Who Is Your Hero? (Hint: It Could Be You)

My MFA Project

My work as an artist in graduate school began exploring the role of woman as hero in Homer’s epic “The Odyssey”. Penelope, wife of Odysseus, is the one that stays behind while her husband is off fighting in the Trojan Wars, then he wanders the world, adventuring, trying to get back home. Meanwhile, she keeps the home fires burning, she raises their son from boyhood to manhood, she defends their kingdom from usurpers with cunning and wit and she takes care of her people. I wanted to hear her voice and recognize her as a woman empowered. A true hero, I found her story as relevant today as it was in the 8th century B.C.

The work I do now in coaching uses different processes but my purpose is the same. I help my clients find their voice, access their strength and build their kingdoms, empowered. They do meet ‘monsters’ along the way — time stealers, soul killers, crushing responsibilities, serpentine messages from society, lack of confidence in their own capabilities. But they learn to access their strength and do the work, because they are motivated by purpose. It is work I am passionate about. I help them be their own hero.

Who is your hero?


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