I am a woman of 45 years with two places I call home, three dogs (three forever in my heart, but only two of them living), two college degrees, one full-time job (my paid work), four full-time practices (my heart’s work), at least a thousand favorite books and movies and songs, one husband of 20 years, lots of big dreams and big love, and most importantly–an open heart.
My core values are joy, kindness, curiosity, courage, creativity, mindfulness, and wellness. Gentleness and generosity are my superpowers.
My purpose is to know and love myself, to be a fully realized and embodied me.
My mission is to ease suffering, in myself and the world.
I lived more than half of my life in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. I grew up in a small town (835 people then, currently around 2600) named Sublimity, where I was a member of a large farming family, (my mom was the 2nd oldest of 12 kids). That place–its closeness to the ocean, its land and trees, its gray skies and rainy climate, its 37 types of green–set an internal rhythm in me that is like the waves, ebb and flow. Half my heart still lives there, no matter where else I go.
In 1999, my husband Eric (who married me/who I married in 1993) and I moved to Fort Collins, Colorado. The sun, the 13 kinds of blue in the sky, the Poudre River, and the mountains somehow rhyme with where I came from.
Eight Things about Me:
- I am a highly sensitive person, an introvert, an INFJ personality type, a Four on the Enneagram, and a Scorpio. In other words, I’m a passionate mess.
- I am an open-hearted warrior practitioner of love, word, yoga, meditation, and dog.
- I am a small town girl from the Pacific Northwest, and that will never change.
- My favorite place in the whole world is on the beach in Waldport, Oregon during the summer–walking and walking, looking for shells and agates, gazing at the sky and listening to the waves.
- Two of my favorite movies are Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Groundhog Day–I value beauty and humor.
- My favorite author is Margaret Atwood and my favorite poet is Mary Oliver, but as a bibliophile, I have too many favorite books to even attempt a list.
- When I first started, and for years after, I hated teaching, but now I secretly love it.
- I started this blog at the end of 2011, along with what I call a “life-rehab.”
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