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Life & Career Highlights

A few of the ‘Heart-Centered Actions’ I’ve taken on my journey…magic

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  • 1996: Moved to San Francisco
  • 1997: Created my first website; mostly scans of my illustrations, photos & updates about my life (blogging before anyone called it blogging)
  • 1996-1999: Worked directly with Spirituality + Creativity Leaders/Authors, such as SARK, Marianne Williamson, Shakti Gawain, Dan Millman, Gabrielle Roth, Deepak Chopra, Hal and Sidra Stone, Geneen Roth, and more
  • 1999: Worked at my first startup, Care2.com, as an E-Card Production Artist
  • 2000: Flash Animation & Design at Spunky Productions (another startup), animating online cartoons for kids
  • 2001-2003: Lead Web/Graphic Designer at Fine Brand Media
  • 2000-2007: Web/Graphic Design, Flash Design/Animation, and Custom Illustration; serving companies like First Republic Bank, SGI, BrassRing, Fujitsu/Softek, Omneon, Polycom, Daniel Pearl Foundation, DCResource, Mercury Interactive (HP), and many creative small business owners
  • 2003: Officially self-employed (after fatefully getting laid off), though I had been doing freelance design, illustration & animation for a few years prior.

2007

  • 2007: Launched WilloToons ~ where geek meets rock ‘n roll! My product line of designer tees, organic baby clothing, jewelry, cards, totes and more
  • 2007-2010: Touring the country with my WilloToons product line, speaking at major conferences, coaching & consulting creative entrepreneurs & small business owners

2010

  • 2010: Officially let go of my WilloToons line after 3 wonderful (& challenging) years
  • 2010: Joined on as Co-Founder/Chief Creative Officer at Storenvy

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

  • February 2016:
  • July 2016: Produced our 4th annual Yes And Yes Yes (#YxYY) – you must join us next year! Afterwards, I traveled around the U.S. after, visiting 11 cities in 6 states over 2 months!
  • October 2016: MC’d TEDxWanChai (2nd year in a row) in Hong Kong
  • October 2016: Attended DCBKK again, and held my 3rd annual Gathering of Badass Activators & Conscious Creators (the biggest & best yet!) in Bangkok, Thailand. Followed by a week in Phuket co-creating the Abundant Circle retreat with 15 other badass online entrepreneurs!
  • December 2016: Launched Wake Up With Willo daily email inspiration!
  • Happy New Year 2016/2017! Traveled to Taipei, Taiwan for the first time

2017

  • January 9, 2017: Was called to be a clear channel and stopped drinking alcohol, coffee, and all recreational mind-altering substances
  • February 2017: Traveled to the US (4 cities in 3 weeks) – Florida to help my Mom move, then LA for Kyle Cease’s Evolving Outloud event, Dallas for Clickfunnels, then to Austin for co-working/co-living week with my Abundance Circle crew!
  • March 2017: Contributed to the Garden Gathering, a life-changing weekend of spiritual sisterhood, in HK
  • April 2017: Traveled to Japan for the first time! Osaka & Kyoto
  • May 2017:
  • June 2017: Speaking at Asia Professional Speakers (APSHK) in Hong Kong
  • July 2017:
    • Participated in a Cacao Ceremony (my first of 3 in 2017!)
    • Produced our 5th annual Yes And Yes Yes (#YxYY)! Afterward, I spent time in SF, LA, Florida & NY.
  • August 2017:
  • September 2017
  • October 2017:
    • Contributed to yet another life-changing Garden Gathering weekend in HK. [Post-event Instagram post]
    • Traveled to Bangkok, Thailand for DCBKK and held my 3rd annual Gathering of Badass Activators & Conscious Creators. Afterward, I spent some QT time with one of my best friends in Koh Phangan.
  • November 2017:
    • Traveled to Bali for the Abundance Circle retreat (year 2) and stayed in Caangu for another week after.
    • On November 28, I decided on my new last name, and announced it on December 3rd!
    • Completed my loving four-year relationship… which was sad and liberating all at the same time. I know, not part of my business, but it is most definitely part of my personal/spiritual growth path. This closure, the transformation leading up to it, and what’s transpired in the healing since has been major… so I’m including it here.
  • December 2017:
    • Launched Spotlight Interview Series, featuring eight incredible women entrepreneurs who are facing their fears, following their hearts, and impacting thousands of lives around the world with their gifts!
    • Contributed two signature talks/workshops in the WonderGarden at the Wonderfruit Festival!
    • Spent Christmas & New Years in Chiang Mai, Thailand with friends

2018

  • January 2018: Happy New Year!
  • Feb 1, 2018: Completed my move out of the Hong Kong apartment
    • Moved my stuff up to Chiang Mai & spent a few weeks there before deciding to put my stuff in storage and slow travel (digital-nomad-style) for 6 months!
    • First stop: back to the lovely island of Koh Phangan, Thailand for some much-needed beach time
  • Feb 2018: Re-vamped & re-released one of the most popular courses from my Harvest & Thrive series (2013): Clarifying Your Vision
  • March 2018: Traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (for the first time!) where I attended Vietnam Blockchain Week and DCxSaigon with many of my fellow location independent friends!
  • March 2018: Arrived in beautiful Bali where I’ve been soaking up the good vibes in Ubud – writing, meditating, participating in sacred ceremonies, sound healing and more. But mostly writing and enjoying sweet solitude in paradise. All my dreams are coming true!
  • April 20, 2018: Posted my declaration, Coming out of the Magic Closet, publicly sharing about my spiritual journey

 

I’ve contributed to the following books:

Outside the Lines: An Artists' Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations


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What a grand life it’s been so far.
I wonder where it will take me next!