My Story: The Art of Me
Current Archetype: The Elegant Rebel
Once upon a thousand lifetimes, there was a girl who wanted to try everything.
That was—and still is—me. I’ve never been able to pick just one thing. I am a visionary, artist, writer, photographer, healer, flame fanner, dancer, catalyst, and—most of all—a CREATOR.
I am a wild little idea generator and I love making beautiful things. Especially transformational experiences with powerful adventurers like you.
My magic formula:
EMPOWERMENT + EXPRESSION = TRANSFORMATION
I believe that when we joyfully express who we are—our true, authentic soul-selves that no one else can be—and mingle that with a rooted sense of our own personal power, amazing things happen.
And I LOVE transformation. I love boundary-pushing. I love bringing visions to life. I love supporting clients as they leap into the next level of themselves.
Now, as a creative empowerment life coach and artist, I get to do this for a living. Wow.
In daring and in comfort.
That what you love is the most important thing about you. And the most intriguing.
That creativity is non-negotiable. It is how we choose to reflect and refract the energy of the universe. It is how we heal ourselves, and others.
That each of us is a unique, embodied conduit for the energy of everything—and that the gift of being here on earth is that we can express and share our authentic, integrated, empowered selves.
In identifying our core values and creating a life that aligns with them as much as possible.
That we are in a reciprocal, loving relationship with everything in the universe. Which means…
Everything is connected. Everything. What I do for myself, I do for the world. What I do for the world, I do for myself. We must choose consciously.
That many of the shadows we face today are the result of forgetting that everything is connected—and the fear of that connection.
In sacred partnership: partnerships that make the world, and me, a more loving place.
In working to shift from systems of domination to systems of partnership.
In humane humanity. We are living in an anti-human era, and I believe we need to honor and celebrate our WHOLE humanness if we are to survive. Because if humans can’t be humane… then we got it all wrong.
That I can move things with my mind and breathe under water… if I could just remember how.
That I am here to help heal the binary: to remind us that things that look like opposites are anything but. They are integral to each other: The mystery AND the mundane. The feminine AND the masculine. Wisdom AND innocence. Light AND shadow. Creation AND destruction. Giving AND receiving. Individuation AND oneness. Freedom AND connection.
That duality is foreplay for alchemy.
That nature can tell us everything we need to know about ourselves. (Because we ARE nature.)
My diverse background has led me all over the world and deep into myself.
Wanderlust set in early, and I was fortunate to be born into an off-kilter family of food-lovers and explorers. I've lived in the U.S. (north and south), France, and Belgium, and have traveled to 25+ countries.
I've tasted smoked honey from a local woman in her home on a tiny island in the Marquesas, communed with an octopus while diving in Thailand, danced on a bhangra team for five years, and learned to drive like a badass Bostonian in the twenty years I've lived here. To combat the badass driving, I am also a Reiki II practitioner.
My formal education includes a BA in French and international relations (I'm American) with concentrations in photography and dance. I have an MA in marketing communications (I'm the girl who never talked because I used to be so shy) as well as several classes under my belt from the New England School of Photography and years of writing, painting, dancing, and mosaic-making. Much of my work life in higher education has revolved around writing stories of amazing people. At some point along the way, I realized I wanted to be one of them.
I've taken multiple leadership trainings at Harvard, and have taken on my own study of leadership, partnership, masculinities, and intensive training in conscious evolution with some mind-blowing mentors. I continue to work with amazing mentors and coaches who guide me in my own journey of empowerment. One of my gurus is a five-year-old; another one is my dog.
My informal education includes about a million things—like how to string a tarp, bake the perfect tart cherry pie, listen to what dogs have to teach us (I return the favor with animal Reiki), and breathe my way into ecstasy.
I have explored—deeply—what I love; I have also explored what I fear.
Let's just say I understand multiple perspectives.
I am no stranger to contrast. More than that, I love it.
Our loves, fears, our crazy collection of contrasts—these are what make us the improbable cosmic miracles that we are!
And now I want everyone else to know that, too!
Somewhere along the way, I noticed that as I shared my adventures, people got excited about their own—and seeing them spark really fired me up. Seeing others claim their courage and light themselves up... wow.
The more YOU spark, the more I spark? Sign me up! So here I am, guiding others to fan their sparks into full-fledged flames.
I’d love you to join me.
Why you might want to work with me:
To remind you that you already have and already are everything you could possibly need and want—you just need to remember it and reveal it. For some of us—like me—that takes some work and a lot of exploring.
To allow me to dare you to live a life you love—and to guide, support, witness, comfort, and catalyze you as you move into embodying that life.
For a long time, I questioned my drive to explore everything.
Why couldn't I settle on one thing? Who was I?
Was I refined and cultured, loving the art and food and ideas that were cultivated by my years in Europe, or was I wild and tangled and undone from my summers in the woods and lakes and oceans? Was I a writer, or an artist? Pie, or cupcakes? Calvin & Hobbes, or Carl Jung? I felt so much pressure to just pick something, already.
Turns out, we don't have to choose. Huh.
There is no either/or.
Without contrast, there is no dimension. And we are all multidimensional.
You get to be EVERYTHING that you love. I think this is crucial to living a joyful life.
The amazing thing in exploring so many seemingly disparate activities throughout the course of my life is that now I see patterns—everywhere. I see connections—everywhere—so I am able to plug myself in almost—anywhere. I'm a bridge. And you are too.
Are there parts of you that don't seem to fit together? They do. And this is part of your power. Let's figure out how to harness that power—for you, and for the world.
You, creatively empowered. That is what transforms us all.
Let's play, wild one.