Hi, I'm Becky!

My Journey So Far...

"Once Upon a Time..."

We’ve all heard these words before.  The iconic opening to countless fairy tales. They immediately draw us in and set the stage for the adventure to come. 

From the caveman days to the present, no matter how much technology has evolved and events have shaped the world, the one thing that has never changed is our deep desire for human connection through story.

Stories pass down precious knowledge from one generation to the next. They instill in us cultural beliefs and values.

But more than that, stories affirm who we are, and that our lives have meaning. They lend perspective and demonstrate that we are most certainly not alone.

Story has been a driving force for me throughout my life.

"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."

– Joseph Campbell

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It started in elementary school, when I would participate in storytelling festivals in my community. I’d memorize a story, and then act it out in front of a room of my peers.

I enjoyed putting my own twist on the characters' voices and mannerisms. I especially loved being able to capture a room's attention.

In high school I started to dive deep into film. During the summer I watched 3 films every day, using the Netflix and Blockbuster mailer DVD program. I couldn’t wait for the next film to arrive in my mailbox.

Then in college, I majored in Cinema Studies and dove deep into various genres and styles of film. I learned how master directors, screenwriters, and actors all come together to develop a theme and bring it to life on screen. How they deliver their message using color, types of shots, pacing, dialogue, and silence.

In 2015 I moved to Austin, TX. I began working for a great film organization as a grant writer, sharing their story and their impact with funders. This was a great opportunity to use my storytelling skills in service of a mission I supported.

And then one day, everything changed.
I was laid off.

I now had NO INCOME, no savings, and needed to figure out what to do next. FAST.

But surprisingly, I was calm. I was relieved.

Up until that point I had only been working in “creator-adjacent” roles. I always wanted to dive deeper into storytelling. This was my chance to finally pursue my passion!

 

"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls."

– Joseph Campbell

At first I was excited about the possibilities. However, becoming a storyteller doesn’t exactly have a defined path. I have always been a bit of a perfectionist. I’m a planner. So not having direction for what to do next and lacking a clear vision of HOW I would be a storyteller really threw me. I was overthinking everything and treading water. I was anxious, overwhelmed, and felt so alone. Could I actually do this? 

Then one day while I was reading Pathways to Bliss by Joseph Campbell, it hit me. I was on my own hero’s journey!  The struggles I was having were completely normal and expected, because whenever we try to make a big change in our lives we have to also transform ourselves and our way of thinking.

I began battling my “mindset monsters” and shifting my perspective. I learned that clarity comes when you take ACTION. You not only have to say “YES!” to adventure, but you must take those crucial first steps into the unknown and trust that your own intuition will show you the way.

As I became more interested in personal development and its intersection with storytelling, my path finally became clear. 

I decided to become a mythologist so I could inspire and empower people on their own heroic quests!

I hope that my work inspires you to answer your call to adventure, and embrace the journey that awaits.

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