I grew up in central Minnesota where the pace was unhurried and family values were paramount. I lived what I felt was a completely normal life until I was 15, when my life went from uneventful to tumultuous. My parents had a very contentious divorce and the experience shook me to my core. Although I now know that everyone involved did the best they could, my teenage Self struggled to make sense of it all. I felt lost. Everything I had known up to that point seemed like a façade, and my future was uncertain. To say I didn't handle it well is an understatement. What followed was years of decisions made out of reactivity and fear. I lacked direction and purpose. I felt like I was on a bumper car course, never consciously choosing my course based on what I really wanted, but just coping with where ever I happened to end up.
After experiencing two divorces and a broken engagement among other challenges, I had an epiphany. For the first time, I saw that I had been basing my life decisions on fear and the illusion of security, not on what made me happy. Security was one of my primary values, for which I compromised myself over and over again. This wasn't an acceptable way of life for me. I would rather risk everything at the chance of true purpose and meaning in my life, and consequently, true happiness, joy, and love.
I realized that not living my true happiness was a lapse in integrity. I was being inauthentic to myself and those around me. How could I ever expect to find true friendships, love, or a meaningful career if I wasn't being true to myself? I FINALLY understood what the phrase "loving myself" meant. It means living on purpose, authentically, and True to my Soul.
This epiphany was the beginning of an arduous two-year period of intense Soul growth. Much of it was more challenging than anything I had experienced prior. Throughout this period of time I faced a dark night of the soul where I faced my deepest, darkest fears, disappointment, disillusionment, regret, anger, resentment, and any other negative emotion you can think of. But it was all necessary to get where I am today.
I now have an extensive tool box from which I can pull from whenever I am faced with a challenge and I'd like to share these tools with you. Give me a call and let's talk about how I can use everything I've learned throughout my coaching training and my life experiences to help you get through yours quicker and easier.
I am a Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner certified through the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), an ICF-Accredited, 3200-hour, coaching certification program. I am a Reiki Energy Healer and hold a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.