CC E5: Debra Anne Melkun; Shifting from “Simply Surviving” to Truly Thriving

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In Today’s episode of the Choose Congruency Podcast, which looks at all things mindset,  we look at the topic of shifting gears “From Simply Surviving to Thriving” in our lives.  Kathleen’s guest is Debra Anne Melkun, Certified Optimal Health Coach who will share how she went from surviving to thriving with her health and her personal relationships.   

About Debra Anne Melkun 

Debra Anne Melkun is a former stay-at-home mom with a background in Special Education/Elementary Education who has always had a passion for supporting and helping others, whether it was supporting her own family, working in the classroom, or crocheting her special gifts.  Six years ago, she found a way to combine her passion for helping others to help themselves by becoming an Optimal Health Coach. 

She is currently a Certified Optavia Health Coach, working with a four-part system that coaches people toward a healthy mindset as well as reaching and maintaining healthier weight.  

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About the Host

From an early age, Kathleen knew that she wanted to work with people, to help them on the path to creating the life that they want. 

She became interested in understanding the process by which some people seem to be able to create the life they want, while others are unable to do so. 

On a personal level, she explored how she was able to survive, thrive and grow despite life threatening illness at birth, emotional trauma, and extreme, debilitating shyness while some family members and friends, could not seem to overcome personal obstacles in the same way. 




Choose Congruency was born out of learning answers to this question. It became clear through research, working with hundreds of people, and personal experience that those who are successful in achieving their goals do not possess some magical power that is only available to a few special people, but rather, there are real, actionable, “doable” steps to take in achieving our goals — both personally and professionally. However, it is often difficult to see, much less take those necessary steps on our own. This is where Choose Congruency can help. We are able to work with you or your business to help clarify goals and create a path to successfully achieving those goals. 

For over 14 years, Kathleen Pickrel has worked with people both on an individual level and within a corporate structure, providing support, helping to clarify goals and establishing a framework to ultimately achieve those goals. 

With her company, Choose Congruency, she works with individuals who want a crystal-clear vision and businesses that want great employees. This involves helping people and businesses become clear on where they are, where they would like to be, and the steps to help bridge the gap between those two. Kathleen has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). 


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