My story begins, like most, at the beginning…
I had big dreams growing up, but they felt far away. Between me and my dreams loomed the knowledge that one day I would have to have an arranged marriage. There was never any discussion. My life was already laid out for me: education, career, arranged marriage, children. I would have a “better life” than my parents.
That was the plan.
But soon after getting my law degree, I discovered 2 problems:
First, that I didn’t want the life “the plan” had in store for me, and second, I really didn’t know what I wanted. That one turned out to be a much bigger problem than the first!
All I knew for sure was that I had to figure out what I wanted, discover a way to untangle myself from family expectations, and successfully land on my feet.
Two questions helped me get the ball rolling by asking myself:
As I mulled these questions in my mind, I began to realize I had been absent in my relationship to myself. I didn’t know who I was, and this not knowing was causing confusion around what I wanted and what was right for me in relationships, career and even in regards to my body.
So, I decided to get to know myself by following my curiosities.
It started with classes in pottery, yoga, T’ai Chi, design and reflexology. I read books on esoteric subjects and listened for innovative methods in the healing modalities.
The questions that I was asking myself as a 22-year-old finally led me to The Land Of Enchantment, New Mexico, where I enrolled at the Nizhoni College of Divinity.
I learned meditation and working with consciousness as a tool for healing. Eventually, I became director of the school. I taught classes and created outreach programs for troubled youth in schools and detention centers. I hosted 2 radio shows on the themes of consciousness, healing and education.
All the while, as I answered my own questions (and healed my own wounds), I worked one-on-one with clients helping them to step into their own life’s purpose, driven from the inside.
Looking back now, I can see that this was only the beginning of my journey.
That all changed one day.
That day was May 25th, 2010. My 2-year old son and I were standing on a beach in the Bahamas. The sunset was beautiful. The next moment, a small plane flying too low hit electrical wires close by us. Within seconds, burning jet fuel from the explosion caused 2nd and 3rd degree burns on both our bodies.
Bandage changes and skin grafts, hospitals and burn units became part of our lives. All extraneous life “stuff” fell away, and the essentials rose to the foreground: not just the healing, but also the love, laughter and togetherness.
I remember thinking, “What a joy it would be to be able to do the dishes” – a task that previously I would have avoided wholeheartedly.
This near-death experience made me deeply contemplate the question – Why am I here?
As I slowly put myself back together, I realized: the more wholeness I feel in myself, the more wholeness I create on the planet.
So, I began saying “no” to others’ expectations of me…
and saying “yes” to becoming more visible with my message and life’s work… saying“yes”
to spreading my wings, and using my internal compass…saying “yes” to
helping others become more whole and visible along the way.
I am where I want to be in my life and I want you to be exactly where you deeply desire to be in yours.