My inspiration to coach came from the intersection of several things:
My love of community and my belief that we all need support and a personal advocate who can offer insight and share tools for problem solving in both our personal and work life.
A personal history of taking risks, failing and persisting despite anxiety, ADHD, poor time management and and what felt like a giant question mark looming over my head at all times.
A genuine desire to help creative individuals accomplish their goals and aspirations through coaching and my own experience as a designer, artist and entrepreneur.
My personal experience of getting coached and being in a self coaching program which has completely transformed my life for the better. It has changed the lens through which I look at the world, my relationship to others, my work and myself.
I am an artist, performer, designer, maker and personal coach for creatives.
I have a BA from Alfred University and The Evergreen State College. I studied social science (psychology, sociology, anthropology), as well as art and design including mixed-media, film, photography, performance art, metal/wood/glass sculpture, and fine metal work. .
From 1988-1990 I attended the School of Art and Design at Alfred University in NY.
In 1990 I left school after a summer road trip found me madly in love with the desert. I ended up bouncing between Albuquerque NM and New Orleans LA for the next 8 years working as a bartender, glass slinger, fine metals production assistant, seamstress and vintage clothier.
In 1998 I moved to Olympia WA to finish my art degree and from 2000-2003 I ran a music/art/film venue and speakeasy under the name Hi-Lo in a former boat-building warehouse.
In 2003 I moved to Portland OR and in 2004, started a small but successful bag line called SNAP design.
In 2010, I rebranded with xobruno leather goods, designing and producing that line which brings me to the present and my current coaching practice.
I have experience volunteering with elders in my community and have also worked with young adults in residential treatment struggling with addiction and mental heath issues.
I have mentored several individuals in entrepreneurship, both with start-up and existing businesses, specifically helping with time management, goal setting and accountability practices.
Currently, I am in a post-graduate coaching program.
Study and Inspiration: Stoic Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy, Carl Jung, Self-Coaching Scholars,
Internal Family Systems, Reality Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Meditation practice.
James Lee - Better Living through Neurochemistry: A guide to the optimization of serotonin, dopamine and the neurotransmitters that color your world
David Riccho - How to be an Adult
Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist
Herman Hesse - Siddhartha
Epictetus - Manual For Living
Marcus Aurelius - Meditations
Brene Brown - The Power of Vulnerability
Pema Chodron - When Things Fall Apart
Brooke Castillo - Self Coaching 101
Eckhart Tolle - The Power of Now
David Allen - Getting Things Done
James Clear - Atomic Habits
Jen Sincero - You Are a Badass
Miguel Ruiz - The Four Agreements
Mark Manson - The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck
Allen Carr - The Easy Way to Stop (Anything)
Oliver Sacks - The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat (and) Anthropologist on Mars
Cookie Mueller - Ask Dr Mueller
Wabi-Sabi - for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
to name a few...