Have You Ever Felt Like…
You can’t be the real you.
You have no idea what you’re doing.
If you go big, you’ll fail.
Your beauty is behind you.
You’ll never weigh what you want to.
Your job is sucking the life out of you.
Your kids are sucking the life out of you.
You have no confidence.
You have great ideas but are afraid to act on them.
Everyone else is cooler.
You could lose your job if you aren’t perfect.
You don’t fit in.
Ya, me neither.
Ha! I’ve had all these thoughts at various points in my life.
Along with the negative thoughts came extreme anxiety to the point where I couldn’t breathe, landing me in the ER a number of times. I got bronchitis every three months. The tightness in my shoulders made massage therapists cringe. I thought this was just “me” and these health issues were “normal.” To the contrary. It was my body telling me I was barking up the wrong tree – the wrong job, the wrong people, the wrong thoughts. And I wasn’t seeing the signs that I needed to make a change – because I thought it was what “normal” was. (This is life – suck it up!).
However, these physical manifestations were the result of me not knowing, listening to or trusting what I knew was truly right for me. After realizing I needed to make changes in my life, I got help. I engaged many resources but none were as impactful as the time I spent with my life coach. She was like a ninja honing in on what was holding me back, tapping into what I wanted, and each session literally transformed my life. I took steps to learn practices and tools to help me know who I truly am and what I want. I learned to listen to and trust myself more.
Lemons Into Lemonade
Most of you probably know the story of the fall of Lehman Brothers, and how it ends. As the head of their corporate communications for domestic mortgage during that time, I was in the thick of it – and thank goodness for my coaching sessions and the tools I learned and used daily! I rode the Lehman train until it stopped. While some thought losing my job was a tragedy, I looked at it as my big opportunity. I knew it was my chance to pursue my passion.
Listening to the Whispers
Ever since I was a young girl I always heard this whisper inside my head saying I was meant to help people. I didn’t know what this meant or how it would transpire. At times I’d be frustrated with these whispers as they would pop up more and more, and I’d think – “What do you want me to do! Show me!” And while I didn’t realize it, I was being shown – in every coaching session and in every moment at my corporate job. Losing my “perfect” job was the opportunity I’d been waiting for. I figured out what the whispers meant. It became clear, I was meant to be a coach and this is how I would help people.
I finally figured out my calling.
I studied under Dr. Martha Beck – worldwide renowned and acclaimed life coach, best selling author and columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine. Her methodology and words resonated with me. I earned my preliminary life coach certification and went on to become a Master Certified Life Coach.
I then expanded my studies to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Intuition. Now I am blessed to work with women ranging in age and background – from the young professional starting out to the mom or executive who appears to “have it all.” They are “fine” but deep inside they know it can be better (oh so better!). And my work with young girls has a special place in my heart as I work with them individually, in groups or with their parents so they can be more confident in themselves and their decisions.
The way their eyes light up when they listen to themselves and recognize their value is a magical experience I am humbled to witness.
Know + Trust + Create
Trusting myself has led me to create the life I have today. I never knew a happier and more fulfilling life was possible and I thought it was for other people who knew something special. They do know something special. They know and trust themselves.
I am here to help you to Know + Trust + Create that life for you.
I can’t wait to meet YOU!
Credentials + Certifications
Master Certified Life Coach – trained by Dr. Martha Beck, BA, MA and PhD from Harvard University as well as worldwide acclaimed life coach, New York Times Best Selling Author, monthly columnist for O The Oprah Magazine
Creator of Can’t Dimmer My Shimmer™
The Huffington Post – Contributor (Women’s feature)
Thrive Global – Writer
Creator of Amazing Me workshops for tweens and teens
Trained by Laura Day in intuition (author of The Circle; Practical Intuition)
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training by Mindful Schools
20 years corporate experience in sensitive change communications (Mergers and Acquisitions), culture development, motivating and retaining teams
I am forever thirsty for more knowledge about how I can serve women and girls. If you have recommendations, I’d love to hear from you.
Trust the Knowing Breadcrumbs (they’re delicious!)
Having the confidence to trust what I know is the most valuable lesson I learned in my life (so far!). When I listen to what I know to be right for me, I soar. When I listen to and do what others say I should do, I sink. Knowing Breadcrumbs are those things you “just knew” in your life, but aren’t really sure why you knew them.
When looking for points of proof of your knowingness, look at these “just knew it” moments of your life.
Here’s a few of mine…
In fifth grade that my parents would divorce after they raised us. While I was friendless in junior high, one day I’d have an amazing group of friends in high school (and still do!). I would be accepted to and attend Ithaca College. I just needed to graduate from college and then I’d have a better life. My best friend and I needed to break up so I could grow. I’d get married when I was 31. I’d get pregnant with my daughter after my first IVF treatment. To stop trying for a 2nd baby after 8 failed IVF treatments and try again when I was 40. I’d be pregnant with a baby boy when I was 41. Losing my Lehman Brothers job was a blessing.
What are your Knowing Breadcrumbs?
Our coaching sessions changed my life. Together we worked on allowing me to cast off the expectations that others had of me and focus on realizing what I wanted for myself. It is more than OK to meet my own needs — it’s the right thing to do, because taking care of me means that I am more whole and more present for everyone else in my life.