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MU173: Mary Ann Stenquist | Become Unshoppable: Find The Money To Fund The Life You Want—With The Money You Have

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Kimmi Darovec

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume VIII


Kimberly Darovec

Kimberly A. Darovec: Artist by birth. Entrepreneur, coach, therapist, party animal, and human expansion catalyst by design.

1997 – Bachelor’s Degree: Graphic Design, University of Central Florida

2009 – Master’s Degree: Clinical Counseling/Art Therapy, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago

As you’ll read in her story, The Fool’s Crossing: A Rambling Journey, Kimberly lives for art and travel. She grants credit for this passion to her Czech grandparents, who brought her on a National Lampoon’s European Vacation at age sixteen. A knowing nod also tips toward the amazingly cool parents, who allow her the freedom to be and act. At sixteen, and eternally.

Born in Florida, this intrepid traveler put down roots in Orlando for nearly a decade. As a free-spirited crafter of macabre, overtly sensual drawings and vibrantly colored paintings, Kimberly has been spotted, naked, covered in paint, pressed against canvases, joyfully creating with her diverse community of fellow artists. Orlando in the 1990’s was filled with weird and wonderful magic. Bonfires lit the horizon, and artists of all ages, from 17 to 75, danced ‘round them celebrating life!

In the corporate world, Kimberly worked as designer/Photoshop Guru for Orange County Government, the Golf Channel, the Photography/Publicity Department of Universal Studios and moved on to be a trade show marketing Senior Designer, before moving out of state.

Kimberly spent eight months in the hills of Tuscumbia, Alabama, the birthplace of Helen Keller. (The small town’s claim to fame.) There she connected with family, until 2002, when at 27-years-old, a local band of Rockabilly Hairstylists inspired her move to Chicago.

She never left.

In Chicago, Kimberly has won “Best in Show” and “Curator’s Choice” accolades. She prides herself on her diversity of work and ability to adapt to any request or commission, yet maintains her unique, congruently incongruent style of art-making.


Kimmi Darovec
ChicagoARTery; Scarab Sanctuary


My Story

The Fool’s Crossing: A Rambling Journey

What do rambling road trips, vulnerable souls, dichotomous personas, Sacred Scarabs and the life of a Chicago artist have in common? Follow Kimmi, the Fool in all of us, through the Underworld and back as we emerge triumphant, the Hero of our own journey.

Misty Totzke

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume V

RESILIENT WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.





Misty Totzke

Misty is a Certified Holistic Health and Lifestyle Coach, doTERRA Essential Oil Wellness Advocate and Humanitarian Entrepreneur. She has an insatiable zest for life, a clear vision of her true work in this world, incredible gratitude for her life’s journey and born to find fun, joy and adventure in the simplest places. She has built her humanitarian-based business on the side for the last 3 years, while working another full time job, caretaking for her mother and thriving through autoimmune diseases. She calls the southern Chicago suburbs home, though her business allows her to serve needs anywhere in the world. Her inner light shines brightest for animal welfare and travel.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University, a graduate certificate in Animal Advocacy and Policy from the Humane Society University and her health coaching certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is the visionary behind Squirrely Wanderlust Adventures – a movement to create adventure and exploration in your own local area. Misty is also personally trained by HeatherAsh Amara as a Warrior Goddess Training Facilitator, which has added immense value to  her leadership training with her doTERRA leadership team.

Misty’s philanthropy includes being a member of the Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties and Vice President of 100+ Women Who Care in Southern Will County.


Misty Totzke








From Trainwreck to Triumph

The heart of my story is bringing awareness to how often we flow through life without knowing our purpose, as well as how it can terrorize us and consume us with darkness. The lesson is how surrendering to the process of finding your purpose can transform every facet of your life. It can unlock the ability to find joy where others overlook it, it can help you create your life and be a visionary. It can shine light into your darkest places for healing and growth. I love getting to be that lighthouse to say I’ve walked your walk, here’s what you need to know.




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