Thank you for wanting to learn more about me.
I am a life coach for people seeking a post-perfectionist life.¬† In other words, I am a fierce advocate for you loving the life you already have.
I’ve been a coach since 2003, though I’ve been listening to peeps and helping them make life choices since I was a resident advisor at the University of Michigan in 1992.
I also have 20 years experience of facilitation, social justice education, training and organizational development at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the non-profit and private sectors.¬† I especially enjoy Intergroup Dialogue facilitation, and most of my social justice work has centered around LBGTQ issues.
My big fancy credentials include:
- MSW (1998) and MA in Sociology (2004), University of Michigan
- a 6-month “Foundations in Coaching” class from MentorCoach (2004)
- completed the ICF-accredited CoachVille Graduate School for Coaches (2006)
- found my tribe when I became a Martha Beck Certified Life Coach (2010)
- former Instructor of the Inner Freedom Method at CoachVille (2009-2012)
- completed the highest level of coach certification and am now a Martha Beck Certified Master Coach (2013)
I am also an unrepentant self-help junkie, and I have spent many hours and dollars in workshops and trainings across the country.¬† Among these I especially value the Landmark Education curriculum, Jean Houston’s Mystery School, and Sacred Theatre with Peggy Rubin.¬† I also know much of my personal and spiritual development is due to the energy healing work of Christi Bemister, and the insightful and heart-centered psychotherapy of Deb Kraus, a virtuoso of EMDR.¬† I am profoundly grateful to them and to my many coaches and teachers, who keep me honest and walking my talk.
When I first started coaching, I extended the work I had been doing as a Graduate Student Instructor and later a professional in Student Affairs and focused on coaching college students and young adults who had recently graduated, helping them figure out what to be when they grew up.¬† I soon discovered that figuring out “what I want to be when I grow up” is a question that plagues people of all ages, and I found myself working with people ranging from their 20s to their 60s.
Later on, as I learned more about niches, marketing and finding my peeps, I re-branded and made a shiny new website specifically focused on social change agents who were interested in connecting joy to justice.¬† I have been involved in the world of social justice education in one way or another since I was a senior in college, and helping people and organizations become more multiculturally competent remains central in my life.
One of my favorite things about coaching is the idea that you “live it to give it.”¬† In other words, I am most masterful at helping you figure out your stuff when I’ve been through it (or something similar) myself.¬† And that’s how we arrive here at this website, you and I, focusing on getting beyond the crippling and paralyzing patterns of perfectionism. My own personal journey around this got triggered in late 2011, when the challenges of being a “solo-preneur” and my crazy drive to achieve more, more, more! led me to hit the wall of perfectionism pretty hard.¬† On the other side of my own personal
breakdown spiritual awakening (thank you, Bren√© Brown), I realized that living a post-perfectionist life had to be my number one priority.¬† After exploring and dealing with my own perfectionist patterns, I turned around and realized that most of the clients I had worked with were also recovering overachievers…and here we are.
But wait, there’s more!¬† I also have a background in dance and movement instruction, including a green belt in the NIA technique.¬† I am what Barbara Sher calls a Scanner, and I will start new projects faster than you can say “ooh, look at that shiny new object!” I play with yarn, fabric, frosting, feather boas and glitter every chance I get.¬† You can see some of my creations when you friend me on facebook.¬† There, you will also hear me rant and rave about the biggest post-perfectionist project of them all: raising two beautiful and obstreperous little girls with my husband Michael in Lansing, Michigan.