I am a writer, artist, performer, and career coach living in San Francisco. I pursue my art as a means of civic engagement, political activism, and philosophical inquiry.
As a career coach, I work with Generation Y’ers (also called Millennials) to find–and thrive in–careers that they love. I work 1-on-1 with clients, and I also host group events.
I also work with mission-driven organizations to support them in increasing their effectiveness and aligning their daily work with their longer-term vision.
Growing up in Ashland, Oregon (home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival!) I was given a wealth of opportunities to study the visual and performing arts, everything from music to improvisational theater to tap dance to ceramics and painting. As a young child and then a young adult, I discovered again and again that there were many ways of approaching any project, and that bringing concepts and lessons from my theater, dance, and music lessons into other parts of my life invariably allowed me to be more effective, successful, and motivated.
However, as I got older, I found it increasingly difficult to stay balanced in the face of increasing demands on my time. I began to recognize a pattern within my life of ‘boom and bust’, in which a period of intense productivity would inevitably be followed by an energetic crash.
Because I was so dedicated to self-care and balanced living, I went to Harvard for my undergraduate degree (Lol.That was a joke), and there found myself in an atmosphere that was both enlivening and challenging and also lopsided to the extreme. The parts of myself that loved glitter, finger paint, interpretive dance, and naptime felt unwelcome and even laughable in the academic atmosphere there, and while I found a small corner of friendly people and kindred spirits, I felt myself to be swimming upstream and floundering around a bit as I sought balance and academic success on my own terms.
In the six years following graduation, I worked a variety of part-time jobs and also made time to be with my family during my father’s extended illness. Throughout this time, I found myself routinely mired in self-doubt. Existential crises recurred with alarming frequency. I felt committed to the part-time work schedule I had chosen in order to make time for my own creative work and my family, but I worried that I was sabotaging my career prospects. I watched anxiously as the debate between the “Lean In-ers” and the “Women Can’t Have it All, Stop Lying to Yourself Because That Just Makes It Worse” debate played itself out on the front pages of various publications. I had worked (foolishly) hard in high school, and had had the great privilege to attend a “top university”…so why couldn’t I get my act together? Was I destined to feel lost at sea, to never quite find my footing in my career? Why was I so capable and intelligent in certain areas of my life, and so childish and unprepared in others? I felt that I had been given everything in my life to be put in a position to succeed, and now I felt like a flop and a fraud most days.
Thank goodness there was part of me that knew that there had to be a better way forward than spiraling downward into a black hole of anxiety and taking out all my fear-based aggression on myself. As I gradually began to find other young people in my new community of San Francisco who were asking the same questions, I also took part in a variety of workshops and seminars that provided a safe and supportive container for me to look closely at my patterns of self-sabotage in order to see them more clearly and to shift into more helpful patterns. As I began to develop more self-compassion and more awareness around my blind spots and patterns of tripping myself up, I began to experiment with ways of circumventing these well-worn pathways and interrupting my old habits through creativity. In this process, I found a handful of approaches to be more reliable, less stressful, and more enjoyable than pushing myself until I crashed.
These techniques, through which I reconnected with my love of art, play, creativity, and movement, allowed me to be far more effective in my work while also helping me to manage my energy sustainably, and these are the techniques I share with clients. In broad strokes, I am more effective when I:
- SLOOOOWWWWWW DOOOOOOWWWWWNWNNNN
- Give myself enough time and space to develop clear career goals that resonate for me personally.
- Put my own health, well-being, and happiness first.
- Create plenty of space for rest, stillness, and celebration in my life.
- Give and receive support from others and give back to communities I am a part of.
As your coach, I will support you to
→ Identify your key gifts and strengths so that you can better understand, own, and articulate your value in the workplace.
→ Get clear and remain accountable to your authentic goals.
→ Bring your work into the world in real, measurable, and sustainable ways.
→ Get grounded with self-care practices so that you can be effective, you can be healthy and you can be happy.
I will design a coaching program for you that can transform your relationship with your work. By tapping into your creative capacities using processes such as visual art (including drawing, painting and collage); dance and movement; creative writing and storytelling; and even vocal practices, you will shift the way you are showing up and speaking up in your professional life.
We can change if we want to. When you are willing to believe that your life can change for the better, and you are brave enough to step forward in a new way and try some different approaches, you begin to create S P A C E in which real change can happen.
The results can be truly miraculous!