About Houkje

You are wondering about my name, aren’t you?  It’s Dutch. My mom is from the Netherlands and, being a proud Dutch woman, gave me a family name. I am the sixth Houkje in the Schuil family. It’s pronounced HOWK-yuh.

I am a writer and a coach. I am a lover of nature, gardens, dogs, animals, wildlife. I believe we live life too fast and that we’d all be better off if we could take mid day naps and walks in the woods. I believe the word work should be changed to play. 

I recently began creating art from old bicylce parts.

I am solid. I am grounded.

I am empathic and intuitive. I listen deeply, with all my senses. I like to ask a lot of questions.

As a writer, I help business owners, organizations, and other writers and creatives develop their voice and tell their stories. 

As a coach, I help people gain clarity and insight about their lives.

Why do I do it?
I love words, stories, and writing. I love the process of helping someone else uncover and discover what it is they want to communicate to the world. The fun is in the journey.

There is great overlap between my work as a writer and as a coach. Both start with asking lots of questions. The questions and curiosities I have about people are what drives me to do the work I do. I get to dive deep with a client, poke around for the story, and reflect it back to them. Often, this is revealing and delightfully insightful for both me and my clients.

Who do I love to work with?
I love working with those who feel compelled to change the world or make it a better place in some way. I love to help others say what they want to say in the written word.

My Previous Life
For 15 years, I worked in the Washington D.C. metro area as a writer, editor, project manager, and communications manager. I worked as a communications specialist in the public health field.

In 2010, I began to studying life coaching practices. In July 2011 I became a certified coach through O Magazine columnist and best selling author Martha Beck. I also trained with Michael and Lynn Trotta of Sagefire Institute and Beverly Belling of the Intuitive Arts Studio.