Andrea Reisen: Healing Spirits


Here are the highlights of my interview with Andrea Reisen: Healing Spirits on Women Developing Brilliance.

Who is Andrea Reisen?

Andrea is far beyond just an herbalist and plant lover. She has a spiritual connection with the earth and believes in being in harmony with all of creation.

She and her husband grow organic herbs and medicinal mushrooms on their 30-acre farm in Wallace, New York.

When they aren’t working in the fields, you can find them sharing philosophical conversations over a cup of brewed tea, doing yoga, or teaching at herbal and agriculture conferences throughout the US and Canada.

Overcoming Darkness

Andrea is no stranger to failure.

She and her husband, Matthias tried their hand at dairy farming and ended up moving on from that venture when they realized it wasn’t financially viable.

It was from there that they looked back at herbs through a business lens. This also allowed them to keep and use the land that they grew to love.

Reisen also shares,...

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Kay Fabella: The Story Finder


Here are the highlights of the interview with Kay Fabella - The Story Finder on Women Developing Brilliance.

Who is Kay Fabella?

Kay is a storyteller and brand strategist, who crafts words for entrepreneurs to master their message, pivot their business efficiently, and connect with the people they were meant to serve.

A Los Angeles native based in Spain, she's worked with solopreneurs to Fortune 500s in English and Spanish. She has also been featured as an international speaker, writer, and storytelling expert in the Huffington Post and El País. When Kay's not making brand story magic, you can find her with her Spanish husband and their two cats, eating her way through Europe, or jet-setting between LA and Madrid.

Overcoming A Big Initial Business Challenge

Kay found herself with an amazing opportunity to write a series of blog posts for an influential online marketer in Spain. Of course, she jumped at the chance only to quickly realize that she wasn’t ready. Things...

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Kerry Jones: Indigo Tones - Come Alive With Color


Here are the highlights from my interview with Kerry Jones of Indigo Tones on Women Developing Brilliance. Enjoy!

Who is Kerry?

Kerry Jones is a certified color analyst. She utilizes the color science of Albert Munsell combined with the Seasonal Color Theory of the Impressionist painters to bring about color harmony.

She says, “Harmony happens when people are in alignment with their personal colors.”

She combines her passion for teaching, natural alternatives, career development, personal enrichment and color throughout her work.

Overcoming Struggles

When Jones first learned about color theory, she was using her teacher’s swatch books in her business.

(For reference, a swatch book is an integral tool which provides the client with their personal color wheel.)

Unexpectedly and tragically, her mentor was killed.

This left Kerry, and several of her peers in the color analysis field empty-handed and spinning in circles for a solution.

Confident in her...

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Michelle Wright, LAc.: People Heal Themselves


Here are the highlights of my interview with Michelle Wright, LAc. on Women Developing Brilliance

Who is Michelle?

After 10 years of being a special ed teacher, Michelle experienced an “aha” moment and knew that the healing arts was her passion. After that, she attended and graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and graduated with honors in 2010.

She’s been seeing patients ever since at her clinic, Naples Valley Acupuncture, in Naples, New York.

Overcoming Life’s Struggles

Deciding to quit a steady ten-year teaching position was no easy decision. But Wright pushed through the fear and took the risk to go back to school. She believes that if things are supposed “to be” then the path will just open up and flow with ease.

She also attributes the courage to leap from a conventional career to one of being a solopreneur to the love and support from her family.

Balancing work and home life is something that...

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Jessica Witherow: Mother Earth Inspired Wellness


Here are the highlights from my Women Developing Brilliance interview with Jessica Witherow: Mother Earth Inspired Wellness.

Who is Jessica Witherow?

Jessica is a licensed massage therapist practicing in the foothills of the Naples Valley, in Upstate New York. Her love for Mother Earth is steeped throughout everything in her brand from all natural products to eco-friendly print materials.

Overcoming Life’s Struggles

At age 30, Jessica realized that she was not feeling super comfortable in her body. She had put on a lot of weight and no longer was the athlete she once was. She began researching nutrition, went on a juice fast cycle, and committed to moving on the treadmill when the kids were napping.

Being able to stretch, regain the range of motion, and see and feel the transformation is what kept her going and dedicated.

That whole process gave her the confidence to go back to school and dive into her passion and career.

She now has an integrated approach that she is able to...

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Geenah Caragliu: Wild Plants Love You


Here are the highlights from my interview with Geenah Caragliu of Wild Plants Love You on Women Developing Brilliance.

Who is Geenah?

Geenah is a certified aromatherapist and herbalist that connects people to their highest quality of well being by inspiring them to invite the botanical world into their lives. She creates hand blended wildcrafted or garden grown herbal + Aromatic products.

Overcoming Life’s Struggles

From as far back as being a little girl, Geenah found solace and an escape in Nature. A deep connection and peace came from the trees and the forest, which she continues to draw on.

In the early stages of her aromatherapy product line, creating labels was a massive headache. After, a ton of struggles with the computer and connecting with other makers, she landed on printing her labels on full sheets and then hand punching them after. She calls this her “silver lining” when it came to the packaging.

Persevering and reaching out to other people in the...

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Jessica Uys: From Corporate to Coaching


Here are the highlights from my Women Developing Brilliance interview with Jessica Uys - From Corporate to Coaching.

Who is Jessica?

Jessica Uys is a Transformation Coach that helps people uncover deep personality patterns so that they gain valuable insights and are better equipped to make choices that best align with their desired goals. She is trained to be insightful after 15 years of Consumer Insights in the corporate world.

She now utilizes her experience in her current coaching practice and mixes in intuition, breath work, and enneagram tools to offer a multi-faceted approach. This allows the client to know themselves in a deeper way, which in turns gives them powerful resources to improve their life and business.

Overcoming Life’s Struggles

Uys worked hard to develop a BodyTalk practice. After six years, she cultivated a thriving business. However, when she stopped to truly reflect, she realized the face to face healing work based in the past was actually exhausting.


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Dianne Miller: Cultivating Community Through Quilting


Here are the highlights from my Women Developing Brilliance interview with Dianne Miller on Cultivating Community Through Quilting.

Who is Dianne?

Dianne is a forever creative. She says, “For as long as I can remember I could be found with a needle and thread or paper and crayons, always happily creating.”

She now owns and operates Carriage House Quilts in Naples, NY. This is not only a gathering place for the community to join like-minds and artistic souls, it’s a safe space to cultivate conversation, celebrate wins, and establish lifetime memories one piece at a time.

Overcoming Life’s Struggles

Taking in a multitude of other people’s suggestions and opinions was a challenge for Miller. She had to establish boundaries that would help her stay in alignment with her true nature, as well as meet her personal business goals. At the end of the day, she kept the advice that could be implemented and discarded the rest in order to maintain integrity.  


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Alex Strauss: The Mindful Walker


Here are the highlights from my Women Developing Brilliance interview with Alex Strauss, The Mindful Walker.

Who is Alex?

Alex Strauss is an author, editor, speaker, and creative entrepreneur. She published The Mindful Walker to encourage and support people to regularly connect with the Natural World to promote energy, creativity, and bliss.

Overcoming Life’s Struggles

Alex, like many of us, was used to “holding the reins” of her busy life and pushed herself to burnout.

After hitting a low point, she discovered “that everything we need to handle anything life throws at us is already inside of us. We just need a way to bring it back to the surface, out from under all the busyness and worry of our everyday lives.”

She now makes going outside and connecting with Nature (and herself) a daily priority. In this tuning in, she finds she hears a personal calling to create and live in flow.

Her Next Big Project

Alex is getting her book ready for the audio...

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Petra Page-Mann: Seeds with Soul


Here are the highlights of Seeds with Soul with Petra Page-Mann.

Who is Petra?

Petra is a farmer whose passion for food and people spills over into everything she touches. In 2012 she founded Fruition Seeds to share seeds, knowledge and inspiration gardeners need to be more successful in the Northeast. Her belief is that seeds and people have the power to change the world.


Overcoming Life’s Struggles

On a personal note, being an extrovert Petra finds it’s all too easy to look externally for validation. Page-Mann is conscious that she needs to draw on her core for self-confidence and love.

On a business note, over 80% of seeds sold are owned by 1 company. Being one of the few truly independent seed companies and scaling is no easy road.

Gleaning from the qualities of genetic diversity, much like her farming ecosystem, Petra knows that she can not do it alone. She taps into her Community and trusted resources in times of need. With the mindset that we have the...

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