“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think
we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”
~ Brene Brown
I am a Resilience Trainer, Wellness Coach, and Grief Recovery Specialist.
I'm also an active member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), and the American Humanist Association (AHA).
My background is in business development in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors. I'm passionate about helping individuals and organizations bounce back from adversity, transition, and loss to deepen their clarity, confidence, and commitment to what matters most.
I help clients:
- Manage stress and overwhelm
- Build emotional agility and real-time resilience
- Develop an integrated approach to well-being
- Experience more connection, creativity, and vitality
- Navigate transition, adversity, and loss with courage and confidence
- Clarify and meet goals: personally, professionally, socially, emotionally, financially, and physically
- Identify and leverage personal strengths
- Foster optimism and productivity
- Identify and overcome limiting behaviors and beliefs (mindset)
- Harness the science of habit change and goal-setting
- Leverage the mind-body connection for genuine well-being
My Back Story
I am well-acquainted with unwelcome transitions and grief.
Between 2002-2011, I moved ten times for my husband's graduate education and career. In 2012 he died in a car accident, leaving me widowed with three boys to raise.
In the years that followed, I devoted my time to studying the science of well-being with a special focus on cultivating resilience, healing relationships, and fostering post-traumatic growth.
Research now shows that authenticity, vulnerability, and, in the words of Susan David, "...the radical acceptance of all our emotions -- even the messy difficult ones -- is the cornerstone to resilience, thriving, and true authentic happiness".
We know our internal lives dramatically shape how we live, love, and lead our lives in the world around us. But what many people don't recognize or cultivate is their capacity to change the way they think about the world and their place in it.
We can choose to foster mental, emotional and physical resilience in a world that is both broken and beautiful, and in this way also learn to live more wholeheartedly.
In the wake of loss, I choose to live more fully, love more deeply, and laugh more often. I aspire to not just function again… but to flourish... because it’s only when we are at our best that we best serve others who need healing.
Flourishing Skills Facilitation
Positive Psychology Instruction
Workshop Creation & Facilitation
Professional Training & Develoment
Strenths-Based Transition / Change Management Consulting
What Guides My Work
The science of applied positive psychology is the study of what is right with humanity – it is also about fostering human well-being so we can flourish as individuals and in community.
My work is about seeking to understand how we are wired as human beings and offering evidence-based practices and principles that empower people to:
- Experience more positive emotions
- Engage in the world more wholeheartedly
- Have richer relationships
- Find greater meaning and purpose
- Set and accomplish meaningful goals
- Experience greater physical and emotional strength and vitality
Make no mistake though; positive psychology is not happy-ology, forced positivity, or delusional denial about how hard life can be.
It is the study of what makes life worth living.
My work is based on the model created by Emiliya Zhivotovskaya of The Flourishing Center, LLC.
Emiliya adapted the well-known PERMA model of happiness designed by Martin Seligman (considered the founder of Applied Positive Psychology).
She recognized that physical well-being and VITALITY were a critical component of flourishing, and thus created the PERMA-V model of well-being.
My approach to teaching, coaching, and supporting others starts by manifesting healthier and more integrated practices in my own life.
This requires emotional honesty, growing in self-discipline, and approaching my own life with intellectual and philosophical rigor as I help others design a life of greater substance.
Integration also involves embracing both the beauty and complexity of our humanity... the bitter and the sweet... the broken, the bruised, and the beautiful – because life is amazing and life is hard.
True flourishing also means honoring the mind-body connection and implementing evidence-based practices that support whole person well-being.
I am passionate about walking alongside others who want to live wholeheartedly in their quest for greater connection, character, and contribution in the world.
In my career and in my life, I seek to bring together people who are equally committed to pursuing those things that are life-affirming, mind-enriching, and revitalizing.
Memberships & Affiliations
“Wholeness does not mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life. Knowing this gives me hope that human wholeness – mine, yours, ours – need not be a utopian dream if we can use devastation as a seedbed for new life.” ~ Parker Palmer