My Journey

I grew up in the South, and as a result, I have nice manners, a love of beauty, and an accent. I know how to cook things like cheese grits and spoon bread, and I was taught that an accommodating nature was the key to getting along in the world. Being able to adapt to other people’s needs was a great skill, but as I got older, I often felt I was living out of alignment with my authentic desires, and it wasn’t working out that well.

I felt stifled a lot. Anxiety and discomfort were my constant companions, and I didn’t know anything about self-compassion. I was an empath, but I didn’t know it.  I could feel what people around me were feeling, but I had no idea what was theirs and what was mine. Subsequently, I spent a lot of time trying to adjust myself to please other people. Maybe you can relate, and you know this wasn’t a very fun way to live… and then everything changed for the worse.

When I was 29 years old my whole life fell apart. Up to that point, I had diligently worked to follow “the rules”. I had graduated from college, married my college sweetheart, earned a master’s degree in Art History and had a baby daughter. I thought that I was doing everything “right”. My family was happy, I had lots of friends, a gorgeous husband, a beautiful baby, and a really cute house.

Underneath this pretty exterior things weren’t so perfect. My husband hated his job and dreaded getting up every morning. I was also feeling lost and overwhelmed but had no idea how to change any of it. We thought if we just kept going that somehow it would resolve itself. We were not prepared for what came next. While our daughter was still an infant, my husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and died two years later. It was a traumatic experience and a devastating loss. This harsh wake up call left me searching for answers on a deep spiritual level.

The Wake Up Call

My life completely changed during my husband’s illness and after his death. It was pretty rough, but mourning this loss while simultaneously raising my toddler and rebuilding my life sent me on a quest to reclaim the power I had lost doing so much people-pleasing. I  started asking myself questions like, “What do I truly desire?” and “What do I want to create in my life?” Searching for these answers led me to unearth old karmic patterns, learn to clear these energies, get reacquainted with my Highest Self and my true soul purpose.

By embracing my intuition and letting my Highest Self guide me, I found my authentic voice and started creating a brand new life that was aligned with my Soul Gifts. I’ve since learned that it often takes a crisis to initiate an awakening, but it’s not necessary to wait for a crisis in order to transform. That’s why I’m so passionate about helping creative folks embrace their authentic passions and learn to live them now.

I experienced intense sadness and grief for a while. I spent several years feeling overwhelmed and ungrounded. I made tons of mistakes and was really hard on myself. None of my old coping skills were working – my “people-pleasing and accommodating” was getting me into one mess after another, and I had no margin to absorb this. Something had to give.

One day as I was picking up my daughter from preschool I burst into tears from pure exhaustion. My daughter’s teacher (a human angel I’m convinced) suggested that I could pray for help from my guardian angels – that maybe this practice could help me learn to trust and relax. About that same time I had a very perceptive doctor advise me to start doing simple nurturing things to take better care of myself. Those suggestions began shifting everything. I decided to get out of my head surrender to my heart. When my choices changed, my life changed. I started learning the basics of unlocking my own riches. I began to sleep and take better care of myself; I learned to listen to my intuition instead of ignoring it; I began to express my creativity; I learned to meditate; and I learned to forgive myself for not being perfect. The decision to trust my intuition, pay attention to my authentic desires, and feed my Soul transformed my life.

Creating Something Brand New

When I started letting my Highest Self take the wheel, the journey got a lot more interesting and fun. My Spirit brought me to the beautiful Berkshires where my creativity found support and grounding, and I set up a studio and began painting. I attended a tarot class purely on a whim, only to discover that this amazing tool was filled with archetypes and symbols that opened up my intuition and helped me learn more about myself. It taught me the language of the unconscious, fueled my creativity, and led me to trust my inner guidance more deeply. I have been using it {and loving it} ever since.

I’ve spent almost two decades studying and practicing art, spirituality, coaching, tarot, yoga, Reiki, Akashic Record Readings, Theta Healing®, the IN-Vizion® process, and most recently adopting an incredible compassion-based modality that profoundly changes lives. My Highest Self has led me to some amazing teachers for whom I am so grateful: Sonia Choquette has been inspiring me to live and love my Spirit since 2003, and I have completed her Six Sensory Leadership Training. I’ve also studied with Andrrea Hess, Elizabeth Pfeiffer, Colette Baron-Reid, Carolyn Myss, and Marianne Williamson, and Edward Mannix to name a few.

In 2011 I started combining all these interests to create Soul Portraits and my Soul Purpose Coaching blossomed out of that. My passion is guiding creative souls to unlock the riches within and step into their power.  We need the gentle, kind beauty-loving souls of this world to have bigger voices and impact.  I want to help you see and experience the amazing abundance you possess. There is something beautiful, unique, and powerful that wants to emerge in your life. I want to help you find clarity around your desires, dissolve the energetic and karmic obstacles that are keeping you from living them, and help you experience the love, abundance, and satisfaction as you share your gifts with the world. I want you to feel the power of your Truth and shine your light brightly as you live on purpose.

I love working with folks who are feeling the pull of their authentic Soul Gifts – you may not know what wants to emerge yet, but you know that you want to create something new and meaningful in your life. You’re receiving the love notes from your soul and are ready to do life a new way.  Whether you are on a creative path, starting a business, seeking inner peace in the midst of a busy life, or all of the above, I’m honored to walk this path with you and share what I’ve learned on my own journey. As an Intuitive Artist, Coach, Healer and Teacher my mission is to help you connect with your gifts, talents, dreams, and creative potential – to build a life around your passions instead of trying to squeeze your passions into your life. I want to help you live in alignment with your Soul Gifts and embody your best and Highest Self.

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