I’m a mom, teacher, writer, coach. I love my new found adventure of life coaching. I completed intensive coach training and was certified by Harvard Ph.D., Martha Beck (aka Oprah’s life coach). I help moms with children on the autism spectrum to navigate through the challenges of raising an autistic child so that they feel supported and equipped to be a rock solid advocate and guide to their child.
I also offer health and wellness retreats with my business partner Kim McDonald (The Perpetual Dream Team) to women who want to find their way back to living a healthier lifestyle. Our retreats build tool boxes to get their groove back.
I have lived a life that made me think that I had it all. Maybe I did. Then my life tsunamis hit me pretty hard. I went from living a life that felt pretty good to living a life trying to catch my breath from one tsunami hit to the next. My journey as a mother has been faced with challenges of raising my sons through autism, type I diabetes, losing their father, and drug addiction.
I learned quickly how to live in survival mode every day. Each morning I would truly dread getting out of bed to face the day full of challenges. It began to feel like an outer body experience and it was all about surviving. But I was a mother warrior. I kept fighting for my children. And I kept praying each day to help me find the way. I eventually found a way but not in the way that I imagined.
One day, I literally woke up and decided to follow my heart, just as I had preached to my former students. This was while I was in the middle of one of my biggest tsunamis. It was a moment where my life in each area just blew up—my career, my family, and my finances. Despite all of that, I decided to choose me and follow my heart because I knew that was the key to living a life I craved for a long time.
I resigned from my educational career of 20 years and started my own life coaching business. I had a brief moment when I questioned my own sanity! I had bills coming in, spent most of my savings, and both of my sons were still dependent on me. But I knew I had to be true to myself. Oddly, I remember this being one of the happiest moments of my life. I felt like I could just run and skip like a little girl. It was scary at times but it was the right decision for me. As a result of following my heart, I got my family back on track and a new career that I love.
I now live a life of gratitude being a mother of two grown sons, single, and loving my life. I love spending time with my family, fitness, reading, long deep conversations, dancing anywhere, long baths, traveling, attending concerts, laughing a lot, spending time with my girl tribe, visiting around my kitchen table, listening to my sons talk about anything. I also love making real connections along this ride called life.
Currently, both of my sons are thriving in their lives. Being their mother has been the highest honor in my life. They both have been my greatest teachers. They continue to show me opportunities for personal growth. They each own half of my whole heart.