In 2016, I left my 20+ year Corporate IT career due to a downsizing initiative that wiped out my department. At first, it was a little scary being out of a job, and my initial thoughts were to go work for another tech company, but the truth was my heart was no longer fully in tech. I was burned out of the long hours and pressures of quick deadlines. What I truly wanted was to work in people development, not software development. In the last few years of my tech career, I was fortunate to learn and certification in a few skills that encompassed the domain of human psychology (Change Management and Customer / User Experience) and loved how they both focused on the people side of change or UI design. This realization got me thinking about my past interests.
Dating back to grade school I was the go-to person for advice amongst my friends. I would give my friends quizzes to get to know them better. If you know about or remember the 1980s SLAM books those too are about learning things about your friends and I made quite a few of those books. In fact, one of my top 3 creative programs is based on native American medicine cards (like tarot cards) gifted to me by my artist mother at the age of 15. In my corporate career, I was always thrilled to take classes that helped us with employee communication, constructive criticism, working with and understanding cultural differences, team building, and personality assessments (I’ve taken all 4 of the most popular personality assessments). In my time outside of work, you would find me reading books or listening to audio programs on personal development, human psychology, or some type of creative visual design from many industries drawing, painting, clothing, graphic design, to home decor.
So when it came to so decide my next steps I hired an Executive Life Coach. After some deep reflection, I realized I would not be happy returning to a career in tech. It was time to design all my life with purpose and intention. Most of my intentional planning focused on having a career but I also extended my thoughts to include my vision for my family, health, finances, marriage, recreation, and most importantly a continuation of my own self-awareness journey. I decided I would pursue transformational life coaching certification with the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) because it’s something I would happily do even if I didn’t get paid to do it (but I won’t – hey, a gal’s got to make a living). I absolutely love working with people to become self-aware enough to design the life they are meant to live.
In 2017, I set out to help women intentionally create the life they desire, to help them find a way to connect to who they truly are, make a living doing what they love, and create successful relationships by connecting with others with greater insights into their innate personality strengths through my knowledge of COLOR CODE Personality Science, as a Certified Independent COLOR CODE Trainer. After graduating from SWIHA I spent the next year cracking open my library of psychology books, reading new ones related to creativity, art therapy, relationships, business development/marketing, listening to podcasts, and helping other life coaches establish their coaching programs with my skills as a visual designer and CX/UX skills. All the while assembling the best of what I learned and know worked for me and thousands of others into three creative programs. Because my coaching takes a different approach thus can be met with some skepticism. In 2022, I launched a Facebook Group called Creatively Cultivating Consciousness to gift women the experience of artistic self-expression as a form of discovering who they are independent of the roles they hold.