Photographer, Writer, Educator, Healer
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 Reiki practitioner, clutter coach, feng shui consultant, and mindfulness teacher 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 a Reiki master 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.
In the introduction to her book, Radical Acceptance, Tara Brach tells the story of a woman who was unconscious on her deathbed. Her daughter sat next to her for many hours saying kind and loving words to her. Early one morning, the woman suddenly opened her eyes,...read more
Two years ago today, I began my great decluttering journey. At that time, I was at a major crossroads. I’d recently resigned from my teaching career and didn’t have a clear vision of what was next. My youngest child was a freshman away at college. Both of my parents...read more