About Charrise McCrorey
My Official Bio (The short story)
I'm a professional artist and writer, a creative muse, a business and life coach, a consultant, and someone you'll want to have on your team. I lead with my heart and intuition, while being firmly grounded in reality and strategic thinking.
I've specialized in personal and professional development my entire adult life. I've always been the natural go-to person for people who want to sort something out, discover new ideas, or get something started. I'm an idea machine, and creative problem solving is one of my favorite things.
I have an affinity for helping women get clear on their next chapter, regardless the situation.
I'm a Midwest girl, born and raised in the Indiana/Michigan area. I'm married to the love of my life, have two grown children, and my first grandchild. I am wildly happy.
I've been in the business world my whole life, and this experience plus my innate creativity give me a unique perspective from which to help people. I've consulted with the U.S. State Department, mentoring Middle-Eastern Women in the area of entrepreneurship, volunteered for St. Mary's College in numerous capacities serving women, and am a member of the Board Of Directors for Women Business Owners of Michiana. I am a professional speaker, published author, and a Certified Business Coach and Certified Transformational Coach.
My most recent chapter...
I was perfectly happy with my life — until one day I woke up and I wasn’t. I felt confused and restless, especially in my work. After several successful years in business, I secretly worried I would give up on my coaching practice, and giving up was an old pattern of mine.
Anxiety set in. If I didn’t continue with my current work, what would I do? I asked myself this question over and over again. What will I do? What will I do? I felt as if everything I had been certain about had expired. I was perched on the edge of something scary new that hadn’t yet arrived — and I couldn’t stop it from coming.
Uncertainty was killing me. My self-talk morphed into trash-talk with a heavy dose of fear.
The most frustrating part was that in my mid-fifties, I had already done a shit-ton of inner work. Shouldn’t I be crystal clear about what I wanted? I prayed. I read. I meditated. Slowly, the shape of what might be my new life emerged. The heavy shroud of uncertainty began to lift.
One day, during a meditation, someone called Great Spirit said “Wait. Listen. Slow down.”
This stumped me. I had made my way in the world by driving headlong into whatever had my attention. I didn’t know who I was without the push. I was a get-shit-done girl.
Great Spirit said, “Make art. Use your imagination. Rest.” So I did. I made art and unleashed a well of latent creativity. I stopped doing any work I didn’t love, and cleared even more space to let it in even further. I rested in the arms of my husband in a remote lake cabin.
Deep in my belly, I knew this path was good and right. I asked Great Spirit to connect me with the right person to light up my path, and my call was answered with a new, unconventional teacher and her drumbeats shook hidden cobwebs loose.
New insights flooded in. Clarity and freedom emerged wave after crashing wave. I let go of conventional wisdom, choosing instead to trust what I couldn’t see and followed the signs. A new vision for the future of my work and my very being emerged.
Now, I’m free of apology, fiercely willing to remove the fraudulent shackles that kept me from living my best life. Piece by piece, I reinvented myself. This was not, and still isn’t an easy path. I continue to chisel away layers and layers of programming, expectations, and worn-out stories, leaving only what wants to wake up in me.
If my experience speaks to you, and you find yourself on a similar path, I want you to know that you don’t have to be alone. I was born to love you and guide you to live your fullest, brightest life.
Praise for Charrise
"Coaching is about supporting people to find what is within themselves and helping them to spring that into action. However, for me, in my despair, you do far more. You center me, guiding me away from my nasty absolutes, and further...you firmly grip my hand and literally haul me out of the dark dank hole, in a hoisting motion...and then lovingly...kick me in the butt to get on with it." N.R.
“I have found my coaching relationship to be one that provides a set of expert eyes that is not bound by the paradigm in which we are operating. Charrise has no vested interest in making people happy, nor supporting the status quo, nor making things comfortable. She has challenged me to see the strengths that I hold and that are held by the team AS WELL AS the opportunities for growth, and to enhance both to the benefit of individuals and the team. Charrise has reconnected me with the concept described in a quotation from Rosalyn Carter, “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” K.W.
“Within a month of beginning my work with Charrise, the initial results of her coaching began to manifest. Seeds were sprouting. My understanding of my role as a leader became clear. My presence was commended by teammates & supervisors, and I began to enjoy a level of effectiveness I'd not experienced previously. Becoming more effective led to efficiency, which naturally had a strong positive impact on my ability to manage time. As I wasn't managing crises & putting out fires, I began to enjoy my work more, which circled back into a stronger leadership presence. Success began to feed success. With the guidance & motivation provided by her, my colleagues & I are empowered to lead our team through a period of significant transition in not only our workplace culture but, most importantly, in our core philosophy of service delivery.” G.P.
“It’s been a great experience having Charrise as my business coach. She has helped me to see what I’m best at, and coaches me on ways to work around what I’m not so good at. Her ability to get me to close the gap between thought and action has allowed me to make more money and help more people. She is personable, ambitious and accessible; always there to help me identify what holds me back, and to help me create a strategy to win.” E.O.
“As a creative professional, it's often difficult to find a person with the unique set of skills and insight that it takes to speak to the deepest and most relevant places within to evoke the growth and transformation necessary to take a creative practice to new levels. Charrise McCrorey is a gift." V.H.
“Charrise is an extremely gifted and talented individual and an amazing coach. She helps transform the lives of everyone she comes in contact with. She's honest and will tell you like it is, which is what we all need more of in our lives. Her desire to always be in service to others is clearly the motivating factor that drives her everyday. She has a wealth of knowledge about the challenges we all face in the light of fear. Charrise truly understands the many benefits people receive when they replace that fear with love and by taking action." C.N.
“My time with Charrise has been life changing! About a year ago I was bogged down in fear, sadness, and exhaustion. Finding the strength to speak my truth was, quite frankly, just too overwhelming during the day to day business of an executive. No one around me (or so I thought!) could see the pain I was in. Within my first session I felt the stitching-up begin! I knew my loneliness as an executive was melting. With each session I experimented with concrete strategies to lead a more productive work and personal life. The voice that I uncovered over the past 10 months has astounded me! My anxiousness and hesitance has lifted. My fears have been transformed into false voices. I have learned that by slowing down I accomplish more; by risking vulnerability I am a better and more confident leader.” R.M.
"From the first perspective-shifting question she asked in our very first coaching session, Charrise has had some of the most powerfully positive impact of any coach I've worked with since starting my business." L.N.