Like most people, I’m kind of a mash-up of all sorts of interests that don’t necessarily go together well in a bio and yet constitute a life anyway.
As far as labels go, I guess you could say I’m a marketing and communications consultant and strategist,* public speaker, author, educator, advocate, reader, animal-lover, pop culture geek, cyborg, and second degree black belt with a big fan base among Japanese Santa Clauses, (long story) and a unique personality profile shared by a whopping 2% of the population.
I’ve basically tried to cram as much life as physically possible into the time I’ve had here on Earth. I’ve jumped out of an airplane, been pulled up on stage in the West End of London, become a certified fork-truck operator, been a hair model, swam with sting rays, performed in a stadium in front of 30,000 people (With a group. I’m not Beyonce or anything), been on TV, choreographed a dance for 100 people, and produced a conference for 1,000.
A big part of my life is the chronic pain I have related to an inherited degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and arthritis. I’ve spent the past five years researching pain and fielding questions from people in my online communities who suffer from it. Their struggles (and the suicides of some) inspired me to write my latest book and take a more active role in advocating for people in pain both locally and nationally.
My husband and I live in Minneapolis with one energetic tweenager and two lazy Basset Hounds.
*Want more business-oriented info? Check out my consulting site.