Hello — my name is Marlys Johnson. I’m a blogger, speaker, author, and coach. I have a deep affection for words, and am a ridiculously obsessive list-maker. I’ve been known to complete a task and add it to my list just so I can check it off. I know. Pathetic.

I’m a cancer widow. Married to the same witty, courageous, wry-humored, kind man until November 2014. We fought the good fight together for several years longer than he was supposed to live.


October 2014 – just six weeks before Hubby died


Before cancer showed up, we experienced some significant losses. Gary, a data processing manager, was laid off when the company he worked for was bought out. We sold our home, cashed out our 401(k), and depleted our savings as his unemployment extended to two years. I needed to give up my work at a non-profit to find a job that paid better and with healthcare benefits.

During that time, my mom moved in with us, sinking further into dementia. And then these fearsome, high-volume words: You’ve got cancer. Oh, and it’s terminal.

I am passionate about coming alongside people who have experienced unspeakable loss — serious illness or disability, caregiving, an empty nest, loss of meaningful work, an unwanted relocation, divorce, loss of a way of life, financial setbacks, death of a loved one.

This is what I do: Helping you discover new purpose in seasons of loss.

About Me

Hello, my name is Marlys Johnson. I’m a cancer widow, author, speaker and blogger. I love getting outdoors; would rather lace up hiking boots than go shopping. I have a passion for repurposing old junk into cool new stuff. And an even greater passion for showing people how to navigate life’s challenges. Tenaciously. And with heart wide open.

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