Let me start by saying this: I’m soooo glad you’re here.
Gigantic gratitude and big love, from me to you. Cue Lionel Richie music. And if you’re too young to get the Lionel reference, look him up, he’s a legend.
In all seriousness, I’m so honored you’re here and I hope I get to talk, and email, and share love and light and wisdom with you. If we’re gonna do that, and I think we should, you might want to know a thing or two about me so here goes:
I’ve long been defined by the term ”gettin ‘er done”.
In my early career I worked my way up the corporate ladder like a well-trained fire marshal. I spent the good part of a decade in sales, marketing, and public relations for companies small and large. You’ve probably heard of a few of them but that's not terribly important right now.
During those years I played as hard as I worked. Most of my days off were spent on airplanes or in running shoes. My adventures took me to Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and through the finish lines of numerous half marathons, marathons, and triathlons.
I followed the rules. I did what was expected, and I did a lot of it.
And then, in 2010, I heard a call. It came by way of a well-placed sign. It was blue, and made of tin, and it read: RAISE YOUR RESTRAINING DEVICE*.
*this is where it gets interesting.
The sign was a tap on the figurative shoulder telling me it was time to change everything, and speak my truth. To be frank, I was shocked, and a little confused. I wasn’t sure what my truth even was, never mind what it felt like to speak it. To move forward, I just did what the sign said-
I raised my restraining device over, and over, and over again.
I quit my job, I took a second mortgage on my house, I sold everything except my ski equipment and my laptop, and I bought a plane ticket. Actually, there were about seven tickets in total but they came in one cute little bundle so let’s call them one. In essence, I threw my entire life (which most people would have defined as pretty kick-ass) in the air like it was a fistful of confetti. Anything left over was packed snuggly into a suitcase. And then I went on a treasure hunt without knowing exactly what the treasure was.
From July of that year to May 2011 I went on a journey I called The Vertical Feat. I circumnavigated the globe in search of snow, and wherever I stopped I skied as many vertical feet as I could and in the end I broke a world record for “the most vertical feat skied in one year.”
I emptied every bit of myself out on those mountains. I poured myself like thick batter across fields of snow. I confronted mountain faces as if they were mirrors.
During that time, the mountains both broke me and rebuilt me. It was the avalanche of my life. A rush, a burial, and a resurrection. I went from being a participant, a do-what’s-expected kind of gal to a woman who holds court in her unrestrained life.
Post Vertical Feat, I moved to San Diego, California because…well, because who wouldn’t after an entire freaking year of winter?!?! I ditched my parka, promptly went back to school, and got a graduate degree in executive and life coaching. In other words, went legit. I graduated from Royal Roads University as a CEC (Certified Executive Coach) and became a member of the ICF (International Coach Federation).
Fast-forward a handful of years, and I’m hundreds of clients and thousands of hours of coaching in. I work with people like you each and every day, and I gotta tell ya, it’s my very own version of heaven.
Oh, and I also wrote a book. It's called UNBOUND: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery and it's a memoir about the lil ski trip I mentioned above...you know, the one where I skied down mountains straight into my very own heart.
Okay, enough about me. Tell me...who are you?
With so much warmth you can barely believe it,
P.S. I bet you want a few more juicy tidbits don’t ya?
- I read. A lot. I love reading as much as I love laughter and when they’re combined. I can’t…I just can’t.
- I’m obsessed about the good, the bad, the ugly and the drop dead freaking gorgeous involved with finding and truly owning who we are.
- I have been referred to as the human embodiment of the mullet – polished professionalism up front and yee-haw laughter in the back.
- I drink wine, usually it’s red but I won’t turn down white…or rosé.
- The only kind of carrots I like are the ones on sticks, dangling in front of me.
- I married my soul mate. The fact that he had a big, black dog sweetened the deal.
- If I were a bettin’ gal, I’d put my money on pickles over cucumbers because I believe that courageous, awe-inspiring, hold-on-to-your-hat life doesn’t happen with one toe dangling in, but that we jump in and fully submerge. Get in the brine.