Trusting the Cycles of Nature
I was raised on a small farm in Tennessee. Growing up in this environment was one of my first great teachers — instilling in me a strong sense of curiosity for how things work and also a deep, intuitive trust for the cyclical nature of life.
Curiosity and intuition are the pillars of my practice, and have informed all the most meaningful choices and events in my life.
My Time with Monks
I earned my BA Philosophy and an MA in Creative Writing. My philosophical studies focused primarily on Asian philosophy, specifically Buddhism and Daoism. This led to my participation in a grant funded research program examining the topic of morality. Our research was comprised of three months traveling through Mainland China and into Tibet visiting various monasteries and interviewing monks - truly a life changing experience, fueled by curiosity and intuition.
The culminating project for my MA was a collection of short stories and poems written about my travels as well as the concept of home and how that relates to and informs our sense of self.
My Time in Hong Kong
Fueled by my fascination in Eastern philosophy and culture, Hong Kong became my home base for four years. As I learned to navigate day to day life in a culture very different from my own, I relied heavily on my curiosity and intuition to create meaning and achieve success in my life and work.
During this time abroad, I took my first consultancy role working for the Education Department of Hong Kong. This experience helped me to realize my gifts and passion for helping people identify their own underlying values and motivations as well as clearly recognizing commonalities and understanding differences revealed itself to me.
Working with Curiosity
With these collective experiences and insights in place, I returned to the US and spent the next decade working in various teaching, coaching and consulting roles. During that time, I’ve had the opportunity to coach hundreds of clients — including individuals, students, academic institutions and various for and non-profit businesses.
I do this work because it is deeply rewarding to stand in that space of curiosity with someone else, and from that space to watch as they tap into their own intuition and creativity to thrive at their growing edge.