Welcome! I have a warm and loving style. I’m intuitive, strategic, and a catalyst for change, committed to supporting you as you transform your life.
I am passionate about people. I have a BA in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and MS and PHD in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. I am fascinated by how people communicate and connect. I love to write. I love to dream and plan. And I love to help people. I am blissfully married for nearly 30 years and live in beautiful and magical surroundings with my husband. I am living the life many people dream of having. And I created it.
I now let all aspects of my self out to play. I’m silly, fun-loving, colorful and angelic in my approach to work and life but it took a journey to get there.
Although I didn’t always follow the straightest path in my career, I was very ambitious and worked hard and did what I wanted to do—and then even more of what I thought I was supposed to do. I have been on a path of doing what I’m supposed to do since I was a little girl. I stayed in the box almost always and did what I thought was expected. And I have always been successful at what I’ve done. And yet, I’ve been restless. Starting as a little girl, my parents would tell tales of hearing loud thunks in my room late in the evening, to recount that it was just Rachel, re-arranging her furniture again. You see, I craved change in my physical surroundings. My outlet for needing change took the form of re-arranging my bedroom.
Staying The Path
But I kept on going and doing what I was supposed to do everywhere else. I went to school and got good grades, got into college and then grad school, found a life partner—my husband—then got a job as a psychology professor at Oberlin College. What an awesome achievement! But my search for what fit me and brought me fulfillment—something I couldn’t articulate at the time as fulfillment—led me to take consulting jobs in market research in the summers while the students were off. Thus began my exposure to the corporate world. I worked in marketing and market research and realized rather quickly that the fast-pace of the corporate world suited me better than academia.
Looking For Purpose
So I took my first leap—from academia to Corporate America. I began in market research and the TV industry and grew and learned and excelled until I sensed that it was time from something else. I was bored, frankly, and many people would have stayed in their position at that point, but I was still looking for purpose and engagement in my work. I left TV for what was then the new media field—Digital—but that turned out to be not different enough. Just global search and replace the work TV with Internet and that represents the difference between my jobs.
Discovering Life Coaching
And then I heard of a new field emerging called life coaching and executive coaching. It was so new so I didn’t tell anyone for fear that I’d be seen as unimportant, be seen as doing something too soft and not quantitative and too right brain and woo-woo. And yet I found myself a wonderful coach and discovered that I was a natural at coaching. I had been coaching everyone at work, friends and family, even though I didn’t recognize it. “The doctor is in” might as well have been posted on my door at work. So I took the second big leap and took six months of coaching training without telling anyone while I was still in my corporate job. Then I quit my job and went through another six months for coaching certification and hung out my shingle as a coach in 2002. Both my coach training and certification was by the Coaches Training Institute.
Dips And Turns Along The Way
But it wasn’t my time yet to be on my own. I didn’t have the systems in place to make my coaching business grow. I didn’t have all my ducks in a row to ensure my growth and success. And I was lonely and didn’t have a support system. So I went back to TV and continued to excel and continued to be unfulfilled though I tried very hard and remained very ambitious. Sensing that I needed to build something rather than continue in a traditional corporate role I went to a start-up in the TV Ad Effectiveness space and really loved the work. More than ever in my life, I soared and enjoyed and felt like I was doing what I was meant to do. I was the leader of a team, building new business, managing excellent colleagues, creating products and services and closing six-figure deals. We did so well that a big corporation bought us.
In The Corporate Box
And so I was back in the corporate world. I remember how proud I was and so passionate about the product and services my start-up brought to the media world. I was and am still so proud and grateful for that opportunity. Yet once again I felt like I was in a box. But being the good corporate citizen that I have always been, I did what I felt I was supposed to do. I grew some more in my work and took on a bigger role within the company.
The Moment That It Finally All Changed
And then it happened. I remember that moment so well. It was late in the day after a long morning and afternoon of sessions at a media conference and we were being bused from the conference to the hotel we were staying at. I was sitting in the window seat and looking into the sky. As I watched the cotton-ball clouds floating in the blue sky I thought, “How did I get here?” The industry conversations after 20 years, although they had changed in scope somewhat, sounded exactly the same to me as decades earlier. What was so important to my client and colleagues and once was to me, just seemed so insignificant at this point in my life. As I gazed into the vast beautiful sky I said, “There must be something more for me!” There was no longer passion in my work. I was doing what I was supposed to do by many standards. Being excellent, leading large teams, earning great money. And yet I felt empty and tired and stressed and bored even though I was busy.
If At First You Don’t Succeed
This time I knew to immediately find a coach to help with creating a plan for something different, for something that would give me satisfaction. The decision to become a wedding celebrant came out of my mouth without my mind realizing it. I said to my coach, “I want to marry couples and study ceremony.” I think my coach was surprised and I was surprised. But hey, why not leap again? So I took a year of training and certification from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, became a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® and was ordained as a minister from the Universal Brotherhood Movement, Inc. Then I left my corporate role at age 51 with enough money in the bank to keep me fine while I opened my wedding business Wondrance Weddings. I was taking control of my early retirement from corporate into a life of my own design. Call it retirement, semi-retirement or whatever you like. I was no longer an executive in corporate America.
It Takes Guts to Make Changes
When I left my corporate role I remember the response I got from colleagues and clients. Looks of “What, are you crazy, but you are making so much money and have such a big role?” Then whispers, “I wish I had the guts to leave.” I guess I had the guts, have always had the guts to leap and try something new—even though it is hard to leave the comfort and security of a regular paycheck and the structure of working for someone else. It is hard to let go of the big title when the goodie two shoes, good girl in me says, “You must stay the course and do what you are supposed to do.” It is hard to know that you are responsible for your paycheck. It is hard to know that you don’t have a script to follow.
Perfect Timing Is When You Make It Perfect
And yet my decision to leave was perfect. It was perfect to leave even if it wasn’t. A perfect choice of professions—even if it wasn’t. Though in so many ways writing custom wedding ceremonies and marrying couples encapsulated so many of my skills, I write, I speak, I love, I hold space, I share love stories, I create transformation. And yet, that hadn’t nailed it for me. I am and have always been passionate about the success of women. I’m a feminist since childhood. I want what I’ve created in my life for all women executives. I want other women to see that they needn’t stay in the corporate box if it doesn’t fit them. Life coaching is again front and center in my life.
You Too Can Create Your Own Wonder-filled Life
I’m here and have my path so that I can be of service to others like me. Others who are on the corporate treadmill yet don’t quite fit in either now or they never did. Others who are not in corporate but feel that they are not getting enough joy from life. I am speaking to you now that you are ready to transform to what’s next for you. Even though you might seem to fit your role from the outside, I’m here to show you that you can and must do what is right for you and only you. I’m here to lead you through your release from whatever box you are stuck in for a life of your own design. I’m here to release you and your creative soul to the next amazing chapter of your life. You can leap from your corner office, leap from wherever you are to your next true calling in life. You can transform!
You can create your own magical life. People work with me to go after what they really want. They appreciate my candid and positive style and my organization skills. They make big use of my strategic skills and advice. And they love that I am a catalyst to help them dream bigger, help them envision their future and help them make transformations in their life.
If you are serious about committing to making a big change and getting ready for a bigger life of your own design, sign up for a get acquainted call with me and I will get back to you promptly. Let’s play together and create your shimmering next chapter. I look forward to deeply connecting with you!