Ann Murgatroyd-Soe and Christie Gause-Bemis

Authors of Ignite Your Life: Live Life with Passion, Purpose and Play
Co-Creators of Hot Pink YOUniversity.

Two bodacious broads mentoring women to live a life they desire now!  As psychotherapists, Ann and Christie have created tools and techniques to take women from overwhelm and disconnect to live out loud and on fire.

Hot Pink YOUniversity evolved from a need.  Ann and Christie recognized that women needed more beyond the clinical walls of what is provided with psychotherapy.  Once the clinical conditions that brought a woman to therapy in the first place, depression anxiety, grief, loss etc. resolved, she was hungry for more.  And, they also knew that there were women not necessarily needing clinical work, but could benefit from their teachings.   Hot Pink YOUniversity is about gathering women.  Women who desire to  to live a life on purpose and with passion.  Not someday, when all the stars align, but now.

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I am an adventurer, traveler, writer, lover, mother, sister, friend on an amazing journey in life that has lead me to the realization that brilliant things happen when like minded people gather together. This is at the core of the Hot Pink YOUninversity experience. Life is bursting with juicy, wild, succulent moments that when honored will shape and forever change us. I am living out loud and am passionate about encouraging to do the same.

I am one of two "Bodacious Broads" that have come together to create Hot Pink YOUniversity. It is an endeavor of the heart and we are so grateful for this opportunity to connect and grow with with others in finding true passion, ignite our fires, and embrace the life that is waiting for us. Ann is a licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience and co-owner of Central WI Counseling Associates, Inc and Hot Pink YOUniversity, LLC. She was born into a multicultural family that has given her a deep appreciation for diversity as well as an interest in multiple spiritual belief systems. These interests along with several significant life changing experiences lead Ann to expand her practice beyond traditional treatment methods of healing into health, wellness, and spirituality as well.

Ann received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has hosted and facilitated numerous wellness and women's retreats. She lectures for classes and workshops on various mental health topics and is a board member for several community/volunteer organizations. Ann is a native of Wisconsin Rapids and has one young adult son.

Christie Gause-Bemis, MSW, LCSW

There has got to be something more...more joy, more love, more peace, more juice, more gratitude, more jazz and pizzazz! I am a believer in more. It is with gratitude of what I already have in life that I stand on and shout for "more". More for me and more for all of you, the sisters who join me on your own journey for more.

I have been a psychotherapist in private practice for the past several years. I am a writer, an artist, a mama, and a wife. Above all, I am a woman. For many years I have been conducting women’s workshops, retreats and gatherings. Through Hot Pink YOUniversity, I join with Ann, a gorgeous, joyful woman, to create gatherings, events, and conferences dedicated to fanning the flame that lies within each one of us. I am so very excited to continue in my own growth, share what I know, learn what each one of you know and join together in supportive succulence to gather our fuel and create a combustion.

Christie is a graduate of UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee. She has been a psychotherapist in private practice since 2005. Additionally, Christie has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the counseling field. She is the creator of The Busy Woman's Retreat and Soup and Soulfood. She has lead numerous workshops and retreats on empowering women to live limitless lives. Christie expresses her art through The Flying Turtle Art and Growth Studio. As an avid traveler, Christie has had the opportunity to travel with Jana Stanfield, singer/songwriter, and volunteer in Vietnam and Bali. Christie is an on-going graduate in the school of life. Favorite Quote: "If you do not live the life you believe, you will soon believe the life you live."

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We are so excited to announce the launch or our book, Ignite Your Life:  Live Life with Passion, Purpose and Play.   Ignite Your Life will take you through the 4 Essential Elements to create your desired life, taking you out of small living and fear-based thinking into powerful shifts to live OUT LOUD.  Life happens and we get disconnected from our passion and live uninspired.  We get disconnected from our purpose and live on autopilot.  We lose the joy of play and live without pleasure.

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