Emerge Coaching Program

Create and Emerge into a life you LOVE!



Are you ready to Emerge from…


“I have felt stuck for so long that it’s become soul crushing.”

“I know what I want my life to look like, but I have no idea how to get there.  I know I’m standing in my own way and I need help to move forward.”

“My insecurities and fears paralyze me from taking action. I need a no-nonsense kick in the *ss to conquer my inertia!!”

“My confidence has been rattled by some negative self-talk.  I want to get back into my power!”

“I need help to get my life back on track to make real and impactful changes.”

“I feel depleted in some major areas of my life. I need to re-focus to renew my spirit.”


The last couple of years have done a number on us.  You’re not alone if your focus shifted from desires to necessities, from thriving to existing, from career climbing to care giving.

Life’s curve balls forced us to navigate struggle, lack, fear and isolation which led to feelings of being disconnected, overwhelmed, anxious, uncertain and lost.

The reality is we all need help from time to time, especially right now! It’s nearly impossible to find the solution to your challenges and the path to what you desire when you are immersed in the day-to-day realities of “what is” and focusing on the challenges all around you.

You’re in the right place.

I am masterful at helping women who want more out of life ~ women who are ready to courageously take on their life and THRIVE!


I can help you EMERGE from what isn’t working to create a life you love.

Here’s the deal. If you want to create a life you have not yet been able to create, you must think and take action in new & different ways. You simply cannot achieve different results by doing things the same way!


Emerge  is the beginning of your Shero’s Journey and the foundational coaching program where you learn how to do the inner work. 

Emerge gives you the place to explore your life’s direction and vision.

In Emerge, you learn how to manage your inner critic to create empowered thoughts and beliefs that drive your actions in alignment with your vision.

You begin to engage with yourself at a deeper level in alignment with your values.

And the game changer: You learn how to take radical responsibility for your life! No more blaming, shaming or making excuses.

I will equip you with the tools to create the foundation to set yourself up for success – however YOU define it.

The Emerge Coaching Program is a 3-month foundational program.


We start with a deep dive into your current life to cut through the noise to clarify and define your value-driven, heart-centered goals.

Then, I will take you on a journey to do the inner work.  Every shero’s journey requires disciplined inner work to create the mindset of a warrior and a jedi master, which is where your journey begins.  Your finely tuned mindset will create the beliefs and actions that align to slice through resistance and obstacles to arrive at the unstoppable belief in knowing what you can achieve.

You become the driver of your life, confidently going after what you desire.

You learn the skills, create new habits (& drop the bad habits) and build an empowerment kit to uplevel your life.

Resources, Support & Accountability

Throughout the coaching process, you will also learn new tools, have access to cutting-edge resources, and receive front-line, immediate and ongoing support, guidance and accountability.

For the entire 3 months, I will be right by your side, helping you find your unique path, keeping you on it, cheering you on, holding you accountable, transferring my wisdom and holding the sacred space for you to experience what is truly possible in life

The Emerge Coaching Program includes:

◊ A comprehensive Life Assessment to review your current life and explore your desired life, authentic path, vision and goals

◊  A 2-hour visioning process to deep dive into your life & create a road map forward

◊ A personalized coaching plan based on YOUR unique life and goals

◊ A values card deck and mini workshop to uncover your top values

3 months of one-on-one, personally tailored coaching

3 coaching calls per month – each call 60 minutes

E-mail support between calls

Resources, tools, worksheets, exercises and coaching activities

A signed Joan Jakel’s softbound, lined journal

Ongoing support and accountability to keep you on track

◊ A Sacred Empowerment Box: A Shero’s journey also requires empowering sustenance! To kick off your coaching program, you will receive a unique Sacred Empowerment Box which is specially curated for your journey. The box varies in content and may include books, journals, pens, candles, inspiring decks, aromatherapy, art, jewelry, clothing, pendants, gemstones and one-of-a-kind specialty items to enhance the journey.  Guaranteed to inspire, empower and delight!

Is the Emerge Coaching Program for you?


Do you want a clear roadmap for your life?

If you have a burning desire for masterful support and guidance to dig into your life, get clear on your goals and develop the mindset of a winner to achieve them, Emerge is for you!


Are you ready to find your focus?

If you feel stuck, trapped, burned out, exhausted, lost, confused, unfocused, overwhelmed or unsupported, this coaching program will help you Emerge with clear direction and laser focus.


Do you want to feel unstoppable?

If you are tired of listening to self-defeating, negative self-talk and limiting beliefs that are holding you back, after 3 months in this program, you will Emerge with a confident, unstoppable mindset to achieve your goals.

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Joan helped me meet my true self!

Through our work together, I learned how to embrace, trust and celebrate my gifts and to silence the bullshit story I had been telling myself most of my life.

Joan was my sister, my friend and my drill sergeant.  She held up a mirror and made me do the necessary work.

I will always be grateful our paths crossed!

I heartily recommend Joan as a co-pilot for anyone looking to reset old patterns and thought processes to chart a new course in life.

Many thanks, Joan!

Rita Paolo
Owner | Operator
Jackrabbit Weddings

Emerge is LOADED with life-altering results…

Authentic Vision

Discover and create a vision that ignites your sense of purpose, taps into your deepest desires and is aligned with your values.

Crystal Clarity

Uncover the underlying driver for what truly matters in your life as you determine your top priorities that are aligned with your vision and foundational values.

Empowered Mindset

Stop the nagging, critical inner dialogue and replace it with empowered beliefs supporting your goals and vision.

Purposeful Living

Energize your days with a renewed spirit and sense of purpose while restoring your health and vitality and finally get a good night’s sleep!

Love your Life

Receive masterful guidance and accountability to wholeheartedly step into your life, tap into your potential and create a life you LOVE!

Tool Belt of Resources

Develop a tool belt of new and upgraded tools, skills and resources to help you up-level your life.

Joan’s ability to nurture transformation is profound.

She showed me how to shift negative inner narratives and perceptions into lessons that deepened my understanding of self and my unlimited potential.

She showed me how to identify my values and use them when making major decisions in business and all walks of life.

Her ability to listen, hold space, and share wisdom is a divine gift. I recommend digging deep with Joan to unlock your true spirit and live the life of your dreams.

Chequamegon Bollinger
Serial Entrepreneur, Artist, Designer, and Creative Producer

Another satisfied life coach client Lynn McNally

Your Results…

At the end of the 3 months, you will EMERGE exhilarated with a new zest for life! You will engage life with a fresh perspective and new attitude as you:

  • Achieve clarity around your values, goals and life direction
  • Connect with your inner wisdom to channel your authentic power in all circumstances
  • Trust yourself at a deeper level
  • Own your worthiness
  • Engage an empowered mindset to be UNSTOPPABLE
  • Enjoy ample new tools to help you deal with anything life throws at you
  • Confidently step into your new life and take daily action on your priorities
  • Experience a deep-seated freedom

I’ve Emerged!!


I tamed my inner critic and now listen to my inner wise self.

“I have a clear vision of my life and outlined my priorities to achieve it. I know exactly what to do and I’m SO excited to Rock It!”

“I found my confidence and nothing can stop me from going after what I want!”

I’m finally emerging from my self-imposed limiting beliefs. Now I know – the best is yet to come and I can create it!!”

“I stopped blaming my circumstances for my life and took full responsibility for my life.  It’s a game changer. I’m officially in the driver’s seat!”

“I have my focus back!”

My life caught momentum in key areas.  Life feels so fresh and new!”

My spirit is renewed. I am optimistic and at peace.


a headshot of accountnant Tammy Sorensen

Joan’s program is life-changing!

I contacted Joan after doing some soul searching about generational habits and how to kick some of those bad habits while preserving tradition to become a leader for my family.

She helped me recognize the values that define me and discover the tools that will refine me far into the future.

I discovered the importance of self-care while still maintaining the leadership roles that are important to me

I found that changing my thinking empowered me personally and professionally to move me toward my inspired life.

I will be forever grateful that her program helped me discover my best self and the tools to become the type of leader that I strive to be personally and professionally.

Tammy Sorensen

Monthly Payment Plans

How do I sign up for the Emerge Coaching Program?

Your next step is to schedule a complimentary  Discovery Session, which is a 45 minute call with me. Our time together will give you a flavor of working with me and we can discuss next steps.

Click the “Schedule Call” button to go to my calendar and select a day and time that works best for you.

I’m excited for what’s possible for you – Let’s talk!



Why work with Me?

I get results.

I have a proven track record.  For 25 years, I’ve coached entrepreneurs to develop the mindset, create the structures, learn the skills and up-level their tools to design a life and business that exceeds their expectations.

Diverse Experience

I am a personal development coach, a business attorney, a serial entrepreneur, an artist, a student of life, a dream chaser (and catcher), a believer in big, hairy audacious goals and a legend maker.

Extensive Training

I’ve invested countless hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars in training and education over several decades to learn cutting edge processes and continually evolving resources. Each coaching program was thoughtfully designed to comprehensively package a lifetime of learning to help you create breakthrough results.

Supportive Environment

I create a safe, nourishing, judgment-free environment to give you full permission and safety to show up and be real (and messy).  I provide compassionate yet no BS support that gives you permission to be honest, vulnerable and messy. 

I know the pain, overwhelm and soul-crushing loss from navigating a divorce.  The days when numbness consumes your body and the only thing you want to do is pull the covers over your head and hide. When you find yourself behind locked doors wracked in pain, unable to face the world and desperately wondering if you will ever feel joy again. (You will.)

I’ve dared to leave my safe, lucrative dream job to launch my own business and face the uncertainty, the unknown, the fear and crazy lifestyle of an entrepreneur. (After 25 years, I’ve never looked back.)

I’ve picked up and moved my life across the country, multiple times, to follow my inner guidance and live life by my adventurous standards pursuing my unique dreams. (I highly recommend following your unique path!)

I’ve massively transformed my business over the years to follow my purpose and passion. From

    • putting myself through law school,
    • to working at a law firm,
    • to leading the legal department of a corporation,
    • to setting up my own law firm,
    • to becoming an artist,
    • to becoming an intentional creativity teacher,
    • to having an art studio on the Napa River,
    • to leading retreats and experiences,
    • to becoming a transformative personal development coach combining my wisdom with my skills, gifts & passions.  (And I’m only just getting started!)

As a result of my life experiences, I’ve created powerful, results-driven coaching programs to help you create the life YOU love!

Life Coach Joan Jakel


These coaching programs are not for everyone.

I want to be very clear who these coaching programs are specifically designed to serve.

These programs require commitment and dedicated time to yourself and your vision of life.

There is no flying by the seat of your pants or showing up unprepared.

This is a true investment in yourself and what you can create with your life.

You can’t create shortcuts for the most important process of your life.


Are trying to navigate big change in their life or business.

Want to stop doing what they think they HAVE to do and start doing what they LOVE to do.

Need help creating their personal, purposeful vision.

Are facing hard truths or feel stuck in life and have no idea how to deal with it.

 Want to change the negative inner dialogue that’s holding them back and create an empowered mindset to accelerate their growth.  

 Want to learn new tools and resources to up-level their lives.

Are already on the personal development path and have a degree of self-awareness with a committed desire to learn more.

Are coachable and appreciate the lessons being taught even if they feel uncomfortable in the process.

Want to invest in their personal development and understand the value of working with a coach.

Value learning, knowledge and wisdom.

  Strongly desire to make a difference in their lives, their community and the world.

Are willing to take action through fear.

Listen, participate, engage, practice and courageously bring their full selves to the game of life.

Are authentic, vulnerable and honest.

THESE PROGRAMS ARE NOT for women who want a quick fix or buy a program with great intention but with no commitment

They are also not for you if

  • You are not willing to be coached, receive direction or act on the guidance.
  • You blow off assignments if they are inconvenient
  • You are not 100% committed to being honest with yourself, taking a real look at your life (the good, the bad and the ugly) and taking radical responsibility for your life.
  • You are not willing to invest in yourself or see the value of making yourself a priority to honor your vision, your purpose and the impact only you can make.

Have some questions?

How is coaching different from consulting or business advising?

The traditional consulting or business advising roles are designed to tell the client what to do based on a set of facts and desired goals.  Coaching is defined by the International Coach Federation as:

“Professional Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to the individual client’s needs and relates to the client as the expert in his/her life and work.

The coach’s responsibility is to:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve;
  • Encourage client self-discovery;
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies; and
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable.

A coach seeks to elicit solutions and strategies from the client and believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole.”

What are the benefits of personal development coaching?

Gain clarity on your dreams, goals and vision of life

Find the true driver behind your goals (which is the key to commitment and achievement)

Create a realistic action plan to achieve your goals

Be held accountable to achieve desired results

Achieve results more quickly than on your own

Increase your productivity

Eliminate procrastination

Learn time management skills

Receive motivation, encouragement and feedback

Improve communication skills

Increase self confidence

Design a healthier lifestyle

Nurture and develop important relationships

Reduce and eliminate stress and anxiety

Increase abundance of time, energy, resources and finances

Overcome fear

Develop an empowered mindset

Create and maintain healthy boundaries

Live a more creative, self-expressed life

Why do successful people hire a Personal Development Coach?

Successful people recognize they need to bring people into their lives who have the skills they don’t yet have but want to develop. They value coaches, mentors and advisors who can help them get from where they are to where they want to go.  They know they need a trained professional to help them determine the best direction, hold them accountable and to provide objective support and feedback.  They also recognize that a coach can help them achieve their goals more quickly than doing it on their own.

Do you accept payment plans?

Yes.  Plans are available to pay over the coaching term depending on the program you select. We can discuss the terms during the initial Discovery Call.

What is a Personal Development Coach?

The role of the personal development coach is to expertly guide clients to get clear on their goals, dreams, priorities and vision.  A personal development coach helps people achieve defined goals, overcome obstacles, create an empowered mindset, overcome limiting beliefs, become self-aware and learn how to take radical responsibility for their lives. 

Personal development coaches thrive on helping clients unleash their potential and teach them tools to go after what they want in life and achieve it.

What can I work on with a Personal Development Coach?

Create a vision that ignites your sense of purpose

Set SMART goals aligned with your priorities

Create an action plan to achieve your goals in your business or personal life

Learn how to transform your inner critic to be your biggest cheerleader

Eliminate limiting beliefs and negative thoughts as you master your mind

Build powerful relationships with yourself and others

Create abundance

Reduce and eliminate stress and anxiety

Get out of a rut

Kick fear to the curb

A short term project

A long term project

Start a business

End a business

Change careers

Navigate life’s transitions

Identify your core values

Get organized

Learn how to take radical responsibility for your life

Develop confidence

Develop your communication skills

Find more joy in life

Rekindle your sense of adventure

Get clear on your needs and desires

Can’t I reach my dreams, goals and vision on my own? Why do I need a coach?

The reality is that you cannot create a new desired outcome by doing the same things you’ve always done – you have to learn to do things that you’ve never done to get results you’ve never (yet) obtained. If your current life does not support your desired vision of your life, or you haven’t yet figured out your vision, then change, and the willingness to get uncomfortable as you navigate it, are necessary components leading to success.  This kind of change generally requires seasoned guidance to help you navigate the fear and discomfort of letting go of what is to embrace all that can be.  A coach can remove the mystery and help you achieve your desired outcome.

Where does the coaching take place?

Coaching is provided over the phone or Zoom, which allows you to conveniently schedule and meet from the comfort of your home or office.  I strongly recommend you take each call in a distraction free location where you can soulfully and solely focus on our conversation and get the most out of our time together.

How long is each coaching call?

The initial coaching call is 2 hours during which time we comprehensively review a life assessment that you will complete in advance of the call.  Each subsequent coaching call will be 60 minutes.

You have choices!

Each of us is on our own journey.  I’ve designed 3 Coaching Programs to meet you where you are at in your journey and help you get to the coveted, self-determined finish line. Click on the button below each program to get all the details.

Don’t see exactly what you’re looking for?  Contact me and we can tailor a program just for you and your goals.

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