I believe I’m a balance of gentleness and fierceness. Kindness and power. My mom would often say that I displayed focused tenacity while performing on the balance beam or when on the hockey field. I loved that part of me and felt so clear, powerful, confident in my strength. However, I can’t say I always felt that same clarity and fierceness in who I was outside of my athletics. In fact, I often found myself in comparison zone, putting others on pedestals, feeling like I somehow wasn’t good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, funny enough, skinny enough, brave enough. I always praised my friends and loved encouraging and mirroring back their brilliance, however, I struggled to connect with my own gifts and light.
My wilderness therapy work with at-risk teens, sacred nature time, discovery of yoga and meditation, and becoming a mom all woke me up in a different way and profoundly impacted the way in which I see and care for myself. Although scary and uncomfortable, I learned to sit with my inner critic and discomfort, pour compassion back into my own body and heart, speak truths and ask for support. I started concentrating on nourishment - what really fed my body, energy, soul, and in doing so, I was excited to see that the strength and power that I felt while running, doing yoga, meditating, climbing, and burpee-ing began to permeate the rest of my life.
I took risks to pursue what I believe in. These big, healthy changes are fueled every day by all the small choices I make to live in a way that is healthy for me. I make these sacred choices in order to live in my core essence. And yes… I step forward, stumble and sometimes fall back, yet I am grateful I now have the tools to re-center myself with more grace, strength and ease. This is powerful. I want to encourage you, too, to connect with your core essence and find a health that fits your body and lifestyle, knowing I’m here for you every step of the way.
I look forward to supporting you with gentleness and power.
My heart is full of gratitude,