Inspiration with Val

Hi!  I’m Val.

I’m the person who will help you create a life that makes you jump out of bed every morning with a permanent smile and ongoing sense of excitement.

I’m a life coach, speaker, and podcast host living in sweet home Chicago next to beautiful Lake Michigan.

I would love nothing more than to help you increase your confidence, get clarity, dream big, and take massive action.

“Everybody needs a coach.”

- Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google

I’ve devoted my life to inspiring others to enhance all aspects of their lives and begin to live a life with no regrets.

When you work with me, you will become energized, more appreciative of each moment in your daily life, and be more present and mindful, and you will take action and achieve things that you barely dreamed were possible. You will overcome fear, take bold action, and become the best version of yourself.

Through collaborative coaching exercises, you will have an opportunity to think about yourself – your strengths, skills, interests, and life experiences – in new ways that will lead you to many exciting personal discoveries.

I am here to remind you that you are truly capable of anything in life.. Now is your chance to take advantage of your many innate talents and abilities and go after everything you have always wanted in life.

My question for you is:  What would you do differently – what dreams would you go after – what course correction would you make – if you knew you would be successful and could not fail?

Together, we will make the impossible possible.custom signature

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Valiant Coaching: A Program to Overcome Fear and Gain Self-Confidence

Do you feel like you are stuck, limited, or restricted based on low confidence levels and having taken the ‘safe road’ for most of your life?

Do you feel like you have missed opportunities in your personal and professional life because fear, lack of confidence, or inner resistance held you back?

Do you often feel unmotivated, lack energy, and feel so overwhelmed that you don’t know what to do first, or where to start in order to take action?

Do you feel like your negative thoughts and inner dialogue get in the way of you going after what you really want?

Do you ever look at others and envy the fact that they are following their passions, and live their life to the fullest?

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Kelly Jurecko, Chicago, IL

Val believed in me when no one else did, including myself. I was a dreamer before I started working with Val. I had so many dreams for myself and what my life could be, but never believed that it was possible or knew how to get there. Val taught me the tools and showed me the steps to take so I could start taking immediate action to make my dreams become my reality. She has changed every aspect of my life for the better; I just competed in a triathlon, my side business (my passion) is about to become my full time business, my relationships across the board have dramatically increased, and so much more. None of this would have been possible or have happened so quickly without the unconditional support, kindness and encouragement from Valerie Groth.

Amir Bazrafshan (London, England)

As a business owner it is important to me to invest in myself on a regular basis. In the past I have invested in books, seminars and other coaching programs, but working with Val has fast become the best investment in myself that I have made. It’s hard to put a value on the sessions that we have because they span so much and reach into all corners of my life – from personal through to business. Val is incredibly perceptive, her emotional intelligence is through the roof and she has a vision of your potential and she is passionate about you reaching that. In short, she cares and that in itself is incredibly important. I couldn’t recommend working with Val highly enough. From our sessions, I have a better understanding of myself on such a profound level and I will benefit from that for the rest of my life. If you are going to make any kind of investment in yourself, I cant think of a better way to do that than by working with Val.

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Val is a sought after speaker who is praised for her contagious energy, enthusiasm, and ability to bring transformation to those in the audience.

With dual Masters degrees in Social Work and Leadership and over eight years of experience working as a therapist and coach, Valerie is skilled in presenting as a motivational speaker and in facilitating workshops on the topics of:

  • Recharging and re-energizing your life
  • Overcoming negative beliefs and thought patterns
  • Overcoming fear
  • How to create a career you love
  • Goal setting for success
  • Living a passionate life
  • Leading with your strengths
  • How to recharge your motivation
  • Leadership
  • Conflict resolution
  • Stress management
  • How to rejuvenate your relationships
  • How to live in alignment with your core values

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Valerie Groth received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Indiana University, attended Dominican University where she received her Masters in Social Work, and most recently received her second Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University.

Valerie currently runs a life, career, and business coaching practice coaching individuals who come to her from around the world.  Valerie loves working with her clients on overcoming fear, gaining self confidence, and making massive positive transformations in their life.  She believes that everyone is capable of living an energized and impassioned life, and she loves to make the impossible POSSIBLE.

Valerie is skilled in presenting as a motivational speaker and in facilitating workshops on the topics of recharging and re-energizing your life, overcoming negative beliefs and thought patterns, overcoming fear, goal setting, creating a career that you love, living a passionate life, leadership, conflict resolution, stress management, health and wellness, and rejuvenating relationships. Read more.

Valerie also hosts the Inspiration With Val Podcast, which is a top ranked podcast on iTunes that is based on inspirational interviews with individuals from all walks of life ranging from millionaire entrepreneurs to cancer survivors to award winning authors and pro athletes.

In one of her former positions, Valerie worked as a school social worker in the Chicago Public Schools doing crisis work with students who were dealing with issues of grief and loss, abuse, neglect, hunger, violence, and suicidal ideation/self harm as well as homicidal ideation. In order to continue to support Chicago youth, Valerie is currently spearheading the Ryan Banks Academy Initiative which seeks to build Chicago’s first boarding school for inner city students.

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The Team

This sounds a bit cheesy but it’s true – I find inspiration everywhere!  I love that through my podcast, I get to be inspired from all walks of life from Nik Toocheck the 9 year old who is raising money for a charity by running marathons on every continent to Dr. Elana Miller, a brilliant integrative psychiatrist who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 31, to Whitney Miller who is the former Miss USA who changed courses and is now an MMA champion.  I love learning about other peoples’ stories and experiences and learning from them so that I can become the best version of myself.  I also love my amazing clients who inspire me each and every day!
I would love to travel all over the world, but one of the top places on my list is to visit Africa, and also Greece because my parents met there – and I hear it is spectacular!  However, the #1 goal I would be most proud to accomplish is something I am currently working on which is to build Chicago’s first boarding school .
I can count to ten in 5 languages (English, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Arabic).
I would love to give everyone in the world the ability to take action through fear so that they can create a life they love – so many people get held back by fear and resistance and feel stuck as a result.
Salad!  And chocolate.  I am happy to eat a salad three meals a day, but I also couldn’t live without a warm brownie with ice cream!
I wake up thrilled to be doing what I do for a living – I feel like I have the best job in the world!  I also try to focus on my ultimate vision for my life and what type of impact I want to have on the world, and that keeps me going no matter what obstacles I find along the way.

Joelle Samples

Health Coach and Mercier {infertility} Therapist, yinRoot
THRIVE Co-founder

We live in a very fast-paced world, full of information, and sometimes it’s hard to know what is really the truth. I love seeing my clients light up when they realize that they don’t have to fit into a certain mold or believe something just because it is someone else’s truth. Helping my clients to have the confidence they need in order to bust through  “societal norms” is such a HUGE inspiration to me….and seeing how it changes their life makes me so happy!
Travel. Anywhere and everywhere. I have a huge desire to explore and understand different cultures and ways of life. This place we call home, is absolutely breathtaking to me!
When I was a little girl, I always told everyone that I wanted to be a {food} demo lady at a grocery store. Hilarious, I know!
I would choose the power of mindfulness. Being mindful of every moment in life, while challenging, can have such huge benefits on our lives. It has certainly changed mine!
My favorite food that I am beyond obsessed with is spicy food. I usually eat a jalapeno, habanero or Serrano with every meal!
Mindfulness. It’s as simple as that. Learning to be grateful and mindful for each moment I get to experience has been a game-changer for me.

Mae Salvador

Executive Assistant

I’ve learned that inspiration is everywhere. I get a lot of inspiration from my family and friends. My inspiration for my career is to optimize and improve to be more logical and systematic, both in my thinking and contribution to others. I find loads of inspiration  through reading inspirational quotes and what’s really wonderful is that when I share them, I may also have the opportunity to inspire other people as well.
My biggest dream in life is to travel the world with my family.
The power to read minds.   I can’t  imagine what would life be if humans had a a super power like this.
Whenever I am feeling down and uncreative, I am always reminded by the thought, “I am one, still I am one, I cannot do everything but still I can do something, but because I cannot do everything I won’t refuse to do something I can do!” THEN MY BEST WORK COMES OUT!

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