. . . working true
My 30+ year career began in the entertainment world working production and administration with such luminaries as Janet Jackson, George Lucas, the Grateful Dead, and the Dixie Chicks. A job layoff post-9/11 led me to my first experience as a coaching client. After three sessions I said, "I want your job!" and enrolled at the International Coach Academy where I received my certification as a Professional Certified Coach. It was the greatest gift to lose my job even though at the time I didn't know how I could survive it, especially as a single mom. That was over a decade ago and I have been fortunate enough to help hundreds of people follow their dreams and make the choice to create the life they want.
I have served as a Premier Success Coach with eWomen Network and as a Personal Success Coach with Nightingale-Conant. I'm co-author of A Guide to Getting It: Purpose & Passion and contributing author of Water Cooler Diaries: Women Across America Share Their Day At Work. As an inspirational speaker, I have addressed dozens of groups across the country about living true to who you are with passion and purpose.
. . . loving true.
My struggles in love along the way were many. I spent many years as a single mom struggling to find The One. As it turns out, I knew him all along, meeting him that first week I landed in California in 1982. After more than 30 years of friendship, he is the love of my life and my greatest supporter. Our relationship is chronicled in our co-written book, You Are Loved . . . an email memoir; a decade's worth of letters to one another about life, love and the choices that shape our lives. We are working on our next book.
My greatest joys are traveling and cooking with my sweetheart, laughing with my son, walking by the ocean, reading great stories, drinking red wine and experiencing the exquisite moment when a client connects with a true part of themselves they have never met or may have forgotten.
I'm Living true . . .
I have spent the better part of my life seeking to live true. Now that I have reached beyond the halfway point, I realize the deep value of being who you are, living where you want to be, sharing your life with who you love and doing work that you enjoy. I am fortunate to have chosen all of these things for my life. Yet, it wasn't always easy . . .
Raised in the Midwestern suburbs of Chicago, I never felt like I belonged. A part of me always longed to be in California, even though I had never actually been there. At 21 I made the move to San Francisco, sight unseen, where I lived for many years. An around-the-world production job landed me in Nashville, where I married and had my son, Zac. A divorce three years later brought me back to Chicago to raise him near my family, and I finally found my way back to the Bay Area in time for my 50th birthday. I feel most like myself here on my charming Victorian island.