I have always had an innate drive for learning, healing and helping. I was the kid hiding under her blanket with a flashlight reading late into the night and the friend others came to when they needed support. I was always a little “different”, asking the deeper questions, exploring spirituality and the meaning of it all.
While on a scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin, I surprised everyone (myself included) by getting pregnant and eventually becoming a single mama. While my son was a true gift, it was challenging and a test of my spirit and courage. It took me a couple of extra years, but I did graduate with honors with a degree in Creative Writing. In pursuing writing, I followed my heart. After college, I spent a few years waiting tables and furiously typing away in coffee shops, writing short fiction. I continued to have the feeling that there was something more that I was supposed to do.
Because I love people, I pursued post-graduate education in healing and personal growth. I have an eclectic toolbox of skills after graduating from the following programs: Santa Fe School of Massage, The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, and M.E.T.A., a mindfulness-based counseling program. I have also studied Coaching as Activism with Andrea Ranae Johnson and continue to take anti-oppression training in order to be a better, more justice oriented human.
I really do understand what it feels like to lose your way. Because I have lived through the dark moments of self-doubt and hit the walls of seemingly impossible obstacles, I am even more passionate about seeing my clients thrive. There is nothing more inspiring to me than helping others deeply connect to their own meaningful purpose. I believe that everyone has an inner wisdom that can guide them to be their most true, creative and fulfilled self. In our coaching sessions, we explore that together.
I started Nurture Life Coaching in 2004 as a healing practice that integrates life and career coaching with bodywork and somatic awareness. As a feminist who believes that change for the individual is deeply connected to change for the collective, I take an anti-oppression lens in my work and focus on supporting women and LGBTQ individuals in loving and believing in themselves, following their own clarity and creating positive change in their own lives and in the lives of others.
I came to this path from my own challenges as a young single mother, as a person who was traumatized by oppressive religion and patriarchy, and as someone who has struggled life long with anxiety. I take a very human and present approach in my work and hold space for other people to see themselves and the systems that impact them more clearly so they can move towards a more fulfilling and authentic experience. My mission is radical love and radical change.
In the past 18 years, my life has changed so much. I have a life partner who is a writer/photographer/journalist and together we had a second son, now fifteen years old. I have a close relationship with my grown son; we love to hit the ski mountain together and we have long talks about most everything.
I’m not currently seeing individual clients. I currently work at Lyra Health as a Coach Supervisor, supporting and training other coaches and furthering the mission to make culturally responsive mental health care more widely available. I am also supervising and mentoring Stephanie Bekooy and you can schedule sessions with her by clicking the “Schedule Now’ button or click the link to schedule a quick, free phone consult with her.