This is a story about creativity, freedom, exploration and self-expression. These are what Alex discovered when her bout with breast cancer triggered in her a burning urge to create. It turned out to be an urge she couldn’t ignore. And so Alex began her journey of healing through art.

When Alex walked into the beautiful, sunlit studio where she’d be taking an art course to refresh her painting skills, she knew, “This was it. It was just a moment and I’ve never looked back. I just couldn’t stop painting. I couldn’t stop. It was like obsessive, and I finally felt better. There was this passion, but there was also an energy that I hadn’t had in so long. And it just felt right.”

During our interview, Alex talks about how she resonated with what Glennon Doyle said in her book, Untamed, “I guess women have to almost die before we give ourselves permission to live how we want.” It took cancer for Alex to stop putting everyone else first and to reflect on how she wanted her life to look. And what Alex wanted was to live a life of creative exploration.

You can find Alex’s art on her website at or on Instagram at


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I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals.

My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach.

I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.