I love working with individuals, groups, relationships and entrepreneurs to facilitate personal growth and fulfillment. I am a certified life coach through JFK University Integrative Coaching Program. I launched my coaching business, "Fully Expressed Potential" in 2005.
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 their own joy and purpose.
I wrote two books, "Fully Expressed Living: 50 Perspectives from Stuck to Fulfilled", and "Guided Meditation Coloring Book".
Both are available on Amazon.
My favorite topics are spiritual development, mindfulness, creativity and communication skills in life/relationships.
My background includes a successful career working in sales and marketing in the printing industry, owning a mural painting studio, and multiple projects as a professional illustrator. I teach workshops on creativity, lead events and offer retreats throughout the year.
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. She's currently studying Communications and Tech Management at UC Santa Barbara pursuing her dreams and achieving great things!
I decided to be an Art Therapist when I grew up, obviously because art was my go-to place for peace and joy. I pursued a degree in psychology, then switched to getting my 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 was attracted to being in a sales position because I loved the freedom and unlimited income potential. I was able to bring value to my clients using my artist background. I learned to succeed in consulting , forming positive business relationships, and helping people use their own creativity to succeed.
I was offered a bigger sales position at a fancy printing company near my hometown of Ojai in Southern California. I quickly became the top salesperson managing the company's largest 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.
I always had an inner yearning toward being an entrepreneur. I created a line of greeting cards, illustrated an award winning children's book, and painted murals for friends and colleagues children's rooms. Then I realized I could create my own business out of these services.
I established Novak Art Studio, specializing in children’s murals and I painted full time throughout the Bay Area. This adventure taught me first hand the value of marketing and self-promotion. I created relationship with top Interior Designers and commercial clients to grow my business. Soon I had a waiting list, abundant referrals and my murals were in demand for 15 years strong.
After my daughter was born and my divorce happened, I added a certification in Life Coaching to begin a new chapter. I was excited to use my skills and passion for supporting people and being a force of creativity where it's needed.
I wrote a column about personal growth in my local newspaper for 2 years. I turned these articles into my first published book, “Fully Expressed Living: 50 Perspectives from Stuck to Fulfilled” now available on Amazon.
I started illustrating children's books and creating adult coloring books. My next book, "Guided Meditation Coloring Book" was published in 2018.
Check out my publishing and illustration company at
I realize that I have been my own Art Therapist since day one. This is why I'm an entrepreneur at heart - the path of doing what you love and following your heart is filled with growth and personal triumphs like no other. Priceless. Fully Expressed!