About Debra

You’re smart and you’re creative. Your career has gone well; it might be nice if you were appreciated more, but big picture, you have a pretty good life.

Lately, though, you’re feeling restless and discontent. Your art is calling you to give it more attention and you find yourself designing things in your head when you’re supposed to be working.

It’s getting uncomfortable; it’s like your life has morphed into a shoe that doesn’t fit. It looks great from the outside, but if things stay the way they are, you’re going to get a nasty blister. You hate blisters.

You want more time to create, but, you need the security of your job. Other people depend on you. You don’t want to rock the boat.

How can you design a life that supports YOU?

I get it. Been there, done that.

I worked my day job for years before the restlessness to create and the discontent from working in a left-brained job propelled me into the scary world of running my own business.

It took every ounce of courage I could muster to jump ship, and I fight my demons daily.

I ran through every single excuse in the book. Maybe you recognize them:

  • I can’t afford to leave my secure job.
  • What if nobody likes what I create?
  • Who am I to try to make a difference?
  • I have no clue what I’m doing!
  • What if … (insert personal panic trigger here)??

You know what’s true? 

You must grow and you must find a way to contribute. These are the things that your spirit requires.  Your creativity is the basis of your unique contribution and must be expressed.

When you postpone your brilliance and ignore that inner voice nagging from inside your heart, you could stagnate and get bitter. Like that old man running kids off his lawn.

Whatever your flavor, you must begin.

Your spirit is urging you to create more.  Your frustration is only growing.

It is time to align with an ally who deeply understands the change process. Someone who can help you define your direction, make a plan, and help you get into action.

It’s time to grow.  It’s time to contribute.  It’s time to hire a coach.

I believe

  • You are far more powerful than you’re willing to admit and your creative talent is needed desperately.
  • The world is hungry for you to live your dream NOW. The need is so urgent.
  • You’re not getting any younger.

A few things you may not (need to) know about me

  1. I’m a Cajun Queen born just outside Lafayette, LA, but moved to Texas when I was in first grade. That makes me bicultural. It’s like taking BBQ sauce and stirring it in the gumbo. I can be pretty spicy.
  2. I was a professional musician for 3 years singing alto in an a capella quartet. I also play the guitar and write goofy lyrics that make people lol.
  3. If I have to choose between a rich red wine and dark chocolate, I panic. Can’t do it. Don’t make me go there.
  4. At age 52 I walked 60 miles in 3 days, from Lake Lanier to Atlanta. In the rain. And loved pretty much every minute, except the blisters.  Then in 2017, I walked on hot coals, and there were no blisters.  Go figure.
  5. I learned to crochet when I was 6 years old.  I was too young and uncoordinated to hold a hook, so I tied the yarn around my big toe and happily finger-crocheted long chains.   Crochet feeds my spirit and is a huge manifestation of my creativity.
  6. My family is impossibly huge; I have 12 siblings. If you draw a circle with the midpoint in Lafayette and a radius of 50 miles, I have 17 first cousins living in that circle. I credit my high tolerance for weirdness to growing up with every single personality type in the MBTI grid.
  7. I am a river woman.  The sound of water on rocks fills me with deep peace.

Formal Bio

My BBA is in Finance and I have a M.Ed. in Organizational Performance and Change. My specialty is corporate culture and how to shift it from the inside.  I help creative people stuck in a left-brained job to find fulfillment.

During my career in state service, I served 8 years with the CO Department of Labor and Employment as a Job Search Trainer and held leadership roles in higher education at both CU Boulder and CSU Fort Collins. I was in higher ed. for 15 years.

I trained with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in 1998 and became a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) in 2001. I’m certified through the International Coach Federation (ICF) as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) since 2006. I trained with the Tony Robbins Coach Academy in 2017.

My heart is in my teaching.  My highly interactive workshops create a warm learning environment for personal development and change.  I taught classes in basic coaching skills for 4 years to women in prison, and to my fellow employees in higher ed. (Seriously, is there really a difference?)  I am a mentor coach and help other coaches secure or maintain their credentialing through the ICF at the ACC and PCC levels.

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