Meet the Team

“We created Life Outside the Box for women like us, women who want to THRIVE in every facet of their lives. It’s about more than just eating well and staying fit. It’s about improving our whole self in a community-driven, supportive environment. You are all welcome here!”

Taz Barber Homesteader/Adventure Seeker/Boy Mom

Born in South Africa, raised in NZ, and now living in Santa Cruz, CA with my 4 Boys, 4 dogs and 23 chickens!

Four words that describe our family would be: Busy, adventurous, loud and fun!

My happiest place is where I am surrounded by as many family members and friends as possible. Preferably on a beach in South Africa or New Zealand.

I started my fitness/sporting journey from the minute I could walk (thanks two older brothers!). My passion for helping people in Health and Wellness started when I found CrossFit in 2007 after I completed my degrees in Psychology and Sport and Exercise Science.

My desire to improve myself mentally started when I became a parent. Kids will force you to self-reflect in a way that is uncomfortable, challenging and kind of invigorating at the same time! Pat and I are so fascinated with how other parents parent, we started our own parenting podcast to learn as much as possible!

My top priority is ensuring I raise kind, happy, confident boys who feel free to be their authentic self. Second to that is ensuring I am supporting my husband in a way that makes him continue on with his silly self until the day we die. He makes me laugh like nobody else.

I love my life and the people in it. They are a big source of energy and inspiration for me. How can I help you?

Maggie Bugg Jedi Master/Voracious Reader/Small Town Celebrity

I have spent my entire adult life in pursuit of my best self. I adore learning and consider myself a full-time student of life. I have a Bachelor of Education, but am currently an Entrepreneur, owning and operating a CrossFit Affiliate on Vancouver Island in BC, Canada with my husband/best friend/partner-in-crime. I am an Enneagram Type 3, so I adore the spotlight, am ambitious and energetic, and I love inspiring others to live their best lives. I have been working as a Mindset & Wellness Coach since 2014 and specialize in organization, goal-setting, and real-talk. I always bring my authentic self to the table and I make space for my clients to do the same. In addition to being a wife and a business owner, I am also a step-mom to two crazy kiddos and a massive Star Wars fan. I have spent the better part of the last decade learning how to live my best life despite a chronic neurological disorder. Being in pain and out of commission half to ⅔ of my life requires an immense amount of acceptance, resiliency, and a pretty darn strong gratitude practice. Although I’ve recently turned a corner with my health, I feel very strongly about supporting others who are dealing with chronic issues or invisible illnesses as they navigate the stormy waters of their lives. I know it, I have lived it, and I am here for you. When not coaching clients, you can usually find me by a body of water, reading a fiction novel, writing in my journal, or kissing my husband.

Laura Bruner Nature Lover/Sourdough Baker/Mindful Mama

Hi! I am Laura, a certified nutrition consultant, Level 3 CrossFit Trainer, cohost of the Modern Mamas Podcast, and mama to Evie Wilder. I seek to find joy in this crazy life with my family, adventuring in our converted van, spending lots of time in nature, baking sourdough, training for strength and functionality in life, and taking time for daily mindful movement Flow.

I value authentic connection with self, the people in my life, and the planet. I see “failure” as feedback and opportunity for growth, and I believe in the power of prioritizing space to feel. I seek to think for myself rather than to the noise, comparison, and polarization of mainstream media, and I believe we can learn more from listening and processing than reacting. I am (almost) always here for a good conversation, even the difficult ones.

My goals are to put family first, prioritize presence, maintain a growth mindset, remember my worthiness, while still seeking betterment, and to continue to choose joy. I hope to help others do the same. I look forward to getting to know you better and to harnessing our inner super power together.