I’m fourteen years old visiting my dad in San Francisco when he tells me he’s gay. It would be a gross understatement to say I wasn’t ready for that. Having a gay dad wasn’t part of my story. Except now it was.
I realized that I had a choice: I could continue to let my story be shaped by external forces, or I could begin to shape my own narrative. I chose the latter.
This decision to take control of how I told my story was transformative. I now was able to recognize and accept my truth, and I felt a sense of agency that I hadn't felt previously. My personal evolution to embrace my own story allowed me to connect more deeply with other people. Knowing my story has made me genuinely curious about the stories of others.
In September of 2000, my father died of AIDS. The desperate sadness and loss I felt after his death propelled me to continually learn and grow and explore my story even further. I also realized that my dad never really got to tell his full story––it was largely told by other people.
Through the lens of my dad's untold story, I began to see more clearly how underrepresented and marginalized groups of people don’t have the same voice as people on the upside of power––how they aren't always able to tell their own stories. I also began to recognize my own privileged status, and I felt compelled to use that privilege––and the power that comes with it––for good. The work I do is rooted in empathy and compassion.
And I know the work you do comes from a similar place. You’re working on something that’s improving the world––something transformative, maybe even revolutionary. But does the world know your story? Is your whole story being told? I can help you find your story and tell it with clarity and purpose.
I've been a writer and a teacher for over fifteen years. I use this experience to help you unearth your story, and then tell it in a compelling way. When you truly own your story you connect more deeply with your audience, build more meaningful relationships, create a more successful business, and lead a happier existence.
You’ve got a story inside you––you might just need a little help telling it.
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