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The life-long learner looking for new tools to add to the treasure chest for navigating life.

"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 who 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 10 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. I believe all people are unique and invite anyone seeking something different to reach out and see what we can create for you. 


I continue to do the work and strive to be a better person every day. And, like most people, I have bad days, too. The difference is, I have the tools to live a mindful, healthy, joy-filled balanced life surrounded by inspiring, kind people and their animals. 

Basically, I practice what I teach. 

If you are curious to know more or you are ready to dive in, book a complimentary 15-minute conversation, and let's get going.

2023 All photo credit goes to the amazing Lisa Hystek at 

And, yes, I really do smile and laugh all.the.time. Welcome to my world. Thank you for reading this.

woman and dog in gig harbor, wa
woman gardening
woman kissing a dog

Not usually this glammed up for my entire life, I have loved digging in the dirt.

Morning walks around the harbor with my favorite pup, are the best!

woman conversation

Facilitating a group event - yes, I am Italian and use my hands to speak.

My rescued Husky mix, Timber.

He is such a love!

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