Michelle in a Minute
’Share with me’... is the invisible sign that I feel is tattooed on my forehead.
For as long as I can recall, people feel comfortable sharing their adventures and life's journey with me, whether it be their darkest secrets, their fears, or their triumphs and joys. Now 50+, I love learning and helping others.
Most of my life I have helped small business owners with their marketing and graphic design, then I took a detour into something quite different - I trained as a Funeral Director. Connecting with families in their darkest hour was a blessing, however I felt helpless that there was nothing I could do for them ongoing, they were left to manage on their own. So into Life Coaching I trained and soon discovered that words do not come easy for many people. Most of us find it difficult to convey our true feelings in words and that is where art came in. Art Therapy shows us many ways that our connection with art can represent our feelings and emotions, a true way of expression.
So you can see, I have enjoyed many life-lessons consisting of mis-take(s) and successes and I recognise that it's all been 'work-experience' to get me to here. I started my art journey very young and left it behind for many years and 2020 allowed me to pivot into becoming my true authentic self, as an Expressive Art Therapist; which has become my tool for helping and teaching others about their own emotional wellbeing, by listening and hearing what they need to say, assisting them to thrive in areas that are passionate for them.
In bullet points, so far...
Amazing (and unusual) working experiences:
I've spent 15+ years as a graphic designer, creating and supporting women in business to shine.
Hosted community based women's networking group for five years, bringing women together to thrive personally and professionally.
Experienced years as a Funeral Director, navigating families through their darkest days.
Made redundant numerous times during my early corporate career, teaching me the skill of a pivot.
Written books/contributed to books:
I'm a published author!!! a book about relationship triangles; The Temptation Triangle (based on my life events) rel. 2011 (nee. Scales).
Contributing-author in Ludwina Dautovic's; Online Marketing 3.0 (and designed the cover). rel.2012.
Adv. Diploma in Art Therapy.
Certified Life Coach.
Cert IV Graphic Designer.
Self-taught artist (see artworks for current works).
And mostly I'm the proudest mum of two teens, together we work through the challenges of life, we love walking on the beach with our dogs, enjoy a good board-game and a cuppa tea anytime of the day.
I have enjoyed all that these experiences have brought to my life and am extremely grateful as they remind me to make everyday as rewarding as possible.
So, enough about me, what about you?