We all start with a story. Mine begins in a small, steel industry town in Pennsylvania, where I was born with an inclination toward radical authenticity… but found the social climate wasn’t conducive. As a child, I learned to go numb, shielding myself from the pains of growing up. With one exception: dance. When I was moving to music, I felt fully alive. Dance was my Joy, with a capital J.
By the end of college, I had started down the path I vowed I’d never take.
Having been told I wouldn’t make it in the “real world” if I pursued a heart-centered career, I went after a degree that I didn’t love, but hoped would help me “get ahead.” Luckily, my gut gave me the message I needed to hear.
After several years on this track, I started to wilt. It was all I could do to drag myself out of bed on some days. In a stroke of inspiration (that scared my family and re-lit a fire in my soul), I decided to leave and spend a year living in China, in search of a deeper sense of meaning in my work. Something greater was calling to me.
That move was the beginning of a pilgrimage that, in many ways, I am still on today.
It was a journey toward wholeness, with a goal of re-awakening the flame I knew in my younger days as a dancer. Through a series of fortunate events, I landed in San Francisco, teaching leadership development at a kick-ass boutique firm… and getting re-acquainted with my physical body through the practice of conscious dance.
Today I am committed to helping leaders and teams thrive, by stopping the energy leaks that lead to burnout and poor performance. I support my clients to embrace the deeper values that feed them, body mind and spirit.
I believe that we are all here to experience the richness of life. I believe in not compromising between success and well-being. And I believe that means using our bodies well, in order to serve a purpose that is deeply meaningful in our daily work. Hearing the call requires today’s leaders to listen to the inner wisdom that gets drowned out by should’s and obligations. I support leaders to find meaning and build energy through powerful mindfulness practices, coaching, and a deep willingness to trust the wisdom of their own bodies.