I live in a small village of 16,000 people, in Upstate NY, with my husband Ron, a man of deep faith, of 41 years.
I am an avid reader (who knew?) a creative experimenter with foods (try one of my recipes!) and an enthusiastic woman, who loves connecting in meaningful discussions with others! (yep, you will find me wondering round any town!)
This is my story
In struggling through the destabilizing emotions of despair, depression, anger and social anxiety, from the innocent girl I was in being abused, to becoming the authentic woman I am now, I managed to overcome what I felt was an internal hell.
As a woman of faith and a former Masters level certified rehabilitation counselor, I developed a holistic approach which aided me in moving beyond childhood trauma.
Over the span of 35 years, I have passionately served women in advocating, mentoring, disciplining, coaching and teaching Bible studies.
In the past 10 years I have been involved in supporting women affected by traumatic events — childhood abuse, partner violence, sexual abuse.
I have helped hundreds of women to successfully move beyond trauma, no longer striving, but thriving!
One of my approaches is in helping woman to develop a deeper spiritual practice in an understanding that God’s love is a powerful agent in helping to make those necessary changes in renewing their thoughts, attitudes and behaviors.
My faith-based approach incorporates models of health and wellness, inspiring hope in women that they, too, can leave their pasts behind and step into their identities in Christ.
I have learned it takes a purposed intention in creating and maintaining a balanced lifestyle in living beyond childhood trauma.
Each day I reflect on how I can be intentional in practicing the disciplines of my faith, spending alone time with God, and remaining attentive to the Holy Spirit’s voice.
It is my desire in teaching practical application of Godly principles to help guide you into understanding the ability we have when relying on Holy Spirit empowerment.
My writings integrate the Christian faith with health and wellness principles, in the hopes that you too, can learn to develop a relationship with God who becomes our source for all we need in this life.
Whether you have been impacted by childhood trauma, or any other type of trauma, I want you to know, there is a way in it and through it.
It is more than possible, with hard work, determination, and effort on your part, along with relying on God’s Holy Spirit of ability, in learning to leave your past behind and reclaim who God created you to become as a whole person; body, mind, soul.
In my own processing through this journey, there came a point, I obtained the services of a professional counselor, who helped guide me in the many struggles I had.
It was through counseling, I was able to develop my own holistic approach that further helped me in reclaiming my identity in Christ. It was after I learned to leave my past behind, I was able to help lead the many woman who suffered trauma over the years, on the same path.
I found the key to releasing shame, deep-seated feelings of rejection and feeling unlovable was in receiving the Love from my God.
It was God’s love that made the difference in my life, and it was also His love, that made the difference, in all the lives of those woman I was honored to participate with, in their journey towards wholeness.
My desire is that through the sharing in these pages, your life will be touched in such a way, you will be inspired to hope and that this spark of hope will ignite in you, a renewed passion in discovering God’s love for you personally.
We have but one life and all we have is now, this one minute, to live our faith, fully and intentionally!
Writer, Speaker, Coach
M.S. Rehabilitation Counselor – Syracuse University
B.S. Education and Human Development – Binghamton University
2 Religion/Writing – Houghton College
Board certified with the Tai Chi for Health Institute in Sydney Australia as a licensed instructor/leader.
Most of the photographs on my site are ones I have taken
Disclaimer: This site is a collection of my writings about my own experiences and opinions (except where noted). It is not intended to force others to adopt my opinions and is not a source of legal counsel. Everything read and received is done so at your sole discretion. No liability is assumed for sharing my perspectives or faith.