ARE Course Series:
Mind Over ARE

As a young architect, I get asked all the time how I dealt with failing and how I got through the AREs (Architect Registration Exam). That’s because I’m OK with speaking out about the realities of becoming an architect and how it’s not always an easy path.


Of course there are the “ARE Unicorns” (as I like to call them) who pass all the exams on the first time, but let me tell you that is NOT the rule, it’s the exception. With a 47-51% average pass rate, you are bound to fail at least one. We as budding architects are use to being the top in our class, pushing hard through late nights in the studio, and being passionate about what we do. So, when you see FAIL written across your screen it can be a hard pill to swallow. It can even prevent you from diving in and getting started.


After my first fail it took me 4 months to even schedule my next exam. I don’t want that to be you. I want you to learn from my mistakes and experiences so you can officially call your self an Architect!


You didn’t come this far to just be referred to as a designer. You are meant to be here.


You are meant to be a licensed architect. Let’s do it!

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Is this just Another ARE test Prep?

Mind Over ARE is a different type of ARE test prep. I could give you quizzes and videos to teach you how to calculate STC ratings, but there are plenty of amazing test prep programs out there. There's no point in reinventing the wheel! But there's something missing...these test preps aren't going to set you up for success unless you're mentally prepared for the exams.


I know this is a different topic that we might not all be comfortable talking about and that's ok! This isn't a therapy session. I'm not a psychologist. I'm a woman with a real life experience, with countless hours of trial and error. Let me help you learn how to succeed without having to make the same mistakes I did.


Does this sound like you?

  • Failed multiple exams

  • Put off taking them again after a fail

  • Been nervous to even get started?

  • See other peoples success stories and feel like you must not be meant to be an architect?


Then this is for you.

This is an intimate 6 week experience where you can be honest and vulnerable with others who are in the exact same boat as you. You’ll come away with actionable steps, tools, and techniques to help you get past yourself in order to pass these exams and become the badass architect you’re meant to be

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start?

The course officially starts March 29. Since this is designed to be an intimate experience, we only have 10 spots available. Once the course is full it will be unavailable.  

What happens when I purchase the course?

You will receive an email with the full course schedule. All the videos and Q+A sessions will be recorded, so if you are unable to attend a live call you will not miss out. Modules will be emailed directly to you on the Tuesday of each week.

What is included in the course?

The course will include 4 modules. Wait...isn't it a 6 week course? Yes, but I don't want to overwhelm you. I've seen that spreading it out into 6 weeks, rather than trying to cram it all into 4 weeks, is a much better method. 


The modules will consist of a video/audio lesson and weekly workbook. The workbook will be where you put your thoughts, ideas, and takeaways from each week and this is what allows you to reach your goals. There will also be a 60-minute Q+A Livestream each week where the real coaching begins.


In addition to the normal course, you'll also get access to a private, members-only forum so you can connect with other members, get additional support, and get any updates/bonuses from us! Everything shared with you over the 6 weeks has LIFETIME access, so you can always come back to it for a refresher course when needed. 

Do I have to follow the course on those exact weeks? I'm really busy...I'm going out of town...etc.

You will have lifetime access to the course, so if you need to take it at your own pace that is totally ok! The modules will not be available until the specific week, but once it is available it will always be there. 

Do you offer refunds?

Due to the nature of this course, there are no full refunds once the course becomes available. If you change your mind before the first module is released please reach out.


This course is an investment in yourself and that investment will be returned to you tenfold if you put the right energy into it. If after the first module you feel this course is not for you, we may offer a partial refund. We want to see you put in the effort, did the workbook, and were involved in the live sessions. If after all that, you are still not satisfied, we will only refund the modules which you have not yet received (i.e. return payment for module 3+ if you only made it through Module 2). 

I haven't actually started the exam process, is this course still right for me?

Yes! Ideally you are eligible to start the exams so you can schedule one while you are enrolled in the course. But, this course will help you even if you're just starting the exam process. 

What are your qualifications for teaching these courses?

I have spent the last decade learning about business, design, and myself. I have worked with coaches and mentors and have spent hundreds of hours learning how to run a business, how to be a successful architect, and most importantly the mindset strategies it takes to be successful. 

I've been in your shoes! I failed exams. I had a hard time getting started. I pushed off taking another exam after I failed. I didn't give up and now I'm a licensed architect. It's worth it, I promise! If you haven't heard my story you can watch some of it here.

My technical qualifications:


Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management, and Interior Architecture - California State University Chico


Master of Architecture - NewSchool of Architecture + Design


CA License # C38813




2017 AIA Design Award for Drought Tolerant Water Harvesting technology 

2019 AIA Design Award for Accessory Dwelling Unit

2019 San Diego Home & Garden Garden of the Year Award 

Read more testimonials and about me here.

Small Strokes

Eliana M.

Thank you for all these resources! I came across your video after taking my first ARE. I appreciate what you do for the profession and to encourage us; moms, trying to get licensed!

WHAT people are SAYing

Ted M.

I was on YouTube and I saw your video, How to Get Through the Architect Registration Exam (ARE). Let me start by saying thank you.  You have no idea how much your video has encouraged me. I am about to start taking my exams and my thought is to take my exams in the same order.


“Thanks SO much. This video truly feels as God sent. I just took my 4th exam last Monday and it was the first one I failed. What a bummer. I really appreciate your words of encouragement. Makes total sense!”


What's included

6 Weeks of small group coaching to get you to pass the architect registration exam! What does this look like?

Weekly Modules ($988 value)

LIVE Weekly Coaching Calls ($1782 value)

Weekly Workbook ($196 value)

Course Total Value $2966!


But, that's not what your investment in the program is! Mind Over ARE is only $997!

Here's a sneak peak at what to expect

Module 1

  • Deep dive into mindset - what it means, how it affects our exams, and how to reframe

  • We'll discuss Identity and how it affects beliefs and outcomes (don't worry if this sounds like gibberish now, you'll be a master after this course!)

Module 2

  • Accountability

  • Habits

  • Exam strategies

Module 3

  • Growing

  • Intentions

  • Exam Strategies - During the Exam

  • Why fear is an important part of being a human and how to use it to our benefit

Module 4

  • Ideal exam outcome

  • Exam Strategies - After the Exam

  • Dealing with Failure and what it means

  • How to use Hypnosis, meditation, and affirmations to pass your exams

Wait, there's only 4 modules? I thought this was a 6 week course?! I've learned through countless course experience that it's better to not overwhelm with over packed content. So, we'll be working together for 6 weeks, but there is flexibility with the modules. I know how busy everyone is - working, taking exams, studying, family,! This is meant to be a constructive course that sets you up for success without being an additional stress. 

Throughout the program we'll be discussing exact exam strategies, tips, and tricks. The foundation of the course is to help you schedule, take, and pass the exams. This is not your standard exam prep that contains practice quizzes and flash cards. There are great resources already available for this, so there's no need to reinvent the wheel. This means you can join at any stage of your exam journey. With that said, it's only natural that we'll talk about exam content. This is a safe place to ask questions and connect with others going through the same journey as you.

If you just started studying - this is for you!

If you've taken one exam - this is for you! 

If you've taken multiple exams, but have put it on hold because of a fail - this is for you!

We're officially in session!

Register now to be the FIRST notified once we open up the doors for the next group so that you too can learn the strategies our future architects are using to push past their struggles and finally get licensed!

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