About Chanel and GYST

Hello and welcome. I founded Get Your Shit Together in 2013 after one of the worst thing possible happened to our family – my husband was killed in an accident. After a week in a coma and his injuries so devastating and unrecoverable, I removed medical support and became a very overwhelmed, under-prepared and massively-grieving widow and single parent to my five year old son and middle-school aged step-daughter.

I later co-founded (now acquired) GYST.com to provide a bigger, better resource online for people to get the important shit done and published my first book, What Matters Most in 2019. I am immensely proud of the book and grateful for the opportunity to tell the whole story of what happened, what I wish I’d done and what you can do when life goes sideways and what can help before and after the shit hits the fan. It’s all in there.

I’ve been making things and showing them to people for decades, Before GYST, I’ve helped clients like Nike, Samsung, Microsoft, Starbucks, Tom’s of Maine and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and was the founding Managing Director of WorldChanging. I live in Seattle with my family, love coffee and yoga (in that order), am a terrible runner, mediocre cook, and love to travel to meet people, hear their stories often speak at events for private groups or larger conferences nationwide.

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