If you and I were to work together, one of the first things I’d ask you about is your dreams. What does your dream career look like? Your dream partner? Your dream life? I’m a huge supporter of dreams because they’ve played a crucial role in my life. I grew up with a big dream of going to Africa. From as far back as I can remember, I was passionate about anything and everything to do with Kenya. It took 20+ years to make that dream a reality, but what it taught me is that whatever you truly want… those “impossible” dreams are, in fact, possible. Your dream might not have anything to do with traveling to a foreign land, but whatever it is, your number one priority needs to be becoming the person who can step into that dream as reality. That is what I help you do. It’s this transformation that feels a bit like magic, but the truth is that it’s simply about choices and stories and action.
Before I list any of my accomplishments, I’d like to be clear… I’ve excelled in the failure department: three massive business failures, bankruptcy and foreclosure, romantic breakups… Over the course of my life, I’ve gotten really good at failing.
As a coach might say, these failures were all necessary steps toward the success that I now enjoy, yada yada… But that doesn’t mean it didn’t SUCK to go through it. One thing I do appreciate is that I can look you in the eye and say, “I’ve been there. Hold on. This ride’s not over yet.”
Some things I did right…
I graduated with a degree (BA) in Theology in 2000, and then went on to work in Research & Development for a Fortune 100 company. There, I gained valuable insight into leadership, training and corporate responsibility.
In 2006, I was selected for the prestigious Global Health Fellowship based on my previous work with women and children in Africa. I spent six months working on HIV and AIDS prevention initiatives in Kenya and Uganda.
I continued to pursue my passion for writing and graduated with a master of fine arts (MFA) degree in Creative Writing in 2009.
I have been honored to share the stage with many extraordinary speakers both in the US and internationally.
Coaching has changed my life and, by that, I mean being coached. The first thing I did when I left Corporate America to go into coaching full time was to hire a coach. Since then, I’ve invested tens of thousands of dollars in coaches, workshops and courses to constantly improve my craft and to do my own inner work. I believe, as Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, says, “Everyone needs a coach.”
While I have many roles (entrepreneur, wife, and book nerd to name a few) I tend to categorize them into three main areas: Coach, Writer and Adventuress.
- I’ve been coaching since 2007.
- I work with up to four one-on-one clients at a time, by invitation only.
- My clients are often those I affectionately call, “Rich at Work / Broke at Heart.” They are successful in their outer world (career, finances, etc.) but have been less than successful in their inner world (finding love, feeling at peace, experiencing true joy).
- Clients include entrepreneurs, lawyers, doctors, business leaders and, often, other coaches.
- What I love about coaching is that I get to be part problem solver, part spiritual advisor, part project manager and part adventure guide—all things I’m passionate about.
- Forthcoming book: Rich at Work / Broke at Heart.
- Founding Editor of Awaken Consciousness Magazine, an online journal publishing poetry, fiction and articles all less than 750 words.
- Co-authored Wake Up Women: Be Happy, Healthy & Wealthy, a Barnes & Noble bestseller in 2009.
- Associate Editor at Silk Road literary journal in 2008.
- Taught school children in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.
- Biked down the Oregon coast from Washington to California carrying everything I needed on my bike.
- Backpacked through the Wind River Range in the Rockies for a month.
- Traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East.
- Created jobs for women as an HIV/AIDS initiative in East Africa.
- Multiple safari tours.
- Worked as a wilderness trip guide leading many adventures on America’s rivers and trails.
- Hoopnotica Certified Instructor
- Avid hiker, amateur astronomer
Giving back is a huge part of my life, both personally and professionally. 5-10% of proceeds go directly to awesome charities such as Kiva.org. I invite you to join our Kiva giving team HERE.