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My Story

Why I Do What I Do

As the oldest of 4 kids, I took on the role like I was in charge of the United Nations. I was expected to babysit, keep the peace, and make sure no one got hurt when we popped wheelies or hiked in the woods. I was the responsible, adventurous leader and the boss, and I was good at it.

To me, my parents were rock stars: Ivy Leaguers, loved by the community, excellent at everything from designing cities to costume parties. Their perfection was all I was aware of and something I felt pressure to uphold. However, when I first began to read I had an extremely difficult time sounding out words, putting together sentences and comprehending what was being communicated. I didn’t do well on school tests. I fell behind, couldn’t focus and felt stupid.

So I turned to things that made me happy – the creative arts – singing, drawing, dancing, theatre, and writing in my journal – to escape the pressure of not being enough in the areas where I struggled and failed. Being creative was the only way I knew how to express myself. Yet, in 9th grade, I developed anxiety, depression and an eating disorder; and it wasn’t until graduate school, when I was 29, that I was also diagnosed with dyslexia. I spoke to the university counselor, admitted being bulimic, and finally began to develop a better understanding of why I felt the way I did.

Studying the basics of Classical Theatre/Acting, Yoga and the Alexander Technique opened a whole new door for me. I began to develop self-awareness, interrupting the pattern of low self-esteem and beating myself up. After years of battling an eating disorder, anxiety, depression, poor body image and self-hatred, I found the disciplined movement, breathing, and the focused self-study in yoga and meditation, as well as the vulnerability of writing and acting, were effective ways to connect with my genuine voice; the voice that wants me to be forgiving and to be friends with all parts of myself and to feel at home in my own skin.

In my life coaching, yoga, writing, and retreats, I guide other women and men to accept and love themselves. My mission is to facilitate empowering mindful strategies in a safe space, free of judgment or expectations. My understanding of healing and internal narratives helps people find their truth, identity and creative power; to reconnect with who they are when they accept and love themselves.

From my own experience, I know how deceiving life can be; that no matter how great it may seem from the outside, you can still feel intense pain, low self-esteem, and depression within. But today, I can truthfully say that I am grateful for my life, and that my passion and life work is to help other women and men work through their own struggles, transitions and pain and face their next steps with enhanced confidence, joy and clarity.

My experience reflects over 90,000 hours of research and professional work with close to 40,000 people, helping to enhance well-being, self-confidence, inspiration, inner-peace and strength (even when we are far from it) and the acceptance that the truth will usually piss us off, before it sets us free.

Continually curious and learning how to “listen to the voice within”, “go with the flow” and tell the “Truth”, is why I do what I do.