an overly-lengthy bio about the woman behind The Land of Wellness
Born in Youngstown, Ohio, but raised in the beautiful southwest, Brandy Bell considers herself to be in the never-ending pursuit of knowledge and new ideas. She studied English and Creative Writing at Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College where she graduated Cum Laude. (She also attended Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ for 18 months).
A journal keeper since the age of eight, she grew into a poet and magical realism writer with a lean towards dreamy, metaphor-veiled non-fiction, she doesn’t know where or how she would have ended up without writing. In the few times where her life didn’t include a regular writing practice, she noticed a big difference in her ability to cope.
After spending most of her years in New Mexico and Arizona, she traded high-desert beauty for the forested beauty of Portland, Oregon in late 2013 with her partner and cats. They soon after were married (not the cats). It was a rainy day in January in 2015 when Brandy fell in love with Write Around Portland. She took one of their for-fee classes, Prompt. Three and half years later, she’s one of eight original classmates still generating new work together and alternating facilitating and homes every Wednesday evening. She completed the Certificate in Prose (Fiction and Non-Fiction) at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. Brandy has attended many seminars in grammar and business writing, poetry, fiction, narrative medicine, and women’s literature through her years in Arizona and Oregon. One of her great loves is beta-reading and editing novels. Visit her blog, Cat Over Clock, for poetry, photography, excerpts from her novel—The Disconsolate, and some insight into her personal struggles with chronic pain.
She has always been deeply committed to providing outstanding service. Her professional living has been as office managers in higher education and customer service associates for some pretty interesting products and companies. Her college job was in hospitality and an amazing mentor taught her the foundation of her dedicated service mantra: “It’s my pleasure.”
Her interest in crystals and stones as healing aids has been in place since her teens, while the study of herbs came in her late twenties and early thirties. Her late thirties have been filled with discovering free and affordable self-care practices, learning the self-exploration teachings of the tarot, and making meditation rituals a regular practice. She completed the Mindfullness Fundamentals course in 2016. As she approaches her 40th birthday, she is so inspired to be a student at the Health Coach Institute. This career shift is a wonderful one for her, she’s still in the element of service to others, which will never fade and in this practice she can share her wisdom and knowledge of the many interests she has had over the years, yet none so important as aiding in the journey of anoher human. (Breath.) She will complete the Health and Life Coach certifications before the end of 2018 and invites you to start practicing with her now as she’s fulfilling her quest.
Another certificate that’s underway is the awe-inspiring path of becoming a Reiki Master through the Reiki Healing Institute. She is so grateful to be able to open up the channel to this healing energy for others.
Brandy has navigated near and far from the hub of the wheel on her journey and is so excited to formally learn the great tools that will support others with results-oriented, transformational coaching. She knows there’s some scariness there, but you’re not alone. There’s also fun and easy things, sustainable and interesting things. We’re so complex and fascintating and we can be anything we want.
It’s about compassion, self-love, empowerment and curiosity and she hopes you will join her.