Motivation Monday: Kim Trathen

Meet Kim—the fierce, hard working, gorgeous woman who just might change your life.

Who is the woman behind Kim Trathen Coaching? She’s a West Michigan native, a hard worker, a business owner, a mother of three young boys, a loving wife, and so much more. As you can imagine, she’s a busy lady.

"I've always had an entrepreneurial spirit." 

Over the years, Trathen has run her own fitness classes, started a nonprofit, and considered a number of other small business ideas (including opening a small art boutique, a custom t-shirt shop, an eCommerce store, and a French fry cart). She had so many ideas for her own businesses, but there was one thing that continued to get in the way: fear.

"I finally reached a point where my fear of REGRET was much larger than my fear of FAILURE."

Trathen became an advocate for women’s interests through her work with Safe Haven Ministries following the loss of a friend due to domestic violence in 2010. She developed a passion for supporting women, which led to the launch of Kim Trathen Coaching. The business became the perfect way for her to combine her professional knowledge with her desire to help aspiring female entrepreneurs.

"You know how so many women are stuck in the corporate world, hating their jobs, but too afraid to give up the paycheck that goes with it? My mission is to help these women move from employee to entrepreneur by helping them launch or grow their online service-based businesses. I help these women turn their passions into profits to create the freedom filled lifestyle they desire."    

What can Kim help you with? 

  • Kim Trathen Coaching offers a variety of services for women at all levels in their entrepreneurial journey.
  • Each client receives a  custom package tailored to her needs.
  • if you haven't already launched your business, Trathen helps you take the business from an idea to fully launched by working through the technicalities of defining your ideal client, validating your business idea, your social media presence, creating your website and securing your first client.
  • Whether you're ready to elevate your existing business, or turn a business idea into a reality, it's time to create a plan that fits your lifestyle.

Kim Trathen Coaching would love to offer the Mod Bettie readers a free 30 minute coaching call to talk about your business dreams, goals, or a struggle you're currently dealing with.

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"There are so many amazing women that have, and continue to, grace this planet."

Kim Trathen + Mod Bettie = Instant Love

Trathen began her search for a photographer with a specific vision in mind—branding photos are especially important for online businesses, and Kim needed a photographer who could portray the "high vibe, energetic, and fun side" of herself and her business that she was looking for.

When Kim stumbled across Mod Bettie's images, she was instantly in love. Both Kim Trathen Coaching and Mod Bettie share a mission of female empowerment, and Kim was quickly certain that Elise was her "soul mate photographer."   


Kim's advice to the woman who dreams of launching her own business….

  1. One of the biggest fears women have when launching a business is that they don’t think they know enough to charge for their services. But, you don’t need to be at an expert level to help others. You are completely qualified to serve the woman who is a half-step behind you. Your knowledge is valuable to others.
  2. You will hear outside negativity from others telling you why your idea won’t work. But, remember – so often the people telling you you’re crazy to launch your own business are the ones that were too afraid to pursue their own dreams.

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Kim Trathen Coaching



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Cake For Breakfast

BOPO Bend + Brunch


Body Positivity


If you search #BOPO on Instagram you'll find an empowering and brave collection of text and images celebrating the diverse beauty of the female form. Saturday we came together in celebration of our beautiful bodies. These bodies that take us from one place to another and connect us through touch.

Your health is not defined by size.

We spent the morning connecting with each other, sipping mimosas, laughing in the photo booth and putting our dreams down on paper. Feral Yogi lead us in an inspiring flow focused on body awareness and appreciation that brought tears to my eyes. Latesha Lipscomb of I Got Face and POSH Innovative Event Management lifted our hearts with her empowering words of self love and forgiveness.


We couldn’t be more grateful for your relentless support of this Body Positivity Movement in West Michigan! You ladies make us better! For additional images on Social Media  search the following hashtags:

#letthemeatcakegr #eatmorecakegr #cakeforbreakfastgr


Ciao for now Bettie's! We’ll be back soon to open arms to teen girls and the strong women who raise them!

Baby Cakes! {Coming Soon!}

Thank you Letasha Draper of LDraperJ Events for the gorgeous and super tasty cake!


Mod B's BOPO Warrior Photo Booth


I need to take a moment to express thanks to our amazing sponsors for going out of their way to help our mission...

Shefit for the #BoPoWarrior raffle prize.

Posh Petals for the beautiful floral centerpieces.

Renew Skin Spa for the guest coupons and chapstick.

Mamas Got Mugs for providing our Bettie's with the empowering glassware.

Citizen for the delicious raffle prize.

Boxed Water for providing us with water for a cause.

Feral Yogi for leading our Yoga flow.

Lions and Rabbits for providing the beautiful space.

Malamiah Juice Bar for providing delicious and healthy juices for our bellies.

WANNABE for a most swanky raffle prize.

Happy 18th Birthday Megan and Alexandra

Roses are red

And violets are blue.

Happy, HAPPY Birthday

To you and to YOU.

These are my baby sisters.

Scratch that... were my baby sisters.


Slow down little ones.

Hair and Makeup by Jennifer Bartlett
1st Assistant and Behind the Scenes Video by Hayley Sikorski

Body Positivity and Female Empowerment Event


Hey Sleeping Beauties! We're still dreaming up new ways to help you stretch your mind and body to higher heights in 2018! So we invite you to Rise Up and join us for the first ever Body Positive Bend + Brunch in West Michigan!

Join us for an ultra- fab morning of mimosas, mixing, mingling, meditation, and light fare with a few of your favorite local leading ladies. In the first hour there will be an opportunity for you to HAM it up (pun intended) in our empowerment photo booth with Mod Bettie Portrait Studio. So arrive comfy-cute with makeup wipes in tow, because you can expect to bend a little out of your comfort zone with an amazing Yoga instructor from Lions & Rabbits! And if that's not enough, you can tame your tastebuds with some incredible light fare from local eateries.


Prepare for a life changing morning of making connections and seeking inspiration from some fierce female health and wellness experts.


The Schedule is as follows:

10:00 am - 11:00 am: Mix, mingle, and sip mimosas while taking a moment to pose in the Mod Bettie photo booth!

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Bend, relax, and meditate with the Feral Yogi!

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Brunch it up and eat your cake too, all while enjoying the company of the best local body positive babes and community partners.

A massive shout out to our darling sponsors:

Check out our first two BoPo (Body Positivity) & Female Empowerment Events

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Refresh Workshop

An afternoon of Self Care

Hosted by Posh Petals

Elizabeth, Elyse and Abbie lead the way helping each guest create these beautiful, one of a kind living hair pieces.

 Photos by  Jennie King

Photos by Jennie King

These gals came to be inspired. It’s easy to see the beauty of life moving through seasons. But it isn’t always so simple when we see those patterns occurring in our own lives. Maybe now is not your springtime, but there’s so much beauty in believing that it’s just on the other side. Trust the Winter. Shed your skin. Breathe that air.

 Photos by  Jennie King

Photos by Jennie King

Amber Kilpatrick from Mindful Vinyasa School of Yogaguided us through a flow to feed our souls.

 Photos by  Jennie King

Photos by Jennie King

 Photo by  Jennie King

Photo by Jennie King

We were thrilled to bring our talents to these deserving ladies alongside a few other fabulous #Bossbabes. Natasha from The Emporium Salon
gave these nails a fabulous makeover with her completely non toxic beauty products.

 Photos by  Jennie King

Photos by Jennie King

Brittney Von Erck of Sacred Circle Healing opened our hearts and minds to life's beautiful possibilities. 

Eat More Cake

It's a West Michigan Movement...

{Shout out to Justin of 616 Media for this amazing video!}

The studio was decked out to be the stuff of dreams; soft whites, feathers, dewy lights, gorgeous and powerful women waltzing around getting to know each other and talking about all of the most important issues! What more could you want besides pastries, cocktails, and good conversation? 


The diversity in the studio was magical; women of all different backgrounds, sizes, ages, and personalities were able to connect through the shared experience of being a woman in today's culture.  

I spoke with Pasha Shipp, a journalist for Grand Rapids Magazine, and she expressed how excited she was to get involved with more community events, particularly ones for women, such as Eat More Cake! Already involved with Lean In Circles (a program for women to support each other with their professional goals), Pasha is passionate about hearing other women's stories.

"We all have the same Struggles."

"As women, we need to do a better job of encouraging each other and being able to express ourselves." - Amber Janielle


One panelist, Francie VanHoven is involved with the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival as well as the Bandit Zine, a social-justice zine, and she was most excited to talk about her recent wedding experience and coming to terms with the idea that "it's okay [to be] a fat bride."

"I'm pretty like me; she's pretty like her." 


There were plenty of new faces at this year's event including Leah Rapaport, who runs Gather-GR, a series of events for women around Grand Rapids. "Women supporting women, inspired by you." For Leah (and all women), female empowerment is always relevant. 

Several panelists were newbies to the event as well, like Heather Duffy, an artist and curator, who feels that any event that's about empowering women is important. 

"The more events like this the better. It's going to take a lot of repeated affirmation for body positivity to take hold because of how long we've viewed ourselves negatively."

"We have to support each other and keep reminding each other of how astounding we are." - Stevie Parcell



THANK YOU to our amazing Panel.

Click on their photo and check out their websites.

Did you strut your stuff in our Photobooth?

Thank you Hayley Sikoski for these AMAZING images!


To our Sponsors and Vendors


What's Squad Bettie up to next?

Check out our Valentine's Day Discounted Sessions! We are shooting THIS Saturday and there are just a few spots left! 


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How To: Follow Through on Your New Year's Resolutions


If you're anything like me, you may be thinking what resolutions? I don't know what you're talking about... But I'm here to tell you that it's not over yet! Just because you may have fallen off the resolution wagon doesn't mean that you should give up on them all together, my dear! 

It's easy to go a week or two without doing any active work on all those goals and changes you decided to make this year, and it's also completely okay to take a little break. BUT a break is not forever, and sooner or later, you'll have to get back into things.

Check out the tips below to help with committing to all of your new year, new me goals!  

1. The Buddy System

There's a couple of different ways that resolutions with a partner can work--both of which operate on the idea that you are not the only person to hold yourself accountable. 

Maybe you and your best friend are trying to hit the gym a few times a week together, or quit biting your nails, or perhaps having more family meals at the kitchen table. If you and your pal have the same resolution, you can help to remind and encourage each other, and you can actually engage in the activities together. Everything is more fun with a few friends!

An alternative solution involves mutual moral support for different goals. You and your friend/sibling/partner create a supportive alliance so that you can nag her about swearing less and she can slap your hand away from your biting mouth. What fun!

2. Baby Steps 

Making a big change in your habits is difficult, and many resolutions require a lifestyle shift. Whether you're trying to eat-in more, spend more time with family, or learn French, you're going to have to change your current habits to be successful with your new ones.  

Making changes is hard, so even if your resolution is a much bigger shift, start with something small that you can change every single day. Maybe you're going to make your bed, or set out your clothing the night before, or do your dishes immediately after you use them. Whatever you choose--make it manageable. 

Over time, add more small changes to your day-to-day task list, and watch your entire lifestyle transition. As you're making little changes, start focusing on the big one(s) too!

3. Write it Down 

There are loads of small things you can do to encourage yourself every day, and communicating with yourself is a great way to start! My three preferred methods of self-communication are reminder notes, journal entries, and my planner. 

  • Make a few sticky-notes with important tasks, bits of encouragement, and gentle reminders for around the house. After a while, they'll start to blend in, so rewrite them on different colors and put them in a new place!
  • Write a to-do list for every day or week. Put small things like laundry as well as bigger things like be nice to strangers. Cross things off when they're finished. 
  • Start a journal to keep track of your thoughts and feelings as you live and grow, but don't put too much pressure on it. It's okay if you don't have time to write every day, or even every week. But writing to yourself is a great introspective tool.
  • Lastly, get a planner, or use your phone to organize your tasks and responsibilities. Physically writing things out has a therapeutic quality for me, but just having all of your plans organized into one place will make you feel much more on top of things.  

4. Don't Quit

As is mentioned at the beginning of this post, it's easy to break our New Year's Resolutions once we take a few days or weeks off. Rather than give up after a period of inactivity, just start fresh. 

The New Year isn't the only time to make a big change--in fact it may not even be the best time for each individual. Revisit your goals every month, and even if you haven't done a thing towards them by June--start there! You've still got half a year to change your life!

5. Remember That You're Human

At the end of the day, we must remember not to put too much pressure on ourselves. If your plans for change aren't going as well as you had hoped, that's okay! No one will ever be perfect, and sometimes a monumental change is a little too much to hold on to.

Don't be discouraged by failure; think of failure as a new starting point. If this isn't your year in one way, it's bound to be in another. Look for the changes that you're making without even realizing, and try to encourage those! Grow naturally, and enjoy the struggle a little. Because if change wasn't a bit of a struggle, what would be the point of it all anyway? 

Tell us how your personal growth is coming along! 

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Valentine's Day Discounted Sessions are NOW available for booking!




Oh hey #SquadBettie!

Elise here with another HUGE thank you for all the support and excitement surrounding this event.  You asked for more and we listened! Mod Bettie's mission has and always will be, empower women by creating a safe and supportive environment for female self-expression.

And that's exactly what we're doing. Offering a safe space to share your failures and successes, your goals and your game plan. My journey to self acceptance and self love has been a long and messy one but it brought me here, to this place where I can use my tools show women they are confident, beautiful and brave.

We're back and we're bigger and better than ever! Do away with those self-defeating New Years Resolutions and discover 2018 Reasons to Love Yourself MORE! You are cordially invited back again to...


Join us for an evening of cake, cocktails and conversations about Body Positivity, Self-Worth and Girl Power. There will be a panel discussion, vendor tables, pop-up shops, photo booth, vision boarding, small bites and special giveaways.


Thursday, Jan 18th 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tickets will sell out so snag them below NOW!

Shout out to Justin of 616 Media for this amazing video!

We have some amazing local leading ladies that will share their stories on how self-love can improve your overall health and well being!


Click on their photo and check out their websites.

is owner and operator of Citizen, a new TIki Bar and restaurant in the Cheshire Village Business District in the Creston neighborhood and she is a long term neighborhood activist, resident, and volunteer in Grand Rapids neighborhoods.

Amber Janielle is a former high school math teacher turned entrepreneur.  She has carried on her love for teaching by educating women on how to embrace and care for their natural hair. With over 50 thousand followers, Instagram has been her number one platform. She's most recently transitioned from a known Natural hair blogger to a stay at home mommy blogger.

is the Founder & CEO of HOAP, Inc. (Helping Our Adolescence Prosper) a grass root non-profit 501c3 organization that was birthed out of the overwhelming need to provide a safe, creative and supportive environment for young males and females and their personal development to overcome life’s negative challenges.

Shannon is the founder and principal of Tough Skin, Soft Heart, a movement designed to affirm, encourage, and inspire leaders as they navigate the emotional strain that accompanies a life committed to being a difference-maker. Tough Skin, Soft Heart has three brand platforms: inspirational writing, motivational speaking, and a portable affirmation product line. “As women, we are fire fighters, fire preventers, and fire starters. I am passionate about the emotional wellness of women in the ‘behind the veil’ spaces of our lives.

After years of helping people feel more beautiful through global brands like Decléor, Estée Lauder, and Lancôme, Femé Naigow opened Apsara to offer the full range of beauty and wellness treatments her clients were asking for in a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere.

Owner and Photographer at Mod Bettie Portrait Boutique, an all female portrait studio on a mission to empower women by creating a safe and supportive environment for female self-expression.

Francie VH Gleason is a size 28 hairstylist, artist, and recent fat bride!

Brainiac. Creative genius. Purveyor of cool. Owner of I Got Face- Cosmetic Concierge and POSH Innovative Event Management. Professional picker for East Meets West Thrift Pop-Up Shop and LIPS.COMB.LUXE.Blogger.

is an artist from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and has lived in Grand Rapids for the last eight years. She currently works in development for WGVU Public Media. She exhibits her studio work regionally and nationally, and holds an MFA in painting from Kendall College of Art and Design.


This event wouldn't be possible without the support of some incredible sponsors who equally support and believe in our mission.


616 Media

IRIE Kitchen

Posh Innovative Event Management

Boxed Water

Mod Bettie Portrait Boutique

Sherlynn James Remax Grand Rapids | Rachael Beldkamp Team

Posh Petals

Amore Trattoria


We encourage you to arrive picture perfect in a wardrobe that makes you feel sexy and empowered. Tell a friend to tell a friend... to tell a friend... its ANOTHER gathering for the girl bosses and you all are invited! This is your year for a New YOU Resolution that will change how you see yourself forever!


Peek at images from our first installment of Let Them Eat Cake!

Media Mentions:

GR Now

616 Media

WOTV 4 Women


GR Magazine Online


New Year, New Events for Ladies!


Oh ladies, it’s a new year, which means we’re all trying our best to make positive changes and have a little fun as the post-holiday months settle over us. This January is packed with fabulous events for women and girls of all ages around West Michigan, so let’s sprinkle as much girl time into the new year as we can!

Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids @ The Public Museum, Grand Rapids

1-31 January 2018

This exhibit at The Public Museum in Downtown GR is an awesome family activity for mothers and daughters (and anyone else in the fam who wants to tag along!) The exhibit features both models and replicas of the mystical specimens, in addition to fossils of real prehistoric animals that help explain how some of these otherworldly creatures may have been inspired. This show is running all of January and into the spring months, and it's such a fun way to tie science and fantasy together!

WPBA: Grand Slam Event @ Soaring Eagle Casino, Mt Pleasant  

3-7 January 2018

This tournament is hosted by one of the longest-running women's professional sports organizations in the world--The Women's Professional Billiard Association. If you want to see some awesome women compete in what is often considered a male-dominated sport, stop by Soaring Eagle for this action-packed weekend of billiards and babes doing their thing.

Crazy Ladies Quilting Circle @ Coopersville Farm Museum

4-25 January 2018 (Thursdays)

Maybe you're looking to pick up a new hobby this year, or maybe you're already an avid quilter--either way--join the fun at Coopersville Farm Museum every Thursday of the year! The primary focus may be quilting, but anyone interested in crocheting, sewing, or anything else textile related should come out and get to know the crazy ladies. Don't be intimidated if you don't have any experience; every level of knowledge is welcome to join!

Princess Tea Party @ Henderson Castle Inn, Kalamazoo

14 January 2018 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Though we may all have a princess inside us, this event is for the little ones! Your little princess and her friends will have the most perfect make-believe afternoon pretending to be princesses in the historic and extravagant Henderson Castle Inn. The afternoon will include photo opportunities with the princesses, storytelling, ballroom dancing, and a guided tour of the castle. Wait, are grown-ups allowed on this adventure?

Y-102 Bridal Show @ Ferris State University Center, Big Rapids

14 January 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

If you or anyone you know is planning her big day in 2018, you can't miss this show. Honestly, even if you're not planning your big day, who doesn't love a little wedding daydreaming? There will be door prizes, cash giveaways, free food and drink, a fashion show (!?), enough said.

Women in Healthcare Leadership Conference @ The Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids

18 January 2018, 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm

This is your year to get motivated and work your booty off! With that being said, what better way to jumpstart that motivation than by surrounding yourself with other hard-working women. The conference will feature two keynote speakers who share their stories (one on healthcare and one on finance) and then lead several hands-on activities to help you engage and connect! The theme of this year is Educate & Empower, and what could be better than that?

Eat More Cake @ Mod Bettie, Grand Rapids

18 January 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A BODY POSITIVITY CAMPAIGN FOR WOMEN! Do away with those self-defeating New Years Resolutions and discover 2018 Reasons to Love Yourself More! Join us for an evening of cake, cocktails and conversations about Body Positivity, Self-Worth and Girl Power. There will be a panel discussion, vendor tables, pop-up shops, photo booth, small bites, vision boarding, and special giveaways. We encourage you to arrive picture perfect in a wardrobe that makes you feel sexy and empowered. Click here to purchase tickets!


Ultimate Ladies Weekend and Vintage Market @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center

20-21 January 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wait you're telling me there's a ladies weekend and a vintage market popping up at the same place on the same weekend?! Count me in! These two events include LuLaRoe and other craft vendors, demonstrations, and giveaways, plus two full rooms packed with antiques, shabby chic, boutique clothing, vintage, home decor, and more! What else are you going to do with all the Christmas money if not spoil yourself with an amazing shopping weekend with the girls?

Let us know if we've missed anything going on this month! 

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Happy New Year from Mod B

There are so many things I want to say. So many thank you's, so many I love you's and lots of new things on the way for 2018. But this Christmas my heart took a big hit. Some people I loved very much hurt me pretty bad and I'm still reeling from the devastation. So in the spirit of a true Modern Bettie, I offer you transparency. Life is hard, really hard. But you can be harder. Cheers to you babes out there slayin life. Be brave and be beautiful.







HUGE thank you to Rebecca Gohl for Hair and Makeup and Iconoclasp for the insanely gorgeous gowns.


Our next Body Positivity and Empowerment Event is January 18th! Get your ticket HERE now!

Thanks for an IG-CREDIBLE 2017

Valentine's Day Sale...

Join us Saturday, January 27th or Saturday, February 3rd for our Valentine's Day Makeover Photoshoot Event! Only $100 deposit to book your spot now!