Photographer, Writer, Educator/Coach
I am endlessly amazed by the splendor of common, ordinary things and believe that if we look closely enough from the right angle, we always can find something to appreciate about a place or living thing – and perhaps gain insight into our own nature, as well.
When I am in nature, certain images stop me in my tracks, and at the time I don’t know why I am so drawn to them but sense they are part of a greater story, language, pattern, or blueprint that connects us all and needs to be shared. Such images have the ability to touch us deeply, open our hearts, and awaken or strengthen something integral within us. When an image seizes me like that, I contemplate how it speaks to me. My joyful mission is to share my contemplative vision and insights through words and pictures that reveal beauty, connections, and universal patterns and rhythms.
In addition to photography and writing, my work as a clutter coach, feng shui consultant, mindfulness teacher, and Reiki practitioner draws on my humanistic, multi-passionate background in: psychology, world religions, meditation, transpersonal psychology, music, art, parenting, hospice work, and early childhood education. Since I was a teenager, I’ve had a deep interest in the nature of mind and perception and an appreciation of the natural world.
Hospice work was my passion prior to becoming a mother, but after my children were born, I felt drawn to working at the opposite end of the human life cycle and taught kindergarten for several years. Although I taught in a public school, I was a holistic educator at heart and developed and implemented research-based emotional literacy and mindfulness curricula for early childhood classrooms. I have formal degrees in psychology, education, and spiritual studies, am a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, and am an Advanced Reiki practitioner. I also am a Certified Clutter Coach using the Linn Method for Clutter Clearing and a Certified Feng Shui Consultant in the Earth Home School of Feng Shui.
When I started meditating back in my 20s, my intentions were very different than they are today. A little more spectacular, you could say. I hoped to see visions, experience altered states of consciousness, receive special knowledge...and relax. But after a whole lot...read more
It's been quite a while since my last blog post. I've sat down a number of times to try to write one and have been doing loads of writing. I just haven't felt like publishing anything. It's partly because I've been simplifying since returning from the seven-day...read more