Tag Archives: Michelle’s Memoirs

May 27 2014

A summer to be tested, create space, embody “new”… and why I won’t be around as much as you’re used to

My kind, wise friend Kari Chapin made this postcard for me last year & it’s been on my calendar ever since. (Coincidentally, I’ll have Kari’s Grown Up Gigs interview + an exciting contest up on the blog this Thursday).

Last month, I was scrambling.

I had signed a contract with creativeLIVE (which was literally a dream come true) to teach a course in September, and I had to cut the amount of private clients I’d be working with this summer so I can create some time and space to give to prepping for the course.

And just like that, my last private coaching spot was gone – and I wasn’t gonna have another one for 5 more months.

Actually, there wouldn’t be any way to work with me during that time.

I started the “What if…?” game, fueled by panic and fear.

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Jan 28 2014

Tapping Into Your Inner Child

I’m thrilled thrilled thrilled (thrilled!) to be able to show you guys my presentation + interview from the Reboot Workshop back in October here in NYC.

I spent my 15 minutes on speaking from experience on tapping into your inner child, and how it pays such a big fat role in my life and my biz.

The video even shows the slides I was showing behind me, and let’s just say that they include lots of embarrassing old show shots. (Can we say spandex leopard-print bell-bottomed sequined jumpsuit? Yes, yes we can.)

Here it is:

And after I was done, TED Speaker and the founder of 1 Second Every Day Cesar Kuriyama interviewed me (and Lucille, my pink ukulele!):

What did you takeaway from the video(s)? Any questions for me? Like the spot in the video where I totally lost my place?

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Jan 20 2014



Go Confidently print from Sarah Frances Art.

I’ll admit it and risk the big head you might think I have:

I’ve never had a lack of confidence.

In fact, my mother has said it’s the #1 thing she wanted to install in my brother and me when we were children, and I think my parents succeeded in spades (although it shows itself differently in my brother, which is a whole different post to be written by someone else).

Growing up, I was told I was smart, pretty, talented, special, sweet, and pretty much The Best.

As both a child and an adult, I’ve had my fair share of failures: careers, relationships, you name it.

But the thing is…I never really let it stop me from believing that I could do it.

Sure, I picked the hardest things to pursue: acting and then, of all things, life coaching.

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Jan 08 2014

I Believe


I Believe in Pink wooden sign by WordsOnWood11.

I Believe that you can do it. We all can. Nobody has superhuman strength or luck that’s better than another’s. What differs between us is our optimism, our drives, our perspectives and our choices.

I Believe that work can feel like play. That we can all make a grown-up living doing what we love. That 5/7th of our week does not have to be dreaded and anxiety-filled.

I Believe that there is a Renaissance Soul insurgence at hand. Having a “slash” career with more than one title or occupation will soon become commonplace…and I’ll be ushering it in with open arms and lots of happy dances.

I Believe that we’re each unique snowflakes, and there is room for us all.

I Believe that we all work for ourselves, even when someone else is signing out paychecks.

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Jan 07 2014

2013 By The Numbers

January 2012 brought you My 2011 By the Numbers (kinda-sorta)/ Why You Don’t Need Big Bucks to Get Referrals / How One Person Can Change Your Biz Landscape.

January 2013 brought you 2012 By the Numbers (and what’s changed from last year).

And now, in January 2014, the tradition continues…in infographic format!

This took hours, people. But don’t it look (mostly) great?

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Have any questions about my numbers…or yours? Leave ‘em in the comments!

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Jan 06 2014

Dear Future Me (the 2014 edition)

NEWPhoto by Sean MacEntee and “new” added by me.

This is the fourth time I’ve written a Dear Future Me letter. You can read the others here and here and here (and why I didn’t write one last year here), and the idea behind the Dear Future Me letter from the amazeballs woman I stole it from (hi Jess LC!) right here

Before writing this letter, I was also struggling with my Word of the Year. Boundaries? Simplify? Efficiency? Ease? Discomfort? Growth? They all didn’t click quite right with me. But from this letter, the Word of The Year became clear (and I had no fear! didya hear?): New. Hence, the photo above. 

I was also surprised as to how general the letter was this year. I usually get super specific as to exactly what I do for myself and my business…but that didn’t show up this time around – and that’s OK.

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Jul 23 2013

The Joy Up

This post is part of The Joy Up Stories Series. The Joy Up begins August 1st with hundreds of women who are ready to claim their joy and deepen love, ritual, trust and rhythm. Join us by clicking here

My brother got married on Sunday.

I’m writing this post before the big day, but I already know how it went, how I felt, and what happened.

It went amazeballs.

I felt emotional, happy, sweet, nostalgic, and full of wonder.

I got to witness my brother marrying a woman I have zero doubt that he loves, honors and respects. Jen compliments him, and they’re such a great team. You know when someone meets someone and they just change, in a way that leads them to be more open, more authentic, more comfortable in their own skin?

That’s what’s happened to my brother.

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Jun 24 2013

What Self-Care Really Means (it’s more than bubble baths and yoga)

It’s the start of Self-Care week on The Declaration of You BlogLovin’ Tour, and there’s just soooooooo much to discuss.

Personally, Self-Care has been my nemesis for so long – the thing that beckoned me, that teased me, that flirted with me and has often remained out of my grasp – that it’s something that’s on my mind on a consistent basis.

A few weeks back I found myself talking about it (for seemingly the 42nd time) with my coach as well as a client or two, and I had a bit of an epiphany.

I know intelligently that Self-Care means Things That Are Good For Me: more exercise, getting into a meditation practice, regular bubble baths, etc. Y’know, those things that are relaxing and fun and good for your general good health.

But during this particular week, Self-Care showed up through music and writing and performance.

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Apr 18 2013

I Quit My Day Job: The 3 Year + 1 Month Update!

OK OK, so after 3 years I’ve finally come to terms with not saying this is I Quit My Day Job: The 37 (!) Month Update. My business is a full-fledged toddler now and I’m absolutely treating it that way!

Click Play below to hear what it’s like being a freelance family, who I’ve hired to leverage and expand my biz, and why the next 6 weeks might make my head explode:

Links of peeps I mentioned in the video:
Luke’s post about quitting his job
The Declaration of You

And if ya want first dibs on any of the goings-on I mentioned here, make sure you’re signed up for my VIP List by clicking here. You’ll also get immediate access to my VIP Library, with worksheets and presentations galore!

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Apr 09 2013

Why I Became The When I Grow Up Coach


Don’t Settle by Britni Wilson

When I was writing my 20 Jobs in & 7 Years post last month, I realized that I have yet to tell you a big part of my story. Every time I tell it, I gloss over a big part: making the decision to become a life coach.

It didn’t come easily. By now, you might know that, when I finally came to terms about not pursuing acting as my career any longer, that my first stop was to a $250/hr career counselor/MSW who told me to get a nose job. And how after that, I hid under the covers for a while, convinced nobody would understand me or could help me.

But, thanks to NYU’s School of Continuing Education and their career change workshop, I started putting the pieces together. You’d expect this to be the part where I inform you of the when, where and how I found life coaching, and that when I discovered it, the birds sang and the clouds parted and the sun shone and the angels fluttered around me blowing horns.

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