My name is Marta Brummell. I am a certified Collegiate Life Coach.
My work and career.
I am a lover of people and relationships, and seeking what is meaningful and true. I know that my life’s work is to help college students flourish and become their very best selves through awareness, presence, purpose, being gentle, and showing up. Each and every day.
I studied Psychology as an undergraduate at Notre Dame where I thrived on relationships and connections. After graduation, I spent a service year in NYC working with adults who were living with HIV+ and AIDS which led me to pursue my Masters of Clinical Social Work at the University of Michigan. From there, I worked in medical social work as a counselor for oncology patients and families at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. Segue to being a stay-at-home Mom for 12 years to raise my high-energy, complicated, and fabulous brood of four children. Talk about a wild ride. I am beyond grateful for each of their unique beings and their ability to challenge me to truly see them and honor their own goodness.
Probably the greatest incentive for becoming a collegiate life coach was the years that I spent as an Academic Advisor at the University of Notre Dame. It was in my advising role that I saw how beautifully coiffed and decorated our young people were on the outside, but how uncultivated and afraid many were on the inside. And their greatest fear? To be seen and known for who they really were, in all their insecurities and foibles and less-than-sparkly selves. There was no doubt in my mind that they had the raw material needed to cultivate this depth, but it required more time and training than I had as an advisor so I researched and explored ways to help my students get to that next level. In 2014, I uncovered the gem and magic of life coaching. It encapsulated everything that I was seeking, and it complemented my background of individual and family counseling, parenting, mentoring, and advising. I had the luxury of researching and training with the wise and fabulous Brooke Castillo at The Life Coach School in California, and I have never looked back. It is truly life-changing work.
Some other interesting facts about me.
Youngest of five children. Former collegiate soccer player and student abroad in Rome. Travel nut. Seeker. Truth-teller. Opener. Runner. Believer of smart, soulful conversations. Lover of lattes, coffee shops, and a good glass of Rombauer Zinfandel. Baker of some delicious chocolate chip cookies. Finisher of both the Chicago and Boston marathons. Mother of four fabulous beings. Happy in a ball cap and running shoes, or pearls, lipstick, and a fabulous pair of jeans. Laughable dancer. Married to Craig Brummell, my favorite human on this earth. Writer. Lover of mountains and streams, and the great outdoors. Fan of the color blue, candles, and the poet Rumi. An extoverted introvert. #itsallgood.