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My journey towards an integrated heart began in Oregon. Magical forests and the intensity of the ocean are embedded in my heart due to my childhood and early adulthood growing up near the Pacific Ocean. But it was the months of rain and gray clouds that prompted me to move my life journey to Scottsdale Arizona where the sun, blue skies, and warm weather prevail. There I met my husband, spent a decade in the corporate world, went back to school to become a psychology professor, and then became a mommy.
It was as my new role as a mom that amplified the strains of my anxiety and hyper-productivity. Feeling like a failure most days defined my moments, and I was obsessed with doing mommyhood “right”.
It led me to “break open” in unexpected ways. At age 40 I dove into mindfulness, meditation, and the daily pursuit of joy which completely transformed my life, my relationship with my husband and my daughter. I’m a better parent and partner because I learned the simple + easy tools of meditation, mindfulness, and positive psychology, offering me emotional support and awakening more joy, gratitude, and peace.
During my time in Arizona, I earned my Master’s degree and re-careered as a Psychology Professor with Estrella Mountain Community College. I eventually added teaching mindfulness in K-8 schools to students and faculty, as well as teaching stress management courses at Arizona State University.
After 20 summers in the desert, my family and I found a new home in Boulder Colorado. It is a place with four distinct seasons, lots of sunshine, forests, rivers, and lakes, all of which support my deep connection to nature. I have learned for my heart to be integrated, that I must return to my essential self + nature.
Throughout my teaching and personal experiences, I found a continuing theme – a passion for helping people achieve their best selves through meditation, mindfulness, positive psychology, and self-care practices. It is for that reason that I have created The Integrated Heart; to bring these simple, nourishing, and life-enhancing practices to you.
Today, I integrate my certifications from Deepak Chopra in Meditation, Holistic Health, and Life Coaching to help my clients activate joy + positivity + self-care. I do this with simple, daily, scientifically proven practices in my intimate 1:1 coaching container and digital courses.
I’m currently a mom, a wife, a dog mom, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and a change agent (so I’ve been told). I love yoga, labyrinths, laughing until it hurts, meditation, karaoke, walks in nature, satisfying before-and-after’s (why I love a good design show on HGTV), compassion for animals, gardening, family bike rides, and being in bed by 10 pm.
The 7-Day Joy Challenge is a free resource that shares my favorite practices and tips for tapping into your joy and experiencing it every day!
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