It was 2009. The economy was crashing and I was let go from my law firm.
I secretly felt a bit relieved but mostly I felt ashamed, paralyzed with fear, and convinced no one would hire me ever again.
I still remember taking the elevator down to the parkade with my cardboard box and just sitting in my car.
In the dark.
For a really long time.
I had no idea what to do!
A few weeks, and several more cardboard boxes later, I decided to move back to Vancouver and start applying for jobs.
Despite my genuine relief that firms would still meet with me, I soon realized I had no interest in any of the positions I'd applied for.
In fact, the thought of working at a law firm again filled me with total and utter dread.
And it showed.
Truthfully, I'd been miserable at my job.
I'd hated the billable hours, the competitive vibe, the weird combination of being totally mind-numbingly bored by the work and stressed out at the same time.
(Not totally surprising I didn't want to go back, right?)
I wasn't giving any Oscar-worthy performances in my interviews so I decided to get some help with my job hunt.
It was then that I met two people who changed the course of my life forever.
It's my mission to help people do whatever it is that lights them up! We all have a unique reason for being here and the sooner we figure it out, the better. Life's too short to do work you hate!
I live in a beautiful corner of the world on the west coast of Canada where I share a home with my partner, Evan. We're surrounded by big mountains, old growth forests, and the Pacific Ocean.
Waking up to the very loud barks of our neighbour's very small dog, Crouton! #sendhelp. Lots of coffee. Forest walks. Putting hot sauce on everything. Watering the garden. Drinking from the garden hose because it's 3pm and I've only had one sip of water all day. Losing my keys. Figuring out what to make for dinner. Finding my keys. Checking for the latest Bennifer update (just me?!).
Slow mornings with coffee. Reading cookbooks. Hiking. Skiing. Listening to podcasts. Mindlessly scrolling Instagram for recipes, design inspiration, and photos of my adorable nephew. Watching videos of golden retrievers. Singing loudly and badly (like really badly)! Take that, Crouton!
The first person was a coach and a former lawyer named Linda.
We started working together and she helped me figure out what I wanted my life to look like (not just my job).
Understanding myself, my values, and my non-negotiables on a deeper level helped me make much better decisions going forward.
I finally felt clear about what I wanted both professionally AND personally (and I had a plan!)
So I started exploring options outside of practicing law.
After some trial and error (see what I did there?), I got a job at a law school where I worked for several years.
I loved my new career.
I loved helping students, I loved the academic setting, and I loved the life I could have outside my job.
The second person in the "changed my life forever" category was my new doctor.
She was also an intuitive healer.
(For the record, I had no idea what that was).
At our first appointment, she invited me to join a weekly class she was teaching about "mind, body, and spirit".
I was reluctant but curious.
The following week, I nervously showed up to class not knowing what to expect.
I was surprised to find a diverse group of professionals who were interested in exploring new ways of understanding themselves and the world around them.
Each week we learned about different topics - meditation, intuition, chakras, energy healing, the mind-body connection, the power of our thoughts, and so much more.
I felt completely broken open in the best, but most unexpected, way.
From that point forward, I fell in love with the worlds of meditation, energy work, intuitive healing, hypnotherapy, and more.
I've never looked back.
Fast forward to 2016.
I was taking a leadership course with fifty other people on a remote island on the west coast.
(Fun fact: Also the first time I set up a tent by myself and slept in it by myself!)
During the five-day retreat, we were coached by our instructors and we also coached each other.
Turned out, I loved coaching other people!
So in 2017, I became an executive coach and started my practice part-time.
I've also launched the Soulicitor Podcast where I talk about things I love with people who fascinate me. #dreamjob
It's my way of "coming out of the spiritual closet".
Because I think there's more of us professional types who want to incorporate more meditation, mindfulness, and magic into our daily lives.
I know I do!
B.A. Concordia University
Montreal, Quebec (2000)
LL.B. University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba (2007)
Executive Coaching Certificate
Royal Roads University
Victoria, B.C. (2017)
Practiced Corporate + Securities Law
in B.C. & Alberta
Courses & Trainings
The Art of Leadership, Robert Gass,
Rockwood Leadership Institute
@ Hollyhock Leadership Learning Centre (2016)
Search Inside Yourself: Leadership Training Developed by Google’s Corporate Office @ the University of British Columbia (2019)
Completed several local & international meditation courses and retreats.
Too many to list!
Not enough water!
The Mindful Athlete -
Where I put my keys!
There's a herd of elk living near me. I've seen them twice. They're one of my favourite animals.
my happy place!
Winter sunsets + beach fires on the West Coast. I live to be cozy.
Tofino. A beautiful little spot on the West Coast of Canada.
My Favorite Things
Sunshine. Wayfarers kickstarter semiotics, quinoa godard dreamcatcher hexagon pop-up hoodie.
my guilty pleasure
Ice cream. Microdosing gochujang keffiyeh salvia. Hoodie knausgaard art party.
Photos! Hashtag fashion axe palo santo fanny pack, ramps cornhole messenger bag asymmetrical direct trade slow-carb everyday carry chartreuse tofu godard.
My life's changed a lot since that morning in 2009 when I sat in my car feeling hopeless and afraid.
If I've learned anything so far, it's that we have to be honest with ourselves about who we are (even if it's really uncomfortable) in order to be happy.
As a coach, I've made it my MISSION to help women be who they are - at work and in life.
If that's something you want too, I'd love to chat. Send me an email or book a (no strings attached) free consultation.
the breeze at dawn
the breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
don't go back to sleep.
you must ask for what you really want.
don't go back to sleep.
people are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
the door is round and open.
don't go back to sleep.