About Michelle

WHO I AM

I’m glad you are here. I want you to know that.

I am a writer, speaker, adoption educator and life coach who lives on a sweet, little farm in beautiful Southern California, with my husband and children. After twenty-something years, I still think my husband, David, is the most handsome man in the world. I love being the mom to our four children. My children came to me through marriage, adoption, and birth… they are all mine. My heart could never tell the difference between them. Three are grown now and we are blessed to have one grandson. Between you and me, I am planning on having lots of grandchildren.

This blog bloomed from my love for writing, sharing and helping others.  I enjoy blogging about family, food, and fun activities – as well as adoption.  Because I am a life coach for women, I also encourage women to live a healthy lifestyle with home/work/life balance and self-care. You will find tips and coaching tools shared on this blog as well.

I, 100% love my calling and am certified as a Life Coach.  I have always had the natural inclination to help others to healthily move forward in their life.  Different situations in my own life have been an effective teacher as well. I know from experience how important it is to take a step back at times and prayerfully re-evaluate changes that need to take place.  The truth is that I have had to deal with some difficult life circumstances. There was a time when I began to feel overwhelmed and though I was functioning, I was not really living.  I needed to make changes to become healthy and balanced again.

Change is difficult, but it is a choice that we all have and it can be done.

I prayed a lot for discernment and enlisted the help of my own life coach. Together, we made a plan to simplify the areas of my life that caused me stress, organized an area of life that I needed outside eyes on and made a doable plan for me to care for myself as life had gotten a bit out of balance. It took consistent effort but is so well worth it. My well being has benefited not only me and my family but every other part of my life as well. During that time, I initially looked at it as a setback. To reflect on it now, it was a period where my faith grew and every part of me became more healthy. This “setback” was actually a launching toward for my dreams. I believe God allows us to experience things – even hard things – so that we can more effectively and authentically help others. Sometimes we need some help figuring out how to get from point A to where we are being called to go. It is my calling to help others to figure out their calling and to live their purpose.

I really love to help other women to be their best selves, living freely and confidently, utilizing their God-given gifts and talents. I refer to this as experiencing your “life in bloom.”  I am here to meet you right where you are at – right now – and let’s see where God leads you to bloom.

We all need to engage with and be given encouragement and inspiration from others.  I  hope that you will receive that here.  I so look forward to connecting with you.

What I love doing

Coaching Women

As a Christian, personal growth and development coach for women, my hope is to help you shift in areas you feel convicted. I help you to define your God given gifts and utilize them. You have a unique purpose!
#bloomlifecoaching

Adoption

One of the greatest callings in my life is to help others with adoption. I've spent many years watching miracles take place as I serve Adoptive Families and Birth Moms through their journey.
#adoptioncenterofhope

Homemaking

I love to create a warm and welcoming home for my family. Decorating for holidays, redecorating our living spaces and DIY projects are always in the works.
#myhappyplace

Cooking Delicious, Healthy Food

I love when everybody is around our table. I love it even more when I know they are eating something healthy. Having a yummy, balanced meal is easy to put together and can be quicker than waiting in that fast food drivethru.
#goodandgoodforyou

Watching My Children's Activities

There is nothing better than watching my kids utilize the gifts and talents God has given them. Grow that character! Develop those good work habits!
#gokidsgo

Photography

I love to take pictures and memorialize all of our family activities and events. I am having fun developing my photography skills and share my photos (and others, too) here on the blog.
#thelightinghastoberight

Road Trips

I love a quick get away or a planned out road trip. The fact that we are all in the car together, exploring some place new, makes my heart happy.
#yeswearealmostthere

Gardening

I like the free therapy that gardening gives me. There is just something about putting my hands in the dirt. Growing pretty flowers and vegetables that we can eat is one of my life's simple pleasures.
#simplejoys

Where you can find me