Traumatic Brain Injury and Creative Resilience with Michele Perry | Ep 004


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Welcome to the Becoming Buoyant podcast, where we’re all about sharing our stories as entrepreneurs with chronic illnesses, making the invisible visible and breaking stigmas along the way.

In this episode of Becoming Buoyant, Michele Perry of Designed to Thrive Creative joins us to share her rollercoaster of a story. We talk about life in an active war zone, creativity as a form of survival, and pivoting after a traumatic brain injury.

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Michele Perry

Michele is a business & creativity educator, brand strategist/designer, and abstract artist who leverages 7 years founding a nonprofit in an African war zone, 20+ years of training leaders internationally, and a lifetime of doodling in the margins to help creative entrepreneurs nurture their creativity, nail their brand strategy & build businesses that thrive wholeheartedly from the inside out.

Michele has her MA in Organizational Leadership, was born missing her left leg and with a myriad of other things that needed 23 surgeries by age 13. More recently, she's a traumatic brain injury warrior and advocate, and has a passion for creative resilience both personally and in business. Mama to an 8 lb poodle named Charlie, you can find her usually with a paintbrush in one hand and a cup of cold coffee in the other with a TED talk or podcast playing in the background.


Welcome to the Becoming Buoyant podcast where we’re all about sharing our stories as entrepreneurs with chronic illnesses, making the invisible visible, and breaking stigma’s along the way. In each episode, you’ll learn from expert guests exactly what it takes to build a meaningful and sustainable business without sacrificing self care. We want you to shine your bright light on the world, friend, and are honored to be part of your creative life giving journey. Let’s dive in, shall we?

This is the Becoming Buoyant podcast with Emilie Steinmann, episode #4.


about the host

Emilie Steinmann is an experienced conversion copywriter, web designer, and marketing strategist. She is also the host of the upcoming podcast and YouTube channel, Becoming Buoyant.

Driven by cultivating real human connection, she takes pride in providing the best client experience possible. As the owner of Buoyant, an inbound marketing agency, her goals include building an empowered team, supporting her clients, and making a splash in the creative community through marketing education.

In addition to her primary job functions, Emilie has been volunteering as a Rising Tide Society chapter leader for several years and spoke on Diversity and Inclusivity at the annual Rising Tide Leaders Retreat in 2018.

She also has a mild obsession with latte art and colorful office supplies.


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