She’s A Woman On Fire! Meet Mandy Pratt

Welcome back to our ongoing series to introduce you to each other!

She’s a Woman on Fire! member and we want you to know her. Please say hello to…


Mandy Pratt

Boise, Idaho

Women on Fire Member: #00023

Please tell us about you, your family, your work, where you’re from, what you are “on fire” about.

I feel very blessed to live in beautiful Boise, Idaho near my wonderful family.  I am a proud Auntie of three nieces and three nephews who play a very important role in my life.

Eighteen years ago, I met my best friend, Mike Ryan, who has worked with me on the personal development journey, and who has played a key role in my life. This year we launched our Life Coaching School called “Results In Coaching.”

It’s a dream come true for both of us to be doing this business full-time together.

How did you originally discover Women on Fire?  

In 2003 I had a sales job with well-known financial expert, and Debbie Phillips was one of my leads. I called Debbie up and developed a friendship with her. How can you not love Debbie? When I left that job, she was the one contact I took with me.

Less than a week later, I became one of her personal coaching clients. Best decision I ever made.

Your favorite part of the day?

When I get to do what I love: coaching and spending time with close friends and family.

The last book you read that you would recommend to other Women on Fire?

I recently read Woman on Fire Jenifer Madson’s book “Living The Promises” and was very touched and inspired. Jenifer knows how to have empathy for someone who is in a dark place, and then knows how to convey the wisdom and strength to inspire someone to move through it.

Wonderful for daily meditation, or when you ever you need a quick shot of sanity and strength.

What is your proudest accomplishment in the past 12 months? 

Despite having some health setbacks, I’ve stayed consistently focused and determined to successfully launch our life coaching school. There was a lot of work to do, but I knew the outcome would be worth it. I’m most proud of influencing myself to stay the course!

Name another Woman on Fire who has inspired you, and why? 

Sophfronia Scott. After hearing about the heart-breaking tragedy at Sandy Hook, I felt the spiritual strength of Sophfronia. Her words of love, compassion, and healing kept me in a healthier place, especially when she lost someone so close to her. She inspired me to focus on what I could do to help versus dwell on the sadness.

If you had the opportunity to teach a child one strategy that would help to guide her life, what would that be?

SELF-WORTH.  Especially for a young girl, I’d teach her to have self-worth of who she is, and to cherish her own personal gifts and talents. For her to know she is worthy of love, romance, and success. For her to have the wisdom and courage to easily walk away from a job, a man, or any scenario that doesn’t respect who she is, and what she has to offer.

What is something that we might be surprised to learn about you? 

I’ve always been drawn to the Chinese culture. I studied Mandarin Chinese in college, and was going to travel abroad to Beijing, but took a job with Tony Robbins instead. It was a good choice, and I still plan to go!

Name women who have influenced your life, and what you’ve learned from each.

My mother, LaVina Pratt, has not only been the most fun loving mom a daughter could ask for, she also is the person who first influenced me to really work on myself as a young woman. She had me reading self-help books in 7th grade, and she would quiz me on the information I learned.

For my high school graduation, she bought me a ticket to a Tony Robbins seminar and life was never the same again. I knew that helping people the way I saw Tony do for others was going to be my passion and career for life!

My coach and friend, Debbie Phillips, came into my life during a very difficult time; I was very lost, confused, and full of self-doubt. I remember how comforting her soft, strong voice on the other end of the phone was for me. Debbie helped me to start taking care of myself in a way that I had never done before.

My best girlfriend, Jodi Coochise. Jodi was my college roommate at Gonzaga University.  When Jodi was 27 years old she tragically lost the love of her life, her husband Kris, during a rockslide hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Being there for Jodi, and witnessing her strength and grace through such a tragic heartbreak has inspired me to know what we truly are capable of growing through. She is my hero.

Eighteen years ago I was blessed to be in the room with my sister when she gave birth to someone who would change my life forever. My niece Savannah helped me realize how important it is for me to walk my talk because it truly does affect those I care most about.

What is your favorite “pig-out” food? 

FRENCH FRIES!! I gave them up for Lent one year, and will not do that again — way too hard.  Maybe it’s because I’m an Idaho potato girl!

What is your favorite self-care strategy?
It is going to sound so simple, but my favorite self-care strategy is sleep. I give myself nine hours of sleep each night, and I’ve forgiven my body for needing more sleep than most people I know.

Giving myself the permission to take a nap if I need, going to bed early, or sleeping later has made all the difference in my mood and overall self-esteem. I love my sleep and I protect it!

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced and how did you overcome it?
Breaking up with someone I was still very much in love with, but I knew it was not the right match for me. The only way I was able to overcome it was with the help and strength of my relationship coach and close friends.

I had a TEAM to cheer me on, and shoulders to cry on when I felt sad. There is no way I would have done it alone.

That experience taught me to have even more empathy and compassion for women who are in unhealthy relationships. I admit, before this happened, I didn’t understand why a woman would stay in a relationship that obviously wasn’t what she deserved.

Now that I’ve gone through it myself I understand her conflict and pain. I understand what keeps her stuck, because it kept me stuck too. Now if I come across a woman who is clearly struggling in an unhealthy relationship, I offer her compassion, patience, and love.

Judging her, shaming her, and pressuring her only keeps her stuck. This is a message I am personally very passionate about sharing with other women.

Are you a dog or cat person?
Growing up we always had dogs. I am a huge puppy person, because I love their playfulness and unconditional love. Three years ago that changed because I picked up the most beautiful kitty I’ve ever seen. I was at the Humane Society, and there she was — Beebop.

I immediately laughed, and thought to myself, “If I said the word Beebop everyday it would be impossible to not be happy.” It took six months to build trust with Beebop; at first she slept under my bed and only came out when she was hungry.

Today she is my coaching pal. She is snuggled by my feet right now as a type. There is definitely something to be said about the bond with cats, because unlike dogs you have to earn it.

What is the most powerful strategy you learned from working with Tony Robbins?
There is a saying in Tony’s leadership academy — “Physiology First!” And that is something radically different about Tony’s events. He has a very intense focus on moving your body, clapping, dancing, jumping, and even massaging!  Motion = Emotion.

Whenever I receive a coaching questionnaire from a client who feels depressed, I support them in making sure they increase their exercise and how much they move on a daily basis.

I truly believe people are happier, not only if they exercise more, but by simply changing their lifestyle to include MOVING on a consistent basis.

When you reflect on your life so far, what is the first word or two that comes to your mind?

Magically blessed. I definitely know we are not alone. I’ve been wonderfully guided to meet the most perfect person, or read the words I needed, or hear the song that spoke to me at the right moment.

I am very grateful, and thank you for reading this interview. I hope to meet each and every one of you soon! Let’s go out and change the world one Woman On Fire at a time!


More about Mandy Pratt, known as “The Coaches’ Coach”

Mandy has been coaching clients of all ages and backgrounds, personally and professionally, for more than ten years.

She coaches both men and women on everything from starting and growing their own business, achieving their financial goals, overcoming limiting beliefs, reaching their fitness goals and building supportive and passionate relationships.

She received much of her professional training by working directly with numerous high-profile and pioneering trainers in the motivational and self-development industries.  Mandy defines coaching as helping people get the results they want, which they were unable to accomplish on their own.

Today Mandy is focusing on training others to become successful life coaches through her school called “Results In Coaching.”

Visit her site at

~ Compiled by Women on Fire Senior Writer Becky Adams

Is It Luck?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!

This special March holiday always reminds me of lucky charms, leprechauns and four-leaf clovers — and, of course, the luck o’ the Irish.

But with all due respect to my Irish heritage, I don’t believe luck rules my life at all.

You wouldn’t know that though from the number of “magical” lucky objects I keep!

When I was a little girl, I would lie on the ground for hours searching for four-leaf clovers. Thinking that if I found one, my life would be forever “lucky.” (I never found one, but I never stopped believing that some day I would!)

Even today, I carry a lucky charm in my wallet — a facsimile of a $1,000,000 bill; it was the single thing I asked for from my Dad’s wallet after he died.

The imitation bill is the most precious item in my purse. It keeps me close to my Dad and reminds me of the possibility I might see a $1,000,000 windfall some day!

But I don’t believe my wishes and dreams, successes and achievements — or yours — are simply random.  That they are only luck.

No, I believe the positive, uplifting, I-can-do-anything feeling that I get from walking around with that $1,000,000 bill in my pocket is what will make my dreams come true.

Yesterday a friend was talking to me about his friend who won the lottery — twice!  He kept referring to it as “dumb luck.”  I don’t think so.

I believe, and studies show, that people make their own good or bad fortunes.  Those who carry lucky charms and expect good things to happen are actually “luckier.”  They set themselves up to receive their dreams.

How are you setting up yourself to believe what you want is possible? Do you believe you are in charge of your own good fortune? I’d love to hear.

And, I would love to share with you a handful of women in our community whose dreams and goals are coming true — and I am sure each would tell you there is no such thing as “dumb luck” in making it happen!

They are all on their paths to fulfill their purposes, dreams and goals, as I know you are, too.

I know you will enjoy learning about them:

Trudy Dujardin of Norwalk, CT and her team at Dujardin Design recently completed a full-scale renovation on one of Nantucket Island’s beloved hideaways, the Union Street Inn.  The inn is consistently rated as the “best boutique hotel on the Cape and Islands.” (You will hear from Trudy in May when she is featured on our membership CD talking about creating your own healthy, sacred space!)

Our Women on Fire intern, Emily Neal of Greenville, SC and a sophomore at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, continues her semester abroad and her travels through Europe. Her latest blog post on Paris particularly touched our hearts and we thought it would speak to yours as well.

Jenifer Madson of Erie, CO enjoyed a super successful re-release of her book, published by Conari Press, called  “Living the Promises.”  It’s a must-read, daily inspiration book to add to your list!

We also congratulate Beth Kloesener of Saginaw, MI on her exciting new role as the Director of  Career Services for Northwood University. She has been working on landing this position for the past year and couldn’t be more excited to live her true purpose, which is to help students find theirs.

Kris Carlson of San Francisco, has been invited to speak at the TEDx Greenbrook School event on April 11. Kris, with her late husband Richard Carlson, is the genius and an author behind the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” book series.We couldn’t be more excited for her huge opportunity and we look forward to getting to watch the talk on video.

Have a wonderful week ahead and I’ll see many of you at the teas this week in New York City and Columbus, Ohio!

Believing in you and all that you bring to the world ~