I’m Solveig (pronounced soul-vay), a Certified Professional Coach and teacher, based in Anchorage, Alaska.
I create opportunities and spaces for soulful, smart, big-hearted people (like you!) to explore and grow in your life, love, and leadership with courage, kindness, and authenticity (or what I like to call – an open heart).
I believe you have the power to co-create a more peaceful and loving world. And I am here to support you in living a life that makes that possible.
You have a big heart and you sometimes struggle to navigate life’s challenges as a sensitive spirit.
You’re tired of listening to your fear, and ready to trust yourself and take courageous steps towards your happiest life.
You’re smart and soulful, and you want to play bigger in life and love.
Sometimes those feelings of overwhelm, stress, burnout, or not-enoughness show up, and you’re sick of them.
You know that relationships are of high value to you, and you’re ready to feel more love in your life.
You want to lead with authenticity and kindness, and you know that you need support.
And you’re in the right place for that.
Working with me will support you to:
Grow your own inner peace
Listen to your inner knowing and trust yourself
Build self-love, and self-care practices
Discover how positive mindset work changes your life
Know how to feel and process your emotions
Increase your courage and confidence
Harness your courage to propel you in meaningful work
Navigate the steps to building and promoting a creative project or business endeavor
Find, grow, and maintain healthy, loving relationships
Lead with authenticity, compassion, and vision
Live a more peaceful, courageous, authentic, beautiful life
I support you to live, love, and lead with an open heart through coaching (1:1 and group offerings), and leading workshops, online courses, retreats, and in my blog and social media.
In my early thirties, I found myself at a crossroads.
I was in this job that I thought I should love. I was working in management at a non-profit – overseeing social justice and youth development programming. In a lot of ways, this was my dream job, or at least it had been. The truth was, I was overwhelmed and stressed ALL the time.
I was seriously suffering from burnout. I would work long hours, never be able to catch up with emails or voicemail. My creativity felt lost under a never-ending pile of emails and projects. I knew they were important, but I was so unhappy.
People who loved me pointed out that I was crying – a lot. I was so tired, and I wasn’t making enough money to pay my bills, so I had a second job teaching night classes at the university, as well.
In the summer of 2011, two things happened. I signed up for a course called The Fear Cleanse with Gabrielle Bernstein and Christine Arylo. And a friend of mine walked into my work and told me she was studying to become a health coach and offered me some coaching. Impulsively, I said, yes! It sounded fun – and I thought she was awesome.
That summer, I started learning so much about myself. The Fear Cleanse online course helped me identify fear I didn’t even realize I’d been holding onto, and coaching helped me acknowledge and feel my own power and creativity – that had been lost in the long work hours.
I started delving into my own personal growth in a very focused way.
I realized that even though my ego was telling me to stay in the nonprofit job, my heart was starting to call me elsewhere.
I knew I wanted to grow as a teacher, and as I learned more about coaching, I felt a deep call to support other people in this way.
Over the next year, I started a coaching certification and was offered an opportunity to teach Communication courses full time at the university! (When you get clear on what you want, the Universe really provides!)
And I was led to coaches, teachers, and books that really began to light me up.
In my career change, I began to really be intentional about my lifestyle, how I cared for myself, and how I followed my heart.
This led to me start Sol + Heart – my way of serving smart, soulful, big-hearted humans (often changemakers and creatives) who want to have open-hearted lives.
As I grow and seek to learn more, I share what I’ve learned through my business. I love coaching and teaching, and my life feels happy, meaningful, and free. My passion for co-creating a more peaceful and loving world is amplified through Sol + Heart.
Facts about Sol:
My name, Solveig (soul-vay), refers to sunshine and strength in Old Norse. My family ancestry includes Scandinavian adventurers and explorers, and I find this trait echoed in my own life in an exploration of love.
I have a dog named Luna and a cat named Stella.
I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska – a town in the middle of Alaska known for extreme temperature shifts between summer and winter, and the midnight sun. My Norwegian father had a dog mushing team, and I grew up in the woods.
I lived in a cabin without running water for 3 years in my 20s.
I’ve lived in Oslo and Tromso, Norway and studied Peace Studies, as well as Buenos Aires, Argentina where I taught English as a Second Language.
I have my master’s degree in Professional Communication and have been teaching at the university for over 10 years – classes like Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking, and Small Group Communication. I started Sol + Heart in 2012 and became a Certified Professional Coach in 2013.
I love Americanos with cream, malbecs, and find a lot of joy in cooking delicious, wholesome food.
I’m loving growing a garden in the summer, and back country skiing in the winter.
I love love. And I cry easily – like at romantic movies, courageous actions, truth-telling…the stuff of the heart.
I’m a hugger.
I love books + words – find me cuddled up with a Moroccan Mint tea and a book or my journal and you know all is well.
When I need to find peace, my first thought is a walk in the woods.
I joke that positivity is my superpower.
Whenever I can travel, I’m out on a road trip, camping, or heading out on a new adventure. South America has my heart these days (or really anywhere I can practice my Spanish).
I am here to co-create a more peaceful, loving world alongside you, and I love what I do. ❤️