“How in the world did I end up here?”
You ever look back on your life, pause and say to yourself “how in the world did I end up here?” The joys, sorrows, achievements, failures, twists and turns….this life, what a ride! The journey I’ve been on to date has been filled with all of that and then some. Relationships, events, experiences and the like have shaped and sculpted me in a way that makes me feel beyond grateful for it all, yes even the real painful and messy stuff. For the first thirty plus years on this planet the name of the game for me was achievement. Having been a competitive athlete, NCAA college hockey player/coach and a corporate sales guy, this was the lay of the land for me. Score the goal, win the game, meet the sales numbers and all was grand. Set expectations, meet expectations. My high achieving ways had served me well in so many ways. It taught me the value of discipline and hard work. Facing intense challenges and competition cultivated resilience and determination. Attaining lofty goals helped me build a foundation of self confidence that willed me to push boundaries and become the person I am today. All amazing stuff right?! It truly was, until goals were set and not met. Enter inner critic! You know that obnoxious, unrelenting voice in your head that is never afraid to let you know when you’ve messed up. Well my inner judge had been running the show for so many years, without ever being challenged. In so many ways this held me back.
This way of seeing and being in the world created and incredible amount of disharmony within myself. I had been blessed with many wonderful personality characteristics and raised to be polite, kind and respectful by my parents, but at the end of the day I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror and the critic wasn’t at all shy to let me know. I was very much at odds within myself and this all came to a head when my body said enough is enough. Inner turmoil manifested in the form of stress related symptoms and mental health issues. Enter painful and messy stuff, what a blessing!
This all forced me to take a real hard and close look at myself and my life with brutal honesty. It was hard, real hard but oh so necessary. Change needed to happen. Healing needed to happen. I set a new course towards being well in my body, mind and spirit through the daily practices of yoga and mindfulness. These practices have transformed my life in a way that’s really hard to put into words. The healing of old pain has happened. A much more loving and kind relationship with myself has been established. Intention, awareness and intuition inform most all of my decisions. Being more present in my life has allowed me to quell the inner critic, get in flow and be the best I can be in all areas of my life. Peace and contentment has grown within me and it has nothing to do with the outside world. Who knew this was all possible?!
My passion and mission since starting my coaching practice in 2015 is to help the clients I work with to create greater happiness, peace and well-being in mind, body and spirit through the practice of mindfulness. Also to help individuals and groups in the corporate and athletic setting tap into the immense performance potential mindfulness practice produces in the area of resilience, focus and flow. We have this one precious life to live and I want to do everything in my power to help people live fully, reach their full potential personally and professionally and live with greater joy, passion and vitality.
*Moksha Yoga Instructor RYT 500
*Associate Coach certification – Integral Coaching Canada
*Health and Wellness Coach certification – Institute for Integrative Nutrition
*Meditation facilitator certification – Naturality Meditation Hamilton
*Applied Mindfulness Meditation certification – University of Toronto
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ~ Eckhart Tolle