When it comes to coaching others through their personal and professional lives, Upper Arlington resident and small-business owner Janna Yeshanova brings a world of experience to the table.

When it comes to coaching others through their personal and professional lives, Upper Arlington resident and small-business owner Janna Yeshanova brings a world of experience to the table.

Yeshanova is the CEO of Life-Spark LLC, which provides life coaching sessions, corporate and organizational training, and seminars from offices in the Kingsdale Center. Yeshanova has been working to help others achieve their life goals, either through her business or through teaching at Antioch University, since she immigrated to America from the former Soviet Union 21 years ago.

"After World War II, Russia united all national republics around itself into the union, and in 1989, it started crumbling," Yeshanova said. "Perestroika started immediately after I left, just days after I left. How I could predict it, I don't know."

Literally "restructuring," Perestroika refers to the restructuring of the Soviet political and economic system, which many sources argue was the cause of the Soviet Union's dissolution and the end of the Cold War.

Yeshanova left the country with her mother, who had served as a nurse during World War II, and her daughter, Alla. Yeshanova had $126 in her pocket and her Russian citizenship was revoked, but she decided that her family needed to leave.

"I had a choice," she said. "Stay, with my citizenship, and do what others were doing now, or to go with this $126 and be happy. So we left."

Yeshanova made her way from the Soviet Union to the States, ending up in Ohio. She became a faculty member at Antioch University in Yellow Springs, where she taught conflict resolution in the school's management degree programs.

Yeshanova took the past two years to sit down and write a novel that includes some of her biography, "Love is Never Past Tense," which was recently translated into English. She said some of the proceeds from book sales go to HomeAid, a nonprofit fundraising campaign that benefits homeless families, children and veterans in America.

In the late '90s, Yeshanova's daughter started school at Ohio State, and Yeshanova moved again, this time to Upper Arlington. She began offering corporate and life training in central Ohio as Capital City Personal Coaching, before changing her business's name to Prime Meridian and ultimately to Life-Spark LLC, to "better identify with the goals and mission of the organization," she said.

Life-Spark LLC, 3136 Kingsdale Center No. 110, offers one-on-one coaching sessions, as well as weekly and bi-weekly workshops on specific topics such as relationships, executive training, health and fitness and other topics. Yeshanova said that her clients' attitudes ultimately decide how far they go toward reaching their goals.

"When people keep in mind the positive outcome of their wishes, and they know for sure that their dreams will come true, then they do come true," she said. "If you tell yourself that you can't, then you can't. You won't move, and you know it."