A Dream Come True

To SISU (From my Finnish heritage): “Sisu is a Finnish concept described as stoic determination, tenacity of purpose, grit, bravery, resilience, and hardiness and is held by Finns themselves to express their national character.” ~ Wikipedia

Sunday was a big day for me, after nine years building my worthiness platform, and meeting obstacle after obstacle in getting more online visibility.

My article on “6 Tips for Claiming Your Worthiness” appeared in Maria Shriver’s digital newspaper, The Sunday Paper, this weekend.  I focused on getting my work in this digital newspaper because Maria’s messages are often aligned with my values and many of the coaching concepts I share with my clients.

Moving beyond all the naysayers who said I couldn’t receive her attention without a million social media followers, I surrounded myself with those who believed in my mission.  I also dug deep to find the right connection and build a respectful relationship over time with the editor who presented my work to Maria.

I also intend to reach kids, young adults (and their parents) with this mission going forward–so they can avoid making poor choices personally or professionally from believing they are unworthy, not enough, or that they need to settle or play small. We are all meant to shine our greatness in our unique ways, and be valued for WHO we are, not necessarily what society or others think we “should” be.

Self-doubt, that tough inner critic, often kicks in just before we reach higher. I’ve learned in the process of growing a more worthy self how important it is to connect to the love within, and be with those who have the CAPACITY to cheer us on and celebrate when we reach a dream.


Many came through for this big leap of mine, including photographer Wanda Clayton, a true miracle worker. When I got the email at 5:11 p.m. Thursday to be exact, to have a specific type of photo ready the next day for this national publication, Wanda came through in ALL WAYS.

No time to find a makeup artist, she became one and created the natural, genuine look I wanted. She changed her schedule, came to my home, which was 45 minutes away, and took a slew of photos inside and out by the lake where I live—all of which involved a lot of different lighting challenges.

She also provided that special “women’s touch,” ensuring my authenticity and femininity were expressed (in addition to tucking in my shirt in all the right places, fixing my hair in the wind, and capturing “real” smiles).

I’m also immensely grateful for all the friends who stuck with me through some very hard times this past decade, and clients for their appreciation of my work as I guide their transformative journeys.

I hope this article inspires you or helps someone you know:







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  • Doug Campb says:

    Congratulations Gail!
    I’m so happy to see your mission coming into fruition!
    SUSi! ….You live it every day!!
    What a great story to share!
    Your journey speaks volumes about the importance of your work, and why your message needs to be heard today, more than ever!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones (“Coach Gail Jones”—Your worthiness expert) says:

      Thanks, Doug: It was fun sharing my “Sisu”–and my worthiness platform with a larger audience. I appreciate your kind words and understanding of how important this mission/calling is to me. Blessings to you as well, Gail

  • Meg says:

    Congratulations Gail!! I love the reference to SUSI – you are true to your Finnish roots. So happy your worthiness teaching is going to reach children! Keep on persevering.

    • Gail Kauranen Jones (“Coach Gail Jones”—Your worthiness expert) says:

      Thank you, Meg. And I cannot stop until my worthiness platform reaches kids! I don’t want anyone to suffer from lack of worthiness as I once did, and I’ve seen in so many of clients–through no fault of our own. We just didn’t get the early life conditioning, or were swayed by societal conditioning that teaches us we’re not enough unless we buy or have more or look “enough.” I’ve had the privilege as a coach for two decades of witnessing so many lives transform when people heal from feeling unworthy. Feeling blessed. Gail

  • Susan Young says:

    Congratulations Gail! So happy to see your column in Maria Shriver’s The Sunday Paper. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, wisdom and love. You are a gift to all.

    • Gail Kauranen Jones (“Coach Gail Jones”—Your worthiness expert) says:

      Thanks, Susy. Glad you enjoyed the article. Your appreciation of my work and this “worthiness calling” means a lot to me. Blessings, Gail

  • Bev says:

    Gail, So happy for you! Congratulations! I too believe we must reach kids and am confident you will. And thanks for helping me deal with my problems…you are not only a great writer but a wonderful coach!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones (“Coach Gail Jones”—Your worthiness expert) says:

      Bev: It’s been a joy to be your coach, and thank you for celebrating this “win” with me–and my mission to take it further and reach kids, through coaching and using my writing skills for my next book in development. Blessings, Gail

  • Lisa May says:

    Congratulations on another beautiful milestone, Gail! So well-deserved. Thank you for always genuinely and authentically sharing your journey…..the ups, the downs, the adversity & the glorious wins when worthiness prevails.

    • Gail Kauranen Jones (“Coach Gail Jones”—Your worthiness expert) says:

      Lisa: I so appreciate your beautiful words and love this line: “the glorious wins when worthiness prevails.” Yes, it’s WORTH the inner work, which takes courage, to claim or reclaim your worthiness. I’m thrilled to be able to show an outer manifestation of my journey to claim my worthiness. Blessings, Gail

  • Lynn M Marn says:

    Ohhhhh Gosh- that pic is beautiful and divine….Hair, makeup, lake and that color is AMAZING….You look so Beautiful , Happy and Peaceful…..in the Portal….Wanda captured you beautifully.

    My grandmother was Finnish and that was her favorite expression…She was one tough Babe.

    “Congratulations” Gail on your worthiness platform and incredible journey to bring this inspiring message to the world!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones (“Coach Gail Jones”—Your worthiness expert) says:

      Lynn (M): I so appreciate your congratulations-and all your sweet words. And, I love that your grandmother spoke of SISU!!! Blessings, Gail

  • Lynn Lindsay says:

    Your words are extremely inspiring.

    • Gail Kauranen Jones (“Coach Gail Jones”—Your worthiness expert) says:

      Thank you, Lynn (L): I am grateful you were touched by them. Blessings, Gail

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