Hi there! I'm Michelle.
In 2010 I was working as a freelance video producer and making comedy and music videos on YouTube. My comedy-duo vlog channel, Grace N Michelle, had just blown up (in the good way) and my life had also taken a tragic turn. My Mother, who was only 55, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. At the same time, I met my now good friend Marie Forleo, who was looking to move her business into the online video world.
I began working as her video producer on various projects in the personal development realm and caught the bug myself. I started a cheeky YouTube channel called Fart with Headphones on, combining personal development with downright silliness, which appealed greatly to my core audience at the time: teenagers obsessed with the internet.
One day, because of the videos I was making on that channel, a Life Coach reached out to me via email to inquire about my future career aspirations. In particular, she wanted to know if I had ever thought about becoming a coach. As it happens, I was researching coach training programs at the very moment her email popped into my inbox.
Well... I took that as a sign.
I took a huge leap and left my video production business behind to become a coach, and while that transition was not easy by any stretch... I finally felt like I was doing what I was meant to do on this planet.
I can't say I had no doubts in the last five years of coaching, and I think doubt is just a symptom of doing important and challenging things...
But I can definitely say that before coaching, I wasn't truly living.
Before my Mom finally succumbed to cancer in November of 2011, I had one last conversation to let her know what I would be embarking upon. I told her I was going to be a coach and change people's lives (even though I had no idea how to do that at the time) and I told her I was doing it because of her consistent example of what it looks like to be of service to others.
I live my life as a tribute to her kindness and brilliance, a well as her ability to be really annoying and almost always right :)
On my best days, I annoy and delight my clients in equal measure, because no one LIKES to hear the truth reflected at them (but thanks, Mom, it was helpful) and everyone could use someone in their life who really believes in them.
I trained with the best coach training program in the world (Accomplishment Coaching) for a full year.
After graduation, I stayed on for their advanced leadership program and have been training coaches and leading teams with AC since 2013.
I have completed 2000 hours of paid coaching with private clients, and countless pro-bono hours.
I am a PCC (Professional Certified Coach) through the International Coach Federation, and I'm currently working on attaining my Master Certified Coach credential.