Tuesday, September 6, 2011
In the Drawing Room: Michelle Ward
Hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend! I have a special treat for you in the Drawing Room this morning. If the words amazeballs and awesomesauce didn't give it away, performing in my studio today is the colorful and fascinating Michelle Ward, the When I Grow Up Coach. I first met Michelle when she was balancing her coaching business with a corporate career. Early last year she took a huge gulp, turned in the keys to her corporate life and went solo. Now Michelle guides people out of their career misery on a full time basis, helping them to craft meaningful vocations and creative lives for themselves. She has become an expert source & contributor about creative coaching for Newsweek, Forbes, and Psychology Today, and she has led workshops and seminars all over the place, including SXSW 2011 and the sold-out Etsy Success Symposium.
And on a personal note, Michelle and I have collaborated on multiple projects over the past few years, and she's a joy to work with -- a creative fireball who always leaves me energized and inspired. So of course I had to doodle her! There's only so much I could put on one page, so here's some more fun stuff about her that I couldn't squeeze into the drawing:
*She and her husband Luke: 1) were delivered by the same doctor, a year and a half apart; 2) call themselves Team Awesome (he had a logo made and they gave out Team Awesome mugs as favors at their wedding); 3) were on their very favorite reality show, Renovation Realities, just a few months ago; and 4) appeared on the front page of the New York Times Real Estate section because of how he proposed.
*The first concert she attended was Debbie Gibson (Radio City Music Hall, June 1988) -- and still has the T-shirt.
*Made her Mom do her hair however Cindy Brady was wearing it that episode - because she thought she looked like her when she was 5.
*In 8th grade she played the cast recording of Miss Saigon so much that it broke. She was in camp, and had her Mom overnight her a new one. It was an emergency.
*Her college roommate admitted to going into her closet to "just take in all the colors." Doesn't recall ever wearing all-black unless it was for a chorus concert.
I could prattle on at doodle book length about her, but alas, I have to get back to de-Artsyville-ing the house. So that wraps up our show! Get a daily dose of Michelle on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog. She has something fun cooking on her blog nearly every day -- interviews, giveaways, inspiring stories, encouragement, and -- my favorite series -- Tough Question Tuesdays.
Wishing you all a great week! Thanks again, Michelle, for opening your colorful world to us!