I am a mother. An entrepreneur. A writer. A speaker.
A leader. A confidant and a coach.
I inspire, hold space, and tell the truth gently and lovingly, because I know it will set you free. I lift the lid off your soul so you can bring forth your gifts to the world and live the life of joy and freedom you are meant to live.
My purpose is to help you find your purpose.
I'm also an amateur photographer, a salsa dancer, a nature-lover, a night owl, and the proud single mom of two amazing college-aged kids. When I'm not teaching, I run my family's retail home medical supply business.
But I haven't always been this put-together. I haven't always been this joyful.
I know what it's like to feel on top of the world, then have it all come crashing down. I've prospered and failed, loved and lost, and learned how to get back up again. And again. And again.
In my 20s, I had life by the horns. Every goal I set for myself, I achieved. This small-town girl from Oregon figured out how to make it in the big city, all by herself. After graduating with honors from GW, I worked in Washington, DC as an international trade and Latin American economic integration specialist. Yearning for a seat at the table, I earned an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business and an MA in International Studies and Portuguese from the Lauder Institute at U Penn, then landed a coveted position as a management consultant in McKinsey & Company’s London office. (I'm also a Type-A over-achiever. Can you tell?? :) )
Then life happened. And it all fell apart.
Soon after moving to London, my marriage started showing signs of stress. Eight months later, my son was born, followed by my daughter two years after. Wanting to be home with my babies, I walked away from my career at McKinsey. I was 31 with a failing marriage, an aborted career, student loan debt, and two babies, while living 5,000 miles from home. I felt isolated, alone, sad, heartbroken. Not exactly how I'd planned my life to be, but there ya have it.
Determined to make my marriage work, I did everything I could to find peace and happiness, yet found myself constantly on edge and unable to manage the tension. One morning I woke up, looked in the mirror, and hardly recognized the shell of the happy, energetic, hopeful person I once had been.
On my daughter’s 11-month birthday, ashamed, guilt-ridden, and feeling like a failure, I summoned the strength and courage to finally listen to my little voice and make the life-altering, heart-breaking decision to leave my marriage.
Two years after moving back to the US with my children I fell into a major funk. Being a positive person by nature, I had no idea why I was so down. After all, I had my life back, right? A life coach friend suggested I name four personal goals for myself.
I looked at him like a deer caught in the headlights. I had no idea what to say.
In that moment I realized that I hadn’t thought of myself in YEARS. Bingo! No wonder I was depressed! I was so busy taking care of my kids. my business, being a dutiful daughter and attentive sister, that I had completely neglected myself and lost touch with what gives me joy.
That year I took a photography course (even though I didn’t own a camera when I signed up), traveled to Italy, and joined a salsa dancing team. Remembering who I was and giving myself permission to do things that I enjoy brought me out of the fog and funk.
Within a few years I bought a house and a new car, grew my business, started teaching Zumba 3 times a week, and helped found a non-profit. But with my son about to turn 10 and no man in sight, I started to feel like a failure again. “My kids have no man in the house. They're ruined for life,” I thought.
Back to the drawing board!
Determined to not feel sorry for myself, I once again dove into studying personal development. I read tons of books, went to therapy, attended seminars and workshops, journaled, and cultivated the tools I needed to find my joy again.
I learned to see each setback as an opportunity to learn and grow.
I learned to choose gratitude, especially during the darkest times.
I learned to set clear intentions.
I learned that I Am Enough.
I learned acceptance for where I am.
(Miraculously, when I learned to relax my son stopped having temper tantrums.)
As my children entered high school, I announced to my tribe of girlfriends that I was ready to meet my soulmate. (There is power in community.) Less than a year later, he literally walked into my garage. It was love at first sight! Magical and easy, we dated for two years before he proposed at the top of the Empire State Building. (Does it get more perfect and romantic than that?)
Then the storybook fairytale ending came crashing down.
Eight months later, suddenly and unexpectedly, my fiancé called off our engagement. Literally overnight, my life as I had planned it was over.
Devastated and heartbroken, I revisited my journals from my first journey back to joy, which had taken six years. I remembered the tools I had discovered and practiced them every day. Through tears of pain, I chose gratitude. Despite feeling lost, I chose to learn and grow.
I also chose to see this tragedy as an opportunity to re-define my future and asked myself, "What do I really want for me?"
Within six weeks I was fine! More than fine, actually. I was over the moon happy!
You see, I finally gave myself permission to pursue a secret wish to coach others how to live their best lives, no matter what.
A friend told me about the CIJ Clarity Catalyst program and I immediately knew this was the platform I wanted to teach. (When you have clarity, the universe conspires to put people and information on the path to your deepest desires.)
Thanks to this Masters Degree Course on Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence from Stanford University that I now teach, I've also learned how to get past fear and procrastination and finally start living my purpose. (Basically, I now know how to get out of my own way!)
You see, what looked like my world falling apart was actually my life coming together.
Within six months of heart break, I completed my training to be a certified CIJ Catalyst Coach and have not looked back since. (And do you know what happened to my family’s retail business? Our growth rate quadrupled! Yes, you heard that right, quadrupled!)
When you're living your purpose and wake up every morning with happiness and excitement for the day ahead, every part of your life transforms for the better, like alchemy.
I now get to live my purpose and leave the world a better place by helping others discover what gives them joy, purpose, and peace in their hearts.
It’s not rocket science, but it does take specific tools, discipline, accountability, and action. Not every day will be peachy. That's why we call it a “practice.” And practice makes perfect.
If I can do it, so can you! Come with me. Let me show you how…