Michelle Steinke-Baumgard is an author for HarperCollins, speaker, fitness coach, mother, adventurer, and remarried widow. After losing her husband Mitch in 2009, she turned to exercise and outdoor adventure as an outlet for grief and a way to handle stress.

Michelle knew in her soul that it had become her life purpose to educate the masses on grief, wellness, and the connection to mind and body. Michelle found fitness and somatic healing so powerful that she eventually quit her corporate VP job to become a coach. Since then, Michelle has been featured in Fitness Magazine and Shape Magazine and has contributed to articles for Prevention Magazine, The Huffington Post, and countless other media outlets. Michelle has coached thousands of people to better health and a more empowering walk through grief.

Michelle’s mission is to help people live a full, healthy, and intentional life beyond life’s most challenging moments. In addition to her virtual training business and adventure company, Michelle recently launched her own nonprofit, Live the List. Her nonprofit focuses on helping widows and widowers complete bucket list dreams to honor their late spouse while moving boldly into their future.

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Endorsements for Michelle's work and writings form industry leaders.

  • I have never seen the road to ‘everything is going to be okay’ more clearly than in the pages of this book.

    --Laura Munson, New York Times bestselling author
    “It’s not just a call to action. It’s a call to life. Michelle takes your hand from page one and doesn’t let it go. I wish I had had this book as my companion and guide years ago.”
  • Healthy Healing gives life to the notion that there can be beauty in the places that feel broken

    --BONNIE CARROLL , TAPS President and Founder - Surviving spouse of Army Brig. Gen. Tom Carroll
    “Through her own powerful story, Michelle connects on a deep level with the reader and speaks such truth! Her message is that you are not alone; because while your journey is unique, unfortunately for us all, loss is not. She empowers the reader to lace up their shoes and get moving to a healthier life of hope and healing, to become a living legacy in a way that really honors our loved ones.”
  • Healthy Healing will not only guide you through your...

    --Christina Rasmussen, Author of Second Firsts: Live, Laugh and Love Again
    “Healthy Healing will not only guide you through your grief—it will literally save your life. It is about time we have a book that doesn’t leave the body behind after loss.”
  • Practical, relatable, and life-affirming, Healthy Healing...

    —Michele Neff Hernandez, Founder and Executive Director, Soaring Spirits International
    “Practical, relatable, and life-affirming, Healthy Healing is a valuable resource for any grieving person. This is not a book you will read one time; this is a book you will return to over and over as a source of inspiration and an encyclopedia of daily steps to facilitate holistic healing. Michelle has not only found her own path through unthinkable tragedy, but she has created a roadmap for people facing any of life’s challenges. Mitch must be so proud.”