You’ve got all the ideas, but instead of getting out there and putting them into action, you are stuck at your nine-to-five job that pays the bills. You spend your days dreaming about what life could be like—if only you weren’t terrified of failing. If this is you, I’ve got good news: having an exciting life doesn’t mean you have to quit your job, sell all your stuff, and pack up to start travelling the world today. A few small steps can move your daily daydream out of the dream world and into reality.

First: make a dream list. If you could do anything in the world, what would it be? Don’t think about practicality here, just write down all the ideas that come to mind. Have you always wanted to be an artist? A Rockette? A scuba diver? No idea is too crazy to write down—this is a dream list, so let yourself dream big. Don’t worry about constraints like money, time, or responsibilities. Just write down everything that sounds interesting to you. 

Hold onto your list for a week or two. Read through your list a few different times. Set aside thirty minutes dedicated to daydreaming or journaling about your list. Once you’ve spent some time thinking about these dreams, identify the one thing that keeps floating to the surface, an idea you just can’t get out of your mind.

Next, talk through that idea. A coaching session would be a great place to do this. You could also ask a supportive friend to meet you for coffee to talk this over—or even have a coffee date with yourself and your journal. However you choose to do it, answer the following four questions:

  1. What is the thing I really want?
  2. What am I most scared of? 
  3. What’s the worst thing that can happen?
  4. What’s a small change I can make to turn that dream into a reality?

Here are two examples of what answering these questions might look like: 

  • I want to be an artist. I’m terrified my friends will laugh at me and I won’t be any good. The worst thing that can happen is I find out I’m not great—but I could take art classes to get better. If my friends laugh, maybe they weren’t that great of friends to begin with. I can’t quit my job today to pursue art full time, but I can take a class at the community center or buy some watercolors and find a YouTube tutorial.
  • I always wanted to be a Rockette. That’s the thing I dreamed of as a little girl. I really love to dance, but I gave it up because I was scared I would never be good enough to “make it.” Now I’m well past the window where I could have auditioned and given it a shot… but that doesn’t mean I can’t dance anymore. What if I signed up for a dance class at a local studio? It’s been twenty years since my last class and I’m out of shape. I don’t know if I’d be able to keep up. But… I could probably find a low-key class with other people who just want to dance for fun. Maybe it would help me get back in shape, maybe I’d meet a few friends. If I hate it, I don’t have to go back. And no, I wouldn’t be able to go audition for the Rockettes—but maybe I could audition for a local theater performance if I really want to be on stage. 

Once you’ve answered these questions, pick one step to take towards your dream. Write it down with a deadline or ask a friend to hold you accountable. Then celebrate when you buy the watercolors or sign up for the dance class. You are making progress on having a more exciting life! 

Finally, work on flipping your mindset. You can learn from failure. It doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to achieve your dream—it just means you have more work to do. Failure is part of the journey. The more you fail, the better you’ll get at it, and the easier it will be to pick yourself up and keep moving.  

Keep your list—once you’ve made a little progress on the first item, you might be ready to start working towards another!

An exciting life means spending time on the things you love. Taking those first steps towards your dreams can make you see everything else in your life in a new light—no packing or plane tickets required.

If you think you don’t have time to slow down—think again. It’s easy to get caught up in hustle culture and think you always need to be going, going, going. But while you might feel productive doing more, more, more, this line of thinking will hurt you in the long run. If you don’t take time to take care of yourself, relax, and recharge, you’ll end up burned out—or worse, sick and unable to chase your dreams.

Here are five signs it’s time for you to slow down:

PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS: Have you ever experienced an unexplained racing heart, nausea at the thought of your to do list, intense fatigue or insomnia? Any of these symptoms could be a sign that you need to take some time to care for yourself. Anxiety can trigger a racing heart and nausea, while fatigue and insomnia both can be signs of burnout and depression. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to write “call the doctor” on your to-do list. While rest and relaxation are a great starting place for resolving these issues, it’s important to get a check-up to make sure none of these symptoms are signs of a bigger problem! 

UNHEALTHY HABITS: Think about the last time you got eight hours of uninterrupted sleep, were able to get a workout in, or cooked a healthy meal. If any (or all) of these things seem like distant dreams, it’s time to pause and assess how you can rearrange your time. We’ve all heard the cliche: “Put on your own oxygen mask first.” It’s a cliche for a reason—because it’s true. If you don’t take time to prioritize your health, before long you won’t be able to fulfill your responsibilities. What changes can you make that will help you replace your unhealthy habits with healthy ones? All-nighters and junk food might get you through the next deadline, but they won’t serve you well long term.

OVERWHELM: Do you often feel overwhelmed, like you’ll never catch up or can’t even figure out where to start? If just looking at your to-do list sends a wave of panic over you, it’s a sign you need to slow down, take a deep breath, and take some time to create a plan. As Dale Carnegie said, “An hour of planning can save you ten hours of doing.” Don’t run three errands when you could run one, or waste time trying to multitask when five dedicated minutes could knock a task off your list. Instead of letting disorganization steal your time and overwhelm you, try these three simple tricks to help you move from scattered to focused. 

LESS THAN 100%: Get really honest with yourself for a minute—are you giving your best to your responsibilities (both personal and professional) or are you cutting corners because you are too over-committed? If you aren’t giving your best, it’s time to stop and think about what you may need to trim from your life. Just because you enjoyed a volunteer opportunity or social commitment five years ago doesn’t mean you need to stay committed to it for the rest of your life. You can also think about this in terms of what you could pay someone else to do: is a subscription for grocery pickup or delivery worth the amount of time you’ll get back when you don’t have to spend an hour at the store every week? Would paying a neighbourhood kid to mow the lawn give them a little extra spending money and you some much-needed time to work on your business? Find the places where you can create a little margin in your life—when you have some breathing room, you’ll be able to devote more energy and attention to the important things.

LACK OF FUN: When’s the last time you did something just because you enjoyed it? Are you constantly rushing from task to task or are you taking time to enjoy life? If you don’t have time for hobbies, friends, or other things that fulfill you outside of work, it’s time to slow down and figure out how to make space for those things. Stop and think about the last time you did something just for fun. If you can’t remember, grab your calendar right now and find some blank space. Brainstorm a list of things you’d love to do but don’t ever have time for—that art exhibit you’ve been dying to see, a long walk on your favorite trail, a night out with your friends. Pick one and write it on your calendar. Treat that time block just like you would treat an important meeting. Now look ahead and schedule another thing from your list. Life is meant to be enjoyed—if you are constantly speeding through it, you are missing beautiful moments you’ll never get back.


Slowing down doesn’t mean you are giving up on your dreams or that you’ll get less done. Taking time to care for yourself can actually boost your creativity and productivity. Go ahead, give it a try—you’ll be amazed at how much more fun life is when you have the time and energy to enjoy it! 

You’ve identified that you are multi-passionate. You’ve always known you are creative. And your dream is to take your varied creative interests and build a flexible life you love! What you aren’t quite sure about is exactly how a coach is going to help you make that happen.

Coaching can be an invaluable resource for multi-passionate creatives. Regular coaching sessions will help you spend less time floundering around trying to figure out what to do next, and instead help you focus on the steps you need to take to create the life you long for. 

Here are four ways a coach can help:

1 / An outside perspective can help you see patterns and clarify your vision. Sometimes you are too close to a situation to see things clearly. A coach can talk you through your interests, help you identify patterns in past experiences and current interests, and guide you in developing a clear vision. Figuring out what to do next is overwhelming when there are so many things you love to do. Coaching sessions help you explore options and review patterns so you can narrow down where you want to go next.

2 / A coach will help you process and make a plan. It’s easy to have a big brainstorming session and come up with a whole list of ideas you are excited about! It’s harder to take that list and figure out what your next step is. A coach will talk you through your ideas and help you filter them. Talking through what makes sense now, for the season you are in, will help you identify which ideas are ready to be pursued and which need to be saved for later. Once you’ve narrowed down your list and picked a place to start, your coach will help you create a plan. When you are excited about a new idea, it’s tempting to run full-speed ahead with whatever you are most excited about. A coach will help you think through what needs to be done first so your idea has a solid foundation to grow on. 

3 / A coach keeps you accountable and on track. When you are reporting back to someone, it’s a higher level of accountability than when you just tell yourself you are going to do something. If you promise yourself you are going to set up your new website this week and then don’t—you are the only one that knows. If you know your coach is going to check in with you about your progress, it gives you the accountability (and support) you need to make it happen. Regular coaching sessions give you benchmarks for reporting on your progress, plus a place to talk through what’s working and what isn’t, so you can adjust course as needed.

4 / A coach challenges you to take things to the next level. You are brilliant and capable, but an outside force will push you in a different way than relying just on yourself. Your coach will have a different perspective and experiences than you do, which will require you to stretch your imagination—always a beneficial exercise. Bouncing ideas off of someone else is often more productive (and more fun) than thinking alone. Having a coach to brainstorm, process, and plan with will take you from a list in your notebook (or ideas floating around your brain) to someone who is putting things into action and making visible progress. 

A bonus tip: a coach is on your side, cheering you on. Never underestimate the power of having someone in your corner, committed to seeing you make progress on your dreams.

If you’d like more information about coaching, you can find my coaching page here.

I’ve been offering coaching for a while, but I find that people are often confused about what coaching is and how it can help them. This four week blog series is designed to help you understand who I am, who YOU are, and how I can help you live the life you’ve always dreamed of.

Find other posts in this series here: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4


We all have our own reasons for wanting a flexible life. Maybe being tied down to an office makes you feel like you are trapped. Spending more time with your family might be a priority for you. Or, maybe you dream of being location-independent so you can see the world! Whatever your motivation, it’s time to start creating that life.

You’ve established your vision; now it’s time to unapologetically own who you are and feel confident in building a life you can be proud of.

Here are a few tips to help you get started.

1. Start small: It’s tempting to make all the big changes at once. But it’s also easy to get overwhelmed that way. Instead, identify the first step towards your vision—and write it down. This first step will be different for everyone. Set up your website. Pick a name for your LLC. Cut back (just a little) on hours at your full-time job or dedicate the first two hours of Saturday morning to working on your business plan.

2. Stay flexible: Life happens. Things don’t always go according to plan. That’s okay. What matters most is your response. Don’t allow one setback to ruin everything. Take a deep breath and consider how you can pivot. Is there another approach you can take to execute your plan? If you feel stuck, remember that you are a person with multiple skills, talents, and interests. Pivoting to a new idea might end up giving you a new perspective on the original plan. Not right now doesn’t mean never.

3. Work to your strengths: When you are starting something new, it might feel like you have to do everything yourself. But sometimes that turns out to be both inefficient and frustrating. If you love to paint but dread crunching numbers, consider hiring a bookkeeper. If hiring someone isn’t in the budget, think about your network. Do you have a friend with an accounting background who would be willing to make a trade with you? The trade doesn’t have to be your product or service—maybe they would love a night of babysitting or assistance redecorating a room in their house. Get creative with what you have to offer!

4. Find what works for you: Pay attention to what is working and what isn’t and make small adjustments along the way. If you are too distracted by chores at home to dedicate time to your new endeavour, block off a few hours to work at a coffee shop instead. Notice when your mind is clearest and your energy highest, and see if you can adjust your schedule so that you are doing the work that requires the most thought during that time of day. Stay curious—don’t be afraid to see what would happen if you try something in a new way. If it doesn’t work, you can always go back to the old way!


Congratulations! You are embarking on an exciting journey and I am cheering you on as you take these first steps towards creating a life you love! And remember—to build a strong foundation, first take the time to understand who you are and create a clear vision. If you need any help or encouragement along the way, visit my coaching page for information on how to book a session!

I’ve been offering coaching for a while, but I find that people are often confused about what coaching is and how it can help them. This four week blog series is designed to help you understand who I am, who YOU are, and how I can help you live the life you’ve always dreamed of.

Find other posts in this series here: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4


Now that you understand a little more about your personality and your strengths, let’s talk about figuring out what you want to do with your life. If you dream of freedom and flexibility, the next step is to create a clear vision.

If you find yourself hesitating because you don’t trust yourself, if you worry you’ll end up back where you started, or you are worried about what others will think, you might need a new perspective! Instead of thinking about what trying something new might cost you, think about what staying stuck means.

Ignoring an idea that just won’t leave you alone means looking back years later with regret, not knowing what could have been. Staying in a job that doesn’t work for you anymore means stressful days. Not claiming your full, wonderful self means living with the shame of feeling like you don’t fit the mould or measure up to others who seem to have life all figured out.

This is YOUR life—not anyone else’s! Who cares if they would never take the risk of leaving a steady paycheck to strike out on their own? So what if your version of success doesn’t look the same as the girl next door? What matters is that you are living life on your terms and figuring out what the next best move is for you. You don’t have to see all the way down the road—just take it one step at a time. With each step forward you’ll grow in knowledge of what does (and doesn’t) work for you and confidence in what’s next.

The first step forward is creating your vision. Here are a few ideas to get you started—you can pick your favorite, or try them all!

  • Create a vision board: digitally on Pinterest or the old-fashioned way with magazines, scissors and a glue-stick!
  • What do you think of when you envision your future? This might not be a job title but rather what you want your life to consist of: financial independence, flexibility to pick your kids up from school and volunteer in the classroom, studio space to create. Spend a few minutes writing out what you are dreaming of.
  • Make a list: what do you need to do your best work and, just as importantly, what doesn’t work for you? Do you dream of working from home or would finding a co-working space be a better fit? Do you work best alone or do you want to be part of a team? Do you need structured hours or do you prefer to go with the flow?
  • Write a mission statement for yourself.

This process can be overwhelming: there is a lot to learn about the way you are wired and how to create a clear vision for yourself. If you’d like an outside perspective as you work through the process, you can see my coaching packages here. As you continue to learn about yourself, don’t be afraid to make adjustments to your vision. This is a fluid, evolving process—and an exciting one. Don’t forget to have fun as you dream!

I’ve been offering coaching for a while, but I find that people are often confused about what coaching is and how it can help them. This four week blog series is designed to help you understand who I am, who YOU are, and how I can help you live the life you’ve always dreamed of.

Find other posts in this series here: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4


If you are struggling to figure out what you want to do with your life and desire to create freedom and flexibility in your career, first you need to understand who you are and how you can incorporate ALL of your valuable strengths and skills into your life.

If you’ve ever…

  • Felt worried you’ll choose the wrong thing.
  • Been overwhelmed by feeling forced to figure out your entire life.
  • Thought you can only do or be ONE thing.
  • Worried about your career path and whether you can create a sustainable life you love.
  • Been frustrated by your own indecisiveness.
  • Felt misunderstood.

… then you are in the right place!

I believe that we should all be able to do what we love. But first you have to know who you are, and how to work in your strengths.

Understanding your motivations can help you uncover WHY you do what you do. Personality tests are a great way to start learning more about yourself. I recommend starting with learning your Myers-Briggs type, StrengthsFinder, and maybe even your Enneagram number.

Then, take some time to consider and journal through the following questions:

  • What are my greatest strengths?
  • What interests or desires do I keep returning to?
  • What frustrates me about my current situation?

If you are ready to dig in and do more work on identifying who you are, I offer a self-guided mini-course, My Unique Blueprint, that will walk you through exercises to help you with this process.

Writing it down is a great place to start untangling your thoughts, but sometimes an outside perspective can give the insight you need. A coaching session can help you identify your personality types and show you strengths you may not have considered.

This process may take a little time. Don’t be discouraged if you take one personality test and don’t feel like you’ve made progress. You might need to take multiple assessments to unlock the understanding you are looking for. Each test reveals something a little different and you might need to sit with the results for a little while before you are ready to use them to further explore your personality and motivations. Spend some time observing yourself. Note what brings you joy and when you feel irritated or overwhelmed. Use your journal or planner to jot down what you are noticing or use an app like Mood Meter.

The time you spend getting to know yourself will be well worth it when you start to work on establishing your vision. Understanding yourself is the foundation for everything that comes next!