Me and “Old Barney”

Once Upon A Time…
I was born. And had the good fortune to have both parents be healing professionals—Dad was a hard-working physician who had a private practice and gave his time to the local hospital, and Mom was an RN who later attained her Master’s in Social Work. Both of my parent’s specialty was talk-based therapy.

(In reflection, I can see that my interest in becoming a Life Coach had its roots in childhood—I’ve always been profoundly interested in what makes people tick. I’ve also always felt a certain sense of “rightness” in caring for others by kind, compassionate, and non-judgmental listening.)

In addition to being well-educated and quite smart, my mother was generous and loving as well. She kindly “gifted” me with four sisters, and it was drummed into me early to treat everyone with respect, regardless of gender, (or race, or religion).

The five of us (Thank you, Orthodontia!)

I’ve had varied interests throughout my life, and as an adult have always loved going back to school to learn new things.

Almost 25 years ago I became a licensed massage therapist. While I loved the work and received much positive feedback from my clients, the sheer physical demand of massage therapy limited me to taking care of just a small number of clients. I retired from that way of taking care of others a couple of years ago. (Though I still have my massage table to care for friends and family!)

In addition to my regular work, I’ve also enjoyed volunteering. For many years I’ve tended to those receiving chemo at a cancer-treatment center, and have tutored second-graders in Math and Reading at a local elementary school. (What a hoot!)

I have recently finished my foundational training in Co-Creative Life Coaching. It is the next chapter in my life, and I look forward to helping others attain their heart’s desire. With my education, long experience in caring for others, and boundless curiosity in learning about and applying both traditional and  newer methods of creating positive change, you will be in good hands, should you decide to work with me!

Before I close, just a little bit on what else I really enjoy…

My “daughters” – Honey Bee and Lady B.

I’m a member (and an officer) of a local Toastmasters club, and enjoy it tremendously. Toastmaster’s focus is about helping members become more effective leaders and better communicators. I’ve also created and facilitated Improv, Mastermind, and Meditation groups.
What also puts a smile on my face are my two rescue hounds, Honey Bee and Lady B, who keep me on my toes and fill my heart!

We kids with Mom on her 80th! Although taken more than 10 years ago, this remains one of my favorite photos of the family.