"You are not going to be everyone's cup of tea, so smile and offer them something else to drink." - My Grampy
I was that kid who always got into trouble with my parents. I could do nothing right. I was wild, silly, and going 1,000 miles per hour making mistakes everywhere I went. So, as a 7-year-old, I created walls (and behaviors) to protect myself from not being perfect. I played the game becoming the "good girl" while inside I was so angry that I couldn't be my true self. I was left with no sense of whom I was, just going through the motions of life - pretending. All the while, I was judging myself and allowing others to do the same.
Flash forward to my 40's - I was done with the idea of being perfect. I wanted to be me - whatever that looked like. I went to therapy, did the work, ended toxic relationships, stopped the abuse, and fell in love with myself - with no regrets.
The one thing that got me through it all? Children. I absolutely love being a mother and a teacher. Perhaps because I was still a silly, playful kid at heart, or perhaps because I wanted to advocate for kids who were a bit different and wanted a chance to be seen/heard. Either way, my passion for empowering kids and teaching parents communication tools led me to create my own business 9 years ago after retiring from the classroom.
Today, all are welcome in my practice - not just parents and children. As a neurodiverse learner, I get how it feels to be different in a world that isn't designed for me. I don't care how messed up you think you are - you are a wonderful, valuable gift to the world and you have infinite potential. You are not wrong for being you. And, you are not alone.
My education, training, continued studies, and research have helped me hone my skills to best support my clients. My belief is that all people are unique and it is our duty to open doors of possibilities in a way that works when navigating this world with ease.
I live a mindful, healthy, joy-filled balanced life surrounded by inspiring, kind people and their animals.
Basically, I practice what I teach.
2023 All photo credit goes to the amazing Lisa Hystek at http://www.lisahystekphotography.com
And, yes, I really do smile and laugh all.the.time. Welcome to my world. Thank you for reading this.
Not usually this glammed up for my gardening...my entire life, I have loved digging in the dirt.
Morning walks around the harbor with my favorite pup, are the best!
My rescued Husky/Shepherd mix, Timber.
He is such a love!
Facilitating a group event - yes, I am Italian and use my hands to speak.