My personal journey has been defined by creativity, curiosity, taking chances and optimism. Despite plenty of disappointments I have always considered myself to be a person who is resilient and takes action.
At the age of 9, I knew I wanted to be a professional performer. By the time I was 10 I was fortunate enough to be a part of the cast of ANNIE on Broadway and continued on my path in show business well into my 30’s. I was lucky to have parents that were incredibly supportive and made it possible for me to have the opportunity to follow my dreams.
My parents instilled an incredible sense of confidence in me, and taught me that my struggles were my greatest teachers and only made me stronger.
When I was 19 and a sophomore at NYU my father passed away suddenly at the age of 43. This tragic event in the life of my mother, brother and I set us on a course of obstacles and difficulty that lasted for 10 years. During that time my father’s business went bankrupt, we lost the childhood home that I grew up in and all 3 of us struggled to keep up with the demands of work and life. Throughout those years I was very fortunate to continue working as an actress on Broadway and in regional theatres all over the country as well as on TV and radio. But despite my successes there were also times that I was sleeping on couches, waiting tables, temping and living in sublets.
It was extremely difficult to support myself in the way that I needed to in order to have professional headshots and other essentials required for the upkeep of my craft but I always found a way to do it even when it meant bartering acting classes for cleaning the studio. When I was 29 years old I discovered the practice of yoga and within 2 years I was a certified teacher. I connected with Yoga on every level - the movement, the philosophy, the science and the spiritual.
I began to study more deeply the principles of the Universe and how I was in fact co-creating my experience as well as how powerful my thoughts were.
Unintentionally I started focusing more and more on teaching yoga and less on getting auditions and soon I was teaching sold out classes, managing a yoga studio and leading teacher trainings and retreats around the world. I managed to pay off my student loan and become debt free. I had a lease on my own apartment. I hired a musical director and wrote and performed my first solo show.
So many areas of my life were going amazingly well but I found myself in my late 30’s and still single. So when I was 39 I started therapy. Even though I had been practicing yoga for a decade and teaching for 6 years, I felt that another layer of personal development could help me make sure I wasn’t blocking my chance for love. Once I began this next phase of self-study, I identified that I hadn’t been in a healthy relationship since high school, had shut down my intuition to see (and pay attention to) red flags and was working for a narcissistic bully in a completely toxic environment. In 2010 I left that job to open a yoga studio with 2 business partners and met my husband Christopher.
Christopher and I got married when I was 43 years old. We wanted to have a family and after trying on our own we ended up embarking on a 6 year journey of fertility treatments including IVF, donor eggs and donor embryos. It was exhausting and heartbreaking since we did not end up with a successful outcome, but as with everything there has been darkness and light. I have learned so much about myself as well as the world of infertility. I gained (and lost) 25 lbs., injected myself with hormones, miscarried, asked a lot questions, figured things out, and taught myself how to move forward using everything that I had in my toolbox: my relationship, yoga, nutrition, acupuncture, friends and staying connected and fulfilled in the other areas of my life for balance, joy and inspiration.
We went into a lot of debt during our treatments and even so we have never regretted any of it because we believe that it’s always worth trying for what you want and that money can always be made.
In 2017 after owning the studio for 7 years I found myself in a business partnership that wasn’t allowing me to make a good living, to shine or to be my true self. While I love teaching yoga (and still do) I followed my heart and became a coach so that I could bring together all of my skills, be FREE to create the business of my dreams and to help, reach and inspire as many people as possible. The process of becoming a coach was not only a training but also the beginning of my own journey as a client of this work. Through transformational coaching and having so many powerful coaches that I work with I have been able to shift my beliefs about what is possible for me including the scarcity mindset of the actress/yoga teacher that believes that it needs to be hard to make money and have financial freedom. I am able to fully step into the reality that I have actually never “failed” at anything. Now, at 51 years old I only see how amazing it is that I have been a successful actress, event planner, assistant, receptionist, manager, business owner, teacher and mentor all of which have culminated in my becoming a coach and entrepreneur with a thriving practice. I am living in my dream home with my incredible husband and I only see how much more I am going to be able to do as I continue to grow.
When I look back I realize that every time that I got to a point where what I was doing was no longer serving me, was not connected to my soul-purpose or using my intelligence and talent in some way, I pivoted.
I believe that life is about responding to the Universe when it sends you the message that it’s time to make a change and take action.
Sometimes it means leaving toxic environments or relationships in order to survive. Often it means getting uncomfortable until you reach your next destination. And it is ALWAYS about believing that you have been put here to EVOLVE and to be happy. It’s your birthright.
My mission is to guide, support and help you to see that you have choices and that everything is possible.