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About Us

Our Mission

Transitional Wisdom is a coaching and consulting firm founded by Morning Star Holmes in 2012 in Laguna Beach, California. Our mission is to support individuals and their families through intentional aging, serious illness, or age-related decline, to maintain control of their choices, remain independent, and have the best quality of life possible.

Our Approach

Transitional Wisdom is based on the premise that when we plan for aging and dying, we free ourselves to live more fully. We work with individuals and their families as they navigate the aging process—whether healthy or ill—and the process of completing life. We also guide individuals, as well as the family unit as a whole, to complete unresolved issues and create a family care plan to support the aging and/or ill. End-of-life planning gives individuals and their families the opportunity to complete their lives with dignity and leave a lasting imprint on those they love.

Morning Star Holmes, Founder

Morning Star Holmes is a professional transitional life coach, family consultant, and author with more than 25 years’ experience working with organizations to reach their full potential, and individuals and families facing age-related decline or life-threatening disease and life transitions. She holds a B.S.in Human Services from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in Applied Behavioral Science, with an emphasis on Consulting and Coaching, from Bastyr University in Seattle. She is also a certified Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) trainer and consultant.

Morning Star has consulted with numerous companies in their efforts to reorganize and restructure their teams and their goals as they adapt to the ever-changing marketplace. She has also assisted in team development training with the Bureau of Land Management and Bayer Pharmaceuticals and worked as both a team member and manager on training teams for Robert Dilts and Judith Delozier at NLP University in Santa Cruz, California; Connie Rae and Steve Andreas of NLP Comprehensive in Colorado; Wings-Seminars, Eugene, Oregon; and Michael Grinder of Michael Grinder Associates, Battleground, Washington, as well as numerous smaller agencies and individual families.

Prior to establishing her business consulting and coaching firm in 1997, Morning Star worked with “at risk” youth and their families, which provided her with a wealth of experience in family dynamics and a deep respect for the value of prevention and early intervention when families are faced with a challenge.

After her mother was diagnosed with dementia in the mid-nineties, Morning Star adapted her business consulting skills to facilitate a sense of team within her family, with each family member participating in her mother’s care and support. She guided her parents in clarifying what they wanted and what they did not want as her mother’s health declined. Her parents’ clarity made it easy for Morning Star, her brother, and her sister to support their wishes.

Using her NLP background, Morning Star spent the last two years of her mother’s life guiding her mother to peaceful resolution and completion of her life with dignity. Her mother died at home, surrounded by her entire family, free of pain and fear.

This personal experience is what made her realize that her Soul Purpose was to work with families and their loved ones facing the challenges of decline and loss. She has developed a successful model that promotes compassionate support for the family team, increasing the quality of life for the loved one who is declining in health and assisting them in completing life with dignity.

Morning Star holds a deep respect for diversity that is reflected in her work. She lived for many years on the Navajo reservation in Arizona, where she was able to learn about and explore her own Native American roots. She has worked with consultants from many different countries and cultures, honoring their contributions and learning the value of many perspectives. She also studied in Italy and has had the opportunity to travel and experience many cultures.

Her books include Transitional Wisdom: A Guide to Healthy Aging & Completing Life with Dignity and the Transitional Wisdom Action Journal.


Michaela Holmes, Director of Operations and Training

Michaela joined Transitional Wisdom as the Director of Operations in 2018, bringing more than 10 years of experience in business development, management, employee training programs, organizational development and leadership. Michaela is passionate about supporting people to live their best life.

Michaela holds a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Oregon and an M.S. in Organizational Change Management, with a certificate in Leadership and Change, from the New School for Public Engagement in 2013. She is a certified Master Practitioner in NLP.

Michaela was raised on a farm in rural Oregon. Since then, she has lived in a number of different places, including Seattle, Austin, San Diego, Los Angeles, New York, and Langlois, Oregon. She now lives in Philadelphia with her partner, their dog, Lou, and cat, Piper.

“I am so grateful for the work you did with the Grace Center team, and for everything you taught me as a manager. I’m still learning and the insights and skills you gave me have been so valuable! I’m still teaching and using the “pinch” model, and have made it an “official” part of our staff communication policy.”

– Cheri Babb Executive Director, Grace Center for Adult Day Services ~ Corvallis, Oregon

“After working with Morning Star I was able to change my direction and implement strategic solutions. I feel grateful for the coaching and deep insight I received from her.”

– Katherine Friedman, Senior Leadership and Organizational Development Specialist ~ Seattle, WA

“Morning Star is a support in training at all levels. To the students and training staff she brings expertise and calmness in support of real learning. She brings many creative ideas with love and social consciousness to our groups. She is a star, and a leader no matter what she does.”

– Judith Delozier, Trainer and co-developer ofNLP training programs, Associate of NLP University ~ Santa Cruz, CA