In 1991, I started on a path to figure out who I am and what might bring meaning and fulfillment back into my life. My busy career as an elementary school teacher was a real fit for me, and I had loved my life as a wife and mother. But when my husband of 22-years lost his battle with cancer and I was left to work and raise three teenagers on my own, I felt cast adrift. I remember a startling moment in a video store when a friend turned to me and asked, “What movie would you like to see?” and I realized I didn’t have any idea what movies I liked, what books I would want to read, what music I most enjoyed listening to. I had immersed myself in my roles as teacher, wife and mother, and suddenly everything was shifting. Thus began a process of education, growth and personal discovery that continues to this day.
After completing my Master’s degree in Education in the spring of 1993, I enrolled in a series of personal growth classes. They took me on a path to deeper self-knowledge, and opened my thought to new possibilities for my life. Perviously, I had thought that I would never want to remarry, because I felt I could never replace my wonderful husband. Within two years of these classes, I had remarried, moved to a new country, and begun to create a new life that has become rich and satisfying.
A series of serendipitous events in 2007 led me to retire from my position as a Learning Assistance Teacher and rewire as a Life Coach. I graduated from the Coaches Training Institute, and continued on to become a Certified Professional Co-active Coach. I also earned the designation of Associate Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation.
In 2009, I became a qualified Personality Dimensions® workshop facilitator, which gave me another tool for helping individuals understand themselves and others. I found the Personality Dimensions® approach to be a fun and effective way to nurture more harmonious personal relationships, as well as to foster teamwork in an organization. In 2013, I went to San Antonio, Texas and trained to become a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. During these classes, I discovered things about myself—on a heart level rather than an intellectual level–that had eluded me in over twenty years of personal work. These breakthroughs showed me new potential for transformative growth for my clients, so I began leading Daring Way™ workshops and classes, and now integrate this work into my coaching.
In the process of doing my personal work, I have identified my top values as connection, contribution, authenticity, courage, learning, and spirituality. In recognition of community service, particularly in the local women’s shelter, in 2010 I had the honour of receiving the Community Volunteer Spirit Award for the North Shore. My vision is of a world where individuals are living lives so deeply satisfying that they turn outward, to discover and begin implementing their unique contribution to healing in the world.