How I went from lost, confused and depressed to finding my way, and helping thousands of others do the same through my book, educational programs, and group travel around the world.
My first bout with depression happened my senior year of high school. And while I never succumbed to medication, I came close a couple of times. That heavy, weighted feeling stuck with me like glue on my shoe for another 10 years.
On automatic pilot I followed the road map laid out for me—I got the college degree, the job, the house, the husband…
I was functional, but I wasn’t happy.
Twenty years ago that was me.
Honestly, I had no idea who I was or what I wanted. But the one thing I was sure of was that there had to be something more, and every day I spent feeling unsure, stuck and confused, my life was passing me by.
And then one day I had enough.
There was this defining moment when I just knew that allowing things to continue that way was no longer an option.
Something had to change.
After years of trying to manage my misery, I realized I was doing nothing more than rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic of my life.
I became determined—OBSESSED with figuring out what it took to be truly happy and create a life I loved. Merely surviving, barely surviving, was no longer an option for me.
What ensued was a 10-year spiritual journey that took me deep into the world of psychology, emotional intelligence training, communication and relationship skills, yoga and meditation, massage and bodywork, and even hypnotherapy, where I discovered the keys to unlock my own potential.
I learned our emotions always have a message for us—once we learn how to listen.
I learned that our relationships with others, and with life itself, are only as deep, rich, and full as the one with have with ourselves.
And I learned that until we know who we are and why we’re here, we’ll always feel like there’s something missing, even if we can’t put our finger on what it is.
I did find myself, and realized that until we, each of us, do that for ourselves...
We will always feel incomplete.
There’s more to the story, like the time I spent working with the homeless, which you can read more about here in the introduction to my book.
Because this is when things really started to get interesting.
I cracked the code on my own life, and have since helped thousands of others do the same.
I refuse to let anyone who feels now the way I felt then to believe that a mediocre life is what they deserve, or all they're capable of.
I'm living proof that until we answer some essential questions for ourselves, we will always feel like we're searching for something, even if we don't know what it is.
In my book, Showing Up Naked, I take you on a journey back home—to your deepest, truest, most authentic self.
But the book is only the beginning—the tip of the iceberg—designed as a companion piece to support my signature program,
Where I take others seeking answers on the same journey I, myself, embarked upon, and which changed my life.
And because experiencing the world and other cultures is a love that exists deep in my bones, I have been leading yoga travel around the world every year for over a decade—to exotic locations like Bali, Tuscany, Thailand, Greece, Costa Rica, and more.
You don’t want to wake up one day and realize you let your life pass you by…that you kept putting off for later the life you wanted to live and just never got around to it.
If I hadn’t made some changes in my life all those years ago I’d still, 20 years later, be yearning for a life I didn’t know how to create.
I’d likely be depressed with low self-esteem, and would probably be eating, drinking, spending or watching tv more than I wanted to as a way to cope.
While my life continued to pass me by.
Don’t waste another minute waiting to enjoy a life you can start living today.
It’s easier than you think. And you don't have to do it out alone.
Let me be your guide.
WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT WORKING WITH ME
Most of my children have four legs (I’m mom to 3 dogs, 3 cats, and a fish—at last count).
I’m also stepmom to 2 beautiful boys. (The kind with two legs.)
I’m a nature-lover, and build spending time in nature into my life every chance I get.
A typical day starts with me walking my dogs (one at a time) while listening to a podcast.
Evenings have been known to include wine...and chocolate.
Oh...and I cuss like a sailor (sorry, mom).
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