Owner, Kelly Lydick

Kelly received her Bachelor’s degree in Writing & Literature, with emphases in Psychology and Music, from Burlington College, and her Master’s degree in Writing & Consciousness from the New College of California. Her writing has been published in literary and commercial magazines in the United States and Canada. Her work has also been featured on NPR’s The Writers’ Block. She is the author of Mastering the Dream, and co-founding editorial board member of Immanence Journal. She is also an exhibited and published photographer, award-winning classical pianist, and has 15 years of experience in traditional book publishing and education.

Kelly’s primary spiritual training includes work with Rabbi Michael Shapiro, and Mary Bell of the Foundation for Unity Consciousness, with additional training in Wing Chun Kung Fu and Qi Gung. Kelly holds certifications as a Reiki Master, Meditation Facilitator, Crystal Reiki Master, Animal Reiki Master, Past Life Healer, and Gateway Dreaming™ Coach.

She holds professional memberships with the International Association for the Study of Dreams, where she has presented her work on dream studies, the Academy of American Poets, and the Arizona Authors Association.

In 2016, Kelly was honored with a Juno Award from the internationally-renowned Omega Institute of Rhinebeck, NY, for her service work in women’s leadership for her business Waking the Dream. In 2017, she was awarded a Professional Development Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a National Endowment for the Arts Program.

As owner of Waking the Dream, Kelly is passionate about working with
individuals, groups, and small and large businesses to provide services in writing, editing, publishing, and the creative arts, including media releases, full-scale book projects, media interviews, marketing materials, and one-on-one consulting.

Individual creative consulting and group workshops in personal development and creative development include modalities such as dream work, intuitive counseling, meditation, energy management, guided visualizations, and consciousness expansion.

A keen understanding of the energetics that move the creative spirit from the soul, through the heart, into the mind for conceptualization and creative execution and, finally, out to the public to be received, informs the services that are offered at every stage of the creative process.

Clients include individuals, art galleries, published and aspiring authors, small and large publishing companies, and those who wish to awaken to their dreams of personal development, creativity, and greater spiritual attunement.

Our mission at Waking the Dream is to inspire, educate, and transform. We look forward to growing with you.


Additional Media

Listen to Kelly’s radio segment on Speak Up Talk Radio. Click here to listen.

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Melissa Nazario, Designer
Melissa Ruisz Nazario stumbled upon her love for graphic design in 2007, when, as the education 
department head of an art museum, she had to create promotional printmaterials for the events she was planning. It was, more or less, love at first click, aligning her visual creativity with her analytical eye for detail and clear written communication.

Melissa works with businesses and solopreneurs to create beautiful, modern visual assets for print and web that will resonate with their ideal customers and communities.

She’s also the creative director for Total Okinawa Magazine, the production manager and webmaster for Immanence Journal, and a technical writer and quality assurance specialist for Advanced Computer Learning Company.

Melissa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Valparaiso University, and a Master of Arts in English and American Literature from The University of Texas at El Paso. Her Master’s Thesis, “Parting the Shadowy Veil: Trauma, Testimony, and Shadow in Toni Morrison’s Beloved,” examined the novel’s symbols of trauma through the lens of Jungian psychology and Victor Frankl’s concept of testimony. It received the UTEP Honors Convocation Award for Outstanding Master’s Thesis in English in 2006.

Fueled with yoga and bulletproof coffee, Melissa is also a mixed media artist, Reiki Level II practitioner, and Archangelic Light Master.