Luminary Profile: Michelle Ward

Michelle Ward, aka the When I Grow Up Coach has taken creative career coaching to a new level! When she’s not helping her private & group clients turn their passions into lucrative careers, she’s strumming her ukulele and singing songs that we can’t get out of our heads. We absolutely love her contagious positivity & know you will, too.

If you could share a piece of wisdom or comfort with a younger version of yourself, what would it be? 

Trust yourself to be your own business advisor. You know more than you think you do, and much more than you give yourself credit for. Banish the “shoulds” and make decisions from those authentic spots in your gut and your heart – but don’t rush yourself there, either. The baby steps you’re taking are going to lead to a super-strong foundation. Keep on building it in the way that makes you confident and comfortable, and that will lead to being A Success.


What is the simplest change you’ve made in your life that has had the biggest positive impact? 

Switching to a mostly-vegetarian diet. While I can never give up meat entirely (seriously, it’s way too yummy!), I won’t have it more than 2 or 3 times a week (I used to have it every day!) and I’ll do my best to make sure it’s mostly organic. I got diagnosed with boob cancer in November, and reading the book Anti-Cancer has led me to make a lot of “simple” changes (which I didn’t think would be so simple at first, but totally turned out to be!) that have allowed me to feel like I’m taking the best possible care of myself. That’s a big win emotionally, too.



What foods & practices are essential to your wellbeing?  

Long baths with a book and my She & Him playlist. “Dates” with my husband (anything out of the house that’s us one-on-one is classified as a “date”). Girls night out on a regular basis. Singing. Seeing theater. Time spent with my Mom. Getting outside for significant amounts of time on beautiful days. And since The Diagnosis, lots of organic foods, way more veggies than usual (especially in the morning – I never thought I’d wanna drink kale and spinach willingly!), and consistent exercise with yoga, jogging, kickboxing and Zumba. 


What experiences nourish your soul when you’re feeling depleted?  

I think everything I listed above goes here, too! Baths, time with my husband/friends/family (I’m an extreme extrovert, so I often need to get out of my home office and make a social connection to regain my energy), a good book, some exercise, an hour or two in the park. Oh, I could also add watching whatever show I’m invested in at the time. As of now it’s Friday Night Lights – I can’t get through ’em fast enough!

What are you passionate about sharing with the world? 

That you’re never too old to have a fulfilling, successful, lucrative career that you’re passionate about, even when the economy is in the toilet and the career you want is un-grown-up-like (like owning a pizza fire truck or two)!

Connect with Michelle:

As The When I Grow Up Coach, Michelle Ward has personally helped almost 200 creative people devise the career they think they can’t have – or discover it to begin with! A certified life coach by the International Coach Academy,  a musical theater actress with a BFA from NYU/Tisch, and a Corporate America escapee, Michelle has been an expert source and contributor for Newsweek, ForbesPsychology TodayYahoo! and AOL Jobs, as well as leading workshops and seminars at SXSW and the sold-out Etsy Success Symposium. She encourages everyone to claim their uniquity via The Declaration of You and could be found coachin’, bloggin’ & givin’ away free stuff at



4 Responses to “Luminary Profile: Michelle Ward”

  1. Katie Bagby says:

    “Trust yourself to be your own business advisor. You know more than you think you do, and much more than you give yourself credit for.” I’m just going to tuck that one into shirt and carry it around with me, close to my heart. Thank you, Michelle!

  2. A belated THANKS for having me, Melissa & Natalia! So loved your questions and what you’re doing on Nourishing Our Radiance. Thrilled to be a part of it!

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