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Who am I ?

a free-spirit. a big dreamer. a believer. a creator. a speaker. a writer. a coach. a wine drinker and chocolate indulger. a searcher, a yearner, a passionate learner. an MA grad in communication from University of Illinois. a BFA grad in theatre performance from Ryerson. a yogi teacher. a big musical theatre fan. a lover of gerbera daisies and bubblebaths. a marathon runner. a triathlete (well, only completed one so far!) a daughter. a sister. an auntie. a godmother. a friend.

What am I all about?

living big. You only get one shot at this life ~ so why play small? From volunteering at Mother Teresa’s Missions of Charity in Calcutta or at HIV+ orphanages in Thailand, to living in an Ashram practicing intense yoga and meditation to bungee jumping (in nothing but my birthday suit!!) in Greece, and from getting dreadlocks to shaving my head (and raising $10,000 for breast cancer research to boot!) there isn’t anything --- well, almost anything! --- that I wouldn’t be willing to try at least once. My Mum used to call me a sponge, as I want to soak up all that life has to offer.

it’s all about the journey. I believe that life is a journey, not a destination (even though it’s a constant practice for me!). Although you can’t choose what happens to you in life, you can choose how you show up, who you want to be, and what you want to do about it.

living in the here and now. My yoga teacher once said ‘you are either nowhere I or you’re nowhere.’ And one of my fave quotes: “yesterday is the past, tomorrow is the future, today is a gift ~ that’s why it’s called the present.” All we have is right now, right here. Why not make it count?!?

choosing happy. I truly believe we can choose to create whatever it is we want for ourselves and our lives. I choose to create a sense of happy. It may not be possible every day, but I am on a mission to create happiness in the present by living as boldy, as brightly, and as bravely in every moment as I can.

celebration and gratitute. Need I say more?!? EVERY DAY, there are numerous things we can find to celebrate and be grateful for. You want to live a big life? Of course you do! So find time to celebrate – even the smallest of things (you remembered to floss? Break out the china I say!) – and be grateful (gratitude list anyone?!?) for something every single day.

doing something that matters. I believe each of us has the capacity to make a difference in this world – and I want to do just that – somehow, somewhere. I believe each of us has our own G.E.N.I.U.S. ... ready to be sparked! And when you recognize your genius, and allow yourself to shine, you give others permission to shine, too.

Biography:

A woman's empowerment coach and inspirational speaker, Carol is on a mission to ‘Spark your G.E.N.I.U.S.™’ ~ a program she created for fabulous women to embrace and celebrate their true brilliance. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance and an MA in Communication, and loves living BIG (how many folks can say they’ve lived in an Ashram, shaved their head, or bungee jumped naked?) But it wasn’t always that way. She was fresh out of theatre school, with nothing but a dream to make it on Broadway, when her mother’s passing changed everything. Carol has since learned that life is simply too short not to live in the here and now, and only YOU can believe in you.

Carol has lived in 7 different countries (including Thailand, New Zealand, & Germany) as well as volunteered and/or travelled through an additional 25. She also speaks Spanish, French, German, and conversational Thai. She is also a volunteer bereavement facilitator, marathon runner, and certified yoga instructor.