“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou
I BELIEVE THAT
- The deepest thing that happened to you is connected to the deepest thing you have to say.
- As you uncover your story, you uncover how life has uniquely prepared you for your work.
- Once you integrate your story with a powerful message, you turn that story into a tool to amplify what you stand for. You own the story.
- Story work is not frivolous. It is about putting your deepest, truest self at the center of your business or brand and allowing you to reach the right people with more impact.
- The more specific your story is, the more universal it becomes.
- Questioning the truth of your story is a path to making it more complex, whole and impactful.
- Perfectionism and people pleasing are kryptonite to your creativity.
- Working through the emotional blocks in the way of telling your story will transform you, your voice and the tale you have to tell.
- Standing up to tell and/or write your most compelling story is as much about your own growth, integration and freedom as it is your audience’s.
- The fastest way to get authentically visible in the world is to tell your story.
- At its core, your story is everyone’s story…so there is no need to hold it back.
MORE ABOUT ME
I have always been in awe of other people’s stories.
From board rooms to thatched huts around the globe, I have made a life and living out of deeply listening to personal stories and crafting them into meaningful narratives.
I have loved creating short films on inspiring humans from India’s first surfer girl to a team of homeless marathon runners via my company Storytellers for Good. And yet, there was always another story wanting to be told.
After resisting, seeking every coach and workshop I could find, and holding back for way too long, I finally began sharing my story in talks, writings and now, a feature length film. The process required me to move through seemingly insurmountable emotional blocks: the fear of losing my parents, my life long tendencies towards perfectionism and people pleasing, my lack of trust in myself.
My professional experience includes more than a decade in broadcast news, winning a few Emmys and a MOTH Story Slam as well as writing for publications including the Washington Post, Boston Globe and Huffington Post. But I’m most proud that, in telling the hardest story I’ve ever told, I’ve gotten to become more of myself. I am deeply inspired to now share what I’ve learned with women change makers who feel called to lead with their most authentic selves…and discover the life and work-changing magic of that.
A few last things: I am super grateful for popcorn, international travel and that, after many years traveling solo around the world, I am now living my very best adventure at home with my husband Don, our 2 year old Ellie and chocolate lab Bo.