Home: Charlotte, NC. Age: 47. Profession: Transformative coach. Organization: Big Joy Theory. Title: Joy Maximizer. Significant other: Tomer Yogev. Alma mater: University of Michigan.
Current project: Learning to build authentic community. Recent recognition: Kisses from best dog ever. Latest accomplishment: Break through coaching session with incredibly powerful soul. Latest contribution to others: More space to love and understand the power and brilliance of their own heart in action. Last book read: The Red Lion: The Elixir of Eternal Life, by Maria Szepes. Recently viewed and recommended: Mully Movie. Recent unique acquisition: Bull oxcart shelf & coffee table.
Moral compass: Wisdom of my own heart. How do you define a perfect friendship? Perfectly imperfect in all the right ways. What is at the top of your bucket list? Nothing. Just threw the bucket out! How do you relieve stress? Breathing. What is your go-to workout? Meditation.
What book have you repeatedly read? The Art of Loving, by Erich Fromm. What’s featured prominently on your office wall? Two golden ceramic birds of joy. What movie have you repeatedly watched? Spirited Away. What is the best advice you received in your career? There is no point learning to swim in shark-infested waters. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Cell phones freed me from being tethered to my desk. What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Nature.
What is your big idea? Joy as the mechanism of growth and evolution. What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Centering the power of the heart above that of the brain. What change would you like to see in the world? For people to love themselves enough to want to fight to not fight, to never have to fight again. What message do you want to send out into the world? Breathe and love yourself to joy. What widely held belief do you reject? I believe that humans are designed for self love, not competition.
What title would you choose for the movie about your life? The Power of Joy Within. What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Angela Basset. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Celebrating humanity and dancing with my chosen family. What advice would you give your younger self? You are right! Everyone has the innate right to love themselves. What day in your life would you like to re-live? Tomorrow. What period in your life would you do differently if you could? Never going back. Evolution moves forward.
Personal mission: Empower leaders to live and lead from the wisdom of their joy within. Personal motto: Choose joy. Favorite quote: "Joy is more than a moment. It is a lifetime of possibility." Desired epitaph: Forever in joy.