Me

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Hi you.  I’m Michele.

Author & Illustrator. Mentor & Mobilizer. Grace clinger. Pixel tamer. Sunset gazer. Creative Catalyst. Dream Wrangler. Wonder Curator. Paradigm Iconoclast. Storyteller & Speaker.  Living proof that God can do anything through anyone who dares to say yes to Him.

I’m also the world’s most unlikely candidate for almost everything in my life. I’m the girl who the world told to be realistic and settle down with my limitations.  Born without my left hip and leg and with a myriad of other congenital abnormalities, I had quite a few limits to consider.  But, I’m just not the kind to settle.

I walked right into a war zone in Africa in 2006 with Jesus and saw hundreds of children’s lives transformed by Him. Me. The girl who thinks mascara belongs in a survival kit and whose idea of camping is a spa day spent 7 years {2006-2013} without running water or electricity in an African war zone rescuing children who were being trafficked or exploited.

I founded an international ministry base with a children’s rescue home , church plants and primary school along with many other community projects for Iris Global {Heidi & Rolland Baker}. It is still impacting hundreds of lives and changing the shape of its community. I got to walk out the dream of a lifetime with my Sudanese family to see a new nation be born from the ashes of war.

After 18 rounds with cerebral malaria and multiple other tropical illnesses, my health crashed in late 2012-2013 and my nervous, immune and adrenal systems all but shut down forcing me to move back to the USA.  Even after the battle of my life fighting to get my health back, I still deal with profound repercussions every day.

But with much wisdom and heaps of grace, I’m still moving forward one step at a time.

My time in Africa taught me many things about embracing the bravest journey of all.  To become exactly who I am created to be and find all I am in all He is. The journeys that matter most always start inside us.

A FEW FUN FACTS

  • I’m an entrepreneur, business coach & brand strategist/designer passionate about championing women, creatives and entrepreneurs; helping them build purposeful, authentic brands and businesses that flourish through unlocking the power of story.
  • Watercolor, ink and water-based mixed media are my happy place. And I just launched a line of bespoke wedding stationery.
  • I wore mascara 90% of the time in the bush.  It really does belong in a survival kit.  I promise.
  • You will really see me get excited if we start talking about any combination of authentic community, women in leadership, creativity, story-led growth and/or social entrepreneurship.
  • I’m almost finished with my MA in Organizational Leadership & dreaming about my next degree.
  • I’m write about recognizing, breaking free, & healing from spiritual abuse because it is a journey I have lived.
  • I’m pretty sure coffee is a food group & cold brew is a spiritual experience.
  • My life goal is 1 John 4:16: Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
  • I believe following Jesus is about relationship, not a world religion or religious system. Writings from ancient Celtic saints and contemplatives are water to my soul.
  • Love Has A Face, my first book, chronicles my first two years in South Sudan pioneering the ministry base there. My second book, An Invitation to the Supernatural Life was released to five star reviews in 2012 and is a practical exploration about how to walk deeply, intimately and powerfully with Jesus.
  • This is my 30th year as an inspirational speaker. I love seeing people connect with God’s heart and be released into the more we are created for in Him.

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