I’m a coach because my dream job as a lounge singer was nipped in the bud early in life by my overwhelming lack of ability to hit the right note.
That and I learned, while traveling around the world with my family when my kids were 9 and 11, that the things that make me the happiest have nothing to do with what I thought should make me happy.
Our world travels confirmed that happiness takes work, in part because most of us were not only never taught the research based strategies for being happier, but were instead taught to value things that detract from our happiness.
Prior to venturing into the world of entrepreneurship, I worked in the nonprofit world as a public policy wonk, focusing on equality and civil rights and community relationship issues. I’m also an ex-fundraiser, ex-community service director, ex-round the world traveler, current 27+ year spouse and a reluctantly retired day-to-day parent of two amazing kids who both ended up at Stanford. (Go Trees!)
I’m a big picture thinker who eventually gets to the details.
I’ve taken a lot of assessments over the years and according to the Kolbe assessment, I’m a high fact finder and quick start. The VIA Me lists love of learning and curiosity as two of my top strengths. According to Myers Briggs I’m an INFP and on the Strengths Finder my top 5 strengths are in the strategic thinking category.
All those tests confirm that I like big ideas, am forever curious and connect the dots with ease. Lucky for me those traits are the DNA of a good coach… one who sings loudly and proudly in the car!
A couple additional bits and pieces...
Life Coaching Credentials
“Coordinating and synchronizing with other people is a powerful way to lift your physical and psychological well–being.”
WHEN, by Daniel Pink
A couple years ago I was feeling pretty down. I felt like everywhere I turned there were problems that made me feel small and powerless. Problems that made me feel inadequate in my ability to make a real difference. I wanted to help solve these big problems, but didn’t feel empowered to do so… they just felt too big.
So I started with something I know and love.
After using one of my favorite life coaching tools on myself, I was reminded that 3 of my favorite things are cooking, writing and feeling like a part of a community. When I combined all 3, My pet project, called SouperPower, was born.
I created a bunch of original, easy to make soup recipes that are designed to cook and share with family or friends.
Now they’re part of my coaching blog. Enjoy!