Have you ever...

Worried that people wouldn’t take you seriously?

Put on a fake smile, even when you thought something was bullshit?

Doubted yourself and whether you knew what you were doing?

Become sick from overwhelm and worrying about your to-do list? 

Wondered if you’d ever find your purpose?

Stayed in a job that felt like prison?

Hid the intuitive, spiritual, or “woo-woo” part of yourself?

Feared you'd lost yourself?

Thought that other people have their shit together but you didn’t?

I have felt all of these things at various times in my life!


I have a form of dyslexia, so reading didn’t come easily to me. By third grade, I was in Special Ed classes for reading. I hated it. Even worse, I worried that everyone thought I was stupid. 

But I knew I was smart and wanted to prove it. So I worked hard, tried to be perfect, and did all I could to get other people to like me. 

Around the same time I started to gain weight. Being a chubby girl was fertile ground for teasing.

I developed survival rules:  Be smart.  Be funny.  Be likeable.  Hide.  Don’t let anyone see the real me.

It didn't really work. I felt like I was wearing a mask.

As I got older, I gained some relief. I stopped trying to be good at reading started to enjoy it. I stopped hating my body when I started moving it more and doing what felt good – yoga and running outdoors.

I began to notice that being kind to myself made me feel happier.

But I still had one more journey to take.


While I was starting to learn to love and accept who I was inside and out I still believed that being successful and doing a "good job" was not optional—it was non-negotiable. 

I worked hard at my job, muscled through long days, and tried to befriend my bully of a boss.

I had daily headaches, chronic colds, insomnia, and a relentless twitch in one of my fingers.

My optimistic, thoughtful, artistic self felt like it was fading away. I put on clothes that felt like a uniform and hated what I wore. I bitched a lot. I constantly worried about spending money and going broke. I told myself it wasn’t so bad, but dreaded anyone asking me about work because I hated talking about it.  

My gut told me I was on the wrong path. My mind told me "this is just life."

I didn’t know what to do. So, I stayed the course, hoping something better would come along.


One night, driving home with my husband, I blurted out:

“I feel like I can’t do this job anymore!”

I was horrified to hear those words coming out of my mouth. It meant I was giving up. A failure.  

“I don't know how to keep doing this,” I said.

Then don’t,” my husband responded. “Quit—QUIT.” 

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I didn’t have to keep doing what I didn’t want to do?

I never thought quitting was an option.

But then I realized I really wasn’t quitting. I was listening. Listening to myself and what I truly wanted.

I resigned the next day, signed up for art classes, and hired a life coach.

Almost immediately my health improved, the headaches disappeared, and the twitch in my finger subsided.


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People often tell me I’m an old soul.  From a very early age, I wanted to know what made a happy, rich, and fulfilling life.

As an adult, I've been drawn to teachers such as Martha Beck, Eckhart Tolle, Abraham-Hicks, Deepak Chopra and many others.  I ended up studying under Dr. Martha Beck, from whom I've learned incredible tools for increasing self-awareness and self-compassion, and ultimately earned my Master Coach Certification.  

Today, I help my clients to be bold and be SEEN.

As your coach, 

We'll work together to clarify what you really want, create an action plan, and move you forward.

I'll help you discover how good it feels to find and own your truth.

When you are stressed, overwhelmed, and overworked, I guide you to see that there's another way of working and being.  It doesn’t have to be hard.

I recognize the awesomeness that you may have forgotten or doubt is real or habitually hide from others.

I celebrate doing what may seem “crazy,” knowing that when it comes from the soul it's likely the wisest choice. 

I’d love to help you pave your own road, write your own rules, and do what might feel scary so you can create a fulfilling and awesome life.

Click here to contact me for your complimentary consultation.  

I can't wait to meet you! 

What Ive come to realize is…

What other people think of me will never matter as much as what I think of me.

I now know my own truth, and I love and respect myself.

Seeing the value of my journey lets me stand with compassion and allows me to care less what others think of me.

Everyone has his or her own path, thoughts, and emotional baggage. That's theirs to own—not mine.

The net really does appear when you jump with faith that your heart and gut—the real sources of knowledge and wisdom—know what's right.

It's freeing to admit that I don’t know or understand something.

Trying to be “perfect” is hiding, but accepting my imperfection is beautiful.

Regardless of my size, my body is amazing and beautiful, and I honor her strength and wisdom. 

There are no rules for life. Anything is possible.

Credentials + certifications

Master Certified Life Coach - trained by Martha Beck, PhD from Harvard University as well as world-renowned life coach, New York Time Best Selling Author, monthly columnist for O The Oprah Magazine. 

Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Visual Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. 

Project Management Training from Portland State University 


Contact me if you have any questions or check out my FAQ page