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A little about me...

Hi! Thanks for checking out my page!

 

Certifications and training:

 

  • Certified Professional Coach (CPC)

  • Kripalu Level 1 Mindful Outdoor Guide

  • Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Certified Guide

  • Wilderness First Aid Certified

  • Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200)

  • Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator

  • Wild Women Project Circle Facilitator

  • Mindful Eating-Conscious Living™ (ME-CL) Level 1 Certified

  • Certificate in Energy Medicine

  • Women's Academy of Irish Shamanism & Spirituality Apprenticeship Training

Professional Experience:

  • Co-Executive Director of a nonprofit

  • Federal grant director and project manager

  • 20+ years of presentation development and public speaking

  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Saint Joseph

  • Additional professional training through the University of California, San Diego, Center for Mindfulness and Cornell Civic Ecology Lab

My Story...

There was a time when I lived my life guided by perfectionism, fear, and the need for external validation. I needed praise, admiration, and attention from others to feel that I was okay. When I didn’t think I was good enough, I was left in despair with feelings of deep guilt and shame. I turned to numbing behaviors like overeating, shopping, or spending too much time online to avoid feeling. Trying to maintain this façade of perfect mother, wife, employee, housekeeper, and business owner caused great suffering. I had what should have been an amazing and beautiful life, and yet I was miserable.

​Somehow deep down I knew that suffering through life was optional. In 2004, I took my first steps toward healing the deep pain and anger I felt. I realized that I was living in my head and that I was completely out of touch with my body.

​So, I began doing yoga, hiking, reading self-help books, and attending workshops. I learned to meditate in a Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) program and later studied to be a life coach and Shamanic practitioner. With the help of many gifted guides and teachers, I took the baby steps toward becoming who I am today. Every time I bought another book or signed up for another program, I thought, “This is the one that will fix me.” However, what I’ve learned is that we don’t need to be fixed. We are already perfect.

 

Lao Tzu wrote, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” In my journey, it has been the single steps that have made a sustainable difference in my life.

My focus is on helping women find their path and life purpose through transforming their relationship with the Earth, self, and Spirit. I help women discover who they really are and what is really at the heart of their journey; despite what the dominate narrative suggests. I’ve discovered the heart of my own journey through meditation, yoga, Shamanic studies, random dance parties, a variety of outdoor activities, and spending time being present with family and friends.

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