I have loved my jobs.
Big companies, medium-sized, start-ups. Publishing, internet, software. Company-employed, self-employed, contract. I've had a lot of jobs and I've loved them all for one reason:
I loved my jobs because they were filled with all these unique and intriguing individuals to talk with and get creative with, learn from and share intense experiences with; people to laugh with and moan with; people to go grab a coffee with and talk with about the weekend. (Even people who pushed my buttons and showed me what I was made of.)
I have worked in the position of writer, editor, content strategist, manager and V.P. Some of my favorite moments happened when a team member or colleague came to me with a work or career problem. I salivated at how to creatively turn a feeling of lostness, dissatisfaction, or yearning into clarity, triumph, a game plan and a new beginning. I loved conversation around how to be yourself at work and find a reasonable sense of purpose and meaning, because if you're not, then you're spending most of your life in a straight jacket. No reason for that!
I did not wear headphones at work--because then I'd miss out. I wanted to hear it all; I wanted to be interrupted, I wanted to know what everyone was thinking and saying and desiring and sacrificing and dreaming and arguing about. Yes, I saw my deadlines getting away from me but I didn't care. "This is why I'm here!" was my internal rally cry.
When the great recession of 2007/2008 hit, I was working at a big tech company. Everyone could feel the fun coming to an end; teams of people were basically running around the offices with their arms in the air, yelling and lamenting that the best of times was over. I started asking people how they were going to get through what was turning out to be a strange time in history.
"What do you do for yourself when times get tough at work?" I asked a manager. She looked at me like I was asking how she was going to fly home. "Nothing," she sighed. "There is nothing to do but suffer through it."
"What is one teeny tiny way you can keep your shit together right now?" I asked another team member. He looked at me with wild eyes and said something like, "There is no keeping my shit together!"
And that's when it hit me: Here were teams of people with no internal resources, skills or tools to deal with difficult circumstances and uncertainty. People were putting everything on hold: their jobs, their dreams, their creative thinking--everything. It stunned me, it saddened me, and inspired me.
I went to coaching school to learn the tools to have the job I always really wanted: a coaching job, one that let me talk to whole-hearted professionals about how to thrive in their jobs, and how to use their innate creativity and natural wisdom to achieve their dreams and make a difference in ways that meant something to them.
I wanted individuals and teams to see what was possible in the daily life moments at work; to find creative possibilities in the vast opportunities and the narrow hallways of their careers. I wanted to guide people to do that thing they've always dreamt about but didn't know how to get there. And so I did my coach training, and got to work.
And here I am.
A few more things about me
Writer: Personal essays, poetry, fiction, technical, business, blogs, I've done it all! Tell me you can't write, or you're no good at it, and I'll let you show yourself how magnificent and capable you really are. Along with coaching professionals, my specialty is working with writers and other creatives who have life circumstances getting in their creative ways. Or, professionals who need coaching around writing blocks, so they can join the stream of people making a difference with their blogs, books and words.
Everyday athlete: Swimmer, runner, walker, skier, former triathlete. My dedication to exercise is less discipline, more necessity, and very much about community. I understand the need to get those ya-yas out and to socialize while you play; I believe that being in motion is the most natural human state.
Learner: Primary, Middle, High School, College. Extension Programs, Graduate School, Coaching School. Therapist, coaches, mentors, communities, classrooms. Books, the arts and nature are some of my favorite teachers. The learning is ongoing.
Late bloomer: I married for my first time at 49. In one fell swoop I had a husband, grown step-children, grandkids, sibling-in-laws, the works. My grandma name is “T-Sizzle.” My step-daughter married an Australian; my mother’s Australian. Life is funny like that.
Retired party girl: Some people call this being "sober" but it's such a serious word. I hung up my drinking cups and found a new freedom and happiness in facing myself and using the power of my imagination to manifest the previously unimaginable. I am a big fan of the transformation process. I want to help others give birth to the next phase of their beautiful selves, and lives.
Everyday Creative Philosophy & Approach
- YOUR JOB IS MORE THAN A JOB. The work you do is another way to express yourself, learn and grow and roll around in the sandbox of humanity. Let's get creative and philosophical and turn your day job into something with meaning and beauty.
- MORE EASE OF LIVING. Stop trying so hard. Be restful. Sisyphus is not our role model.
- YOU ARE CREATIVE. It's what makes us human.
- YOUR IMAGINATION is a powerful change agent. We're going to get it dancing again.
- YOU CAN DO IT. And I'll be there reminding you every step of the way.
- MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles
- Certified Professional Coach, Erickson International College
- Widely published, including magazine and newspaper articles, essays, poetry, short stories, blogs.
- Company work includes: Young & Rubicam, ELLE magazine, Corbis, Microsoft, LiquidPlanner, high-tech start-ups and contract jobs. I've been around!
You can see some online writing here.