I’m Holly, and I’m a creative, multi-passionate gal.
What does that mean?
I’m glad you asked. It means I have many interests and creative pursuits. I have no “one true calling” as specialists do. I have many paths, and I want to pursue them all (usually simultaneously). I thrive on learning new things with a beginner’s curiosity, trying shit out, and mastering new skills. My nightstand is piled high with at least 6 books at any one time, on various topics. I have at least 4 journals going at a time, with little bits of the latest topic that has my interest.
You might think this is flaky, but it really isn’t. My Zone of Genius is where collaboration, innovation and creativity collide. I work best when I have multiple side hustle & passion projects on the go. These allow me to switch back & forth and keep learning.
My super powers are thinking outside of the box, and speaking the language of many different types of people and businesses. I have a variety of unique & varied skill sets from customer service to digital marketing to gardening. I acquire new skills at the speed of light. If you’re strategizing, brainstorming or taking knowledge from multiple fields to form new solutions, I’m the person you want around the table.
1: I choose the wild life, intentionally.
I was born an urban city kid, born in Burlington, Ontario. In the summers, we would escape to the beach in Kincardine, Ontario.
One day, this outdoor girl woke up and wondered why we lived there when my husband and I are constantly seeking trails. So, we moved to Alberta. My soul lives in the outdoors, with my hands in the garden dirt, with the beach sand on my toes, the exhilaration of the mountains in my heart. At my truest self, this is where you’ll find me.
2: I tell stories & build communities.
I can’t help it. At my core, I’m a storyteller. I delight in telling stories – yours, mine, and the ones about the business you formed out of passion. Leadership is a natural thing to me. I believe in teaching what I know, and when I ask “how are you?”, I really lean in to listen to the answer. I see synergies on how we can help each other and I believe collaboration is the key to success – but more on that later.
3: I’m all-in on growth, creativity, and innovation.
So – I am sharing the crappy parts of the story (the part where I burned myself into the ground and lost my galbladder). I am sharing the things I’m challenging myself on (like wearing a bikini). We are doing ourselves, other women, and the world a disservice by not telling these stories. These stories of ours – the non-highlight reel stories, the ones that make you afraid to hit publish are the greatest stories we need to share. We need more people to be vulnerable and share real stories, not just the highlight reels.
Living the Wild & Free Life
My family and I live our wild & free life in Lac Ste Anne County, Alberta. Our 11 acre property contains our own backyard forest, a 1/4 acre garden, chickens, rabbits and one hairy border collie.
We’re currently building our DIY house – from the ground up.
When we’re not growing our own food, running through sprinklers and climbing trees, you’ll find us at the local hockey arena, building new wood projects, doing yoga, dancing our butts off in the kitchen, and getting competitive at board games.
We’ve been known to go on a road trip at a moments notice, and to pursue geocaches and Pokemons with abandon.
I believe strongly in the power of community. Our stories are powerful when shared. Our stories invoke clarity and possess the power to move hearts, minds and souls. In my corporate life, I worked as a Community Development Coordinator for over 14 years and saw the powerful things that can happen when we work together. Collaboration not competition is how we move mountains to a vibrant, resilient communities.
I believe rural + small town life holds the key. I live and love in small town, rural Alberta. And I believe with a passion that small town life has what the rest of the world craves. Rural life houses the most innovative + creative people I know – because we’re making due with what we’ve got, creating it instead of just consuming it, and supporting each other along the way.
I believe in creative, multi-passionate people. I love inspiring entrepreneurs. I heart people with passion that GO FOR IT. I love the creatives, the innovative, the inspired. I love teasing out little grains of ideas and seeing if they fit. I love creative catalyst conversations admiring all the angles, and brainstorming clarity through the darkest, bleakest “who am I” moments.
Deep, soulful conversations are what lights me up. At heart, I’m the best cheerleader you’ll ever have, I’m the BFF who will hold space for you in your emotional storms, seeking the clarity & light you already have within you. I’ll sing your song back to you so you can move forward. Actions follow emotions!
Nature is the greatest healer of everyone. The natural world holds the key to healing our addiction to smartphones, and the glorification of busyness. When healing energy is needed, I start at natural sources, and have been known to compel my family and friends outdoors to start the process. Mother Gaia has our very best medicine, we’ve just forgotten this. This drives me to grow my own food, hug trees, and walk around with crystals in my pocket.
We are all creators. Enough said.