I became a caregiver for my Mom at the age of 33.
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. What I really needed was support to figure out how to take good care of my Mom AND live a healthy and happy life myself. The caregiver resources might have been there, but I didn’t know how to access them. I thought it was my duty and I just had to suffer in silence, a pattern that started in my 20s.
I spent most of my 20s in a toxic relationship. I left at 29. My 30s were about feeling ashamed, taking care of Mom and pretending it never happened. My 40th birthday became an opportunity to start the journey of healing and holistic lifestyle transformation. Unhealed trauma, taking care of Mom and the pressures to be a superwoman at work impacted my health in subtle ways. For years I was plagued with unexplained fatigue, chronic headaches, joint pain, lower back spasms and digestion problems. I’m a firm believer that our body speaks to us to let us know when our life is out of balance. My body was constantly talking to me. I just didn’t listen. It wasn't until I took back control and 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. As an introvert what I discovered is that being healthy in mind, body and spirit means that I start my day with a morning practice that includes reading, writing and meditation. Because I need lots of quiet time to replenish and recharge, I also do yoga regularly and use doTERRA essential oils to ease feelings of tension and promote relaxation. Taking good care of my body is also a priority. 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 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.
Because my health and well-being is a top priority, i'm always on the lookout for complementary therapies to support me. Reiki, Acupuncture, Sound Healing, Vibroacoustics, Transcendental Meditation and other wellness approaches have facilitated my transition to a vibrantly healthy lifestyle and help me to balance all the moving parts of my own life.
I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University where I studied Economics and Psychology.
I am a trained creative writing group facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists Method developed by Pat Schneider. At 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 passionate about helping women, caregivers and introverts find and shine their hidden light. 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.
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