I am a certified life coach who works with busy high achievers who want to feel more confident as they grow their career or business. The one thing they know is they are tired by the daily grind and want to feel inspired again.
I help my clients identify action steps and a realistic plan to create a clear and confident path forward that excites them about their future.
I am deeply familiar with running on the hamster wheel and not fully enjoying life. For most of my 20s and 30s, I threw myself into my job, working long hours. I put lots of pressure on myself to show everyone I was smart and successful at my job. Maybe it was because I became a nonprofit leader at a fairly young age. Or because I was usually surrounded by older male colleagues and felt I had something to prove. Most people would have described me as a workaholic.
I was driven and ambitious but not happy or fulfilled. A part of me felt empty.
By the time I hit my mid-30’s and met my husband, I turned my focus to having a family. But I was in for a shock.
My husband and I spent six years trying to have a child. During that time, we faced many let downs and miscarriage. And during that same time, my father had a traumatic brain injury. So I worked even harder at my job to avoid the pain and heartbreak.
Finally in 2012, we welcomed my lovely daughter Eleanor. I couldn’t have imagined loving a little bundle more.
But guess what? Something was still missing.
I will never forget the day I knew I need to make a major change. I was on vacation with my family in a beautiful place, but I felt miserable. I couldn’t relax and BE on vacation. My daughter and my husband were enjoying the beach, but I couldn’t. I was ruminating about things that were bothering me, and I couldn’t let them go. I was so angry with myself that I couldn’t just be happy.
That is when I decided something had to change. I had to face the fact that I needed to take responsibility for my own happiness.
Being the Type A personality I am, I threw myself into figuring ME out. I explored and then made a deeper commitment to mindfulness (which is not just meditation!). I learned about how to feel more energized and excited about work. I read tons of books and blogs. I explored spirituality. I experimented with different types of self-care. I learned about getting focused on designing my life and getting productive where it mattered.
I also cut out a lot of things that were draining me or wasting my time. I focused less on relationships that didn’t serve me. I stopped investing time in trying to prove myself to others. I worked less.
While it wasn’t clear where I would end up, I learned a lot about me and about what it meant to change things up. I learned about designing my life. I learned about making hard decisions. I learned about how to take responsibility for my own happiness.
And now I want to share what I have learned with others.
My passion today is helping people tackle some of their biggest challenges whether in work or in life. I am trained lawyer and a certified life coach trained with the Martha Beck Institute.
My coaching practice builds on 25+ years of work with professionals and small organizations as well as my experience as a leader and an executive in the not-for-profit sector. I have worked with small organizations with less than 10 staff to large international organizations. Along the way I founded two small organizations myself.
In the nonprofit sector, I have held a number of roles including founding executive director to two regional organizations, as well as directing major projects at national organizations. I have served on a number of nonprofit Boards of Directors including a handful of granting agencies. Along the way, I have engaged in every facet of the organization including staff management, board governance, government relations, fundraising, communications, advocacy, and financial management.
Curious whether you can make a commitment to yourself? Not sure where to start?