About Me

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
― Rumi, The Essential Rumi

I am in the business of creativity. I’m the founder of Permission to Leap where I guide organizations and individuals to enhanced creativity in business and life and Merchandising Matters, a visual merchandising agency where I endeavor to enhance the emotional connection between buyer and seller. I feel a bit of magic when observing others transition from “I can’t, I don’t know how,” to “I can and I will,” and I’m not afraid to wave my magic wand a bit to encourage this transformation.

I have worked as Travel Editor for Women’s Adventure Magazine, Merchandising Editor for SNEWS©, and as a local columnist, op-ed contributor and feature writer for MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Massachusetts. I am currently working on Searching for Home, a collection of essays on the meaning of home and Permission to Leap: TheWorkbook, a workbook of exercises to spur creative process. I am an outdoor enthusiast and was awarded an Artist in Residence at Rocky Mountain National Park during the summer of 2012.

I’m an amateur photographer and writer, and use these mediums to give expression and to articulate my experiences and the world around me.

Here’s what I believe:

The best work gets done when the individuals doing it follow that I-just-know-it gut thing, or the instinct that nudges them towards something slightly different or rock-my-world unique.  I believe that formal education and best practices are super cool things until they stifle your creativity and authenticity both personally and professionally.  I believe that all of us can use a nudge towards individual greatness in a world populated by naysayers and the fear of failure. I believe that the biggest risk in life is not taking risks.

I like to work with people and businesses who are ready to be nudged in the direction they are meant to go.  I am here to help you tell the story only you can tell.  I am here to teach you to take the leap.

There’s no such thing as certainty so why not play with fire to light things up and stand out from the crowd?

How I am inspired:

It is my dark spaces that give everything I do depth, meaning, compassion and understanding. It is my dark spaces that allow for raw expression. It is my dark spaces that create light in my work.

It is through suffering that I learn to celebrate. The light of a burning red maple tree in autumn is more vibrant in the lack of light on an overcast day and the connection and joy I feel when my feet touch the dirt of any mountain path is made sweeter by my moments of feeling untethered.

We understand the poignancy of life through these contrasts. We respect the fleeting reality of our precious existence through the uncertainty of the time we are allotted. I do not much like acknowledging the dark side, but when I do, the flip side or brilliant gift of light must also be acknowledged, and I am inspired. This is what I try to capture in my writing and in my images, the magic that is illuminated and sharpened when we explore our shadows.

~ Robin

13 Responses to About Me

  1. janet says:

    Robin! I love this blog/website. When did you do this? Love it and have thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts. This is fabulous. Keep up the good work! Hugs!

  2. admin says:

    Thanks, Janet! I put this together a few weeks ago and have been busy importing all my writing from the old site…lots of work!
    I’m really glad you like it, and commented 🙂

  3. Cheryl says:

    A long time since our trips to Littleton to that writing workshop! Glad you are still writing. It’s nice to be able to hear your “voice” again.
    Be well!

  4. Kathy says:

    Robin, I am newly inspired every time I read one of your posts. You are an amazing person and I applaud your adventurous, positive spirit! Congratulations on your successful cross-country trek and settling into the Boulder community. I wish you peace, love, joy and the best of health & happiness 🙂 Love & hugs, Kathy

  5. Tina says:

    Your writing is very inspiring.

  6. admin says:

    Thank you, Tina!

  7. MS Photo says:

    Last time I attended one of the AIR at Rocky I fell asleep bored. This time being July 4 with no fireworks to attend due to fire restrictions I gave it another chance. It could not be worse than when I fell asleep previously could it? Also I was off of work with no real place to go so a little catch up on lost sleep from the worry about doing an opening shift on the 4th and how many people I had come in contact with both with information that they may not want to hear along with the skies that started off early today with a nice sunrise to now the smokey skies from fires as far away as UT. So I sat in the back thinking it would not be obvious if indeed I did snooze off. Like last time I was not worried about you seeing me hunched over sleeping as I expected clapping even if again it was another poor communicator would wake me up with you the speaker not ever knowing that there was someone sleeping in the back. So guess what I was pleasantly surprised by your writings along with your presentation. Not loud, not shocking, not sing songie yet a vision that was shared by the audience as well as myself. The stories were nice along with being an enjoyable insight into some of your astute observations. You mentioned a few writers all of whom I am somewhat familiar with yet my thoughts of your writing reminded me of contemporary writers like Lucy Lippard and Rebecca Solnit. Two women that write about art yet make it so accessible to the reader like me. Not the “art talk” that sounds like space aliens comparing their hyperbolic drives with the latest of quirk energy use to process the time and space making their transportation system far better then the others. Makes perfect sense and totally understandable, right? So I “got” that user friendly way you have of looking at things without the shock value used in the extremely educated few. I am also somewhat new to the Park and yet have hiked most of the places you mentioned also usually alone. You do this with a pen and paper and I carry around a big 8×10 camera on the trails. Guess I just wanted to say keep up the good work and Thanks for keeping me awake with your writings. Was a nice way to spend the 4th afterall. Hope to see you on the trail before you leave. Would enjoy chatting further.
    Happy Trails!!!
    MS Photo

  8. Lori Earle says:

    It was a pleasure to meet you and your friends in the store at the top of Trail Ridge in RMNP, hope you like everything that you bought! Your presentation was inspiring and thank you so much for sharing your writing with us. Not sure what brought us to the same trail the day after your presentaion, me being the solo hiker that day, but it must mean something and I feel the need to contact you. I have kept journals for 20 years but I now feel the need to add more feelings to my writings since until I met you I have always experienced the world through photography…so thank you. When I listened to you read your work I knew exactly how you felt. I’ve started carrying a notebook with me so that I can jot down my thoughts and feelings while hiking. I never thought about the adventure of being a solo woman hiker until I read your entries and attended your lecture. I will be in RMNP until Oct. and I hope that our paths will cross again!

  9. admin says:

    So wonderful to hear from you and so happy I played any part in your inspiration.

  10. admin says:

    Please stay in touch, Lori. I’d love to see where your writing goes!

  11. I came here to learn more “about you”, Robin, and hope some day you’ll provide more information than the Abbey quote. 🙂 Looking forward to following more of your work.

  12. admin says:

    Thank you for the feedback, Meghan–I’m going to pay attention to this. I appreciate it!

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