I’m Leighann, and I’m so glad you’re here.

I’m a wife, mother, sister, and friend. I was born in Washington, DC, and lived most of my life there apart from a few years in the “country” during junior high and high school. Therefore, I’m equally as comfortable with farm fields and rolling hills as I’m am with honking horns and skyscrapers. I now live with my family in western Pennsylvania, which is the best of both worlds.

I’m wired as an introvert, but I love being around people, being involved in many activities, and seeing the world. I’m just as happy to enjoy a relaxing Saturday curled up with a good book at home.

I love the written word – – fiction, non-fiction, and anything in between. Books, magazines, blogs… you name it I’ll read it. My favorite books range from Jane Austen to Robert Ludlum. I haven’t met very many books I don’t enjoy, but there are some that are hands down my favorite. (A Painted House by John Grisham and Persuasion by Jane Austen to name two.)

I’ve worked in the corporate world, been a stay-at-home mom, but primarily have been a work-at-home mom as a writer and life coach.  I’ve experienced some of life’s incredible joys and experienced deep, life-changing pain.

I’m known to be a tad serious and task driven. I love lists! I also love Jesus and hot tea. I’m a deep-thinker who has a knack for turning ordinary life experiences into insightful life lessons. Luckily my husband, Henry, balances me well and has taught me to relax and love adventure!

I’m thirsty for knowledge and apart from reading and writing, I love creating, traveling, and spending time with my husband and kids. I’m passionate about stories… telling mine and hearing other people tell theirs. The world is full of people who inspire, create, and share their talents in unbelievable ways. I’m grateful to be part of it.

As a mother to four kids, a wife of 20 years, and a working mom, I know the struggle of juggling it all with grit and grace. I understand that life is a balance of living with purpose while being flexible enough to roll with the punches when the unexpected happens, as it did for us when our third child was diagnosed with a fatal combination of birth defects. Learn more about his story, here.  I know the value of accepting the hard things in life and using them as a catalyst for personal growth. I call this #embracinghard. Click here to discover if you’re embracing hard in your life.



Video by Children’s National Medical Center February 2013
Article in the Pittsburgh Tribune December 2011 –  Part One | Part Two
Article in the Pittsburgh Tribune April 2013

(c) 2016 Leighann Marquiss