Hello, I’m Kathryn Sandford – life coach extraordinaire. Welcome to Dream Plan Act: a powerful resource centre for you. A simple way for us to connect. Now before we continue, I’ll answer the two most common questions asked.

What is a Life Coach?

I’m a Life Coach. It’s my job to guide you in improving your life. Together we overcome challenges and uncover a real sense of clarity in your life. My process is simple: (1) I take steps to truly understand your unique situation, and (2) I enhance your capabilities to make the right sustainable changes in your life.

What is Dream Plan Act?

DPA is a resource for you to gain free information, which can help you change your life. You will learn more about me, what I do, and how I can help. You can draw on this resource to inspire and support you in finding success. Over time DPA will grow into a powerful community, one for helping others achieve meaningful change in their lives.



Kia ora, I’m Kathryn Sandford –  Life Coach extraordinaire, well-loved wife, and super-mum to two young-adult children.

My first, of many, life lessons came while teaching:

  1. Stay true to yourself, and
  2. Money isn’t everything


Forgetting these life lessons shattered me when everything around me changed – personal tragedy, depression, stress, financial worries, and losing my job – not once but three times!

For years I found myself stuck, asking two questions:

  1. Why is this happening to ME? and
  2. What the hell should I do with my Life?

Finally, in my late 40s I started answering these questions; beginning my own journey of discovery and learning. Along the way, it hit me. Bang. My strengths are in teaching and coaching.

I’ve made many mistakes and wrong decisions over the years. At the time I believed they were failures. But now I understand these mistakes helped me learn. I now see them as strengths.

Ever since then, I’ve been coaching others along their personal journeys. I can help guide you in personal resilience, facing adversity, celebrating success, embracing failure, balancing the demands of life, and learning how to love your life.

With utter passion and conviction, I believe we all desire happiness. We all strive toward the goal of living an ideal life. Some of us achieve that goal. Others fall short.

I support my clients through both success and failure along their journey. I always make it a priority to help my clients change and sustain that change.

I am committed to helping you achieve your vision for a better life. My coaching focuses around supporting and guiding you by providing the specific tools and techniques to empower you to embark on a journey toward living your “ideal life”.

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened – Lao Tzu quotes (Chinese Taoist Philosopher)



I offer three types of services:

  1. Life Vision
  2. Reinvent Yourself – The power of possibility
  3. Take a Bite


Life Vision

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you know what you want in your life, but don’t know how to make it happen?
  2. Are you afraid you will be in the same financial situation you’re in today a year from now?
  3. Do you want a more nurturing and positive relationship with your partner / spouse?
  4. Do you wish you could unlock the benefits of improved health and vitality?
  5. Do you feel like you’re not in control of your life but your life is in control of you, sending you into an unbalanced state of frustration?

If you answered YES to any, it might be good to consider Life Vision.
With Life Vision I’ll coach you towards your ideal self. With one on one sessions, I can guide you to discover your absolute passion in life: your ideal life vision. You’ll find once you’ve (re)discovered your passion, everything else falls into place.

Contact me for a free 20 minute session.

Reinvent Yourself – The power of possibility

Ask yourself:

  1. Do you feel stuck in a place where you don’t want to spend the rest of your life?
  2. Are you anxious about retirement or not sure what you want to do during retirement?
  3. Do you know what to do in the next stage of your life? Changing or losing jobs, kids leaving home, little savings / high debt?
  4. Are you wondering where to from here?
  5. Have you tried to reinvent yourself, lose weight, get fit and failed?

If you answered YES to any, it might be good to consider Reinvent Yourself.

With Reinvent Yourself I help Baby Boomers through the liminal period to tackle the next stage in their lives. I concentrate on renewing the energy and passion for possibilities in your life and enable you to reinvent yourself in this next stage.

Contact me to learn more.

Take a Bite

  1. Do you feel everything is changing too fast around you?
  2. Do you constantly feel overwhelmed by things?
  3. Is stress beginning to take its toll?
  4. Is your coping mechanism doing more harm than good?
  5. Are there particular skills you want to learn but don’t have the time?


With Take a Bite you can gain core skills needed in life: Resilience, Courage, Motivation, and Perseverance quickly. Take a Bite is a collection of short workshops designed to build some fundamental skills that will enable you to achieve what you want. You can work through the whole set or choose particular skills:

  • Resilience
  • Courage
  • Motivation
  • Perseverance

Contact me to learn more.


Tales from Kathryn

Fitness and Wellbeing for Baby Boomers – Stretch goals


Just had an amazing weekend with 2 friends. We went on a bit of a road trip left Friday and back Sunday. On Saturday we completed a 6 hour walk through some amazing native bush and incredible coastal scenery! See attached photos. My friend has asked me to coach her around life planning and help […]

Questions to consider…


Hello again I have been pondering a number of questions lately and thinking that maybe it about time to    start seeking some answers…. Question 1 – What worries me most about the future?  Answer: Retirement with no money, the frailties of old age and being alone? Question 2 – What excites me most about the future? […]

The Challenges ahead for the Baby Boomer…..


What is a baby boomer? The Business Directory at www.businessdictionary.com/definition/baby-boomers – defines Baby Boomers as….People born between the end of World War 2 (1945) and the late 1960s periodduring which the populations and economies of certain nations (particularly the US boomed. This term was coined in 1974 when the advertisers recognized the spending power and very different […]


This is a bit weird – my first time blogging. I dont even know what I am doing but here goes. So why blog….um that’s an interesting question….not sure about the answer to that but I think because life for me at the 50 plus….only just (53) is bloody confusing. I never thought I would […]

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Email: kathryn@dreamplanact.co.nz
Mobile: +64 (0)21 894 822