I am a life long, proud western North Dakota resident. I aim to live my life with the primary values of faith, compassion, humility, hard work and humor.
I grew up in Alexander (no not Alexandria). I graduated from Minot State University with a degree in Psychology. Upon graduation I moved to Dickinson and haven't left. I spent the first 15 years of my working life as a Licensed Addictions Counselor. I served all ages in this role and facilitated group as well as individual counseling.
My career journey then took me to business building. I moved in to the world of insurance. (If you're interested more in how that came to be, just ask!). Building a business and being self employed taught me so much. However, "to whom much is given, much is required", as the saying goes and I was promoted to lead a team. What an incredible blessing and honor this was! I learned from some of the best leaders in North and South Dakota who then exposed me to the best leaders in the WORLD. I am grateful to have met and studied under John C. Maxwell. (If you're not sure who that is, look him up. You'll be glad you did). I've been privileged to hear speakers like John Maxwell, Jeff Henderson, Joko Willink, Inky Johnson, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Don Yaeger and General Colin Powell speak live, to name a few. Each of these leaders and so many others have shaped my life personally and professionally.
I formally started Aspire Coaching and Speaking (Ellie Papineau LLC) in January of 2022. I am bringing high quality training without the expense of extensive travel to western ND and eastern MT. My desire is to blend all of my education and experience and bring you whatever you need the most. Helping you live your purpose, helps me live mine. However, if it isn't something I can do for you or is outside of my area, I am fortunate to have made numerous connections and am happy to refer.
On a personal note, I am a grandmother of five incredible people. Life lessons abound from them every day and they are one of my greatest blessings. We are a blended family with four adult children living right in our community. I am an avid reader, sports lover, and dog mom. I appreciate and practice yoga, but unfortunately my competitive sports days are behind me. At least that's what my body tells me even though my mind says differently!
Lastly, I live my faith in God and wear it on my sleeve. Part of that is accepting all people where they are in their faith journey. I make a promise to everyone I meet and work with to give you that level of respect. After all, we are all made differently, but made to coexist on this beautiful planet.
I look forward to hearing from you and getting to know your story. It will be my pleasure to walk alongside you as you realize your dreams.