I became a caregiver for my Mom in my early 30s.
Six months before she got sick, she said I would be the cane of her old age. My Mom raised two kids on her own while caring for my grandmother. She did it. Why can’t I? When I reached out for support to help me cope with it all, I was repeatedly advised to put my Mom in a nursing home. That advice was inconsistent with my personal values and created a great deal of internal conflict and stress. The caregiver support resources might have been there, but I didn’t know how to access them.
After years of feeling trapped and invisible, my 40th birthday became an opportunity to start the journey of holistic lifestyle transformation. Unhealed trauma, taking care of Mom and the pressures to be a superwoman impacted my health in subtle ways. For years I was plagued with unexplained fatigue, chronic headaches, joint pain, lower back spasms and digestion problems. My life was out of balance. It wasn't until I chose to make my health and well-being a top priority that my life began to change.
When my Mom passed away in 2014, I embarked on a journey of exploration and discovery that led to new insights and opportunities. I learned to fully love and accept myself as an introvert, intuitive healer
and quirky woman who walks to the beat of her own drum. I also discovered that being healthy in mind, body and spirit meant that I needed to start my day with a morning practice that currently includes spiritual reading, writing and meditation. To replenish and recharge, I regularly engage in a variety of healing, holistic and metaphysical activities such as yoga, tarot reading , reiki, acupuncture and sound healing. I am also a doTERRA wellness advocate and use essential oils as part of my own self-care toolkit to ease feelings of tension and promote relaxation. I eliminated 90% of processed foods from my diet and now eat lots of leafy greens and whole foods. I love cooking simple and nourishing meals, sometimes by candlelight, and often with deep gratitude. Creative writing is a tool I also use to process my emotions and express myself. This has helped me to blossom in so many ways. In 2014, for example, I traveled to Malawi to lead creative writing workshops with orphans and disenfranchised women.
The new journey I am now on is the exploration of becoming an interfaith minister
to better facilitate spiritual healing and self-care circles for women. In my experience, life has led me down some interesting and unexpected paths that started with the willingness to follow my intuition and allow opportunities to unfold. In order for your life to change, you must change and take bold action.I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and certification as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I studied with the world's top health and wellness experts including:
- Dr. Andrew Weil, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
- Deepak Chopra, MD, leader in the field of mind-body medicine
- Dr. David Katz, MD, MPH, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center
- Dr. Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University
- Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
- Susan Blum, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
- Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The Ultra Wellness Center
- Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
- David Wolfe, raw food leader and nutrition expert
- Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
- Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities
I am also trained as a creative writing group facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists Method created by Pat Schneider.
Each coaching session will leave you feeling inspired and motivated. We will talk about things beyond food, seeking to bring balance to important elements of your life such as love and relationship as well as career and money. I will personally and carefully guide you to make simple, small changes that transform your life.
As a holistic lifestyle coach, I put the power back in YOUR hands.
Are you serious about taking better care of yourself? Schedule a complimentary consultation with me today.