Hey friend, if you are a stressed out corporate worker in need of solutions for anxiety and panic attacks, while meeting your goals and crafting a purpose filled life, I gotchu.
Your job was so great! And then, maybe six months in, the pretty paint starts to crack. Perhaps you had a really shitty project or a frustrating convo with your boss. You vowed to change it up - do something else - quit this place and GO. You started exploring other options. But then it got better. So you stayed the course. And then, something crappy happened again. Dammit.
Maybe you paid off your last credit card, started working on your student loans, and then a really necessary surgery happened to your family...you needed the insurance and now you need the income to pay off bills. Le sigh.
So, you go to the job you no longer love, for the insurance or the income or hell maybe even the altruistic idea that you’re making a difference in the world from within the system.
I get it. I’ve been there. Part of me is still there, doing the 9-5 thing for a company I don’t love so that I have health insurance for my son. I completely understand working a stressful job for the benefit of your family or your life goals.
Five years ago while working a stressful Human Resources Manager job to pay off my $70,000 of student loans, I realized I had a choice. I could do the job and be stressed out and anxious and have multiple panic attacks...or I could CHOOSE to stay in the game...and find tools to navigate the stress while meeting my goals and finding my purpose.
I started training and teaching while working full time.
I let my work support me. I became a certified yoga teacher. I learned a lot of different bodywork, energy healing and communication modalities. I got busy with CrossFit and dancing and walking my dog. I learned ways to stay in the system and stay sane.
I want to share these ways with you - so that you, too, can meet your goals, craft your purpose and reduce your stress.
I grew up on 50 acres of woods in the middle of Michigan. My dad worked a corporate 9-5 for 30 years to support our family. Daily, for 30 years, I watched him love us and support us and be stressed out. I did what you were supposed to do: went to college and got a job. One morning, I woke up to excruciating pain from excessively working out in order to manage my stress from my marriage, my job and my lack of purpose and direction.
I was in deep, mind numbing pain from repressing my emotions and actions, over-exercising and under-eating. I hated my job. I was mad at my relationship. Student loan statements triggered panic attacks. My life was not my own and I was trying to control it. Yoga and walking outdoors started to help me manage my pain. Moving back home to Michigan, becoming a yoga teacher, getting divorced and working through different jobs helped me feel better. And it kept getting better as I volunteered for organizations I loved and started working toward “what I want to do with my life” version 3.0.
As I connected to myself through getting outside, yoga and meditation, I started studying more healing arts paths. Yoga. Thai Bodywork. Tarot. Sacred Sexuality. Shamanism. Ecstatic Dance. Plant Spirit Medicine. Shiatsu. Five Elements Theory. Acupuncture. Conscious Relationships. Astrology. Gyrotonic System. Acudetox. Death Doula. Orphan Wisdom School. Ashtanga.
I wove a blanket of sweet, sustainable comfort, over my life. And yet it wasn’t enough. My life was blessed with the arrival of my sweet son and I knew I finally needed to shift. He was born with multiple congenital heart defects and we went through three heart surgeries within his first six months of life.
That experience completely rocked me, and showed me how strong and courageous I am, and just how driven I am to help you rebel and thrive from within the system.
I’ve been in corporate america for 15 years. At 17, I started working as a co-op for a multinational company with over 50,000 employees. My colleague, a Six Sigma black belt project manager, died from a heart attack while on his morning run. That shook me. I learned, very quickly, about corporate culture and stress.
Just out of college, I was making $13 an hour. I ended my corporate career making six figures. I have worked for eight different companies with 30 to 300,000 people. As an HR Manager and Recruiter, I have hired people making $10 an hour to $500,000 a year. I have talked to thousands of people about their dreams, goals, experience and desires for their careers and lives.
The grass isn’t greener on the other side. There will always be that jerk boss and co-worker who takes credit for your ideas. If you are working in corporate america, you will always have some stress and anxiety and will be searching for meaning. There are many unique ways we can choose to tackle these stressors and find a deep sense of calm, connection and purpose. Let me help lead you toward your unique solutions and purpose.
I’m an elder millennial and I adore really great comedians like Eliza Shlesinger and Ali Wong.
I love animals and have had dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, fish, frogs, lizards and hedgehogs. I’m currently owned by a sweet English Cream Golden Retriever puppy named Willow.
I have a penchant for good, local food and make some pretty badass strawberry jam.
I’m a burner and adore Burning Man culture. That crazy thing in the desert has saved my soul again and again.
When you are completely stressed out, frustrated and craving purpose, you need someone who has been there and done then to walk you through it. I have been there and done that. It has been a long, twisty journey for me to figure out what I was craving, why I was stressed and in pain and what the fuck to do about it.
My calling is to help illuminate your path and have you feeling sane, stable and connected. Let’s do this.