Straight and Narrow Never Worked for Me
“When are you going to get a real job?”
Had she been born 20 years later, my grandmother likely would have been an executive in a financial institution. That not being an option, she used her remarkable fiscal acuity in the only way available to her: real estate. In the last few decades of her life, she bought and sold places in Florida, Collingwood and Toronto. She also instilled in me the importance of having a way to make my own money. I love that about her, although I still chafe at those words “When are you going to get a real job?” which she asked while I was working full-time in film. It felt like a real job to me. I know her words came out of a desire for me to have security and stability, as well as financial options that didn’t exist for her, but for some of us, the straight and narrow is just not our path.
I’ve always done two things at once: student and restaurant server, filmmaker and production assistant, glass artist and office administrator, politician’s assistant and graphic designer, graphic designer and coach. Even now as a personal growth coach, I’ve kept a couple of graphic design clients that I’m just not ready to let go of. That work still satisfies a certain itch.
As a freelancer, I loved my work, but a few years ago finally acknowledged a deep yearning to shift away from sitting alone with a computer to working with change-makers who are seeking to change the world.
In 2013, I began my training with The Coaches’ Training Institute and in January 2015 became a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. I have personally experienced the kind of transformation I support in my clients as I found my voice and discovered the thrill of standing in my unique leadership. And as I continue coaching, I fall more and more deeply in love with humanity.
To support and enhance my coaching, I have also trained in Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching, The Work of Byron Katie and am a certified teacher of Philip Shepherd’s The Embodied Present Process (TEPP). The result is a unique coaching style rooted in an embodied experience of the world.
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Want more? Some back story
When I was 13 my family moved from Toronto to Vancouver. In grade 10 I had the good fortune to spend half the school year in an outdoor education program—a transformative experience that sparked phenomenal self-discovery. Through intense, daily workouts and four challenging wilderness trips, we learned about ourselves, about teamwork, about surviving in the wilderness and about leadership. (There was a significant failure of leadership by the three dudes who ran the program, but that’s a story for another time.)
I learned about a deep strength in my quiet and that I could outlast much stronger guys on a mentally-tough, icy switchback trail. I learned that speaking my truth always served me, and that forging strong bonds is deeply fulfilling and life-affirming. I also learned about my love of humanity—sparked as we sat around a campfire after a gruelling paddle across a lake in high winds, reconstituting dehydrated apple sauce and sharing life stories.
And a little more
Aside from my varied adventures as a filmmaker, stained glass artist, graphic designer, web designer, marketing and communications specialist, mature adult MA student (see my 2013 video about flash mobs that I made as part of my thesis), I am also a mother, partner, sister, daughter, community volunteer and outdoor enthusiast.
I live on funky Toronto Island with my fabulous and supportive partner, Philip Shepherd, who is changing the world with his work. Our delightful and fairly grown-up daughters have taught me volumes and inspire me into action as they work to create a new, sustainable world.
Enough about me! How about you?
Past Presentations & Workshops
2016: Women Entrepreneur’s Network
“Vulnerability and Breath Workshop”
2015: GE Healthcare
“Working on Purpose” Workshop with Amanda Matjejicek
2015: Bedford Basin Yacht Club
Team Development for Sailing Coaches
2013: Popular Culture Association of Canada
Flash Mobs: Community and Social Media
2013: Qualitative Analysis Conference
Flash mobs: Creating the experience of community through digital technology
2013: Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium Series
Flash Mobs: Making Meaning Through Social Media