Helping strong women flourish after major life transitions

Melanie Kimberlin

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Welcome to Kimberlin Coaching – the home of the Put a Pin In It Group.

You ask me, what does that mean – put a pin in it?

We are women who have been through something painful – a loss or change of some kind – maybe divorce, a job loss, the death of a loved one or life just not turning out the way we expected.

  • We’ve grieved,

  • We’ve been angry,

  • We’ve been depressed,

  • We’ve cried,

  • We’ve ranted and raved.

We’re tired of it.

We're tired of it, and just want to move on. We are ready to “put a pin in it” and move forward.

We aren’t saying we’re not affected by our past; we just don’t want to be ruled by it anymore.

We want to:

  • Process what needs to be processed,

  • Change what needs to be changed, and

  • Accept what needs to be accepted.

We want to flourish.

We want to flourish, finding out who we are, who we want to be, and experiencing joy again in our lives. We’re ready for it but maybe we’re not quite sure how to make it happen. This group is to let us support each other as we move forward in our quest.

About Me

I'm Melanie Kimberlin, CPC, ELI-MP.
COR.E Transitions Dynamics Specialist

Melanie Kimberlin

To tell you a little bit about myself, in a nutshell, my life has not turned out like I planned it or how I wanted it to! I have fought an eating disorder for over 30 years – which led me to 12-step recovery programs, where I have been blessed to be able to mentor women for many years. I have been married twice – and because of poor choices all around, ended up with me experiencing a lot of grief. Losing relationships with my children (thankfully, I am reconciled with 3 of my 4 kids at the moment), was married to an alcoholic for 13 years (4 of those with him in prison), and have now been happily single for many years. These are just a few of the things. And there are a lot of women out there who can give the same list, if not worse.

During my dark days, people often gave me advice, definitely well-meaning, and probably good advice. But I usually could not act on it. Now that I see how powerful coaching is, I wish I had had a coach back when I was going through the rough years. I decided to become certified to be a professional life coach so that I can help other women navigate these stormy waters more smoothly than I was able to.

  • I love purple.

  • I love dogs and have a menagerie – 2 dogs and 2 cats.

  • I was married for a total of 32 years, to 2 different men, the second one an alcoholic.

  • I have 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 bonus daughters, 4 grandchildren, and 3 bonus grandchildren, though not all are reconciled with me.

  • I have been happily single for many years and love spending time with my grandbabies.

  • I am a Christian and am happy to coach on spiritual matters.

  • I have been actively involved in mentoring ladies through 12-step recovery for over 30 years. I have been a leader (Women’s Training Coach) in Celebrate Recovery for 12 years.

  • I am a Certified Professional Coach from IPEC, the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (one of the top 3 Coaching Schools), plus an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP).

Work With Me

Helping strong women flourish after major life transitions

If you’ve worked through or are working through a major transition and are having a tough time, you know you want to make a change, but you know you need some help, consider hiring me as your coach.

If that’s something that you’re open to learning more about, fill out the form at the bottom of this page. I will follow up with you and we can create a relaxed conversation and decide where to go from there.

Contact Me

Fill out this form and I will contact you so we can set up a conversation.

Tell me as specifically and as concisely as possible:

  • What are you seeking, and

  • Why you are considering hiring me as your Coach?

We want to flourish, finding out who we are, who we want to be, and experiencing joy again in our lives.


Debbie Thornton

Debbie Thornton

"Melanie is an incredible teacher"

"So to be quite honest. I have struggled to write a review of my accountability partner and friend Melanie. She is such an amazing woman I was afraid my words could not convey all that she means to me and others.

I have had the privilege to work with Melanie for about eight years in  Celebrate recovery. The first thing that impresses me is she shows up every single week. Not only does she show up but she is excited. She is excited about recovery and how it can literally change the lives of the women who are willing to do the work. She leads step groups-taking large groups of women through the 12 steps. But more than that she helps each woman individually.  Her kindness love and compassion for each woman is so evident. She goes above and beyond just being a group leader.

Melanie is also an incredible teacher. At CR she is our training coach.  Monthly we have coaches meetings and Melanie leads us through a training to help us all make this program more effective. I can seriously go on and on and on about the attributes of Melanie. What she brings to my life and into the life of countless other people. But to sum it up, she is faithful, reliable and wise. Because she has done the work herself- she is excited to pass her experience, strength and hope to others."

~ Debbie Thornton

Sherrie Coleman

Sherrie Coleman

"I have witnessed the significant differences Melanie has made"

"I have known Melanie for over 6 years. Working in groups with her, I have observed her wisdom and kindness in helping individuals identify and confront problems in the individual’s life.

Melanie asks probing questions that allow the individual to examine their beliefs and actions and how these beliefs and actions contribute to the problems in the person’s life. Melanie lets individuals work at their own pace. Melanie is an excellent guide.

I highly recommend her as a life coach. I have witnessed the significant differences Melanie has made in many women’s lives."

~ Sherrie Coleman

Janette Esch

Janette Esch

"This past year has been a journey of true transformation for me"

"I would love to just express the love and gratitude I have for Melanie, working with her has been such a blessing. This past year has been a journey of true transformation for me and I could not have done it without her guidance.

Melanie led/walked me through some mental, emotional, and spiritual healing. She provided me with tools to implement in my everyday life, that to this day I still utilize. She was kind, compassionate, and a great listener. She truly heard what I needed and helped me to achieve my desired level of healing. Melanie was not just a coach for me, but a dear friend I can depend on if I ever need help in life again.

I am grateful that I can attest to her work and I would choose her over and over again! Thank you Melanie!"

~ Janette Esch

Laura Castaneda

Laura Castaneda

"Melanie desires nothing but to see you succeed"

~ Laura Castaneda


I recommend:

Self-Help / Relationships / Divorce

TitleAuthorAvailable from Amazon:
The Gifts of Imperfection Brené BrownBuy
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead Brené BrownBuy
Tiny Habits – The Small Changes that Change EverythingB. J. Fogg, Phd.Buy
BoundariesHenry Cloud and John TownsendBuy
Why Did You Have to Get a Divorce? And When Can I Get A Hamster: A Guide to Parenting Through DivorceAnthony E. Wolf, Ph.D.Buy
Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling MenLundy BancroftBuy


TitleAuthorAvailable from Amazon:
Discerning the Voice of God, How to Recognize When God is SpeakingPriscilla ShirerBuy
The Rock, the Road and the RabbiKathie Lee GiffordBuy
Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your MindJoyce MeyerBuy
Breaking Free: Discover the Victory of Total SurrenderBeth MooreBuy
Get Out of That PitBeth MooreBuy
When Godly People Do Ungodly Things: Arming Yourself in the Age of SeductionBeth MooreBuy

Body Perception / Food Issues

TitleAuthorAvailable from Amazon:
Intuitive EatingEvelyn Tribole and Elyse ReschBuy
8 Keys to Recovery From An Eating DisorderCarolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert GrabbBuy
Life without EdJenni SchaeferBuy
Goodbye Ed, Hello MeJenni SchaeferBuy
Brain Over BingeKathryn HansenBuy


My To-Read List

I always have so many books I want to read; once I read these I will move them up in the list. Feel free to give me your recommendations – I may add them to my To-Read List.

  • Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado

  • It’s Okay Not to be Okay by Sheila Walsh

  • Change Your Questions, Change Your Life by Marilee Adams

  • Me and White Supremacy; Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad

  • Mindless Eating - Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink, Ph.D.

  • When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies by Jane R.. Hirschman and Carol H. Munter

  • When God Doesn’t Fix It by Laura Story

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Sunday Springboard : Live Broadcast

Every Sunday, 4:00PM CST

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Watch These Previous Springboard Episodes:

#14 - Don't Block My Energy - Part 3 - Interpretation

16) Today’s inner block is called interpretation. It can happen when you don’t have enough information to make a true assessment. It is the opinion you create about an event, situation, or experience. In essence, you make up a quick story based on your beliefs and past experiences, unconsciously look for evidence to support it, and believe that your story is true, when in actuality, your interpretation often represents only one viewpoint among the many that are possible.

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#13 - Don't Block My Energy - Part 2 - Limiting Beliefs

You may have heard the story of Roger Bannister. Prior to 1954 everyone believed that it was physically impossible to run a mile in under 4 minutes. It was impossible and dangerous even to attempt. And then in 1954 Roger Bannister broke that mark – he ran the mile in less than 4 minutes and ever since then many people have broken it over and over. This is what we call a limiting belief, the first inner block we’re going to look at. A limiting belief is a belief you have about the world, about other people, about situations, and about life in general that hold you back from success and from getting what you want.

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#12 - Don't Block My Energy - Part 1 - Outer Blocks

Sometimes the choices you make – or don’t make – limit your potential and your performance. Other times you didn’t even see all of the choices that you have. Both of these situations can be due to deep and powerful energy blocks that hold you back from your potential. We are starting a new series called Don’t Block My Energy - which will give us more skills to move ourselves out of the lower levels of energy and into that energetic, powerful life that we want to experience.

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#11 - I AM - Winning and Losing are Illusions

Have you ever been in the middle of creating something – maybe a speech or lesson about something you care about, or if you’re an artist – maybe a painting, crocheting a baby blanket, maybe even doing some interior decorating in your house? You’re so focused on what you are creating, that time seems to stand still – you have no sense of time, maybe you’re even able to ignore hunger signals and when you finally “come up to breathe”, you’re like, whoa, I need to get to the bathroom! You were in the zone.

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#10 - We are the World... Level 6 Energy

We are on Level 6 in our exploration of the 7 Levels of Energy – or ways we look at the world. When we resonate at Level 6 we have broadened our thinking past focusing only on ourselves or our close family - we come to feel that all of us in the world are one. We are unique individuals, but yet we are all one World.

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#9 - Good Luck, Bad Luck, Who Knows - Level 5 Energy

As we move into Level 5 energy, one of the changes we see is that we don’t make judgments about whether a circumstance is good or bad, because we realize that something good can always come out of a situation, as God tells us that He will make all things work for good. We also begin to create situations where we all win – instead of you win or I win – we win together.

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#8 - Can I Help You? Level 4 Energy

When life crashes down on us (in small or large ways) it is normal to turn inward – to be in “survival” mode. We literally don’t have the energy to do much more than take care of ourselves and our loved ones. We don’t have any extra brainpower to think about other people.

AND when we can move out of survival mode just even an inch or two – if we can summon enough energy to look around and see if we can help someone else, we reap great benefits!

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#7 - Let’s Make Some Lemonade - Level 3 Energy

Join me as we explore Level 3 energy, which is where we take responsibility for our own choices. We become able to tolerate and forgive. Level 3 starts to become energy that builds us up instead of tearing us down.

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#6 - Why Do You Make Me So Angry - Level 2 Energy

We will continue our exploration of the 7 levels of energy or the lens through which we see our world. All levels are normal and useful at times. We want to become aware of what level we are feeling and then decide how we want to show up. Today we will talk about Level 2.

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#5 - I Can’t Win For losing – Level 1 Energy

Why does everything happen to me? I can’t ever do anything right. Just my luck. I shouldn’t expect anything different. I’m just so sad. These are some for the thoughts we may have when we are experiencing level 1 energy.

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#4 - What Level of Energy are You Feeling?
Introduction to Energy Levels

We can spend a lot of time and money trying to keep from feeling “negative” emotions and trying to always be happy and positive. Interestingly, all feelings, all emotions, all energy states have their place in our lives.

Some of them give us more energy and build us up, and others can tear us down if we live in them all the time. When we learn to become aware of the energy we are feeling and showing up with, we can make a choice about whether this energy is serving us. Then we can respond to a situation rather than react to the world around us.

The next 7 shows will be discussing the 7 levels of energy that I teach as an IPEC Core Energy Coach (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.)

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#3 - Action and Acceptance

Have you ever had a life experience that you thought was going to be terrible, and it turned out to be great?

Life throws many surprises at us, and we can’t anticipate what effect they will always have on our lives. We can have a powerful impact on our own happiness by managing our thoughts about these circumstances. If we determine that we can actually do something to change our circumstances, then let’s take action. If we decide that there is nothing we can do, then once we start working on accepting that situation, we can live more joyfully.

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#2 - Anxiety

Are you struggling with anxiety?

There are things we tell ourselves that make it worse. When we think these anxiety-producing thoughts, we can change them to more productive, more TRUE reflections that will help to lessen our anxiety.

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#1 - The Magical (Nearly) Tool to Help Quiet Your Brain

I will be sharing a "nearly" magic tool! Are you ready to calm your brain, sleep at night, focus on dally life, enjoy being with your loved ones, and have a general sense of peace and calm in your brain?

Then listen on!

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