In 2012, my beloved husband, Mitch, died of carbon monoxide poisoning, and at 30 years old I found myself a widow with our two year old daughter, Ava, and six weeks pregnant with our second daughter, Amelie. All of a sudden death was real to me. I was heart-broken, devastated, and full of regrets about all of the ways that I could have loved more, and worried less. And I had no idea of where to go next… I’d lost my captain. He was the mover and the shaker, he was the one who “made it happen.” We were supposed to move to our off-grid cabin in Northern California that he’d built, we were supposed to move back to Costa Rica with our daughters, we were supposed to sail around the world... But without him by my side, I really didn’t know what I was going to do.
And then just days after his death, my inner-guidance directed me toward Costa Rica. Mitch and I had lived there together where I had been an elementary school teacher, and I had an amazing community. And so, 10 weeks after Mitch’s death, and just a few weeks after I graduated with my Master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology, I moved with my daughter and my pregnant belly to Costa Rica. There, I had my supportive community by day, and my solitude by night. Costa Rica was about finding my way again, and the ocean, the rainforest, and the community held and nurtured me. I used the tools I had gathered in my Transpersonal Psychology graduate studies to process my grief. I wrote, I meditated, I danced, I sang, I prayed, I connected with his spirit, and I cried my eyes out. I used the regrets I’d had as a catalyst for living better in the present, with more love, more gratitude, and more trust. As painful as losing Mitch had been, his death had become my greatest teacher on how to live well. I home birthed our second daughter in the mountainous rainforest on a little birthing farm in the quiet of the night with my midwife and doula, while my other daughter slept peacefully in the next room. I was finding my way, I was finding my strength, and I was finding my inner-captain.
I created meditation and emotional processing workshops, and began offering holistic counseling sessions during my year and a half in Costa Rica. And then just before before Amelie’s first Birthday, I felt it was time to return to Southern California to receive the love, help, and support of my family. Upon my return to California, I began creating online courses and more workshops. And through my journey of grieving and healing, I found my inner-voice, I reconnected and recommitted to my heart, and I began my heart work as an entrepreneur devoted to making a positive impact in the world around me. I specialize now in the empowerment of women and girls, helping people cultivate mindfulness in their everyday lives, and in grieving and healing.
And that brings me to you, and you to me. It would be my honor to accompany you on this part of your journey. Check out my workshops, online courses, and private sessions to find the best way for us to work together, the way that speaks to your heart. Start living a life that you can feel at home in, where your inner-voice illuminates your path, and your heart is full- and giving a kind of love that only you can give.
M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology with a Specialization in Spiritual Psychology from Sofia University in Palo Alto, California
Certified in Transpersonal Psychology Studies from Sofia University in Palo Alto, California
Studied Counseling Psychology at Sofia University in Palo Alto, California
B.A. in Psychology & Communication from San Diego State University in San Diego, California
Professional experience as a Life Coach, Holistic Counselor, Mindfulness Teacher, Elementary School Teacher, and Writer