There’s been one enduring theme throughout my work: helping sensitive souls dig deep to unearth their innate creative wisdom, so that they can live, love and work in harmony with what truly matters to them.
I do that in a few different ways:
- As a board certified life coach and certified relationship coach
- With a master’s degree in counseling (brick and mortar office in Sacramento and soon-to-be in Santa Rosa)
- By bringing women together and tending creative wisdom circles
- Through expressive arts, writing, storytelling, performing & leading life transition workshops
I used to think I was a late bloomer, floundering and adrift. Maybe it’s because I lost my mom right at the cusp of adulthood. Certainly, my early passion for theatre had something to do with it too.
Whatever it was, my path was pretty different from most of my friends. I mean, I was so eager to get out of town that I raced through high school in three years.
Starting at 17, I spent about 20 years moving from place to place, desperately seeking my true place in the world. I had a zillion jobs. Tried a lot of things. Unpacked my belongings and made homes all over the country.
Sometimes, yes, there were delightful adventures; other times, periods of anxiety, worry, depression and just plain stuck-ness.
And eventually, all that frantic movement wore me out. So I stopped.
Up until then I thought life was mostly about looking out there: do more, see more, be more. Turns out I had to do my own deep digging and explore what I was running from before I could actually hear my inner voice.
So what I most want to tell you is that my greatest adventure has been to stop and listen to that voice. And then, take the journey home to myself and the full joy of living deep.
the professional story
And guess what? I no longer think of myself as a late bloomer.
Turns out I had the perfect first act for my life’s work. Those early years, when I thought I was floundering, actually initiated me into all the things that show up in my work: empathy, creativity, love and deep listening, to name a few.
I look back now and see that even though I got a little lost sometimes, ultimately I followed my heart. If you’re interested in the full bio, check out my profile on LinkedIn.
the coming full circle story
All those days of roaming gave me a unique view of life’s inevitable ambiguities. I’ve got a healthy respect now for paradox and the wisdom of both/and (rather than either/or).
That’s why I’m committed to an integrative approach to counseling and coaching that combines both in-depth exploration and meaningful action. My clients tell me this works really well for them.
I also know now that it doesn’t really matter whether you start out as a nomad (like I did) or a homebody. Either way you can be pretty sure that one day your own inner voice will rise up and demand your attention, just like mine did.
When it does, I’d be honored to be the one to help you hear it. You can find out more about my work with clients on my coaching page.
the rest of the story
As much as I love my work, there’s more to life than work. A few of the other things I love…
- My husband Dave and our family of rescued kitties.
- Splitting my time between Sacramento and Sonoma County.
- Long, lingering monthly lunches with my big brother.
- Meandering on the bluff trail along the Sonoma Coast.
- Lavender. Salvia. Butterfly Bush. Passion Vine. (They seem to like me.)
- Singing. Collage. Process Painting. Art Journals. Writing. Poetry. Music.
- The astonishing women I meet with every week.
- A soak in the hot tub right before bed. Or anytime, really.