Wife, Mother, life coach, author & co-founder of lookup nonprofit.

Originally from South Africa, but moved to Texas “as soon she could” in the late 1990’s.

Actually, that’s not true, Gayle had no plans to move to Texas and wasn’t excited when she heard the news of relocating. But being the “good girl” that she was, she complied. After two transitional years, decided that she would call Texas home.

Moving was just one of life’s little challenges that Gayle would face, both before & after. In earlier years she believed that at a certain stage in life, we reach a plateau and experience smooth sailing from thereon. Now older and wiser, she finally understands smooth sailing is always temporary. She appreciates the opportunities for growth that life has to offer.

As a child, dependent on parents, life often “happens to us”. As we mature, we get to own our story and realize that we have choices. There is rarely or never comfort in growth, but with the right support system, and tools such as acceptance, gratitude, patience and self-love, we can not only survive, but thrive!

These insights were not accepted by Gayle early on. We live in a society that promotes self-reliance, where asking for help is a sign of weakness. Too often we ignore our own needs. Our worth is tied to a performance review or external validation, and like Gayle we try escaping any “bad” feelings.

Self-proclaimed “recovering perfectionist”. Gayle utilizes her coaching experience, learned tools, life experiences and empathy to create a safe space for clients to explore who they are and what they want for their life.

“You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometime… You’ll get what you need” – Rolling Stones


A wealth of knowledge is brought to each coaching session with Gayle. From leaving her 20-year energy career to redefine herself as a coach, author & speaker. Discovering who she is, and what she wants out of life. Surviving natural disasters and health issues. Immigrating to a new country. Relationships & marriage struggles. Raising teens in today’s world. Opening a restaurant and many other opportunities for growth. See coaching FAQ’s

Surprisingly after all this, she still hates change, but has embraced that it’s a necessary part of life & growth. Maybe that’s why she loves butterflies so much!



Designed to share specific skills & knowledge and benefit from a group environment. Workshops are held by Gayle, or with community partners. Workshops are for adults or younger.

Wishing that she had learned some life lessons younger and easier. Her passion to impart wisdom and tools to tween & teen girls led her to co-create Woodlands Teen Workshops.

Topics include building self-confidence, positive thinking, mindfulness, communication & boundaries, conflict resolution, safe digital habits, study & interview skills, goals & prioritization and more!

LookUp Nonprofit Foundation

Empowering families to lookup from their devices and connect with the world around them.

The world has changed significantly with the wide acceptance of smart phones and social media. Never before had so much access to one another yet felt so disconnected. Our Mental Health is being affected, especially our youth. Gayle co-founded LookUp to educate and support families about the harms of excessive screen use and social media.

We are Wired for connection. Not for connection to be wired.