So, why work with me? Because I’ve been in your shoes.

When I was young, I wanted to be a professional singer and pop star. However, singing at bars inhaling second-hand smoke and hitting the road to support my dream just wasn’t really appealing to a newlywed like me. Back in the “olden days”, YouTube wasn’t around to help you get discovered, so I decided I needed a day job.

In college, I worked at a local NPR radio station on campus as a radio announcer for most of my college career. I created an alter-ego named “Aurora”, spoke in a deep, sultry voice, and played jazz music that I liked from 9pm to midnight. I had lots of fans, but I’m not sure if it was because they liked my song choices or because I reminded them of gals you might encounter by calling a 1-900 number!

I parlayed that experience into an entry level job at the local cable television operator and rose quickly up the cable industry corporate ladder as a public relations and marketing professional. I kept a side business too as an actor and vocalist singing at wedding receptions and local events as well as acting in training films and commercials. All was going well until my life changed and I became a parent to not just one baby but two when our twins were born.

Lack of sleep might have aggravated the problem but I started really hating my job. I resented having to be at the office at 7am to participate in East Coast meetings and staying late for West Coast meetings. I saw my kids for maybe an hour or two on weeknights and was exhausted on the weekends because I had to cram laundry, housecleaning, grocery shopping, etc. on top of trying to spend quality time with the kids and my husband. And what I really hated — I had no “Me” time. In short, I WAS MISERABLE.

That’s when I made a decision. A decision to create a life I wanted. A satisfying career AND work/life balance. I am living breathing proof that it is possible, and I can help you too.

I created Encore WorkLife to help others who, like me, have been successful in their careers but for whatever reason, need to make a change. I called it Encore WorkLife because it reminded me of how theater audiences would yell, “Encore! Encore! Bravo! Bravo!” when you had a great show and they wanted you to come out for just one more performance. I know if I can do it, you can do it. I can teach you to have an Encore WorkLife too.