For the past 10 years I’ve been dabbling and then diving head first into every type of personal development book, workshop, online course, coaching, retreat, or conference that I could fit into my schedule and budget.
I love learning about myself and I love learning about other people. I love hearing about the journeys that people have gone on to find fulfillment, purpose, and fun. I love relating to the struggles and challenges that so many of us face no matter who we are or where we come from. And I’ll never shy away from a taboo, uncomfortable, or passionate conversation.
I especially love that this “addiction” has led me to find my tribes and to create friendships (some in the moment, and some life-long) that are meaningful and real and raw and fucking awesome (if I may say so myself).
So, what am I? What am I doing here? In the simplest of terms, I’m a Connector, an Educator, a Speaker, and a Consultant.
When it comes to this particular space, I’m simply a person who has studied and experienced the power of showing up authentically and not being afraid to do the work that will result in never being the same again.
You see, I’ve done the work, and a lot of it. I’m not perfect (far from it), and I’ll never stop doing the work, but I have learned a thing or two along the way.
I’ve had a soul-sucking job that paid really well… and I walked away from it, with not much of a back-up plan. I’ve worked for myself, I’ve side hustled, and I’ve also worked really damn hard to get to a place where I’m at now – working for a company I love, doing something I believe in, and enjoying a remote lifestyle that gives me the freedom to live the life I always dreamed of while pursuing my other passions and desires.
I’ve sold half of my belongings, packed up the other half, hit the road, and moved over 3,000 miles from the only place I’ve ever called home.
I’ve attended events where I didn’t know a single person and I went from feeling like that confident, awesome, energetic Dani to that kid in middle school who is scared shitless that I’m not cool or accomplished enough.
I’ve been coached (a lot). I’ve had life-changing experiences with therapists and coaches, and I’ve had laughable moments where I still can’t believe I paid for some of the things I’ve received.
I’ve met spiritual leaders and bloggers who I looked up to for years and then in person made me feel stupid and unworthy of their time. And I’ve met everyday people who’ve taught me more about life and purpose than they probably even know.
I’ve ended relationships that weren’t healthy for me and distanced myself from situations that I knew weren’t getting me to where I wanted to be. I’ve learned to say “no” to things that aren’t a “hell yes!” And I’m still working on that one.
I’ve sought out really challenging and uncomfortable experiences just for the sake of growth, and it’s almost always not worked out like I thought it would (for better or for worse… though I’ve now learned that it’s always for better.)
I’ve dealt with grief–including the devastating and unexpected loss of my Dad in 2014–in unhealthy ways. But I’ve also learned how to grieve, forgive, and grow along the way.
The moral of the story: I get it.
I’m far from where I want to be, yet I’m exactly where I need to be, and I’m light years away from that person sitting in a cubicle making cold calls feeling like a total fraud, daydreaming about what “could be.”
I want to connect people in a way that feels incredibly open, present, judgement-free, and real.
I want to encourage you to seek out the spirituality that is calling to you, or to experiment with new rituals or tools that interest you.
I want to instill the courage and desire to have uncomfortable, yet incredibly necessary, conversations (with friends, family, and even strangers) around topics like sex, death, money, love, your innermost feelings, your past wounds, and your unique life experiences.
I want to help you build confidence in your writing and journaling practice and allow you to better communicate with your family, friends, clients, and colleagues.
I want to help you meet other people like you, on a similar but different path, who are open to experiencing life to the fullest and stepping into their healthiest selves.
I want to help you find, love, and recover your healthiest self.
I want to remind you that you are not alone when it comes to figuring this shit out… that we’re all in this together. None of us really know what we’re doing in this life, and we’re all just figuring it out as we go–we might as well work together!
We all have to start somewhere.
Creative writing, meditative writing, and journaling have all been a huge part of my life since I was a wee little kid. I have at least 20 journals documenting parts of my life since I was about 7 years old.
I’m not always a consistent writer, but it’s still been a constant in my life even if months go by and I haven’t written much.
I always find my way back to the pen and paper.
I studied writing in college (as well as marketing, advertising, and communications) and I’ve been attending writing workshops and courses for 15+ years as a student. For the last 6, I’ve been hosting creative writing workshops, with one big goal: To introduce creative nonfiction writing and journaling to people who don’t feel confident in their ability to write, or believe they don’t have anything worth writing about. Or simply just don’t know where to start to spark (or re-spark) that flame of creativity!
For my day job, I run an inbound marketing agency as General Manager and a Sales and Marketing Consultant, helping businesses create strategic content and copy centered around business and marketing goals (among many other things). You can learn more about where I work here.
Professionally, I’ve been paid to write website copy, professional documents, optimized blog posts, marketing and sales emails, call scripts, research-packed articles, radio and digital ads, educational eBooks, CTA copy, inspiring social media posts, about bios, and everything in between.
I believe every single person is a writer.
And learning to write (or speak) authentically and vulnerably can be one of the greatest skills you’ll ever learn. Whether you’re an artist trying to write the perfect About Page, someone wanting to create effective marketing copy that truly aligns with your personal brand, or someone simply wanting to tell their story or connect with others… writing matters. Our words matter.
This is why writing is a tool I like to use personally, and in most workshops or events I host.
There is an abundance of psychology behind WHY writing is a powerful tool for learning and reflecting, but the obvious benefits of being able to effectively communicate and capture a moment in time is equally valuable.
I’m excited to have you here and I look forward to meeting you!