“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Zora Neale Hurston
I BELIEVE THAT:
- You are a channel of wisdom and truth that, when unexpressed, piles up inside you and leaves you feeling heavy with truth…like a top heavy funnel with too small a hole.
- Your stories are like the metaphorical drano that helps you relax the grip of the inner critic..so your voice can make its way out.
- Your stories will lead you to your core values and message. Once you know these things you can turn those stories into tools to amplify what you stand for. You own the stories (vs. them owning you).
- Working with the core old beliefs holding your story (and likely your life) back will transform you along with your voice…and allow it to flow courageous, bold and free.
MORE ABOUT ME
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. The whole time. My story wouldn’t let me go.
I kept it hidden in the shame closet for too long because I feared the judgment of others and losing my parents.
The hiding took a toll. I felt unfulfilled in my work. My love life was going nowhere. It was as if the untold story was holding my whole life back. Ten years of this and I couldn’t carry the burden anymore.
As part of the journey of sharing my story in talks, writings and now a feature-length film, I had to challenge some old beliefs that kept me tethered me to the past. This changed my work (I became a story coach), my relationships (I made a family) and, most profoundly, my voice (I can finally speak truth in a way I didn’t know how to before telling my story).
My professional experience includes:
* winning a few Emmys and a MOTH Story Slam
* writing for publications including the Washington Post, Boston Globe and Huffington Post
* more than 20 years as a storyteller in broadcast news and nonprofit filmmaking
But what I’m MOST proud of is this: in telling the hardest story I’ve ever told, I’ve gotten to become more of myself….discovering who I am and what I have to say.
I am now deeply inspired to share what I’ve learned with entrepreneurs 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.