All About

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I hail from the midwest (and have the cheese drawer and inherited strong work ethic to prove it).

I was a sensitive little gal and had intuitive pings early on in life. I didn’t have a great handle on dealing with unpleasant feels, so I decided that no matter what, I need to always feel at peace with myself.

 

My young brain extended "be at peace with myself" to "avoid any conflict at all costs, no matter what."

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Already feelin' myself in 1994 and knowing there are some big plans for me.

Turns out that extreme conflict avoidance manifests as a heck of a lot of people-pleasing and dimming my sparkle.

Trudy Duncan COMIN' THROUGHHH.

And then, one day… I met a new part of myself. Wolf Mama Allison, Trudy Duncan, my self-advocate, my backbone. 

 

I decided that I wasn’t doing the world any favors (and was actually kind of slapping it in the face?) by sitting  around and letting people walk all over me.

 

I decided that I mattered... a lot.

 

My self-love was a rebellion.

It was time to be so vibrant that other people couldn’t help but take note and join in. 

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I realized that wasting away in a corporate 9-5 was not for me. I dreamed of the personal freedom of starting a business, of not having to ask for vacation days, of working on what I wanted to, of following my life, and making way more than $45K a year. 

 

In the summer of 2016 I lost my father and found coaching in a matter of weeks (read on to learn more about this connection). One month after he died, I found myself sitting in a Chicago ballroom at my first weekend of in-person coach training with IPEC.

2016 through mid-2018 were filled with dropping to part-time at my sales and marketing job, getting in a serious bike accident and getting married 12 days later, and uprooting from living in a Madison, WI co-op with 9 other people to a San Francisco high-rise smack dab in the Manhattan of SF.

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September 26, 2017 with road rash, a broken tooth, and mild concussion. And, testament to my optimism, 12 days later on October 8 at my wedding in perfect health.

Briefly living in a "fishbowl apartment" a few blocks from the baseball stadium in SF.

San Francisco brought a challenging season of my life. For the first time, I was a full-time entrepreneur. I was in control of my days. I could do what I wanted to do. However, I was uprooted from my community and far from home. 

I really get into in on IG, but long story short... the isolation led to uncharacteristic darkness on a scale I'd never seen before. So, I got help.

I checked into in-patient. I talked to doctors. I found a therapist.

I started a massive journey of healing.

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Getting to know myself through journaling, meditation, and mindset healing made all the difference.

I eventually found my people in SF, and I got my footing back a bit. I helped launch a Women's Wellness Center community and learned more than I ever could have imagined. 

Then came COVID. Not wanting to get trapped in a way-too-expensive-way-too-crowded city, Mitchell and I packed up our apartment and dog in a matter of 3 days and hit the road for Denver, Colorado.

Denver brings us to the birth of PoppyLead as you know it!

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Learned some valuable lessons about sharing bites of Arby's roast beef sandwich with a dog while also sharing a teeny amount of U-haul airspace.

The move to Denver coincided with a re-emergence of my entrepreneurial confidence. Only this time, I did it differently. I networked and met people. I practiced introducing myself as a business owner. I started to believe I was an entrepreneur.

I also hired coaches who have taught me literally so much about accountability, and mindset, and strategy. I was ready to impact the world in a big way. I just wanted a name that captured the playful joy and vibrancy I wanted in my business. 

On Father's Day 2020, two days before the 4th anniversary of my dad's passing, I was sitting on the sofa and it hit me clear as day: PoppyLead

When I was a child I thought it was hilarious to call my dad, Poppyseed, as a little play on Papa or Pops.

This definitely became one of our things. We had a lot of little things: birthdays 2 days apart, "super hits" (really good songs), solo/ensemble competitions (he was my accompanist), and all my elementary school field trips.

It felt odd to me that my dad and coaching passed each other in being a part of my life. It's strange to not share my adult life with him, especially something that's come to mean so much.

So, when the joyful, vibrant, leadership-nodding PoppyLead came into my brain, it felt like his nod of appreciation toward what I've chosen to do with my life.

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Hanging out with Poppyseed at my favorite Michigan playground on a summer trip in 1995.

And that brings us to now! Mitchell and I live outside of Denver with our big-eared rescue dogs, Kovri and Dandelion. I am living my life's purpose and spring out of bed each morning to support entrepreneurs.

Here are some fun facts to close out:

1. I know a lot about the competitive CrossFit scene

2. Enneagram 7, Generator, Virgo (Cap 🌙, Aqr 💫), ELI - 6/5/3

3. Competitive cooking tv shows are my jam

Come say "Hi" at my upcoming masterclass!