Make a Mess also features prompts and creative insights from 17 artists, authors, photographers and creativity coaches. Learn a bit more about these incredible individuals below!


Ellen Olson-Brown, M.Ed., is an early childhood educator, children’s book author, children’s yoga teacher, late-blooming artist, and amateur ukelele player. She lives in Groton, Massachusetts, with her husband, twin teen sons, a friendly turtle named OrangeAde, and a Labrador retriever named Pickles.


Flora Bowley is an internationally celebrated painter, workshop facilitator, author (Brave Intuitive Painting), and inspirationalist. Combining 20 years of professional painting experience with her background as a yoga instructor, massage therapist, and lifelong truth seeker, Flora’s unique and holistic approach to the creative process has inspired thousands of people worldwide to “let go, be bold, and unfold.” Flora lives among a vibrant community of artists in Portland, Oregon.


Susannah Conway is the author of This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart and LONDONTOWN: A Photographic Tour of the City’s Delights. A photographer, writer, and teacher, her classes have been enjoyed by thousands of people from over 50 countries around the world. Co-author of Instant Love: How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids, Susannah helps others remember their true selves, using creativity as the key to open the door.


Mara Glatzel is an intuitive coach, energy healer, and writer. She facilitates online classes, workshops, and live retreats for audacious women who have the sacred (and stubborn) drive for evolution and desire to cultivate extraordinarily joyful lives. Her work seeks to guide women home to themselves, teaching them how to create lives and businesses brimming with ease, self-care, and permission.


Anna Guest-Jelley is founder and CEO (Curvy Executive Officer) at Curvy Yoga, a training and inspiration portal offering classes, workshops, teacher trainings, retreats, a virtual yoga studio and lots of love and body-affirming support to people of every shape and size. Anna is the co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories about Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body.


Jolie Guillebeau is an artist, a teacher, a storyteller. Daily rituals and frequent collaboration with others energize her and fuel her creativity. She’s never regretted being brave, and her freezer is always stocked with chocolate coconut milk ice cream.


Miranda Hersey is a writer and editor, certified creativity coach, and host of the blog Studio Mothers. As a business owner and the mother of five, Miranda is passionate about helping others live deeply satisfying, creative lives. Her short story, “Learning to Cook,” was shortlisted for the Raymond Carver Short Fiction Award. In 2014 she relocated from rural Massachusetts to Seattle, Washington, happily overrun with people, books, and animals.


Christine Mason Miller is a Santa Barbara–based author and artist whose mission to inspire has shaped a creative career since 1995. The author of Ordinary Sparkling Moments and Desire to Inspire, she has organized and facilitated workshops and retreats at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Villa Ojai, and other venues around the country.


Shiloh Sophia McCloud is an artist, teacher, and poet who lives her life as a great adventure. She publishes books on creativity, teaches painting and writing online at Cosmic Cowgirls University and Red Madonna, and has championed women’s art. Her vision is a world where the image of the feminine is cherished and celebrated and where all beings are free to express their deepest soul songs.


Vivienne McMaster is a photographer who helps folks around the world see themselves with compassion through their own camera lens, through her Be Your Own Beloved workshops. She discovered her love of photography in her late 20s while in a rough patch in her life and is now on a mission to share the possibility of self-portraiture (and selfies) as a tool for cultivating self-love and body acceptance.


Gail McMeekin, LICSW, is an executive, career and creativity coach, and author of The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women, The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women, and the Creativity Courage Cards. She encourages women to access their creative inspirations and use them to harvest the gold in their hearts and their businesses.


Mark Nepo moved and inspired millions of people with his #1 New York Times best-seller The Book of Awakening. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” His books include Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering Approaching Wholeness, (Sounds True, 2015), The Endless Practice (Atria, 2014), and his award-winning book of poetry, Reduced to Joy (Viva Editions, 2013). Mark’s next book, The One Life We’re Given, is forthcoming in August 2016 (Atria). and


Mary Anne Radmacher has been writing and creating art in the world for decades. She calls herself an apronary because she is always ready to put an apron on and do what is required of her in the moment. Her books and products are available around the world. The largest body of work is at and


Andrea Scher is an artist, online workshop teacher + big believer in the transformative power of creativity. Through her e-courses Superhero Photo and Mondo Beyondo, Andrea helps women feel brave, creative + alive. Best known as the author of the award-winning blog Superhero Journal, she is passionate about the sweet spot where creativity and personal growth intersect. Andrea lives in Berkeley, California.


Carla Sonheim is an illustrator, workshop instructor, and author of three drawing and creativity books, including Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Exercises to Make Drawing Fun. She and her husband, Steve, present highly produced online art workshops from their studio in Pioneer Square, Seattle, with a growing number of talented artist-teachers.


Maya Stein is a Ninja poet, writing guide, and creative adventuress. Among her latest escapades are a 1,200-mile bicycle journey with a typewriter, a launch of a French crepe stand at a Massachusetts farmers market, a relocation from San Francisco to suburban New Jersey, a collaboration – “Food for the Soul Train” – with her partner, turning a vintage trailer into a mobile creative workshop space – and, most recently, marriage and step-motherhood. Currently living in Northern New Jersey, she can also be found wandering the backroads by tandem bicycle, writing poetry for strangers on index cards, and online at


Michelle Ward, PCC, has been offering dream career guidance for creative women as The When I Grow Up Coach since 2008. You may have seen or heard her in New York Magazine, The Huffington Post, Etsy, Newsweek, Freelancers Union, the Forbes Top 100 Websites for your Career List or 100+ other media outlets. She’s the co-author of The Declaration of You, which was published by North Light Books, and the teacher of Create Your Dream Career and Ditch Your Day Job, which were watched by tens of thousands of people live on CreativeLive. Come find and achieve your dream career at