Like many women, I wear many hats. I am a mother, educator, healer, motivational speaker, spiritual counselor, author, and small business owner. I refer to myself as the modern-day healer. Doing the work of the healer amidst the day to day challenges of “normal” life. I have dedicated my life to sharing my gifts and abilities with other.
I am a survivor who has transformed into a person who now chooses to THRIVE. I share a positive energy which I hope is contagious.
I grew up along with two younger siblings in Kansas. Our life was difficult to say the least. My parents split up when I was 4 years old, due to abuse, so my father did not stay in the picture very long. My family struggled from this point on. There were a series of abusive men in and out of the family structure. This led to me being removed from the home and placed into foster care. I spent most of my pre-teen/teenager years in the care of strangers. This experience sheltered me physically and emotionally yet left me feeling lonely and abandoned. I returned home at the age of 15, but home life had not changed. At the age of 16, I packed my bags and left home for good, on my own.
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I know if I am able to heal from this trauma, then this type of healing is available for the whole world. How can I not share the healing which saved my life, heart and soul?
My transformation from survive to thriving began at the age of 28. After an abusive marriage, struggles with drugs and alcohol and a recent move to Florida, I hit a wall. I began having severe back pain that was debilitating me and would not be ignored. I started seeing Doctors, chiropractors, massage therapist anything that I could think of that would get me out of pain. I was prescribed a heavy dose of pain pills, muscle relaxers and anti-depressants which only seemed to be masking the pain that I felt. A diagnosis or cause could not be found.
One day, literally flat on my back in excruciating pain I surrendered. I prayed for relief, I prayed for help. I knew that something had to change. My life was in state of misery, I felt anger, pain and fear. I pushed all those that loved me away and that was only adding to the physical pain.
After that day, I began my quest for relief. I asked for help and help came in the form of the yoga. It was the answer to my prayer. I found a teacher and began the process of unraveling, physically and emotionally. What I discovered was that the pain I was carrying was the pain of my difficult past and it would not be ignored any longer. I started yoga in 2000 and that began a new path for me. A path of healing and self- discovery which led me to all the practices that I know teach and offer today.