If you didn't wake up loving life, why not?


When you have a personal coach who is being paid to see you and your potential in a way that you may not even see or believe yourself, it’s more than just the cost, the time, and the wo

rk.  It’s an investment in your life… an investment that has no price tag. 

  How did you wake up this morning? 

Dora Carpenter Inspires and Empowers Individuals for Personal and Professional Success


Life is like a ferris wheel… up and down, round and round, start and stop… it’s simply called life.  Take it a step further and call it the beauty of life.  When you are able to see the beauty through the many transitions of your life, you are well on your way to inner peace and happiness in your personal and professional life.  Find more joy in your home, relationships, workplace, community, and the world.  For many, the challenge is finding the beauty while the transitions are taking over.  Those challenges, changes, situations, decisions, fears, grief, and stresses are clouding and deterring what is supposed to be happiness or success.  Can you click your heels three times and shake it off?  Probably not, but you CAN work through it.  You CAN transition to a place of happiness.  You CAN handle more highs than lows.  You CAN go from grief to gratitude.  You CAN overcome guilt and regret.  You CAN make the right decision. Dora Carpenter says, "Yes! You Can" --  and you can begin to do so as soon as you say YES! to yourself.

National Association of Distinguished Professionals Selects Dora Carpenter as a Distinguished Professional in Her Field ...   WASHINGTON, DC, May 03, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Dora Carpenter, Owner of The ANIYA Group Life Coaching Center, has been recognized as a Distinguished Professional in her field through the National Association of Distinguished Professionals. read more

As a personal and professional development coach, Dora Carpenter is known for challenging and motivating clients to take action and work through life transitions, grief, and fear.  Her gentle and empathetic approach is articulated in her coaching, writing, speaking, and mentoring.  

Working in the death care industry and assisting hundreds of families with making final arrangements for loved ones birthed her passion for coaching.  Dora says "too many hopes and dreams are buried in the cemetery" and she wants to encourage people to live out their potential in the now.  Hence, her mantra is "Everything in life is temporary, including life itself.  Decide to say Yes! to the gift of now.”

Since her teen years, Dora has had a passion for learning, leading, and helping.  Through coaching, training, and mentoring, she embraces her ability to share her gifts as a ‘helpingpreneur’ to individuals as they navigate the challenges and adversities of life and loss.  Her books provide helpful information in an easy-to-read format, and she has been a guest on podcasts, radio, and television. 


Dora Carpenter is a certified life coach, certified grief coach, certified consumer's funeral consultant, and founder of the From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program.  She is also one of a select group personally licensed by internationally known best-selling author and motivational speaker, Susan Jeffers, Ph.D., to teach her Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway® work in the United States.  These workshops offer dynamic techniques for turning fear, indecision, and anger into power, action, and love.

Community service for Dora Carpenter includes partnering with Skyler’s Gift Foundation to support families who have lost an infant to prematurity, and volunteering with the Women for Change Coaching Community, providing one-on-one coaching to women who are financially challenged and are seeking to make positive life changes.  She maintains membership in the International Association of Professional Life Coaches and Women Speakers Association.

A native Washingtonian, and graduate of Strayer University, Dora has owned and operated several businesses and currently resides in Washington, D.C., although frequently escaping to the relaxing pristine blue waters of the Caribbean.  She is the proud mother of two, Carlton, II and Christina; mother-in-law of Shantrell; and, the affectionate and doting grandmother of Madison Aniya.

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What Others Are Saying ...

"Dora, No words can express how much this 'Decide To Say Yes!' Boot Camp changed my life.  The tools and techniques have been life changing and the relationships that I've made will be forever.  You are a God send!  I appreciate all that you have done.  I have decided to say YES!"   -- Sandra Schmidt, Upper Marlboro, MD

"I enjoyed every aspect of the workshop.  I received much more than I anticipated and look forward to future workshops that provide me the opportunity for personal growth as well as to reach out to share and encourage others."  -- Kathleen Jennings, Jackson, MS  

"Wonderful workshop.  Ready to sign up for future Boot Camps.  Loved the accountability partners - Will keep them for life.  Looking forward at future coaching with Dora." -- Jennifer Tilghman, Laurel, MD

"Yes, we have to have you on for another podcast! You are actually an authority on grief whether you know it or not. I'd like to focus on the helpful things a person can say to someone who is grieving and the supportive actions family and friends can use to support a grieving individual. Dora, it's not just that you know what you're talking about - it's clear that you've walked your talk AND are embodying. That doesn't mean that any of this stuff is easy - exactly the opposite, for that appears to be the definition of mastery: you've put in the blood, sweat, and tears and now from the "outside" it all looks like it's a breeze :)" ~~
Robert “Bob” Wright, Jr., Ph.D., COFT, Florida

"Terrific workshop and hugely rewarding.  I would recommend this to everyone!  Dora brings wisdom and deep compassion to the course and helps each attendee push through the wall of fear."  
~~ Elizabeth Frank, Irvington, NY

"I greatly appreciate Dora offering me this opportunity.  It was great to learn more about Feel the Fear.  Dora is a really good motivator and the group was very enjoyable. ~~ Lisa Sinrod, Falls Church, VA