and or death of a loved one. Shanen helps you identify where you are now and take the steps to where you want to be. She inspires, motivates, supports and asks the right questions. If you know of anybody needing a life coach and is ready to make positive lasting changes in their lives please check out her web page like, follow and share."
-Shelly Lamb- Vosen 

 Working with Shanen has been a great blessing to me. She is an amazing coach. Weather you want you want improvement in your personal or professional life, she will help you uncover the tools, resources and courage within to manage issues, find peace and make positive lasting changes.  By keeping you focused and accountable, yet providing an unbiased point of view, she provides you with a clear vision of where you are going, defining what you want and where you want to be.  She is dedicated to taking the time to understand your goals, dreams and aspirations, committed to your success and finding new ways to support you. Her compassionate and caring ability to connect with people where they really are at is inspiring as she nutures them to move in a positive direction. 

- Gretchen Schell 

During the summer of 2017, I stumbled upon The Journey Within while attending a doctor’s appointment.  One could say this was a coincidence, while I would say this was a sign – a fortuitous accident which led me to find Shanen when I needed her most.

For a while now, I have felt confused and overwhelmed by life.  I felt that I had 1,000+ thoughts circling in my head, unable to land on anything tangible.  I didn’t feel like myself, and while I knew I needed to make a change, I didn’t know how to do that.

I met with Shanen on a regular basis, and her approach to our sessions together were a combination of coaching, counseling, and empowerment.  I was the driver of the sessions, which allowed me to articulate what mattered to me and what my goals were.  Shanen gave practical exercises which helped me realign my thinking; all of the tools and exercises we went through were ones that I can continue to use on my own whenever I need assistance.  That’s part of the beauty of the relationship I built with Shanen – it was an empowering journey that helped me rediscover myself through her guidance and won’t diminish after the sessions have come to an end.  I’m not left stranded simply because I meet with Shanen less frequently.  Our coaching sessions built upon each other and were practical and useful.

Finding Shanen was just what I needed.  Through her coaching, I was able to calm the thoughts in my head and focus on what I truly wanted and needed through all of the fog I had been experiencing.  I was able to re-learn how to listen to myself and felt my confidence in myself growing.  I could once again hear what my heart was telling me and re-learned how to find my own truth.  While this journey is on-going and ever changing, I know feel more aligned and better equipped to tackle the road ahead.


After the experience and recovery of two serious medical events I was faced with some life changes which proved difficult as I was faced with a "new normal." Despite my fortunate survival I felt insecure and anxious of what my future would be like.  Prolonged therapies, continued anxiety, and feelings of insecurity, despite encouragement from family and friends, led me to seek additional guidance and encouragement. I was aware of life coaching and had read a recent article about it locally. The concept interested me enough that I sought further information on it and contacted Shanen, a life coach and set up some sessions. This decision has been a big part of my recovery. Unbiased and positive encouragement from an outside party was a good decision for me.  Through life coaching I gained insight and was introduced to various coping skills to assist in dealing with my insecurities, self-respect, and temporary shortcomings.  Through these coping skills (journal writing, meditation, relaxation, and positive daily affirmation...) I was able to move forward, attain affirmation of self-worth in my new normal, cultivate. Patience and self-love, and gain confidence that I could prevail successfully.  The faith my life coach had in me transferred to feelings of self-worth.  I thought more about thankfulness and that this new normal actually had a lot of traits in common with my old normal.  

It has been a process of gaining confidence and facing the future responsibly.  Again, I am now more secure in giving myself, family, and friends the loving, engaged person who still resides within. I have been asked thought provoking questions throughout my sessions which have forced self-evaluation and insight into the future. I AM WORTH IT! It has helped me heal. Through sharing my fears and worries with a life coach I have been reassured that I can face the future with less worry and more satisfaction. I am now able to take time for myself and through coping skills am able to allow myself to heal and move forward, remain engaged and cultivate personal interests.  My involvement with a life coach has been beneficial and I'm great full for my involvement with a loving, caring, and positive life coach.  Thank you.  I feel confident that my life coach has my best interest in mind as she assists me and have no worries about privacy and confidentiality.  This has been a positive experience and a blessing for me.