Author | Poet | Coach | Reiki Master/Teacher
what i do
I write for and support empathic women who are waking up to their true selves and feel guided to make a greater impact in the world through a commitment to self-healing. My first book is The Angel Inside: Inspiration to Connect with Your Inner Guidance; my second book, The Rising, will be coming out in early 2019. As a writer, my true love and gift is the written word. I also lead women’s circles, workshops, private sessions, and facilitate a Facebook community called Awakening Angels Women’s Circle.
I live in the Louisville, KY area with my husband and kids (both human and furry) but my heart is always at Siesta Key Beach.
why i do it
For the first part of my ongoing path to Awaken, Heal, and Inspire, I felt alone. Sure, I had friends and family who loved and supported me, but this new path was so different from everything I knew. And I wasn’t far enough along to feel comfortable being vulnerable and open. What I would not have given to have had a circle of heart-centered, awakening women to help support and inspire me during this time, to help me not feel so alone, to ensure me I wasn’t actually crazy, to hold my hand as I followed my path. To hold space for me to grow in my spiritual awareness, help me identify areas which need healing and support and elevate my self-care practices, support me to explore the voice pushing me into something new to confront the blocks which seemed to hold me back. Over time, I’ve created this circle of support for myself, and now, what I didn’t have then – support, inspiration, compassion, healing, empowerment, growth, connection – I offer to you through my circles, healing sessions, and most especially my writing.
how i got here
(the extended version)
I've spent most of my adult life feeling out of control and drowning in stress, at the mercy and whim of everyone around me. Like a leaf in the wind, I've floated around, blowing this way and that, always looking to others for guidance, shrinking from my natural gifts, never finding any respite from the influences around me, all a result of not tuning into the truth of who I really am and what I came here to do.
Like most people, I’ve suffered, often needlessly. My parents divorced when I was 18. I was first married at 24. I lost my mother, my best friend to colon cancer at age 27. I’ve suffered from depression, anxiety, and burnout, adrenal fatigue, lifelong IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and my own divorce at 30, after only 6 years of marriage and with two young children. I had no good systems in place to successfully get through the inevitable trials of life.
Nevertheless, I persevered, living life "by the book", despite never really feeling or thinking like anyone else around me. I got my Bachelor’s degree in psychology and later my Master’s degree in Organizational and Leadership Development. I pursued a certification in Integrative Health Coaching, and completed the Master/Teacher level of Usui Reiki energy healing. I married my soul mate and gained two more kids to call my own. I pursued my career in leadership development. I established my health coaching business. I slowly started to learn healthy and mindful practices to clean up my diet, manage my stress, and balance my life.
And yet…I realized there was something more I wanted – no, needed – to be doing. I felt that stirring deep within, churning in an area I had rarely explored – my soul. At the same time, I felt stuck in the responsibilities of the life I’d created and couldn’t see an easy transition to something else. I wasn’t even sure I’d ever figure out what that something else might be. Nevertheless, that inner stirring felt important and I realized I needed to pay attention to it.
my soul awakening
The catalyst that finally connected me to my true purpose was a spiritual writing class. Writing has always been a creative outlet for me, even as a young girl. During this class, I remembered and found my old journal and discovered it had been 15 years since I’d done any writing. The final poem was haunting, written during college when my mother was ill and my world was out of control. Somewhere in that space, I had lost my voice.
The simple act of writing for this class reawakened in me a love of writing — of creative expression — I had forgotten amidst the constant pain and stress of my adult life. It allowed me to reconnect with the intimate, vulnerable process of putting pencil to paper (I always write with pencil in a notebook before transferring to a typed page). More importantly, it gave me the opportunity, through analogy, metaphor, and the written word, to heal my past wounds –my great losses, my unaddressed pain, my unspeakable grief – all carefully tucked away inside and forgotten for so long.
Writing is my passion, my healer, my voice. Diet, lifestyle, stress management created the space for my body to begin to heal; spirituality, energy healing, and writing opened up my mind and spirit.
my vision for you
As I felt along in the darkness, forging my purposeful soul journey, I desperately longed for support, compassion, inspiration, and connection with like-minded souls. One truth was always painfully clear: this was a solo path. And in addition, the end result isn’t clear. It’s a complete leap of faith. Yet, I’m most definitely not alone.
I now know that we all have spiritual connections -- angels, guides, masters, and ancestors in spirit – who want us to come to them for guidance and help anytime we feel this world is too much for us. They also want us to come to them when we are overwhelmed with joy and laughter. They love us and want to be part of our lives.
I also know there are many more like me, each looking for her own community of support, inspiration, and growth, each wanting to share her compassion and soul-centered purpose with others like her.
Now, my vision is to inspire women across the world who are waking up to their inner truth to feel safe, supported, and guided in finding like-minded connections, fully awakening to their gifts, working with Spirit to create the life they came here to lead, and fulfilling their calling to be of holistic service to the world.
The next steps are up to you. I trust that you know, deep down in the places where you most fear to go, the answers that make your soul come alive. I trust that you hear that inner stirring and you want to know its truth. You want to know what’s possible for your life. And you want to have a compassionate hand to hold while you explore this part that’s been neglected for so long.
Now is the time for you to find clarity, to dig deep into your inner knowing and get reconnected with the truth of who you are and why you’re here. Now is the time for you to cultivate fierce compassion for yourself (because no one else is going to do it for you). Now is the time for you to fully awaken to your gifts and work with Spirit to create the life you came here to lead. Now is the time for you to fulfill your calling to be of holistic service to the world.