Adventurer • Artist • Spiritual Explorer
In my early years, I followed the traditional path. I got married to my high school sweetheart, had 2 children, and was deeply fulfilled for many years, being a mom and working as a nurse.
After our children were launched, Mark and I decided to leave our careers and travel. We were living the dream!
That was until the dream turned into a deep ache in my soul. This ache went on for quite awhile as I asked myself: What could possibly be missing when I have SO much to feel grateful for?
My “Soul Hunger” Journey
A few years later, as I was standing on top of Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the highest peaks in the world, I had never been lower. I had an inner ache of what I now call “soul hunger.” (To learn more about the signs of soul hunger visit here.)
My life had lost a sense of meaning. I had lost touch with who I was at my core and what I wanted and needed in my life. My relationships with everyone including myself felt shallow.
I came to learn that I actually hadn’t lost my Self. It was more like I had never known my Self in the first place. I had been so busy on life’s treadmill and fulfilling all my roles (wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, nurse) that I had no time to get to know my Self.
Over the years I had done some therapy to help me understand how my childhood experiences had impacted me- but there was still something missing. The therapy had helped me to understand why I was the way I was, but not who I was at my core and what that meant for who I was meant to become.
I needed some tools, resources, maps and a way to get to know my Self.
I slowly found the pieces that would help me explore my inner world in order to develop awareness and begin to thrive again.
It was through meditation, mindfulness, spiritual principles/practices, the Enneagram, tons of reading and the exploration of energy that my soul hunger subsided and I’ve never looked back.
Now equipped with all these tools, practices and insights I knew what the soul hunger was all about.
The universe had created enough discomfort in me that I felt I had no choice but to change. It’s what human evolution is all about.
As human beings we’re definitely meant to continue growing and evolving.
Ultimately, I got to know my Self, made some changes and began to live my life from the inside out.
My own journey is shared in my book Awakening a Woman’s Soul: The Power of Meditation and Mindfulness to Transform Your Life.
These personal experiences combined with my formal studies and training has fueled my passion to help others understand themselves and live in alighment with their souls.
I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with my husband, Mark and our zen dog, Molly.
Formal Training & Credentials
I worked as a nursing leader for 30 years in the field of dementia and end of life care. I received my Bachelor’s in Nursing degree from the University of Alberta and a Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Calgary (I share why I became a nurse here).
After leaving nursing, I became certified as a meditation and mindfulness teacher through the McLean Meditation Institute. For the past several years, I have been fully immersed in spiritual studies and graduate-level classes in psychology and spirituality.
I am a certified Reiki practitioner and have completed programs in life and deep transformational coaching, mindfulness training, the nature of prayer, and many other courses. While I value formal learning and education, I have come to realize that our most valuable asset is our own journey and the wisdom we gain through living a fully conscious life.