Evolve Coaching Program

For legacy driven individuals with a desire to leave their mark on the world

Are you part of the Evolution?

The Evolve Coaching Program is designed for individuals who are legacy driven with a desire to leave their mark on the world.

They want a frontline, dedicated coach, advisor and strategist to hold them accountable and keep them on track on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis.

They are willing to challenge status quo, ignore the well-worn path and ways of thinking to forge their unique path.

They don’t care what others are doing or how they are doing it – the only way is THEIR way.

They are willing to put it all on the line to be authentically aligned and integrated with their mission and life purpose.

They are here to make an impact.

If you are wholeheartedly on a mission to transform your life in full alignment with your vision, master life at a whole new level and leave your mark on the world, then this coaching program was designed with you in mind.

The Evolve coaching program is an entire year of the most custom tailored, in-depth, comprehensive coaching that is structured to generate ongoing breakthrough results.

Evolve is so much more than a Coaching Program

Evolve is charting your course to your destiny and legacy while having a dedicated coach by your side to light the path, keep you on course and help you navigate unchartered territory to successfully complete your Shero’s Journey. 

Legacies are created by warriors, visionaries and beacons of light. They are not carved from the well worn path.  They are built from an inner compass after an arduous journey to test convictions and refine clarity while honing character and forging lasting impact. 

Evolve was created for the deeply committed, fiercely determined and sacred driven individuals.

Are you here to answer the call to adventure?


Your evolution begins with a deep dive into your current life during a very special VIP Day to kick off the program.

The VIP Day is immersive, experiential and sacred.

Your day will be filled with activities to guide you on your unique path, guaranteed to cause more than a few “A ha’s”!

You will connect with your truth. 

As your vision unfolds and dreams are captured, a path emerges to bring both to fruition.

You will feel both invigorated and nourished.

At the end of the day, you will walk away with a clear sense of direction, a connection to the highest version of yourself and an aura of badassery as you begin your year long journey.

Every shero’s journey requires disciplined inner work to create the mindset of a warrior and a wizard, which is where your journey begins.  Your finely tuned mindset creates the beliefs and actions that align to slice through resistance and obstacles to keep you on course.

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

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

You have everything you need to create a life that fuels your purpose, ignites your passion, feeds your soul and unleashes your vision for a lasting impact and legacy.

A Shero’s journey also requires empowering sustenance, so every other month you receive a unique Sacred Empowerment Box which is specially curated for your journey. Each 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 and delight!

To ensure you have dedicated, uninterrupted time to focus on your vision, I’ve scheduled 3 half-day VIP Intensive Sessions throughout the year to recharge, revisit and reassess the vision and action plan.  Your body, mind and spirit will be revitalized and pampered.  It is the perfect pit stop to keep you fresh, aligned and powerfully moving forward.

You need to know in advance:  Over the course of the year, you will encounter doubt, obstacles and challenges that will push you outside your comfort zone and test your mettle – test your conviction of giving birth to your vision and ensuring it sees the light of day to make its impact.  You also need to know I’ll be right by your side providing the support, guidance and the best tools and resources to fill the needs as they arise.

Imagine the progress you will make within 52 weeks with dedicated, focused action, accountability, ongoing support, new tools and resources and a fully accessible, front-line coach committed to your success!

In the end, you will not be the same person who started the program, yet you will have enormous respect and gratitude for the person you become. You will have arrived back at the place you started and know it for the first time – a successful Shero’s Journey.

Phil Brown looking optimistically toward the future

I first worked with Joan in 2011 when she served as corporate counsel to my business. It was in her role as my life coach beginning in 2019 that impacted my personal and professional life in meaningful and profound ways.

At the time, I was facing soul-crushing litigation in which I felt betrayed & hopeless.  I was struggling in my role as the owner and leader in my firm and with the relationship with my wife. I was floundering & paralyzed into inaction.

First & perhaps most importantly to me, Joan listened without judgment until she understood my issues. Then she took several different approaches to coach, guide & teach me the management & life skills I needed. 

The changes were not quick or easy, but the life skills & confidence Joan helped me develop will stick with me forever. Big problems & mean people are manageable & no longer keep me from my goals.


I’m able to be present, available & loving. One of the most loving & supportive people who “is always in my corner” is Joan Jakel.

I’m not the person I was in 2019, and for that Joan will always have my loving gratitude.

Kahlo Brown

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


All these great benefits…

Authentic Vision

Discover and create a vision that ignites your sense of purpose and taps into your deepest desires.


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.

Toolbelt of Resources

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

Authentically YOU

Integrate and use your unique gifts, skills and talents to authentically bring your vision to life according to your standards.

Action Plan

Create SMART goals with clear priorities to bring your vision to life.

Expert Guidance

Receive expert guidance to provide direction, support and accountability to define and achieve your goals.

Transform Obstacles

Learn to fearlessly face obstacles and use them as stepping stones to create opportunities.

Lasting Impact

Leave your mark on the world in purposeful ways as you touch lives and hearts.

Empowered Mindset

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

Live Purposefully

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!

Meaningful Relationships

Rekindle meaningful relationships with yourself, your family, friends, clients and community.

Kick Fear to the Curb

Learn to identify and eliminate fear and resistance so you can take bold action to implement your vision with confidence and certainty as you unabashedly follow your unique path.

Let’s take a closer look at what you will experience over the course of the year in the Evolve Coaching Program…

◊ A comprehensive assessment of your current life and exploration of your vision and goals

1 VIP Retreat Intensive – The Evolve Coaching Program is kicked off with 6 invigorating hours of one-on-one exclusive time with me in a deeply supportive, distraction-free environment to deep dive into your desired life.  We will engage in insightful conversation, practice new tools and create the direction to guide the program. A curated goody bag is provided to kick off the day – it is guaranteed to surprise and delight!  A nourishing lunch and snacks are included.

3 Half Day VIP Retreats: 3 half day (4 hour) VIP Retreats – one each quarter following the initial VIP Retreat Intensive to revisit your vision and action plan, make any adjustments and hands-on learning of new tools.

6 Sacred Empowerment Boxes specially curated and sent every other month.   Each box varies in content and may include books, journal, pens, candles, inspiring decks, aromatherapy, art, jewelry, clothing, pendants, gemstones and one-of-a-kind specialty items to enhance the journey.

◊ An original Joan Jakel painted collage journal for use throughout the program.  The journal cover is an actual work of art created by Joan and tailored specifically to inspire and empower you through the coaching process.  It’s a one-of-a-kind original encouraging you to tap into your originality throughout the coaching process.

◊ A personalized coaching plan based on the assessment review

◊ A values card deck and mini workshop

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

3 scheduled calls per month and 1 bonus call each month when needed – 60 minutes each with individualized attention to you and your vision

       ◊ Emergency spot coaching between sessions

         Priority access to Joan and discounts to new programs and workshops

       ◊ A recorded personalized guided visualization

       ◊ A bracelet inscribed with your word or theme of the year

E-mail support between calls

◊ Resources, tools, worksheets, exercises and coaching activities

Ongoing support and accountability to keep you on track

How do I sign up for the Evolve 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.

I look to Joan when I feel the need for deeply practical, grounded advice that supports me in bringing my dreams into form.

She helps me make sense of how to translate visionary ideas into income.

She has the gift of translating heart visions into practical structures with a natural gift of encouragement that comes from a warm and caring place.

Dr. Neesa Mills

Sacred Space Shaman & Priestess Guide



Neesa Mills in a red dress with her arms outstretched

Why work with Me?

I have a proven track record. For 25 years, I’ve successfully coached hundreds of 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, a creative maverick, 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. All of my programs were thoughtfully designed to comprehensively package a lifetime of learning to help you create breakthrough results.

Supportive Environment

I create a safe, nourishing and 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, did I mention, 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; those who want 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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