THE LONG STORY
I’ve been embracing the edge my entire life. You know, that heart-pounding place where you are about to discover some new aspect about yourself. Very young children seem naturally good at walking to the edge – literally and figuratively – unaware of the physical and emotional danger that hovers in that space. It’s no coincidence young children are some of the most in tune people on the planet.
As a very young child growing up in Indiana, I walked to the edge over and over again subjecting myself to critique and criticism in music competitions and performances. They always made me nervous, but I didn’t know that should stop me so I did it anyway. As a teen, I dared to stay in tune with my true self, stepping out as the only person in my high school class to play in my school’s fledgling, and decidedly very uncool, band. I worried if I would ever find friends but I joined the band anyway and had the best group of friends imaginable – real friends never care what’s cool – and I had the best high school experience a teen could have.
When it was time for college, I found myself on the edge again as I walked away, very last minute, from the school I was enrolled in, the school where my Dad, whom I adored, wanted me to attend and instead went to a public university where some of my close friends were going. It was at that university that, for the first time in my life, I started to feel out of tune. Not because I made a choice contrary to what my Dad wanted for me, but because the choice I made was contrary to the tug of my soul. I defaulted to a school because it felt safe knowing my friends would be there. The school I really wanted to attend, and was accepted to, was out of my parents’ budget and would require student loans, which scared me. By this time, I was conditioned to think that being afraid should stop you, so I walked away from the edge and let fear win.
I had an OK college experience – not great, not memorable, just fine. And often, that’s what happens when we walk away from the edge, when we betray ourselves and don’t honor our true desires. Nothing imminently bad happens, but we miss out on the experiences that feed our soul and reveal the path to our highest potential. It’s how we slowly start getting out of tune. It’s so subtle it’s almost imperceptible.
The good news about getting out of tune is that the Universe is always offering up new opportunities to get in tune. We just have to be honest enough to see them and brave enough to take them, even when they don’t completely make sense to our rational minds.
Case in point - my first summer in college I received offers for two very different jobs. One as a counselor at a sleepaway camp in Maine, the other for an internship in the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office. My faculty advisor thought the job as a camp counselor was more aligned with my degree in education, and would, in the end, be more beneficial in advancing me along my path. My rational brain knew he was right, but my heart wanted to stay home. Without judging the long-term practicality, I honored my heart’s desire, went to the edge of something new, and took the internship. It ended up setting the path for some of the best, most in tune, years of my life.
Right out of college I stepped into the role of Director of Scheduling for the Indiana Secretary of State in both her government and campaign offices. I thrived in the intense and fast-paced environment where my attention to detail and ability to mobilize people and organize logistics shined. A few years later, I walked to the frightening edge again when I followed that voice inside and left my job, my amazing group of friends, and my close-knit family in Indiana for the swampy unknown of Washington DC. I had exactly one friend there and no job in sight when I packed my bags and moved. My rational brain was in full-on freak-out mode, but I didn’t let fear hold me back. In quick order, I got a job in the White House Office of Management and Budget and met my husband. From one in tune decision to the next - I was honoring what my soul was calling me to do and creating a life I loved.
From Washington, we moved to a suburb of New York City, where we still live with our two amazing teenage kids. (Yes, they can make me crazy but man, I really do love this age.) I chose to stay-at-home with my children when they were younger, keeping busy and engaged in meaningful volunteer work. When they got a little older, I re-entered the workforce as a project manager.
In both my volunteer and professional lives, I’m known for making things happen. For helping organizations and people mobilize, prioritize, strategize, get creative and take action. For galvanizing groups and motivating them to walk boldly to the edge where potential and possibility thrive. For helping them get in tune. But there came a point in my own life when I couldn’t pull myself to the edge anymore. In fact, I was so out of tune that I couldn’t even hear my own soul song. That’s when my intense journey of self-discovery began.
In my podcast I bring you inside my messy, confusing, challenging, enchanting, exhilarating, and ultimately empowering journey through personal reinvention—and how I went from a transformational project manager to a singer-songwriter, musical entrepreneur, life coach, and overall catalyst for creative action.
I’ve been where you are… and I’ve successfully helped people step over the edge time and again to unleash the song of their soul. Sometimes all you need is a guide to share the tools that helped them on their way and to show you what their path looked like to give you faith in your own. Other times you need a skilled coach to hold space for you, to shine some light for you, and most of all encourage you to keep going. And, that’s exactly what I’m walking out on the edge to do now through my coaching, podcast, and music. It's all here to help you get INTUNE.