I started out happy as a ripe little peach, smiling into the morning sun on a gorgeous summer day.
By the time I was in kindergarten, though, I’d gotten scared … in part, by the too-muchness of life outside my front yard.
And also, some pretty bad things went on inside my front yard and in the dark corners of what was supposed to be the safest place in the world for a young girl.
I had to do a lot of personal healing around psychological, emotional, spiritual and sexual trauma before I could stand tall in the world.
I was very sensitive and shy. Bursting into tears was my go-to response for many years (think there’s a connection?!).
Adding to the fun, my sibs and I were taught that the bootstrap technique was the way to go: show up and look your best; smile!; never admit things are less than perfect; figure it out yourself, by golly.
What’s Wrong With Me?!
One of the dangers in being …
- creative, and
- passionately curious …
… is that you can start to believe there’s something wrong with you. Everyone else seems to understand something you don’t.
Most children assume it’s their fault somehow when the world goes haywire. It doesn’t take long to begin feeling a little bit trapped, and lost.
It doesn’t take much to begin questioning your own knowing of who you are, and what your place is in this glorious universe of almost infinite choices.
I’m here to tell you that life is a whole bunch happier when you …
- feel confident in who you are,
- give yourself permission to have what you want,
- and start taking the tiniest little baby steps to start gettin’ where you want (and need) to be going.
I’ve had a career I love for a long time now. Along the way, I earned my PhD in creativity and psychology (and the synergy of art and healing), and became a licensed psychotherapist.
Now I mentor bright, passionate women who are ready to step onto the path that’s just right for them, at this time in their lives. (Because it changes over time, you know.)
Plus, I get to do cool things like produce/host/engineer a weekly public radio show.
And travel all over the world, just because it makes me happy. I’m spending my birthday this year in Chiang Mai, Thailand (yep, I’m psyched).
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