If you’re reading this, it’s likely that writing a book is something that you want to do. That you must do. You’re in the right place. And now is the right time.
Maybe you want to write a book so that your work reaches a wider audience. Or perhaps being an author is a lifelong dream that you’re ready to make a reality.
I know the feeling – since childhood, I wanted to join the ranks of those who called themselves authors. To me, putting my ideas and stories on the page and between covers was the biggest dream I could imagine.
I made that dream a reality in 2003 with my book, Create Your Writer’s Life: A Guide to Writing with Joy and Ease. Readers have called it ‘the best book on writing’ and its contents are something I refer clients to again and again. With one book, I met those two goals – to expand my professional reach and to become an author.
But if you are like I was before I wrote my first book, you have no idea how to start. Luckily, my coaching training came in handy. I learned how to connect with my deep motivation or ‘why’ I wanted to write.
I learned how to schedule appointments – and keep them – and to consistently chip away at the manuscript. Most importantly, I learned how to make the process my own so I enjoyed it all along the way.
I have used my coaching skills to complete my Paris historical novel Chasing Sylvia Beach. I have written extensively about the creative process including my books Create Your Writer’s Life and Cross the Finish Line. Because I believe in the transformative power of creativity and travel, I have authored three books about creative travel including The Graceful Return.
I bring these coaching skills to my clients and their books, helping them write books that matter, in their way and their time.
Books are powerful. Women are powerful. Women who write books? A powerful, world-changing force.
Ready to write your book? Get an ally who understands the process and who knows how to help you do it your way, with your special mark.
I’ve been coaching new and established writers for over 15 years and I’ve developed a finely tuned sense of how to help each writer bring her great ideas into book form. To read more about the choices I’ve made to make my life a creative adventure, read my Adventure Resume below.
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My Adventure Resumé
You know this: we’re more than what we do for a living. We’re parents and friends, tennis players and committee members. We’re also shaped by the risks we’ve taken and the adventures we’ve lived.
To help them claim the originality of their path and feel empowered by their choices, I often ask my clients to draft their Adventure Resumé.
An Adventure Resumé isn’t a boring CV trying to prove something to others. Instead, it’s the sum of your creative choices, revealing a map of your life’s daring adventures.
Drafting your Adventure Resumé can be revealing and surprising. It’s almost always empowering and definitely is fun. I share mine below, as a model for yours and also so you can get to know me aside from my role as book coach. Write your own to appreciate and succeed at the best job you’ve ever had: being you. Download instructions here.
Author, Book Coach, Artist, and Founder of Original Impulse Inc.
To enjoy life as a creative adventure
and to help writers, artists and entrepreneurs
enjoy their creative talents to the fullest.
|2014||More coaching for GLP, continue to make art, take 5-week semi-sabbatical in Europe, speak at Camp GLP and Creative Mornings Denver|
|2013||Devote myself to making art; become coach for Good Life Project; launch Capture the Wow|
|2012||Publish my Paris historical novel, Chasing Sylvia Beach; Join the year-long life and business intensive, Good Life Project
|2011||Shed my home in Denver; live in Europe for three months|
|2010||Launch Juju Infusion, my web TV show that runs weekly for six months|
|2009||Return to Denver; publish The Graceful Return|
|2008||Shed my life in Boulder, launch the blog Journey Juju; move to Lisbon, fall in love with a young Portuguese rock climber; leave Portugal, travel in Europe for 7 months as a creative nomad|
|2007||Publish Go for It: Leading Tours for Fun and Profit|
|2006||Publish Creative Toolkit for Travelers|
|2005||Launch my first creativity workshops in Provence and Paris, France|
|2004||Embark on year-long leadership training with CTI|
|2003||Publish my first book, Create Your Writer’s Life: A Guide to Writing with Joy and Ease|
|2002||Take and pass coaching certification exam to become a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach|
|2001||Publish first issue of my newsletter Impulses: A Guide to Life as a Creative Adventure|
|2000||Move to Boulder where I birth Original Impulse|
|2000||Fly to Switzerland and France for a stint as a hot air balloon chef; commit to return to France annually|
|1999||Embark on a coaching career with study at the Coaches Training Institute|
My everyday adventures that fuel my creativity:
- going to the library to discover
- reading and sharing books
- writing something for readers or myself
- coaching amazing people around the world
- making watercolor illustrations
- biking around town on my blue Nishiki bike
- yoga – on the mat since February 22nd, 1996
- cooking and eating fresh vegetarian meals
- laughing and loving life with friends
|1997||Perform monologues onstage; Spend six weeks as seasonal staff at Omega Institute and four weeks as student at Naropa’s Writing Program|
|1996||Begin teaching writing; discover Paris bookseller Sylvia Beach|
|1995||Three-week train trip around the US includes week in Oregon studying with master writer Grace Paley; Take up drawing as meditation inspired by Frederick Franck|
|1995||Experience The Artist’s Way and explore many art forms: calligraphy, dance, acting, drawing, painting…|
|1994||Take a writing class that launches my writing life; write for five years with no expectations inspired by Natalie Goldberg; Drive solo from Denver to Miami and back|
|1993||Begin teaching vegetarian cooking classes, convert thousands to tofu|
|1992||Endure one miserable semester of graduate school in New York; Boomerang back to Denver; get job at Capitol Hill Books, my own grad school of life|
|1991||Return to US and move to Denver; get a job at a health food store|
|1990||Graduate university with highly useful French/West European Studies degree; Decamp to Edinburgh, Scotland to work in health food store and take up Scottish accent|
|1988||Pass a student year in France and a summer as an illegal dishwasher in the south of France|
|1985||Jet to France for first time instead of attending high school graduation|
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