If you opened your own business, what would it be?
I did! In 2018 I opened a freelance marketing consulting business, helping small business owners and nonprofits tell their stories in a way that translates to powerful connection (and more revenue)!
On International Women’s Day 2019, I launched my second business, Sisterhood Soup alongside my very good friend, Jessica Nelsen. Our mission is to empower women in our community to discover their own inherent magic, and we do this through individual coaching, professional speaking and powerful seminars. Having the opportunity to look a woman in the face and say “you are enough, simply as you are” is exactly why this business was born. The truth is through the noise of daily life, we become disconnected from our internal voice and intuition. This disconnect leads to an abundance of stress, overwhelm and discomfort. Sisterhood Soup is an invitation to tap back into our authentic selves and really find out what it is that lights us up, and then get the heck after it!
What advice would you give your younger self?
You’re not alone. I’m very open about my experience with anxiety and panic attacks. It took me a lot of years to realize that I wasn’t the only one feeling this way, and those years felt very isolating and scary. I’d encourage my younger self to reach out, to be vulnerable and really connect with others. She just might have discovered that others felt the same way.
Researching - to a fault! I know alllll the things about most of the things. Also, listening and looking in the face of pain. My daily mantra is “life is too short”. If I know someone is hurting or going through something difficult I will always show up, look sorrow in the face, sit with them and listen.
What makes you feel fulfilled?
Hearing someone say “you impacted my life”. Whether it be with my excessive research skills, or my ability to just hold space, knowing that I provided peace and empowerment is what really lights me up.
When asked to describe yourself, what’s the first word that pops into your mind?
Authentic. When my son was born I suddenly unlearned everything I thought I had known about myself and really stepped into who I am, what I stand for, and what’s important in life. This means I’ll never shy away from emotions or kitchen dance parties, or back yard baths. (Yes, I have a bathtub in my backyard!)
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
What makes your heart race?
Simple moments. The ones that feel fleeting. Sharing raspberries in the front yard with my son, watching my husband work hard in the garden, cooking dinner with the record player on.
Organization or cause near to your heart-
Organizations that hold space for women to show up exactly as they are. The Atwood Center for Women, Young Women’s Resource Center, Planned Parenthood.
What keeps you up at night?
Not knowing how to use my privilege to make changes that matter. I have experienced trauma in my life, but by most accounts I am very privileged. Searching for new ways to use that privilege to be an advocate for others is what keeps me up.
What is a belief you once held but no longer do?
I used to believe that in order to be successful you have to hold commonly considered “masculine” characteristics, and that anything other than aggression, drive, and competition is a sign of weakness. It’s simply not true. There is more power in showing up and pursuing what lights you up as your true, authentic self rather than pretending to be something you’re not. Most of all, there is so much power in feminine energy. Emotions and vulnerability are not weakness, they are the greatest signs of courage and resilience.
What are you interested in connecting with other women about?
I want to hear their stories! I want to learn about what lights them up and what they’ve survived in their lives. I want to share hugs and laughs and food, reconnecting with the village we once had. Women are natural healers. We’ve healed generations of children by nurturing them and growing them. I want to hear how women are healing themselves, coming home to themselves.