I'd walk/roller-skate/ride my bike to friends' houses, knock on the door, and see if they wanted to play.
I enjoyed the games we made up at the community pools and playgrounds, and remember leading a couple of fun adventures through the woods to the farm beyond our backyard (until a goat followed our tracks and later surprised us on our roller skates!).
I’m still passionate about creating experiences that bring out the inner child in us. I love seeing the joyful expressions on the people who come to my events as they create and take part in a shared experience with others who get them.
It’s like we’re invincible. There’s nothing we can’t do - especially when we’re all having fun together.
The art of play is especially important to old souls with important missions as coaches and healers (whether they involve professional, or personal relationships; whether they are paid, or not), We need to be able to enjoy ourselves so we can fulfill our purpose and others will want to join in!
We need to be in touch with our desires and the challenge is that old souls have not always found it safe to play, to create, to have fun.
With the ability to empath others’ emotions as if they’re our own, it felt safer to please, problem-solve, fix, or soothe so we would not need to feel the sadness, anxiety, or anger. It felt safer to attune to others needs and wanters rather than to ask ourselves: What do I need? What do I want? Would would be fun?
As a result, we can find ourselves taking on more than is ours to take on, leaving us drained and exhausted, and challenged with being able to fulfill our purpose.
Scheduling a complementary 30-minute "Freedom to Flow" discovery call is the first step in making the shift from:
Imagine what we’d all be able to create when we’re living with more ease, connection and joy - I can’t wait!
The healer's journey is typically not an easy one, but with the right type of support, we can make the shifts needed to fulfill our mission of radiating our unique light in the world. Fortunately, I’ve met several amazing teachers/coaches/healers who held a safe space for me to learn about and apply powerful concepts, ceremonies and coaching tools that explored the mind-body-spirit-emotions connection. Each helped me to connect to this inner navigation system (I call it my Whole-Self Wisdom) so I could be guided into a new way of being. See below for more details on my journey and the healing modalities that I bring to the table.
After 19 years in corporate training and development, I applied what I learned during Martha Beck's coaching program (www.marthabeckinstitute.com) and began to question some of my beliefs about who I was and what’s possible. With additional coaching, I began listening deeply to the parts of me that sought balance and I was able to make some big changes (including leaving a six figure salary and taking steps to start my coaching practice).
That said, although I had completed the certification program and experienced significant personal development, I still didn’t feel quite ready to start my coaching practice. I began to realize just how sensitive I was to other people’s “uncomfortable” emotions and thought, “As someone who can feel others’ emotions as if they’re my own, how can I possibly coach people and still have energy leftover for myself?”
Fortunately, I let myself follow my body’s compass into Beverly Belling’s Intuitive Arts Studio (www.beverlybelling.com) where I learned how to differentiate others’ energy from my own. The tools I learned enabled me to create a comfortable space so that I could take care of myself and be fully present for my clients to have their own experience. I also learned that I could trust my intuition (key for following and offering hunches with my clients) and that I can receive a lot more guidance when I’m not only grounded and centered, but in a curious and playful state of being.
At the same time, I gravitated to Abigail Steidley’s Mind-Body Coaching Program (www.abigailsteidley.com) where I learned the power of consistently asking myself what I’m feeling emotionally. Asking this simple question, while observing sensations in my body, allowed me the direct experience of acknowledging the signals of tension/pain in my body, noticing my thoughts, feeling emotion(s), and connecting to the underlying message for how I can return to balance and take care of myself. Ultimately, I engaged in the practice of processing stored emotions, and accepting new emotions that arose, so that I could be guided by them and experience their full spectrum (including joy!). This also enabled me to hold the space for my clients’ authentic emotions to be felt and expressed so they too could be guided by their own inner wisdom.
Here’s what I love about mind-body coaching: It’s grounded in the perspective that you’re already whole. Rather than identifying with a story that there is something wrong with you, or needs to be fixed, the four parts of you – mind, body, spirit, and heart – simply seek balance so they can guide you on an authentic journey of more ease, joy…and fun! (Imagine that!)
My coaching continued to evolve and coincidences continued to occur. One day, while traveling in Arizona, I stumbled upon a book by Sandra Ingerman on shamanism (which looks at the spiritual aspect of illness). I couldn’t put the book down. I bought more of her books and sought out one of her teachers (Katherine Wood at www.vibranttreeministry.com) to complete Sandra Ingerman’s shamanic practitioner program. Finally, I began to see how all of the puzzle pieces of my practice were coming together.
As my coaching/healing work evolved, I also began an empowering body-centered practice developed by Dr. David Berceli called Tension and Trauma Release Exercises (TRE). While at one of Martha Beck’s Summits for Coaches, I found that TRE brought deep relaxation to my body and nervous system. The results were so fast (including releasing tension in my back and helping me with bouts of insomnia) that I sought out a local “group shake” that met regularly, which ultimately led me to pursue TRE practitioner certification. You can learn more about TRE and check out videos at www.traumaprevention.com.
Since 2010, I’d been curious about Reiki, and when the right opportunity presented itself I completed Spirit Reiki I & 2 & 3 (2018-2019) with Helen Knight at www.dreamtimehealings.com. As I practiced this type of Reiki, I found that it allowed me to offer distance healing and seamlessly bring together all of the modalities I list above to serve my clients.