I'm in the business of storytelling, and actually I think I've been a story teller for a long, long time before this. I'm happy and comfortable sharing my personal story, but I love, love, love sharing the stories of others - especially brand stories. This is my hustle. I'm a content creator, I write, style, photograph and craft brand stories for a living, and I show others how to do this too.
My love for storytelling in this lifetime began in college when I fell in-love with literature, especially Greek Mythology and Shakespeare plays. Much later when my sister discovered our Native American heritage I dove into this culture and the stories there and have been adding the stories from yoga sutra and history as well. I love the craft of telling a story and I love listening to great stories.
Three years ago I jumped (again) from a corporate career that wasn't feeding my heart and soul into the unknown of providing a life for myself doing something more heart-forward that I love. I tried to do this several times before but each time I gave in to the fear of lack of security and went back. This time is different, and timing is everything.
I am a hustler. I hustle all of the pieces of me into one to create a life that I love and some security to live it. I am an Instagram Influencer with nearly 100K Followers. I created, and I own and manage, an Influencer Marketing Agency called The Hell Yes Agency made up of a team of Influencers just like me; we are "Micro Influencers" which means we have between 10K - 100K Followers. My team is made up of authentic storytellers in the yoga, fitness, lifestyle and travel space. Because I care about this community and I want to lift it and be transparent about what we are doing I created The Hell Yes Academy, which is a branding academy for Influencers and Brands to learn how to create, manage and elevate their brands. I am also a published poet. I published my first and only book on Christmas 2016 with words that I had been writing and stringing together for three years, it was the way I was healing myself and the book These Words is an intimate and vulnerable share - my most authentic offering to date. Because I love to travel, and I have influence, and I tell stories and help brands, I travel a lot for work. This is The Hell Yes Life, and I am in-love with my life every day.
People ask me questions about my life all the time. I thought I would put a few of the most popular questions I hear here with the answers. If you are curious to know more about my story and/or what I do, please comment below or send me a note. I would love to chat with you.
The truth is, well...the truth is in your mind so if you "think" you can't afford to travel, you can't. If you don't even consider that travel is expensive and you "can't" then you likely will. I don't think about what I don't have or can't have, I focus on what is possible if I think outside the box. Most of my trips involve work of some kind: I travel on Press Trips a lot to create marketing content for the properties and brands that I visit. I also coach these brands and/or manage them to help them elevate what they are already doing. Sometimes my trips (airfare, accommodations, experiences) are part of a barter for services, and sometimes I pay and/or get paid in addition to the stay. Because I am open to the possibilities of offering the talents and services and skills that I have in exchange for amazing experiences they happen - they happen every single day, all over the world!
Making the big jump from the security of a corporate life into the unknown of creating a life for yourself takes an incredible amount of courage, daily. It also takes faith in many things, namely yourself. It takes compromise, big compromise, every single minute. And, mostly it takes getting clear about fear. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. If you are thinking about making this jump ask yourself these questions: Are you brave enough to jump trusting that you will fly? Do you trust yourself? Do you believe in your passion project, with your whole heart? Do you trust that things always work out for you? What "securities" could you give up? How light could you live? Are you not jumping because you are afraid? What are you afraid of? Is this fear legitimate?
I don't believe fear is real, so when I feel fear I name it. I know that I am on the right track when I feel fear because it means there is risk involved. You know the saying "fortune favors the brave?" It's true. So I feel it, I take a deep breath and I tell myself it isn't real. I trust that the Universe will provide magic for me if I listen to my intuition and follow my heart with clear intentions. If you think about this, how can this plan go wrong? Trusting myself and my passion has been my life's work and I still work on this, every day. I live a really, really light life. I have a modest apartment, I own my car, and I can't remember the last time I had a disposable income that allowed me to spend luxuriously on things I don't need. Getting here took some heart, I compromise my wishes and wants every day to live this life - and as a result, when something really splurgy happens to me it is extra delicious. This is why I LOVE that part of this life that I am creating for myself involves traveling to luxury properties, because it is not lost on me.