I want you to own your fierce brilliance, without losing the connections you hold dear.
I want you to find that delicate balance between shining and connecting.
As women, we’ve been taught that we must dull our shine in order to “fit in” or “be liked” by others.
But I want something different for you.
I want you to shine AND feel loved.
I want you to be your boldest, bravest, and truest self WHILE deeply connecting with others in ways that feed your soul.
There's no better place to practice this than your marketing. Sharing your brilliance does not have to put a wall between yourself and others. Your brilliance is a beacon that draws them to you. In her book A Return to Love, Marianne Williamson writes, “who are you NOT to be brilliant?” It’s in each of us. Our brilliance wants to be made manifest through us. Our playing small does not serve the world.
As entrepreneurs, we are risk takers. Yet, we often stop short of risking our comfort zones for our brilliance. Our very survival seems to be linked to blending in. What I want for you is to leave that behind and bring your full self to the world. This is our work together.
As a story-based marketing and communications pro, I help soulful creative entrepreneurs like you tap the power of your unique story and reach the audience you're meant to serve – without losing your soul.
For over two decades, I’ve provided marketing solutions for businesses and entrepreneurs – ranging from designing greeting cards to creating logos, books, magazines, brochures, websites, event displays, and sales materials – all with the purpose of communicating clear and compelling messages that get results.
I now feel called to help women find their voices and share their stories.
Through private engagements, I guide my clients to write their brand stories because I’m committed to women claiming their power in the business world.
I provide creative coaching privately and in group settings because I believe the world is transformed when women are connected to their creative fire.
I facilitate and teach expressive writing circles because the stories of women and marginalized people have been silenced for years, and it's time for that to end.
Through our work together, my clients uncover and claim their hidden strengths. They gain confidence to market their work from a grounded, authentic place. They save time and frustration spent trying to accomplish this on their own.
I've taken many pathways to my passion for communicating and lifting up women's voices, including:
I completed facilitator certification training with the Feminist Leadership Academy of Cincinnati. My practicum involved the creation of writing circles for young women to find their voices and share their truths.
I went on to co-found a young women’s writing program in my home town of Bloomington, IN, where I created curriculum and co-led several summer camps, hike-and-writes, and workshops.
I also apply my training and experience to create and lead writing circles and leadership retreats for adult women
I earned my creativity coaching certification from Jill Badonsky, founder of Kaizen-Muse creativity coaching.
I went on to earn my certification to lead Kaizen-Muse creativity circles and mastermind groups.
I earned my B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University. I then went on to complete a degree Visual Communications.
Was selected to write bi-weekly community column for the Herald Times newspaper
Published a memoir entitled What I Gave to the Fire
Serve as chair of the Writing for a Change Foundation of Bloomington
Privately coached clients to finish memoirs and publish articles in their top-choice venues
Designed books and created websites for several clients
Publish a bi-weekly newsletter
Created Power of Story video series
I've been a guest blogger and podcast guest
I've had the honor of learning from amazing mentors and teachers over the years. My work is based on….
Conscious Feminine principles which I learned from Mary Pierce Brosmer, founder of Women Writing for (a) Change. Mary taught me how to be fierce without losing my gentle nature. She also awakened my ability for naming truths for myself and processes as they unfold. Her teachings have transformed my understanding of the creative process.
My education and learning in the conscious feminine continues with mentoring from Beth Lodge-Rigal, founder of Women Writing for (a) Change, Bloomington. From Beth, I learn to grow in my compassion and non-judgement, while fiercely holding boundaries to create powerful spaces for creative courage to emerge.
Another key mentor of mine is Jill Badonsky, founder of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching. From Jill, I have learned so much about how to coach myself and my clients through the creative process without giving up. Her powerful combination of Kaizen small steps and Muse-inspired living helped me finish my book and launch the latest phase of my business. Through Jill's coaching program, I met another coach/mentor named Dawn Kotzer, who continues guiding me through my own creative blocks and tendencies toward self-sabotage so I can show up more fully for my own clients.
As a Criminal Justice minor in college, I took a class on "Alternative Control Systems" from a professor named Hal Pepinsky. I wrote a paper for this class that proved to be prophetic, titled "Listening as a Guide to Justice.”
Over the years, several authors have deeply influenced my work and world view. They include: Louise Hay Mary Oliver Liz Gilbert Anne Lamott Julia Cameron Donald Miller Dr. Robert Maurer Writings of Margaret Wheatley, Peter Senge, the Motherpeace Tarot, Carol Gilligan, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Sue Monk Kidd, and Clarissa Pinkola Estés, have also been powerful in my learning.
After enjoying a successful career as a graphic designer, life handed me a story to tell.
I suffered my second of two miscarriages. At the time, there was very little written on the topic, and I felt very alone in my grief and sadness. I felt a calling to fill that void and help other women who were in the same boat. I spent the next 8 years writing a memoir about my experience. The process of writing my book led me to wonderful mentors and the creative community I needed to cultivate the courage to share my truth and bring my story to the finish line.
After publishing my book, I felt a deep calling to become a writing facilitator and creativity coach. I realized the silencing and invisibility around my pregnancy losses echoed the reality I and so many other women have experienced around sexual abuse, assault and harassment in our families, workplaces, and social relationships. Since then, I’ve had the honor of spending many hours with women (and occasionally men) in writing circles and one-on-one, helping them find their words, blossom into their voices, and get their message out into the world.
Unlike a traditional copywriter who does the writing FOR you, I see myself as a compassionate, grounding MIDWIFE for your words. I believe you are the best ambassador and author for the message you have to share with your clients. Of course I’m here to help you shape your words, but I know in my heart that the blueprint for your powerful story is inside you, waiting to bubble out onto the page.
Through my private Brand Story coaching, we do just that. In just a few hours, you'll have the powerful raw material of your story – a draft you can shape on your own, or work with me to wordsmith until it shines and is ready for your about page, website, signature talk, or memoir outline.
If this is for you, then let's do this.
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