The Personal Story
I was 30 years old. I had just gotten married and we bought our first house. Life was really, really good. And one day at my daughter’s 12th birthday party I started seeing flashing lights like I had stared at the sun too long. But, I hadn’t and they wouldn’t go away. It was so weird.
I went to urgent care, then the doctor, and then to Stanford Medical Center. Come to find out I had a blood clot in my eye. I was an otherwise healthy 30-year-old woman and there was no explanation for such a thing. So we began to search for a reason and I was told that the eye thing was most likely an indicator for some underlying and much more serious condition.
We literally spent months searching for a cause. I went on leave from my job as an accountant and instead I went to doctor after doctor. But, the answer was not to be found in a hospital. The answer was ultimately found inside my heart.
You see, I was in a smart but unfulfilling career and while on medical leave I got to focus on my health and well-being. This was the first time in my life that I got to make self-care my number one priority. So in between doctor visits I also started seeing a therapist. I signed up for a women’s empowerment group and discovered life coaching. I fell in love with it and began the process of becoming a certified professional coach.
This eye thing was one of the major turning points in my life. The partial loss of physical vision – albeit temporary – was long enough to help me focus on an inner vision. It forced me to look into my heart, to process old emotions, and make new choices about where I wanted to go in my life.
At the time, I was an atheist and an angry one too! But, that’s another story for another time. I’ve been on many, many adventures since then and almost 15 years later I am getting ready to graduate from ministerial training with the Centers for Spiritual Living. I could have never predicted my path!
One thing is for sure: I believe that we discover our true power, our divinity, when we embrace our humanity instead of deny it. My experience has shown me that there is a powerful, loving presence at the center of all life everywhere. Connection with that presence heals. It changes everything. It brings things into focus. It moves you to what’s most important for you.
The thing is…that movement isn’t always pretty, neat, and contained. It can be messy, painful, and chaotic. But, the love is constant and the soul knows the work that needs to be done to reveal the authentic and beautiful self underneath it all.
So thank you for walking this path with me. I’m glad you’re here and that we can take brave baby steps together. It’s so much easier to let your soul unfold when you know you’re not alone.
The Educational Story
- Undergraduate business degree from Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley
- Certified Professional Coach from the International Coach Academy
- Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
- Licensed Spiritual Practitioner with the Centers of Spiritual Living
- Currently enrolled in the ministerial program with the School for Spiritual Leadership
The Religious Story
I grew up in a Baptist church and loved it…until I became an adolescent and started to understand the way women were viewed. It pissed me off that women were blamed for the fall of humanity. It pissed me off that women were not allowed to be leaders in the church. None of this fit with what I felt in my heart. So I left the church and became an angry atheist for all of my twenties. As I did the emotional and mental work of therapy and coaching, I began to unwind all the old emotions and beliefs that no longer served me. As I delved deeper and deeper into my heart of course I discovered unconditional love (some people call this God). In 2008, I decided I was ready to find a new spiritual community, which was when I discovered the Centers for Spiritual Living and knew I was home. I’ve been an active member ever since.
The Family Story
I am married to the kindest, most generous and supportive man I have ever met: Will. Although our daughter, Carina, no longer lives with us, we are very close and spend quite a bit of time together. Carina was 9 years old when I met Will and she wasn’t all that happy about sharing her mom! But, through the years we have demonstrated our love and commitment to one another through many, many challenges and a bazillion good times. Carina’s cousin Alex has also lived with us off and on throughout the years and when the 4 of us are together, my core family feels complete. Add the chihuahuas to the mix and I’m one happy mama! I am wildly obsessed with our two fur babies – Angel and Gracie.