“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.