rom a young age I helped my dad with jobs in the summer. He owned a carpet-cleaning business, and I remember carrying those heavy tubes and keeping them out of his way as he worked. He taught me to respect myself, be unafraid of hard work, and never to accept the glass ceiling that holds so many women back.
These are messages I carry forward with my award-winning books, our thriving online community where I show entrepreneurs how to build confidence and grow multi-million dollar businesses, and the 10,000 lives we've impacted with an anti-racism & civil rights movement now spanning 13 countries.
People often ask me
"How have you managed to accomplish so much?"
Sohere is a little sneak peek of my story.
I started a side hustle in high school called At-Ease Home Help, cleaning houses for my parents’ friends. It helped buy my first car and made me the most financially independent teenager I knew.
I was a dreamer as a kid.
I took 9 hours of dance class every week, wrote a copious amount of short stories I never finished, and read everything I could get my hands on.
Then one day disaster struck.
Weeks after my 18th birthday my sister was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Over the next six months, I cancelled my plans to attend University of Portland that semester, quit my dance classes, moved out on my own, and built that side hustle into my first $5-figure business.
When the dust settled my parents were divorced, my sister was in the ground, and I was burnt out, traumatized and emotionally devastated.
Feeling lost, I sold my business and went backpacking through Mexico.
I stumbled upon a tiny hole-in-the-wall church where the people were friendly & welcoming, and had tools to heal my trauma and bring me back to life.
t was there that I discovered my passion for serving others.
I started as a volunteer and eventually was ordained as a minister and became the youngest Senior Chaplain in church history. That experience began a lifetime of dedication to spiritual healing and in service to humanity.
I helped with drug rehab in Colorado, did gang interventions in East LA, became a licensed pastoral counselor and certified life coach, lobbied on Capitol Hill for civil rights legislation, and fundraised half a million dollars for various nonprofit organizations.
By thirty I had seen and done so much that I was inspired to write a book .
ne day in Los Angeles I stumbled across a large coffee table book entitled Before They Pass Away by photographer Jimmy Nelson. I was stunned by the beauty of the photos he had taken of indigenous peoples while traveling on six continents.
The message was not lost on me - this was 2017 and the recent shooting of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, a young boy of African descent, by a white Texas Police Officer had sparked riots across the United States. Racism was a heavy topic at the time, and I felt an urge to speak up against what I saw as a basic human rights violation.
After a decade of silence since my sister died, I picked up my pen and wrote three YA fantasy books, each with a strong anti-racism message.
Those books sparked a movement to educate youth on basic human rights - a movement that now spans 13 countries, and has touched tens of thousands of lives.
Finally I was doing my life’s work again - bringing the message of hope, peace & joy and this time on a global scale.
The movement quickly outgrew my ability to support it financially so I started my 2nd business - a wedding & event planning team in Portland, OR - to fund our campaigns.
When Ben & I decided to travel and see all those places where our volunteers were making an impact, I sold the wedding business and became a digital nomad with an online coaching program teaching others the knowledge I had acquired over nearly two decades of entrepreneurship.
Join me!I teach business owners how to build and scale a service-based business using high-profit strategies so you can work <20 hours a week.
I help dreamers make a lasting impact worldwide.
I don’t have it “all figured out”.
Like anybody I have my tormented self-doubt days, but becoming a business + balance coach showed me that there are millions of people who wish they knew a fraction of what I have figured out. And now I have a business doing what I’ve always loved most - joyously dedicating myself in service to others.
I can tap dance, stand on my toes, and have been known to swish around the house in swashbuckling steampunk costume.