Welcome to My Blog

My name is Dan Barber…welcome to my blog.


A Little Background

My life took a turn in early 2014. It wasn’t a dramatic change at the time,  I simply began asking questions about myself and my life.  Up to that point I had enjoyed various ministry roles including the church I was serving at, Connexus Community Church. I have been blessed with a wonderful wife, now 26 years and a 20 year old daughter and 18 year old son.

My family life was good and my ministry was meaningful. I have watched our children grow into amazing young adults and I have enjoyed the privilege of serving in 3 great churches, as well as counselling in private practice. Yet, believing that my best years were in front of me I began to ask questions about my own future; Did I want to stay in my current role? Was there something else for me to do? With my children now young adults, were my options changing.


Why life coaching?

To help me process the questions I was asking, I enlisted the help of a life coach. And for the past eighteen months she has been coaching me through this process. It’s been an incredible journey together.

As we considered my personality, skills and passions she suggested, “Why don’t you do what I am doing.” That is when I began to explore the world of life coaching.

Then a detour. Early this year, my wife and I left our jobs to open a cafe – Em’s Cafe in Coldwater, Ontario. Crazy right? Well maybe, but owning a cafe was something we’ve been talking about 15 years; but it was only now that the pieces were coming together for it to become a reality. And on May 1, 2015, we opened Em’s Cafe and we are 5 months into this new adventure.

Perhaps you are at a place of transition or possible change too. I’ve been there…I’m still there and I know what it’s like to

  • ask hard questions about the future,
  • consider making changes while others question it
  • believe that change was needed but uncertain about where to start or what it would mean for my family
  • leave the security of a job and paycheque to follow after a dream.
  • face the fear of the unknown


My Goal For This Blog

Through my blog I will address life questions we all have from time to time and offer helpful content that I trust will give you the clarity, courage, and commitment you need to address the areas of your life that you’d like to see change…ie relationships, health, finances, faith, careers & personal development & growth.

My passion is helping others find theirs. I believe each one of us is uniquely gifted through our personalities, abilities, passions, hopes and dreams and that it’s never too late to make the changes necessary to live your best life now.

That’s what this site and life coaching is about. Helping you overcome the barriers and obstacles that hinder you from taking the steps necessary to live the life you want to live. I’ll be 50 later this year and I believe my best years are in front of me and I believe they are for you as well.

If that is you, then you’re in the right place and whether through this site or one-on-one coaching I’m glad we’re on this journey together…Welcome.



Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

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