I am a certified coach who has worked over fifteen years in the field of communication, writing online content and creating marketing campaigns. I also have a story to tell:
I was 39 years old, in a marriage that was slowly dissolving, and in a job I didn’t particularly like. I felt dead and uninspired.
I had years of unexplained infertility, trying to conceive a child using artificial treatments, with no success. Now, almost 40, I had to give up because our health insurance would not cover the cost. My heart and arms felt empty and my emotions were raw.
We had bought our first house and sold it two years later, moving yet again. My dream for a place to call home evaporated. In six years of marriage, my husband and I moved on average once per year. I felt ungrounded, unsettled, homeless.
Nothing we did made us happier.
Without any children to love, a place to call home, or a job that sparked me, and with a husband who I tip-toed around because of his mood swings and own insecurities, I thought I was the most unhappy person on the planet.
I lost my mother to cancer when I was 36, and was still reeling from the impact. My father passed away 3 years earlier and 4 years after my mother, my brother died.
This confluence of unlucky events led to that moment you might recognize in movies or fairy tales when the hero has faced so much adversity that you wonder if she might call it quits and give up. I dug deep into my confused mind and knew with a certainty that I needed to find help. I couldn’t do this all on my own anymore. I was lost in a dark forest and I couldn't see the breadcrumbs.
In my diary I wrote: "I haven’t felt like a whole person for as long as I can remember. I know who I am even less. I feel like a nothing, a shadow or a ghost, passing through life but never absorbing anything good. I feel like someone who stands on the outside looking in, seeing all the happy, fulfilled people in their nice homes, nice families, nice circle of friends, cushy jobs, all doing what it is people do, while I’m on the outside still struggling, still trying to make my mark in life, still looking for happiness."
I was struggling with the question, "What is happiness?" I began to consult therapists, coaches, websites, books, and anything or anyone else that I thought could point me the way to a happier life. I became a sponge for anything to do with personal growth. I wanted to know what the most successful and most joyful among us knew. What was their secret?
In 2011, my husband and I separated and eventually divorced. I was 44 years old. I took the time to become my own best friend, developed self-care strategies and worked on the areas of my life that I knew could be even better.
Here I am today, ten years since beginning my search for meaning and freedom: I am happily remarried to a wonderful, warm, funny and charming man.
I'm also an entrepreneur and certified life coach whose mission is to help women, who are looking to find a way out of their own dark forests. I help them get clear about their inner strength and wisdom so that they follow their own wild hearts and create a life of personal meaning, financial growth and social impact.
This website shares what I am learning on my journey. I hope you find something here that inspires you.
What I want for myself, and what I think all of us want, is to experience these things:
- making my dreams come true
- allowing possibility rather than fear guide me
- creating and manifesting the things I want in my life
- being the hero of my own story
- wanting to make a difference, wanting to matter
- feeling creative, inspired, animated
- feeling energized, motivated, alive, strong, powerful
- sharing my voice
- feeling proud
- living well
- happiness and joy
- challenges that bring strength
- breaking free of fear
- financial, emotional and mental independence
- living according to my own values
- becoming more of who I really am
- building and designing a joyful life
- a positive perspective
Reach out to me. Let's talk about your dreams and find you some breadcrumbs...