One More Thing....
Listen, I want to acknowledge my driving mission. Honestly? I do this work because I love it- and because I believe that each one of us is a cell in the body of this planet we share and call home. I'm not going to sugar coat it: I think we're living in pretty precarious times, with high stakes for this Earth and its future. I want to do my part to nurture peace, joy, awakening, and liberation for all beings. I hope that, as a species, we'll stop being so gripped by our fear and suffering and, instead, direct more energy and focused attention to nourish our highest human values and visions. I believe that the world needs people who are alive and vital, thriving and creative in their lives, families, and communities, and that we need each other to heal, grow, learn, and evolve. I know we're not meant to go it alone, the way our hyper-individualistic, hyper-materialistic culture promotes. I also know that we can literally re-wire our brains, hearts, bodies, and living systems to shift our limiting personal and collective patterns and create new realities - together.
I am committed to helping people live meaningful, inspired lives.
Looking back, I can see that I have always approached work and life with a coaching mindset. Whether acting as a residential counsellor, college professor, dance facilitator, or friend, I naturally listened deeply, cultivated curiosity and possibility, and encouraged people’s potential.
During my early adulthood, I pursued an uncertain but authentic career trajectory. I struggled to experience a sense of purposeful direction but, as a result of following an organic, emergent path and exploring my genuine interests, I ultimately honed expertise in personal growth and transformation. I achieved an undergraduate degree in Family and Social Relations; studied and taught the therapeutic benefits of expressive dance; and through ongoing training and fifteen years in the social service and education fields, gained a foundation of critical awareness and sensitivity regarding systemic barriers and multiple forms of oppression.
However, it wasn’t until my early thirties, during my graduate studies in Adult Education at the University of Toronto, when I was raving about a self-help book by Life Coach Martha Beck that one of my colleagues turned to me and said, “Hey, that author sounds like you- I think you’re a Life Coach!”
I empathize with clients and know the benefits of coaching from the ‘inside-out.’ Because I know firsthand the journey of transforming self-doubt, despair and feeling stuck into greater self-trust, peace and wellbeing, I am especially passionate about supporting others to find their way towards greater fulfillment.
More recently, and true to my ‘late-bloomer’ style, after years of longing for partnership and family life and fearing that these things wouldn’t manifest for me, a powerful growing edge has been to commit to an intimate partnership and to become a first-time mother at age 39 - and have a second child at 41! This personal path is full of learning, love and deep joy. I increasingly embrace imperfection, take risks, and make powerful commitments. My experience deepens my faith in clients’ abilities to practice courage and carve out unique lives that honor their heartfelt aspirations.
I am mentored by an ICF-accredited professional coach and peers, and I constantly seek ongoing training and experiential learning to deepen my wisdom and capacity as a Coach.
Buddhism/mindfulness, positive psychology, and coaching fascinate me: the insights that these fields yield on the human capacity for resilience, transformation, and joy continuously inform my life and work.