I help should-be-satisfied professionals discover how to live a whole life - an integrated life where all the parts you love about yourself get to shine and be seen.
I know from my own experience that whatever makes you unique is your ticket to fulfillment, freedom, and success at home and at work.
keeping a gratitude journal
talking with friends
trying to be someone else
following the rules
breaking the rules
ignoring how you feel
We all have subconscious conditioning from society and our families (even the most awesome parents, ahem, do this without realizing it!) that tells us it is literally dangerous to be our whole selves.
It's nearly impossible to identify this conditioning on your own. (This is where I can help!)
So, we end up fracturing ourselves into parts and we try all these strategies that aren't solutions to the core problem - and we beat ourselves up because they don't work!
We're missing the one thing that would make everything so much easier...integration.
We could simply integrate all of who we are into one amazing, unique, whole person who shows up fully.
But that's scary. I get it.
I wasted so much energy feeling insecure, exhausting myself being “on” all the time, and working hard to fit in.
I understand, because I’ve lived this.
When I started my job at Nike Design, I was soooo grateful to be there - and sooo nervous. I was your basic Mary Tyler Moore in sea of too-cool, moody designers - and the more I tried to be confident and fit in, the more awkward and uncomfortable I felt.
I tried wearing glasses (that I didn’t actually need), wearing big ole black Doc Martens (which were cool, but soooo not my style), and cutting my hair really short (much to the dismay of my new husband).
I was doing everything I could to make myself into who I thought I needed to be.
Actually, I basically gave up.
It wasn't sustainable and I felt awful everyday, so I finally broke down and had to drop the shoulds and let my girl-next-door, un-designery quirkiness show.
Without realizing it, I integrated who I really was into my professional persona. I was finally relaxed and being genuine, sharing myself and making real connections, and things changed.
Turns out, people liked me for who I was. I got the respect I had been looking for and I found my place in the company, in spite of - or maybe because - I was not like them.
My personal world had collided with my professional world - and I kinda liked it.
Now, I help should-be-satisfied professionals like you, deliberately craft a unique personal brand using these same brand strategies I learned at Nike and Ralph Lauren.
Your personal brand positions you to get ahead as an expert in your current job and sets you up to build an entrepreneurial business that's precisely aligned with who you are.
You'll integrate and express yourself fully so you can be seen accurately and create the new connections, relationships, and opportunities you need to get the career success you want and life satisfaction that you're longing for.
All it takes is living a whole, integrated life.
We can't separate what we care about from who we are. Our personal, professional, and political values are integral and important. Sharing your whole self lets your potential clients get to know, like, and trust you.
Discovering the parts of yourself you want to lean into makes it so much easier to show up with genuine confidence and connect with people who are a good fit for you and your business.
Nike really was created by real elite athletes.
Ralph really does live on a legit elegant horse ranch.
And you, my friend, just have to be yourself.
When you show up as your genuine self your personal brand differientiator is YOU.
When I worked for Nike and Ralph Lauren, we were all about giving you, the customer, an amazing experience.
We designed every aspect of every interaction - from the stores, to the product, to the packaging, to the ads - to be a brand experience that confirmed and enhanced how awesome it felt to be associated with our products.
We did it all on purpose.
Feeling fractured is simply an indication that some part of you is not fully expressed or that you are not living in alignment with something that really matters to you
As a Co-Active Professional Certified Coach (accredited through the International Coaching Federation), I ask questions to help you find your own answers and challenge you to go for what you really want. My background in branding and marketing allows me to strategize with clients about their unique presence and business positioning.
I believe building a personal brand that's a full expression of your unique brilliance is the most effective way to create genuine satisfaction, freedom, and success - as well as a more economically balanced and socially just world.
It's my honor to help you sort this out for yourself as you develop a personal brand that allows you to live a whole, integrated life.
I've done my learning in real life and I strive everyday to practice what I teach my clients about being brave and showing up fully.
My business is built around all the things I love to do - my background in branding and marketing with Nike and Ralph Lauren, my work as a stylist, my experience as an entrepreneur, and the values that have made me create a healthy eco-system on my little backyard urban homestead.
I work from my home office, because it gives me the freedom to control my time and integrate my personal and professional lives into one big, whole, aligned life that I love.
I believe the world would be a better place if we were all able to be our full, whole selves and do the work we love, on our own terms.
As a California girl living in New England, you'll find me in a sweater and jeans most of the year - but I mix in anything that tickles my fancy, from vintage jewelry, to (faux!) python cowboy boots, to moviestar sunglasses.
I've given up my Doc Martens - but I've come to see the value of giving myself permission to wear whatever gives me the
mindset, (armor!), or boost I'm looking for.
Even during the pandemic, when I'm working from home all by myself, I actually choose what to wear according to how I want to feel on any given day.
(You can do this too! Try it!)
If you come by on the weekend, you'll most likely find me at home. Yep, I'm a huge introvert and I love being on my porch, reading and drinking coffee. I also might be in my garden up to my elbows in dirt or on my laptop digging deep into whatever business, psych, or personal development topic has me obsessed this week.
My three kids are all taller than me now and have almost all flown the coop - which means less laundry, more me-time, and a very excited mama anytime we can all get together. Even if it's only on Zoom.
We have vegetable gardens and a literal coop around back, occupied by four chickens (Betty, Ruth, Kamala, and Eleanor), who are watched over by our sweet, 14-year-old chocolate lab, Luna.
Luna will definitely greet you with big, sloppy kisses!
(You've been warned.)
Let's work together to create the genuine fulfillment, freedom, and success you've been craving.