Do you wish had someone to talk to?

Hi! I'm Marylee...

... a recognized entrepreneur who has walked in your shoes.

I built my first business from a seed of an idea into an award-winning company. With a half-million dollars in annual sales, I positioned my company to sell to my first choice buyer 15 years later.

From the sale of The Contained Gardener, I retained the rights to educate, publish and consult with desert dwellers. Since the sale, I have kept this as a minor side-hustle where I did not pay too much attention to it. My email list runs around 2,500 and my book, "Getting Potted in the Desert" continues to sell.

Recently, my followers have spoken and want more. To not disappoint them, I am putting more energy into this very small business and am trying to grow it into a semi-passive income stream, larger than a side-hustle. I invite you to join me as I develop this process as I believe it is one that can be replicated by many business owners!

As a Strategic “Keep It Simple" Business Coach, I help you focus your business to one that leverages your passion and expertise into a simple yet successful business.

What I bring to the table

  • Over 30 years of experience in running a service business
  • Strong skills to hone in on your needs and goals
  • Experience working with clients worldwide, helping them to build and sustain a successful business
  • Specialize in Accountability and Focus

4 Ways to Work with Marylee

Join my list

Join me as I attempt to take my side hustle business and grow it into a semiretirement income. When you sign up for my emails, I will not be taking you down through a sales funnel. I'll show you my ups and downs as well as my process to see if I can make a meaningful income on a part-time basis. Maybe it will give you an idea for your business.

Grab a Free Gimme A Break Session - Every coach offers a free session. It often is a sales call. I promise this will not be the case.  Walk away with at least one actionable plan that is going to make a difference in your business starting today.

Join my Facebook Community Take Your Business into Retirement - Brings together Women in business, learning and sharing how to simplify business and enjoy life while still following their entrepreneurial passion.

Coach with Marylee

  • Let's Chat - We schedule a talk via Zoom to get to know each other. I want to learn about you and your business. Your goals and your challenges.
  • If we feel we are a good fit, we discuss the best way to work together.
  • Flexible Meetings - We may decide to meet bi-weekly for short bursts of time or have a longer session once a month. Or we change it up. It depends on your needs and progress.
  • Yes, there's homework - Between sessions, you will use a Google Doc that I prepare for you to check in on your tasks. This is how I can help you maintain your focus.

I'm here for you - We can also have conversations via FB messenger, texting or Voxer.

I am readily available to you.

What's Next?

Contact Marylee by filling in the form below and I can answer any questions you may have or we can set up a time to talk about your business.

During our call...

We can talk about whatever you want – it’s your time. However, here are some ideas

  • Get Clear how your life as a successful business owner can look like

Find the balance between your “work” and personal life

  • Identify the first step to living the life of your dreams

Clarify the one thing that is most important

  • Focus on that very first step

You look forward to each day as you know what to do

I guarantee that I will give you my best insight into your first steps to succeed in a business you love.

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What business owners say about working with me


  • Josephine Power-AnastasiouJosephine Power-AnastasiouConnecting with Confidence; Navigating your way to lasting friendships & relationships

    The moment Marylee spoke to us on our first group coaching call, I immediately felt that here is a woman who knows where I’m coming from. Your sincerity came across in your voice and body language. You gave me the courage to believe that I could succeed in developing a program which would incorporate not just my training & experience but my personality too. You made each of us feel unique and strong and I knew you had our backs in case we started to falter in any way.

    If you are even thinking about working with a business coach, I’d say ‘Go for it!’

    You’ll definitely achieve something you really didn’t imagine could be possible. You’ll have a fantastic, caring and truly inspiring coach to work with to help you achieve your goal and more. You’ll have a coach who shows great empathy and will guide you through the rough patches. Who will celebrate with you when you start to shine and acknowledge all the hard work you’ve put in. Who will be there for you when things get tough and pull you through.

  • Coach Marylee was part of my life at a pivotal moment of transitioning from 1:1 therapy to group coaching.

    I was stuck in the “land of information overload,” trying to figure out how to complete and implement the four paid online marketing courses that promised to help me get my coaching business on the right track to thriving. With Marylee’s services came prompt access to a kind, generous and skilled coach who will empower you to do your best work!

    Marylee will work with you to find resolutions for whatever you're struggling with.  Her calm demeanor is refreshingly supportive when you feel frazzled and uncertain about what steps to take next.  For example, she quickly identified that my tendency to rely on logic was holding me back in my decision making processes. She gently suggested to “listen to my gut” which made all the difference in helping me get unstuck!

    One more thing - she’s just plain fun to work with!

  • Joan Brooks, CRSJoan Brooks, CRSSexual trauma. Healed.

    Love Marylee's very practical feet-to-the-ground approach

    Marylee’s no-nonsense and task-oriented approach helped me take my new high-impact, therapeutic programs to the right audience and successfully enroll them. I absolutely recommend Marylee and her coaching services to entrepreneurs who are working on a project - such as creating programs or launching an online program. Marylee will help you stay focused and on the right track in order to reach your desired goals.

  • Janice HurlburtJanice HurlburtOnline Visibility Pro

    Marylee has a unique genius as an accountability and business coach. She is my “Ocean Whisperer” and has the gift to see and hear you as an outsider looking in and finding the hidden treasures that were buried in your soul.  I get the sense she sees the big picture of where you're going before you do!

    Marylee is very clear in setting weekly actionable goals that provide a wonderful sense of progress and accomplishment! I love seeing results in my business that have held me back these past 6 months. I would highly recommend hiring Marylee Pangman to be your “Ocean Whisperer” and accountability business coach.

  • Sue Pars, Semiretired DesignerSue Pars, Semiretired DesignerAhead of schedule with Marylee's sage coaching

    Marylee helped me take an idea, a passion, and turn it into a business that reached my first financial goal 3 months ahead of schedule. She is helping me face my fears, weaknesses, roadblocks and self-imposed obstacles with an "eat the frog" mentality that is turning them into strengths. Without Marylee as a supporting and interactive part of my business idea and passion it would still be that - an idle idea and unfulfilled passion.

    -Sue Pars, Semiretired Designer

  • It no longer worries me that I don't have everything done I need to be successful tomorrow because with her, I'm getting what I need to build towards that success.

    A clear plan that lays out what to do now, what will be done next and what is to be achieved. Knowing that a simple connected conversation with Marylee who brings a focused agenda is coming up and knowing that I can reach out with I concerns to get your feedback when I need it - all of it keeps things moving. And more than anything it thankfully keeps things simple.

    -Laurel Islas, Proventures Marketing

  • Sheri Stapeton-Hewitt, MasC, MMP, MAT Performance Sports TherapySheri Stapeton-Hewitt, MasC, MMP, MAT Performance Sports TherapyRegained confidence to run a systemized and effective business

    With my husband's and my busy schedules, we didn't think we had time to be medical professionals AND managers to our employees. Marylee helped direct us into being effective with our employees and receiving good responses from them, rather than them challenging us.

    Our employees have grown to respect us more as we have shown them that we are confident, effective managers, business owners and medical professionals.

    -Sheri Stapeton-Hewitt, MasC, MMP, MAT Performance Sports Therapy