Hope Koppelman is a writer and the author of two books which are set to release in 2018, The Gifts of Writing and The Secrets the Earths Keeps. For over 12 years Hope has been leading the creative initiative at TUT, serving as both Creative Director and Editor. She is also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a Certified Yoga Instructor, and a life-long student of the Universe, learning to deepen and evolve her awareness of love every day. She spends her time between the mountains in Western North Carolina, the ocean in Florida, and a small village in Southern Spain.
A brief history of my life
Born in Takoma Park, Maryland
Born at 9:29 am on October 2, 1982. Little did I know, but yoga and meditation were already a part of my life. My mother practiced both during my birth.
ATTENDED the Waldorf School
Thanks to my parents, I attended a school that emphasized IMAGINATION in learning and took classes like “woodwork,” “knitting,” and “eurhythmy.”
WrOte my first novel
At age 10, wrote a 24-chapter novel called “New Girl,” about pre-teen girls finding their way in the world. I decided I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.
becAme a black belt in Tae Kwon Do
My parents convinced me to start karate, and several years later I was the first female Black Belt in my school. My yell could be heard down the block.
Moved to Pagosa Springs, Colorado
My adventure-seeking parents moved our family west to the tiny mountain town of Pagosa Springs, Colorado (population: 8,000, stoplight: 1).
wOn my first writing contest
In 7th grade, I entered a writing contest called “My American Hero,” which I wrote about my older brother. My passion for writing grew even stronger.
realized that “god” does exist
One night in bed, I asked “God” for a sign, proof of its existence. I was immediately surrounded in white light and felt a jolt of energy to my heart. My life has never been the same since.
Moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
My jet setting parents, brother, and I left everything we knew behind in the US and set off on a new adventure to Mexico, where we lived for 6 months.
GRADUATED COLLEGE & found my dream job
Graduated from the University of Florida, scoured classified ads, and landed my dream job working for NY Times bestselling author, Mike Dooley.
2006 – Present
TravelED all over the world
Traveled all over the world, including Egypt, Kenya, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey, Peru, Honduras, and many other countries.
FEll madly in love with yoga
Attended my first yoga class, nearly threw up, challenged myself to stick with it, and became a Certified Yoga Instructor 6 years later.
WOn a HAY HOUSE publishing prize
Submitted a book proposal and won a publishing prize from Balboa Press, a division of Hay House. The book will be published in 2017.
HelpED my mother traverse
Helped my mother cross to the next life. I feel blessed and grateful every day, her presence is a strong force that remains with me through all I do.
MoveD to Ronda, Spain
Spent a month living in a tiny village in Southern Spain and fell in love with the freedom of working from anywhere.
MoveD to Asheville, North Carolina
Took a leap of faith and moved to Asheville, NC, but kept my dream job (now I work from my “mountain chateau”). It was one of the hardest and most rewarding decisions I’ve ever made.
Publishing my first solo book
The Gifts of Writing will be releasing in 2017.
Publishing my first children’s book
The Secrets the Earth Keeps will be releasing in 2017.