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Brave-communication support for compassionate people.

I help wise, compassionate people develop tools to communicate with honesty, clarity, and bravery – both with the people in their lives, and with themselves.

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kickstart a journaling habit that actually sticks.

You have drawers full of blank notebooks. You know the benefits of journaling. You want to want to do it regularly.

This free 5-day email course to finally build the habit, and kickstart a meaningful journaling practice that lasts.

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I want to help you

use your gifts, without running yourself ragged


As a lifelong sensitive person, I know how easy it is to step into the role of Helper. (Sometimes without even realizing it!) When someone close to us is having a hard time, we step in to absorb their stress and problem-solve their pain. But no matter how strong the impulse is or how much we care, the truth is this: it's not our responsibility to be everyone else's emotional shamwow. All we're doing is wearing ourselves out.

Ironically, learning this has made me a more relaxed, joyful, and generous person. And now I want to share everything I’ve learned about how to show up in every area of your life without holding back a single ounce of that natural generosity - or sacrificing your sanity. And it doesn't have to feel stingy or selfish. All you need are the right tools, and some well-thought-out boundaries in place. Keep reading


now let's talk about you:

where could you use a hand? 


"There are some emails you simply wouldn’t be able to pry out of my hands—and emails from The Hearty Fig are at the top of that list. Michelle is thoughtful, encouraging, insightful, and not afraid to get deep with what matters to her and what she believes in."

- Erica Midkiff,