My name is Michelle Lynne Goodfellow. I’m a writer and artist who does consulting in nonprofit and small business communications, marketing, fundraising, governance and project management.
I’ve been a longtime eco-friendly entrepreneur, writer, and professional organizer. For more than eight years I also worked full-time in nonprofit communications, fundraising, and administration. I’ve edited in-house newsletters, brochures and other print media, and served as webmaster and social media coordinator for many organizations, including The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, the Karen Schuessler Singers, London and Middlesex Housing Corporation, and the London Homeless Coalition. I also have rich experience as an event planner, corporate trainer, and project manager. I have a passion for governance and policy development, especially for nonprofits.
In my off-work hours I’m an active volunteer and advocate for homeless prevention, diversity and inclusion. I’m also a visual artist, amateur photographer, writer, designer, blogger and primal/paleo foodie with a number of creative projects on the go at any given time. I’m currently working towards my black belt in the martial art aikido.
What I do
I do consulting, and share tools and resources for businesses and service organizations to help you do great work, tell your story well, and connect with the people who love your work.
I also have many personal side-projects that are outlets for my creative passions. I share tools and inspiration for slower, deeper, more authentic living. This could be photos and illustrations that calm you, centre you, or inspire you to create work of your own. Or it could be blog posts drawn from my life, or topics that fascinate me, that add to your knowledge and wisdom. Or it could be recipes and eating plans that inspire you to nourish your body. Or it could be tutorials on visual arts and creativity, home care, or spiritual practices.
Where to go from here
My services page has a detailed list ways that I can help you. Wondering what it might be like to work with me? I have many happy clients and collaborators who can tell you more. If you’re curious for a peek into the way my mind works, or the things that move me, check out my Pinterest boards, where I’ve saved many of the things I love most.
You can also check out some of my online projects, below.
Talk to me
There are many ways to connect with me. My contact information is in the footer. I’d truly love to hear from you.
Stories, pictures, videos, meals, objects, home decor… my superpower is organizing familiar things in new ways, and my secret sauce is my ability to see the big picture and take action.
I’m currently writing a whole bunch of books, including one about my breast cancer journey, and another called Ritual: Maps for Deepening your Creative or Spiritual Practice, inspired by these blog posts from my Kitchen Sink Wisdom blog. I’ll have information on how to purchase the e-books here, once they’re published.
Below are some of my favorite online personal projects and social media presences.
Kitchen Sink Wisdom
My latest project is a website of inspiration for soulful living. I keep resisting trying to define it, but its tagline – “ongoing learnings in the care and feeding of life” – is a great place to start. I think of the site as a kind of virtual lifestyle magazine. Only without advertising, editorials, or product placement. Or recipes for cupcakes, next to stern articles about fitness and diet. I’m not trying to sell you anything on this site… except maybe a life more in alignment with your own precious spirit.
Some of the posts are random. Others are part of bigger, over-arching themes. I’ve written about bedrooms – everything from how to wash wool blankets to reminders to enjoy deeper rest – and also a month’s worth of whimsical meditations on the idea of home. For two months I explored the theme of ritual, which probably sounds daunting and scary, but is simply about bringing bringing consciousness, presence, alignment, meaning, purpose, and connectedness to your daily activities. And after being diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2015, I blogged about my experience with breast cancer treatment.
Fit is a Feminist Issue
I’m a guest blogger on my friend Samantha’s blog, which is about feminist perspectives on fitness, body image, and wellness. I’ve written about why I love the martial art of aikido so much, how martial arts helped me after my breast cancer diagnosis, why I was happy to have a double mastectomy without reconstruction, how aikido helps me with stress, and many other topics.
I’ve been using Instagram as a photo editor since 2011, and more recently am using it as a public space to micro-blog about my life: creative projects (sewing, knitting, drawing), walks in the woods, yummy stuff I’m eating, and videos of my cats.
I launched a blog of creative prompts in February 2012. Mirificationis (pronounced mee-ree-fee-cah-tee-OH-neese) is Latin for “wonderful, creative powers.” I wanted to build a space where creators of all kinds – visual artists, writers, dancers, musicians, inventors, entrepreneurs – could find creative inspiration. What the heck do you do with creative prompts? Check out these suggestions for getting inspired in your creative life. You may also want to read this list of 100 things to do with a creative prompt. Go!
I keep an artist blog at emelgy.com. It’s a real mixed bag of stuff: introspective musings (both sad and funny), a document of things that are happening in my life, and regular updates on my creative work, including works in progress. “Emelgy” has been my personal nickname for myself for years – it’s a phonetic spelling of my initials, MLG.
My Cowbird stories
Cowbird.com is an amazing website created by Jonathan Harris. Contributors share personal stories and images from their own lives, sometimes focusing on larger human sagas such as the Occupy movement. I was invited to join the Cowbird community in late 2011, and publish tiny short “story bits” (they’re not really proper stories, more like pieces of stories) there.
My Pinterest boards
I joined Pinterest back before it was a thing, but never really got that into it until mid-2012. Since that time I’ve been totally loving it; I pin images of my own work, and favorite inspirational things, like these rooms I could to live in… or these favorite junk style images… or pics that lower my blood pressure… or art that moves me. It may seem strange to say this, but sometimes I think that my Pinterest boards are one of the clearest ways to understand, without words, who I am. When I browse through them, I see all the things that make me feel happy or engaged. Also: I’m pretty sure Pinterest is more addictive than crack. Just saying.
My Tumblr blog
I started this blog a while back because I wanted a quick and easy way to post my photos to the web. I’m not really active in the Tumblr scene, but I find the platform easy to use, and I can archive all these images from my daily life in one convenient place. I’m currently (2013) working a #photo365 project where I’m posting a daily photos from my life.
This is another Tumblr blog that I started as a special project to inspire myself to eat more healthily. From August to October 2011 I photographed every piece of food that I ate, and posted it here. (In the process I also got a lot of experience photographing food!) I still post photos here occasionally – usually something new I’ve just cooked up, or something I’ve really enjoyed. And yes, the project actually worked: My diet got better, and the healthy eating habit stuck.
Photos of my kitchen sink
I started this Tumblr project in January 2012, as a prelude to launching Kitchen Sink Wisdom. I really enjoy taking photos of my kitchen sink every day, and documenting them here. Sometimes it’s kitchen scraps, sometimes it’s dirty pots and pans. Sounds appetizing, I know. I’m having a lot of fun with it, though.
I began blogging in 2006, and have started more than two dozen blogs in the last six years. Most of them have been deleted, but a few have (temporarily) survived the cut. I’ll be transferring the best content from these sites to my newer blog projects eventually. I think.