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The Institute for Living Courageously is the preeminent, research-based transformational personal development company for successful women who want to create fulfilling and meaningful lives on their terms without sacrificing the success they have worked so hard to achieve.



Our Mission

Marni Battista is the founder of The Institute for Living Courageously and Dating with Dignity. Having been married for 17 years, divorced, happily married and living life on her terms, Marni understands what it feels like to be afraid to unlock the truth of what your heart and soul truly longs for. 

Through her own journey to create life on her terms, Marni felt called to create a process to shorten the journey for other women suffering from the inability to design the life they truly love in a way that feels emotionally safe and fulfilling. She discovered, in fact, that creating this process was truly the mission of her soul and purpose.

The Process

Drawing on her personal experiences and professional training — including her Master’s Degree in Education, certification as a professional Dating and Relationship Coach and Expert by the International Coaching Federation, training and experience as a Facilitator and Trainer for the Hoffman Institute, as well as a Level I practitioner in the Gottman Model of Relationship Counseling — Marni developed a process to accelerate her clients’ results by (i) revealing what exactly is keeping them stuck, (ii) releasing it finally for the last time, (iii) rejuvenating, and (iv) resourcing so that they can begin to unlock what it is their heart and soul longs for and begin to design a life lived on their terms, all within a three month period. 

When Marni integrated this process into her clients’ lives they started experiencing the exact same results as Marni, without the years of trial and error, and created high levels of satisfaction in 14 areas of their life within one year.

Why it Works

The Institute uses a process approach that integrates research-based interventions that are highly experiential in nature so that beliefs, feelings, and behaviors are explored holistically (i.e., the whole self – somatic, emotional, intuitive, and cognitive). It is widely recognized by brain science research that new neurological pathways will only be “recorded” if multiple aspects of the self are involved. 

Once a client has installed a new identity based on high levels of self worth, she will begin to define what it means to be successful in a way that feels in alignment to their most authentic, essential self. She will also have the ability to identify the areas of life in which she wants to redesign; learn how to create intimacy through vulnerability, communication and problem solving skills; and begin to live her life as an authentic and fully expressed woman on her terms and in a way that feels easy and joyful.

The Results

The truth is this: Therapy and personal development are fabulous, but many of our clients report that our process has moved them forward in ways they have never experienced before — and all within just weeks and months of working with us. They are experiencing shifts that literally catapult them to NEW levels of happiness. Our clients have found boyfriends, long-term love, increased peace and fulfillment, started new businesses, achieved higher level of success at work, have more optimism, a new sense of hope and the day-to-day support they never received in therapy or other personal development programs.

Based on our latest market study, 80% of the women who have worked with us for one year or more are in committed, quality intimate relationships and the evidence suggests that participation in the program led to significant shifts in the women’s self-perceptions, beliefs, emotional responses, and behaviors with others and greatly influenced a person’s ability to achieve their dreams. This was true not only for attracting and developing satisfying intimate relationships but also for improving one’s contentment in many other aspects of work, personal, and family life. 

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"A transcendent story of what it means to be family in today’s frenetic modern world. Marni Battista walks us through the last five days of her father’s life, a deeply personal journey brimming with lessons on how to live in legacy, choosing what to leave behind to create meaning for generations."

– Samantha Dunn

Author of Not by Accident and executive editor of Coast Magazine

“Family is a Verb is a love letter to all of the reluctant matriarchs, unofficial documentarians and amateur genealogists, illuminating the effort of preserving legacy and kinship, as well as the great reward.”

 -Shawna Kenney

Author of I Was a Teenage Dominatrix

Get to know us


Meet the team of experts who will work with you side by side to create a life beyond your wildest dreams.


Director of Training and Master Coach

Patricia Diesel

Master Coach

Melanie Lippman

Image Consultant

Christine Kriner

Client Care Director

Ruben Jimenez

Client Care Manager

Our Philosophy/Mission

Our mission at the Institute for Living Courageously is to bring more love and fulfillment into the world, one person at a time. In addition to the work we do through our blog, podcast and with clients in our paid programs to fulfill this mission, we also are committed to improving the mental health of and empowering adolescent girls and boys worldwide through our work with the Girl Now Foundations. It is through this work that we hope to continue to create generational changes to ensure that the lives of our children and children’s children are filled with emotional health, love and meaning. With the support of our clients, the Institute has collectively raised more than $600,000 in the last four years for organizations including  #Justlikemychild, #kidinthecorner and Girl Now Foundation.