Mother. Writer. Cultural Anthropologist. Holistic Counselor. Astrologer. Believer in humanity.
Growing up in New England, I spent my days studying the rhythms, seasons, and nature cycles. Little did I know, this silent watching would become the basis of my work. I was fascinated by mysteries and the unseen. After getting an unacceptable answer to my question, "What is this God thing that people are talking about at school?"--at five years old, I started looking for my own answers. I read every esoteric text, along with all the Trixie Belden, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew mysteries I could find. I went on to study Cultural Anthropology, Spirituality, and Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. I was on a quest for The Truth.
After college, I moved to Taos, New Mexico, attended school for healing arts, studying massage therapy, energy work, and intuitive development. There, I was fortunate to develop deep relationships with friends at Taos Pueblo, where I took part in their ceremonies, rituals, and traditions. They shared stories about their history, and we'd talk about the things we'd see in the night sky around the fire. Since then, I've been learning Astrology's universal language and include it in my coaching work.
While practicing massage therapy, I received a degree in Elementary Education and Middle School English. I taught in public and private schools in Philadelphia and Cambridge, MA, for a decade and was considered the "mystical" teacher with an eclectic educational philosophy. Before I taught the academics, I shared with students the power of meditation, visualization, yoga, and creative self-expression. After a decade of teaching in the system, I realized that I didn't love the amount of pressure and lack of support for teachers while I loved working with the kids. I knew I needed to make a radical change.
In 2010 I became a Certified Holistic Health Counselor and a mother. I figured I'd take a few months off to rest, heal and acclimate to being a new mom and then begin working from home full-time. Little did I know, I had other plans in store for me. With changes in my routine, lack of sleep, stress, and community, I felt isolated and exhausted. I knew I had to get creative with my time and energy and work within specific boundaries to maintain my strength and alignment. So I worked part-time instead, coaching clients, busy professionals, women by phone and online programs. I led online seasonal cleanses, which left clients feeling more inner-peace, energy, and connection. I hosted women's circles in my living room, and they shared their stories. What happened was that they healed themselves of a variety of symptoms. Some had insomnia; some healed themselves from cancer, weight, and digestive issues. Some transitioned from one career to another. Most everyone experienced changes for the better in their relationships and at home.
This work is a safe space for you—your story—and the story you want to create for your life and wellbeing. By partnering with nature and the cosmos, you can better hear your body's intuitive wisdom and align with what nourishes your whole life. The work is practical and spiritual. You tell me your story, and I'll be the detective. Together, we'll connect the dots of your life, and I'll cheer you on as you make the changes you desire.
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