Took all those not-so-good "qualities"​ about myself and made a living out of it. Award winning author, public speaker & impresario of life.


    licensed therapist

    As Jung said, the privilege of a life time is to become who we truly are, are you living your true life intention, are you being your authentic self? If not, let's work together.



    #beyoufindhappy is a social media revolution to help people find happiness. Join us at one of our workshops or retreats, or simply join us on the site for inspiration via our blog!


    non-profit initiative

    Myself and a few other moms started Divide For The Kids to raise awareness for water safety and resources for kids in our rural community.


    published author

    My books are available on Amazon. Writing is my passion. I've authored three books, and currently act as a freelance writer for the Georgetown Gazette.


    on paper

    Bachelor's of Arts in Journalism Communications, and a Master's of Arts in Psychology. Award winning published author. California State Licensed Psychotherapist #90280


    Read the super cool Style Magazine article here!


    In my most simplest I love poetic quotes and all things metaphysical.



    the real me

    I'm a Fire Sign and a Water Lover (so, a walking oxymoron) who is authentic, honest & full of laughter.


    I live in the Sierra Nevada's in Northern California with my husband and our son, Tucker. We live organic and simply but have a full house including fish, chickens, ducks, a Golden Retriever (Dennis), and a rescue cat named Stilly.

    I have a passion for traveling around the world (19 countries & counting). I live a Paleo lifestyle and have felt the incredible ways it has transformed my health.


    I rarely find myself without an activity whether it be hiking, yoga, tinkering in my garden, golfing, reading or spending time outside.

    other goofy things

    I take a tremendous amount of photos. My brain remembers moments in pictures, I am rarely without a camera, and absolutely love capturing candid, inspirational adventure and life stories. A tiny fraction of those photos can be seen on Instagram.


    My Instagram adventure lead to a collective community of sharing inspiration, which blossomed into the Be You Find Happy revolution that launched in 2017.


    We spend half our time at the ocean fishing, and keep a YouTube channel that is host to many of our adventures.


    My husband and I own a small - but mighty - machine shop, and he's made machined parts that are currently on the space shuttle.

  • Counseling

    California State Licensed Psychotherapist #90280

    what to expect

    Finding a counselor can be challenging, my approach is collaborative. I currently work with teens & families who have experienced trauma, grief, loss and child abuse. As well as couples who are struggling with communication in their relationships, and individual women who are working towards finding a balance in life from the many pressures modern women experience.

    My goal is to help you gain the internal clarity you need to live your best life. I believe we each have undiscovered (and sometimes discovered!) elements within ourselves that contribute to difficulties in our relationships with our loved ones, at work, and even with perfect strangers. Together, we can work towards creating awareness, improving communication and ultimately alleviating stress and anxiety to find happiness.

    My past experience includes a variety of different settings and modalities including Emergency Room (5150's), Psychiatric Health Facility (3-day hold reviews), Pet Assisted Therapy and Equine Therapy, Art in Therapy.


    My location is just minutes from Highway 50, in a comfortable private practice setting. At South Fork Counseling & Mediation Center, you will be surrounded by team of holistic practitioners. When you arrive for your scheduled session you'll enjoy a confidential lobby area with soothing music, magazines, tea and water.


    I also offer yoga, workshops, speaker events and retreats at various locations. For more on these please visit BeYouFindHappy.com

  • Love & Logic Parenting Classes

    Love & Logic Parenting is a proven method for raising happy kids, built around the science of love. In this 6- week class, parents learn skills for how to handle stressful parenting situations, poor grades and behavior, and tools for raising self-confident, motivated children.

    Be You Find Happy Workshops

    During these 3 and 5-hour workshop you will learn tools to build self confidence, silence negative self talk allowing you to challenge your fears and find happiness.

    Together we'll find your direction to happiness, regardless of the life circumstances. Be it marriage troubles, past trauma, day to day exhaustion or financial woes. Happiness is a choice; we can help you choose you.


    Available in paperback, Kindle & at Audible

    Award Winning Memoir

    Third Place Books Review

    "Teetering on Disaster is a funny and poignant autobiographical novel, which tells how she fought for her American Dream through the Sierra Nevada's and beyond."

    Laura Delaney of Rediscovered Book Shop in Boise, ID says "Michaela Renee is friendly, personable and all around lovely."

    Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos, Author of Silent Sorority included it in her Amazon Listmania as one of the "eclectic mix of memoirs that take a look into the unpredictable and absurd ways of life written by women with a sense of humor."

    4.5 Stars On Amazon

    San Francisco Book Review

    "Sarcastic and witty, 29-year-old Alex Swanson planned to be a serious journalist until her stepping-stone-into-the-business talk radio position became a path to nowhere. Now the Suits in charge are offering up her dream job on a platter-if only she'll help them out with one little project: an endorsement deal for CreateADate's online dating service. All they're asking is for her to broadcast her personal life for listeners' entertainment. Never mind that she lives with her grandparents and hasn't been on a date since high school prom. Still, Alex finds a way to put her own spin on the assignment and enlists the help of her conspiracy-theorist Grampa and reality-television-loving grandma Moe as she tries to figure out the dating world. Along the way, she must evaluate her objectives in life and love and finally face demons she'd thought long buried. Alex's self-effacing wit paired with Moe's flamboyant enthusiasm makes for an entertaining story as Alex wades through her tragic past."

    An Instagram Favorite

    Quick Kindle read with Pinterest board tools!

    The happiness starter kit shares tools to reduce stress and anxiety, build self confidence, silence negative self talk allowing you to challenge your fears, set boundaries and find happiness.
    This starter kit will help you find your direction to happiness, regardless of the life circumstances. Be it marriage troubles, past trauma, day to day exhaustion or financial woes.
    Using a Pinterest board as a guide to take action, these tools help you become your authentic self, and find happiness along the way.