Build Resiliency for Navigating Life’s Unexpected Challenges

Create more harmony in your life now and step back into your strength with courage and confidence.


I’m María Tomás-Keegan, a speaker, author, and certified career & life coach. I can help you set down deep roots, so you can grow into the person you want to become. Along that journey you will find resilience, confidence, and a new joy for living by choice, not by chance.

Let’s thrive together.

Learn to navigate transition with my free ebook:

From Darkness to Light: Learning to Adapt to Change & Move Through Transition

Has your career or life suddenly turned your world upside down?

How can you rebound with resiliency and confidence?

Are you usually able to roll with the punches and rebound quickly? This time you’re not?

What might be different? When your world is unexpectedly shaken by a major life event—such as a divorce, loss of a loved one or a career upheaval—it can take you down a deep dark pit of despair from which it can seem like there’s no way out. No light at the end of the tunnel. Bouncing back feels impossible.

It might be that life events have piled up on you and you thought you were doing just fine—until this one was the last straw. I get it. One day you’re feeling as if you can tough this out and get through it, and today your resiliency has taken a hike.

I want you to know you’re not alone.

I’m here to guide you back to your powerful, resilient self, so you can make choices that help you to turn your upside-down world right side up again.

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“Maria cares. Not just some of the time, but all times. She especially hears what’s in a woman’s heart and has the tools and programs to share her sage advice. And a great way to begin is to read her book, which is a lovely reflection of her values and philosophies.”

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Learn to Increase Your Resiliency

I’ve had my share of experiences with life-shattering events that threatened to change me and my life profoundly. Finding my way through and beyond them, by making choices that serve me, and learning that we are not meant to do this hard life-stuff alone, inspired me to help other women do it better than I did at first.

As a career and life coach, I help women build resiliency as they work through major life events, rather than get derailed.

I believe it takes creating a firm foundation that supports you. It takes a willingness to change and make different choices, and it takes courage to step into your place of power. I can help you put the pieces of your life back together again in a new way, making room for new possibilities while being grounded in your own voice, values, and vision.

Learn to design a new life that will turn your world right side up again. Let’s move you beyond going through the motions—just coping and surviving—so you can thrive in all areas of your life: at home, at work, and at play.

 Why is This Time Different?

You know you have survived events like this before, but THIS ONE feels different.

This one feels as if it might finally derail you for good if you don’t do something about it.

Divorce? Burnout? Loss of a loved one? Caregiving? Retirement? Layoff? Career change?

Any of these events have the power to derail even the strongest women among us, especially when it’s One. Change. Too. Many.

  • Are you just going through the motions?
  • Is “auto-pilot” your normal mode?
  • Are you tired of living behind the mask that shows everyone you’re “just fine”?
  • Has your usual resiliency left the building?
  • Is it time to move beyond just coping and surviving?

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You are not alone!

Here are some kind words from women who have been where you are…

“María has taught me how to get busy living.”

~ M.B.

“I now have greater insight into myself to redefine my goals … with tangible steps to achieve them.”

~ P.M.

“… she helped me to feel more secure in moving forward.”

~ T.C.

“I am now empowered to regain the balance I lost …”

~ J.W.

“… I began to feel stronger and more confident than I had ever felt in my life.”

~ D.P.

Career and Life Coach helping women face adversity with resiliencyI’ve been where you are…

I have lived through major shifts in my life over and over again and became hardened to how I was feeling. Many of these unexpected life events happened during my decades-long corporate management career.  I felt compelled to stuff my emotions deeply just to get through the day. Most of the time, I didn’t know what I was feeling. I just kept on going, wearing a mask and a suit of armor to protect me, conditioning myself by pretending everything is fine—going through the motions.

Until this one time, something within me broke and I couldn’t summon up the resiliency to keep plowing through. 

When I hit my breaking point, I had no choice but to reach for help. It was my turning point.

There are times when everyone needs a trusted hand to find the way back after being derailed. The woman who reached out her hand to me saved my life.  She paid it forward, and I am paying it back. 

As a result, I’m inspired to help other women thrive, as I have learned to, because I am proof that it is possible.

I encourage women to give themselves permission to rediscover who they are now, after an event has abruptly changed them. They get to take off the mask they hide behind and begin to create a vibrant life which supports them where they are today and where they want to go.

It is a time for them to step back into their life fully, with more clarity and confidence.

They regain their resiliency, while putting tools in their treasure chest which will keep them from getting derailed ever again. 

 That’s what I call thriving!

From Darkness to Light StackFree eBook:

From Darkness to Light  — Learning to Adapt to Change & Move Through Transition

One question I’m often asked is, “Why is change so hard?” Some welcome change for the opportunities it brings, while others duck and take cover. And sometimes it just depends on how big the change is before we decide how to react.

It’s human nature to fear the unknown. We’re taught that being in control comes with a sense of safety and security. Yet there is so much that happens in life outside of our control.

A major life event that turns your world upside down can lead you into darkness. Some describe it as a black hole—where there is no light—or a dark tunnel, where you can see light at both ends. They’re certain they don’t want to go back to where they came from, but aren’t sure how to move forward to the light.

This book will teach you what I know about change and transition, the difference between them, and the choices we get to make when change happens. It’s my hope that as we begin to shine the light, it may open your heart and mind to new possibilities that come through change and transition.