I am a small town Iowa girl living her best life outside of Boston! When I'm not wrangling my two boys, I am on a mission to help women pursue the lives that bring them the most fulfillment, while tapping into their passions and creativity as I truly believe that happiness is by design! Read on for more!
I grew up in a town that is 9 blocks square. There are more students in my son's high school than people in my entire town —and that includes everyone who lives out in the country! But that little town upbringing didn't mean little dreams!
I left my graduating class of 44 and headed to Iowa State where I was one of 35,000 and pursued a fine arts degree in interior design. Upon graduation, I packed up my Buick Regency and drove 1,500 miles east to start a new life as an interior designer in Boston. I moved to Boston on a Sunday and started my first job on Monday knowing only one person in the entire city.
After 10 years of working as a corporate interior designer and getting my MBA, I left to begin my career as a solopreneur and have worked to build my businesses over the past 20 years.
In that time, I got married, moved to the suburbs, had two boys, and have reinvented myself on numerous occasions—switching gears, tailoring services, and creating a life that helps me support my family financially while being present in my children's every day lives.
Most recently I gathered all of my tenacity, perseverance, and at times, insanity, to make tremendous changes in my life that have resulted in losing more than 160 pounds--I've lost half of myself!
The thread that runs through my life has been using my creativity, or my super powers, to boost my happiness. When we are letting creativity into our lives, we can get into flow. When we get into our flow, we are unstoppable.
That's the goal.
For me, my creativity, or super power, comes in the reinvention process or design. I look at every situation with a designer's eye--how can I make this better, smoother, more effective, more fulfilling and then do the hard work to make it happen.
What is yours?
That's what I'm here to help you identify. Everyone comes to the table with a different back story, situation, passion, vision and goal. Utilizing a series of coaching, tools, assessments, routines, practices and play we can find the sweet spot that brings them all together and gives you the life that you look forward to wake up to every day! I would be honored to be able to help you design yours!
I believe that happiness is within our control. But our first step is taking stock in our life today, aligning our values to our activities, and then being vigilant about our self-awareness. It's so easy to fall into a rut and routine.
The more we know, the better we can be.
It's so easy to look over our neighbor's fence and assume their lives are better than ours and that for some reason they deserve more. Not true! Everyone is dealing with something. Everyone has baggage. You deserve to be pursuing a life that is by your design. Not to your neighbor's specifications.
Seriously, you are! There is a misconception that creativity equates artistry and for some, that's true. But actively pursuing your own creativity is more about gifts, passions and problem solving. What comes easy to you? What's your super power? What fills your well? What do you lose track doing? We need to get you doing more of that!
I truly believe that we can do anything that we put our minds to—from running a marathon (not me, I only run when chased), to being a truly present parent, to a successful entrepreneur. But here's the catch, we can't do everything—at least not well. The trick is understanding what pursuits are worth the effort, which fill your well,
and what are you willing to give up to obtain it.
Just like designing a home can't be done in a day, neither can designing a life. It's a process, with steps along that way to help you determine your goals, your "budget," your design, and then, oh my, there is the implementation. It can be very overwhelming if you look at the total process at once. But don't. I'm here to help you chunk it down into manageable steps, help you play, and I promise to make it fun as well!
Dip your toe in...see what's possible. Imagine what you could create.