Tuesday, September 6, 2011

In the Drawing Room: Michelle Ward

ITDR-when-i-grow-up

Hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend! I have a special treat for you in the Drawing Room this morning. If the words amazeballs and awesomesauce didn't give it away, performing in my studio today is the colorful and fascinating Michelle Ward, the When I Grow Up Coach. I first met Michelle when she was balancing her coaching business with a corporate career. Early last year she took a huge gulp, turned in the keys to her corporate life and went solo. Now Michelle guides people out of their career misery on a full time basis, helping them to craft meaningful vocations and creative lives for themselves. She has become an expert source & contributor about creative coaching for Newsweek, Forbes, and Psychology Today, and she has led workshops and seminars all over the place, including SXSW 2011 and the sold-out Etsy Success Symposium.

And on a personal note, Michelle and I have collaborated on multiple projects over the past few years, and she's a joy to work with -- a creative fireball who always leaves me energized and inspired. So of course I had to doodle her! There's only so much I could put on one page, so here's some more fun stuff about her that I couldn't squeeze into the drawing:

*She and her husband Luke: 1) were delivered by the same doctor, a year and a half apart; 2) call themselves Team Awesome (he had a logo made and they gave out Team Awesome mugs as favors at their wedding); 3) were on their very favorite reality show, Renovation Realities, just a few months ago; and 4) appeared on the front page of the New York Times Real Estate section because of how he proposed.

*The first concert she attended was Debbie Gibson (Radio City Music Hall, June 1988) -- and still has the T-shirt.

*Made her Mom do her hair however Cindy Brady was wearing it that episode - because she thought she looked like her when she was 5.

*In 8th grade she played the cast recording of Miss Saigon so much that it broke. She was in camp, and had her Mom overnight her a new one. It was an emergency.

*Her college roommate admitted to going into her closet to "just take in all the colors." Doesn't recall ever wearing all-black unless it was for a chorus concert.

I could prattle on at doodle book length about her, but alas, I have to get back to de-Artsyville-ing the house. So that wraps up our show! Get a daily dose of Michelle on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog. She has something fun cooking on her blog nearly every day -- interviews, giveaways, inspiring stories, encouragement, and -- my favorite series -- Tough Question Tuesdays.

Wishing you all a great week! Thanks again, Michelle, for opening your colorful world to us!

22 comments:

painted fish studio said...

holy cow, you know some seriously kick-ass people! i love michelle already, and i've only known about her for 30 seconds!

Amanda Fall - PersistentGreen said...

Ahh, Aimee, this series is just brilliant! I love these unusual peeks into personal space. You have a way of pulling out juicy details we never get in "normal" interviews.

Have you thought about a way of trying to sell these as commissions? I think they would make fabulous birthday presents, anniversary gifts, graduation gifts...oh my, the possibilities are endless.

We Blog Artists said...

Heading over there now...
Thanks for sharing.
hugs
Char.x

M said...

I ditto Amanda! I absolutly LOVE this series!! You rock!!

la ninja said...

frankly, you need nothing doing.
you throw the seeds in a pot. you water them.
your friends laugh at you 'cos you've thrown the whole pack of seeds, rather than a few, in (what do you bloody know?)
you keep watering them now and again.
you move them to a bigger pot.

you go away on holiday for three weeks.
you have a friend water them now and again.
you come back: presto. green (red) food.

(I'm aware I've sort of interfered with this comment section. however, I wanted to give you an answer. tra la la.)

bohemiannie! art said...

I totally love what painted fish studio said...and agree! I also love your doodles of her...makes me want to know her - and you - more.

Andria said...

I'm loving this series...always enjoy learning about these interesting folks, and reading about them in your inimitable doodling style!

whenigrowupcoach said...

Thank you for giving me the Warm Fuzzies times infinity, Miss Aimee! I'm so very super lucky to call you my friend.

Chel said...

That is just so cool- all of it! So much inspiration!

Inner Toddler said...

a powerhouse! love this weekly doodle meet and greet.

Anairam said...

Jeez, al that energy makes me feel tired!

Rabbit Hole Report said...

I love your "show," Aimee. What a fun, colorful way to get to know Michelle. And you!

rachel awes said...

michelle sounds fascinating!
we were recently at our cabin with a gorgeous couple & two of their ukuleles, a mandolin & guitar...much fun was had! & i have a red guitar named amy!! (different spelling/but still aimee love!).
love how all the strings bring us together. xox

iHanna said...

Awesome poster/interview/fun facts. Juicy details that makes me want to know lots more

cath c said...

:)

Beth Niquette said...

Oh, Aimee--that is a wonderful tribute to your friendship and creative synergism! I LOVE it!

We Three 3 said...

Wow she sounds like a dynamo! Thank you for the introduction. i can't wait to check out her blog, etc. etc.
Thanks for stopping by my blog, I appreciate your kind words, as always!

Carmen said...

Love it Aimee... and I *heart* Michelle!

Cindy said...

you two are going to make beautiful music together when you connect in person! it might set off the geiger counters making people think there was another earthquake :)!

freebird said...

She sounds so unique!

Zen-Chakra said...

Punky brewster! Totally, her fashion sense rocked!

AG Ambroult said...

oh my god. I don't know her. HOW do I not know her? Thanks for the introduction! I'm psyched!