Author | Poet | Coach | Speaker
who am I
I’m a healer, poet and author of two books (so far), The Angel Inside: Inspiration to Connect with Your Inner Guidance and The Rising, as well as a blog of “Poetic Healing” and “Daily Bliss” messages. I rediscovered my passion for writing nearly 15 years after losing my mother to a long battle with cancer, using poetry as an outlet for healing, exploration, and discovery of my own deeper connection to my inner guidance and spiritual gifts.
Though my true love and gift is the written word, I’m also a certified coach and Reiki Master who leads women’s circles, workshops, private in-person and virtual energy coaching sessions, and holds space for the Facebook community “Awakening Angels Women’s Circle”. I’m the current President of Woman to Woman Kentuckiana and have enjoyed a professional career in leadership and organizational development for over 14 years.
I’m happily married with four children, a granddaughter, and too many pets to mention. Although I live in southern Indiana for now, my heart is always in the magical sand and glorious green water of Siesta Key Beach, where I feel most inspired.
My voice has always been expressed best through writing, but poetry is my favorite medium, even when I was very young. I’m drawn to poetry, I think, because I find that much like doing energy healing work, it allows me to transmute difficult feelings in a gentler way. The reader can take their own meaning from it and use it how they need it in the moment. And later on, they may find different meaning from it. And perhaps more importantly, poetry also offers softness in a very harsh world. It's my way of offering a little healing every day, with every word or phrase.
how i got here
(the extended version)
I've spent most of my adult life feeling out of control and drowning in stress, at the mercy and whim of everyone around me. Like a leaf in the wind, I've floated around, blowing this way and that, always looking to others for guidance, shrinking from my natural gifts, never finding any respite from the influences around me, all a result of not tuning into the truth of who I really am and what I came here to do.
Like most people, I’ve suffered, often needlessly. My parents divorced when I was 18. I was first married at 24. I lost my mother, my best friend to colon cancer at age 27. I’ve suffered from depression, anxiety, and burnout, adrenal fatigue, lifelong IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and my own divorce at 30, after only 6 years of marriage and with two young children. I had no good systems in place to successfully get through the inevitable trials of life.
Nevertheless, I persevered, living life "by the book", despite never really feeling or thinking like anyone else around me. I got my Bachelor’s degree in psychology and later my Master’s degree in Organizational and Leadership Development. I pursued a certification in Integrative Health Coaching, and completed the Master/Teacher level of Usui Reiki energy healing. I married my soul mate and gained two more kids to call my own. I pursued my career in leadership development. I established my health coaching business. I slowly started to learn healthy and mindful practices to clean up my diet, manage my stress, and balance my life.
And yet…I realized there was something more I wanted – no, needed – to be doing. I felt that stirring deep within, churning in an area I had rarely explored – my soul. At the same time, I felt stuck in the responsibilities of the life I’d created and couldn’t see an easy transition to something else. I wasn’t even sure I’d ever figure out what that something else might be. Nevertheless, that inner stirring felt important and I realized I needed to pay attention to it.
my soul awakening
The catalyst that finally connected me to my true purpose was a spiritual writing class. Writing has always been a creative outlet for me, even as a young girl. During this class, I remembered and found my old journal and discovered it had been 15 years since I’d done any writing. The final poem was haunting, written during college when my mother was ill and my world was out of control. Somewhere in that space, I had lost my voice.
The simple act of writing for this class reawakened in me a love of writing — of creative expression — I had forgotten amidst the constant pain and stress of my adult life. It allowed me to reconnect with the intimate, vulnerable process of putting pencil to paper (I always write with pencil in a notebook before transferring to a typed page). More importantly, it gave me the opportunity, through analogy, metaphor, and the written word, to heal my past wounds –my great losses, my unaddressed pain, my unspeakable grief – all carefully tucked away inside and forgotten for so long.
Writing is my passion, my healer, my voice. Diet, lifestyle, stress management created the space for my body to begin to heal; spirituality, energy healing, and writing opened up my mind and spirit.
my vision for you
As I felt along in the darkness, forging my purposeful soul journey, I desperately longed for support, compassion, inspiration, and connection with like-minded souls. One truth was always painfully clear: this was a solo path. And in addition, the end result isn’t clear. It’s a complete leap of faith. Yet, I’m most definitely not alone.
I know there are many more like me, each looking for her own community of support, inspiration, and growth, each wanting to share her compassion and soul-centered purpose with others like her.
Now, my vision is to inspire women across the world who are waking up to their inner truth to feel safe, supported, and guided in finding like-minded connections, fully awakening to their gifts, working with Spirit to create the life they came here to lead, and fulfilling their calling to be of holistic service to the world.
The next steps are up to you. I trust that you know, deep down in the places where you most fear to go, the answers that make your soul come alive. I trust that you hear that inner stirring and you want to know its truth. You want to know what’s possible for your life. And you want to have a compassionate hand to hold while you explore this part that’s been neglected for so long.
Now is the time for you to find clarity, to dig deep into your inner knowing and get reconnected with the truth of who you are and why you’re here. Now is the time for you to cultivate fierce compassion for yourself (because no one else is going to do it for you). Now is the time for you to fully awaken to your gifts and work with Spirit to create the life you came here to lead. Now is the time for you to fulfill your calling to be of holistic service to the world.