I love working with individuals, groups and businesses to facilitate personal growth and fulfillment.
I am a certified life coach through JFK University Integrative Coaching Program. I launched my coaching practice, "Fully Expressed Potential" in 2005 and have been coaching full-time since then.
In 2017 I was selected to be a Chopra Center Life Coach. In this role, I support clients of the Chopra Center to stay on track with personal goals, spiritual growth and finding the joy and purpose of being the greatest version of themselves.
I wrote two books, "Fully Expressed Living: 50 Perspectives from Stuck to Fulfilled", and "Guided Meditation Coloring Book". Both are available on Amazon.
I have a passion for working with groups, either in workshops or as a facilitator. My favorite topics are personal growth, spiritual development, mindfulness, creativity and communication in life/relationships.
My background includes 20 years’ experience working in sales and business development, creativity, training/facilitation and leading events and retreats for business groups and women.
I love being Stella's mom.
I'm dedicated to giving my all as a parent and role-model. I love learning where to let go and where to take leadership as a mom. I am grateful to share this path in life with this amazing young woman I'm lucky enough to call my daughter.
From day one, I chose Art Therapy as my perfect career. I pursued my degree in psychology, then followed my heart and chose a degree in Art. My career path has always included a combination of art and helping people thrive. My first job out of college was in graphic design and I became an Art Director in Seattle.
A few years later, I pursued a sales position because I was attracted to the freedom and unlimited income potential. I was able to bring value to my clients using my art background. I learned to succeed in consulting , forming positive business relationships, and helping people use thier creativity.
I moved to my hometown in Ojai, California, and took a position at a fancy printing company, quickly becoming the top salesperson managing the company's biggest accounts. I thrived for years during what I lovingly referred to as my "Briefcase and Panty-Hose Era." During this time, I developed my business expertise. I helped launch countless business growth strategies and creative projects. I learned first-hand how creative environments function and thrive, and what it takes to build successful relationships in the business community.
When my "inner artist" needed more attention I created a line of greeting cards, illustrated an award winning children's book, and painted murals for friends and colleagues children's rooms.
I caught the entrepreneur bug realizing I could make a business out of doing what I loved (painting and creating and working with people). I established Novak Art Studio, specializing in children’s murals and I worked throughout the Bay Area. My murals were in demand for 15 years strong.
A few years later my divorce happened and I became a single mom raising my young daughter, knowing it was time to start an entirely new chapter. I enrolled to get my Master’s Degree in Counseling because I wanted to help people work though challenges and find creative solutions to move forward in life. I quickly became disillusioned by the scientific side of psychology, and one day a book about "LIFE COACHING" fell into my lap, and the power of synchronicity opened up my next career path.
I researched certification programs and couldn't wait to start a life coaching business. I attended the Ford Institute for Integrative Coaching at JFK University launched "Fully Expressed Potential" in 2005 where I speak, coach, write and facilitate groups. In addition, I create workbooks, coloring books, products to support mindfulness.
I wrote a monthly column in the newspaper for 2 years. Later I published my first book, “Fully Expressed Living: 50 Perspectives from Stuck to Fulfilled” now available on Amazon. My second book is in the works!
It occurs to me I have been my own Art Therapist since the very beginning. This is why I'm an entrepreneur at heart - the path of doing what you love is filled with growth and personal triumphs like no other.