About Barrie

Hi I’m Barrie, and I’m all about personal development with feet — personal development that involves action, not just reading, navel-gazing, and hoping. Through my own experiences and my work as a coach and teacher, I’ve discovered when it comes to positive change, there are things that work and things that don’t.

If you are looking for things that work, you’ve come to the right place.

Like me, you want strategies with real-world application, not fluff or “woo woo” ideas that sound nice but leave you empty-handed. At Live Bold and Bloom, and in my books and courses, you’ll find scientifically-supported, proven techniques for real, quantifiable change.

All of us have challenges and difficulties we face. We have goals and dreams we want to accomplish. As a life-long truth seeker, I’m always looking for the best ways to manage challenges, minimize suffering, and find joy and fulfillment in life. I’m still a work-in-progress myself, but I’m happy to use my “life experiments” as a resource for sharing ideas with you.

Who will benefit?

I’ve designed Live Bold and Bloom to benefit those who want to:

  • Improve their self-awareness and emotional intelligence
  • Learn better relationship skills
  • Learn how to manage or break free from toxic relationships
  • Break free from negative thinking and limiting beliefs
  • Strengthen their confidence and self-esteem
  • Find their passion and pursue work they love
  • Develop better habits for mental and physical health
  • Better cope with emotional issues and life challenges
  • Become more mindful, present, and peaceful in their lives
  • Learn skills, like writing, to communicate more effectively
  • Embrace their unique traits, particularly for highly sensitive people, empaths, and introverts

There’s a lot to learn here at Live Bold and Bloom, so to start please grab my free guides here.

A personal note

If you want to know a little more about me, here’s the Cliff Notes summary. I spent over 20 years as a public relations professional in Atlanta and New York. I had a PR consultancy for a while, then stopped to raise kids, then started it again, then stopped to become a personal coach and start my online business (best decision EVER).

I have 3 young adult kids still in the Atlanta area, but I’ve recently moved to Asheville, North Carolina, with the love of my life. When I’m not writing, teaching, or reading, I like to tell dirty jokes, hang with family and friends, hike in the North Carolina mountains, bike, travel, pet the dog, and eat great food.

Contributing Writers

Grace Furman

Grace_HeadshotGrace is a writer and blogger at Heartful Habits. Heartful Habits is a place of inspiration for what Grace calls living mindfully and heartfully. She loves learning and sharing about wellness tips, natural remedies, beauty DIYs, green cleaners, healthy recipes, social issues, and more. You can find out more by subscribing and following Heartful Habits on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Pinterest.


Ursula Jorch

ursula-about-244x300Ursula Jorch mentors business owners and leaders to be successful on their own terms. Blending business strategy and leadership development, Ursula works with business owners and leaders to embrace their impact and empower their future. A 20-year entrepreneur, she is the founder of Work Alchemy, a well-regarded speaker, and blogger.


Simple Self-Confidence

Sticky Habits

Path to Passion

Emotional Abuse Breakthrough

Authority Pub Academy


201 Relationship Questions: The Couple’s Guide to Building Trust and Emotional Intimacy

Finely Tuned: How to Thrive As A Highly Sensitive Person or Empath

Peace of Mindfulness: Everyday Rituals to Conquer Anxiety and Claim Unlimited Inner Peace

Self-Discovery Questions: 155 Breakthrough Questions to Accelerate Massive Action

10-Minute Declutter: The Stress Free Habit for Simplifying Your Home

10-Minute Digital Declutter: The Simple Habit to Eliminate Technology Overload

The 52-Week Life Passion Project

Building Confidence: Your Guide To Get Motivated, Be Assertive, Conquer Fear, and Empower Your Life For Success 

Sticky Habits:  6 Simple Steps to Create Good Habits that Stick

Confidence Hacks: 99 Small Actions to Massively Boost Your Confidence



Download my free guides and resources with useful actions to upgrade your life right now. You can connect with Barrie through Facebook, Twitter, or email her at mybloomlife [at] gmail [dot] com.

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