I’m a west coast girl, born in the Napa Valley, and raised in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. I have raised a family, been divorced, and experienced losses. I’m proud of my kids and my family; we are learning to live in gratitude in the face of life’s challenges. I’ve stubbed my toe, made poor decisions, and learned to get back up. I’ve taken a good, hard look in the mirror and learned to understand where I came from and what makes me unique. I’ve realized the value of growing from my mistakes in ways that have helped me to choose better the next time around. I’m indeed grateful for the rich tapestry of life that I have been gifted with, coming to appreciate what lessons I could take away from the pain and trauma that once held me back.
I’ve worked with a variety of people on different levels; I taught classes and worked with people from junior high school to immigrants to prison inmates to social work master’s students. I’ve taught private school, public school, and in different detention settings. I have developed programs and delivered them. I managed a case load of young offenders in London’s east end, in addition to writing court reports and representing the Youth Offending Team in magistrate’s court. I have contracted to provide medical transcription services, and I have operated my own wild salmon fishing business in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. I conducted tours for Alaska’s oldest continuously-operating salmon cannery, and have had the privilege of meeting people from around the world.
I’ve learned the concept of not ‘wasting’ my pain. I enjoy helping people through the understanding that has become part of me as the result of life’s hard knocks.