We weren't planning to start a family when we did. In fact, we kind of stumbled into family life. He was in law school, and I was in nursing school. And although we knew we were good together, we certainly didn't anticipate marriage, a baby, two graduations, a board exam, and the bar exam- all within the span of a couple of months.
We were swirling around in big life changes and it was intense to say the least.
My world came crashing down when I discovered my husband had been silently struggling to keep up with all of this change- hiding in the throes of addiction. He self-medicated to the point of giving himself a Grand mal seizure two days after our first daughter was born.
And I had no clue. No clue he was suffering. No clue he was hiding.
I laid there with my newborn in my arms, post surgery, screaming for help as my husband thrashed on the hospital floor, turning blue. I remember so clearly looking down into my baby girl’s eyes, and in an instant I knew, "I've got to pull it together- for her." This was my initiation into motherhood- vulnerable, raw, terrifying- as birth and motherhood often is.
It was the most confusing and traumatic experience of my life. And the weeks, months, and years that follow continue to reveal to me my own fears that need to come out of the shadows and into the light.
I had the medical training, over a decade of holistic health education and experience, and a solid upbringing as a Christian. I also had a strong sense of how things ‘should’ be that created a lot of inner conflict and unrest. Yet there really is no substitute for walking our own path, and discovering our own truth in the messiness of real life.
Through our journey of healing as a family, I am discovering that I can be confident and calm as a mother, even amidst uncertainty. I am also imperfect, real, and human! I'm a lifelong learner and will always be on this path of self-discovery. Through our challenges and joys, I have found my inner wise woman and a resilience I could only have discovered by walking this path.
It feels like a deep coming home to myself - A rebirthing, an emergence, a shedding.
Today, shame has no hold on our family. Love and acceptance have opened the doors to our ongoing healing. I am no longer afraid to sit in the dark with myself and others because I know the light in each one of us is bigger- and there’s a lot to learn in the dark.
I’m on a mission to support you in discovering your own inner wise woman, to claim your resilience and health, and to embody the confidence that lies dormant underneath the stress and overwhelm of modern womanhood.
The Well Woman COLLECTIVE
If you’ve found yourself wondering…
How do we protect and nurture our families without being an angry ball of stress ourselves?
How do we find peace in the process of making changes that take time?
How do we continue to show up for the various roles in our lives when we’re so dang tired and overwhelmed?
When do we get the space for ourselves for the renewal we all so desperately need?
With so much information to navigate and so many threats- both real and perceived- to our emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical health and wellbeing, it’s no wonder many of us feel overwhelmed, anxious, fearful and disconnected.
Healing happens in relationships- with ourselves and with each other.
The Well Woman Collective is a 3-month online and in-person group coaching program created to support, encourage and guide you in your unique relationship with your health and life. Each week we will focus on an aspect of your health and wellbeing and we will dive deep into what it means to be well in today’s complex world. This is an opportunity to integrate the heaps of information we are inundated with on a daily basis to move from knowing about to actually practicing wellness in our families and communities.
The foundation of our work will be exploring and integrating self-care so we can show up in our lives with more energy, patience, focus, and strength. Together we’ll explore the concepts of Rest, Movement, Nutrition, Environment and Connection. Our collective is a safe space to wrestle with these concepts and move towards action and integration in our lives.
You will receive:
a Private Coaching session to get clear about where you are and where you want to go
access to an online platform for all of your resources and connection to other women (not facebook)
three monthly in-person gatherings
Weekly Mindfulness practicES
Monthly collective video calls
expert Resources to support you in better sleep, stress resilience, movement, nourishment, and a healthier home environment
Access to customized rituals to support your rest and self-care
a 90 day planner to track your growth
Who is the well woman collective for?
our collective is for women who are ready to dive deeper into who they really are.
it is also for women who:
are in any stage of womanhood.
feel lost amidst the demands and expectations of modern motherhood.
have been diagnosed with a thyroid, adrenal or metabolic condition (or suspect you have one).
feel tired, overwhelmed and anxious too much of the time.
suspect there is a better way, a different rhythm, and are ready to discover it for themselves.
have recently had a baby and want guidance and connection to navigate this new season.
What is the time commitment?
march 3 - may 24 2019
Discovery Session - 60 minutes
Integrative Health and Wellness Assessment- 20 minutes
in-person gatherings - 2 hours monthly
Weekly Email - 5 – 10 minutes
Sunday group calls - 30-45 min
Daily Practice (varies)