Coaching is my joy, passion and my calling. I’m deeply committed to my clients and the work that we do together that enables them to live a more fulfilled, satisfying life. I’ve always wanted to help people and spent much of my early career working backstage as a costumer on Broadway, television and film productions, including Spamalot, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Producers, Madame Secretary, Blindspot and The Affair. I enjoyed the work I was doing but always felt like something was missing. I was never truly satisfied and tried for years to find another career. I wanted a big change and made one: I moved to San Francisco without a job or a plan. This time was a major transformative period for me.
When I was living in the Bay Area, my sister came to San Francisco on business. I got a call one Saturday afternoon in December to find out she’d passed away. My whole world turned upside down in that moment. She was only 37 years old. I was flooded with so many emotions but all I could think of was, “I’m not done. There’s so much left to say.” I was the last person in my family to speak with or see her alive. I had never experienced a loss this closely or deeply and to say I was shocked is an understatement. I was shaken to my core and in disbelief. The finality of the situation was more than I could bear and the certainty and trust in life that I’d felt for so long was gone.
Over time, I found myself questioning how I wanted to spend the time I had left on this planet. What could I do to use my time, energy and money so that I felt like my life was lived fully and how could I help others do the same? I decided to move back to NYC and start fresh. I hired a Life Coach and immediately enrolled in Accomplishment Coaching’s year-long Life Coach Training Program. During that year, I discovered Grief Recovery Coaching and worked with a Grief Recovery Coach to address the pain and grief that still affected me daily. The work I did with my coach was very powerful.
I never thought that I would be able to accept my sister’s death, let alone find peace and recover from my sadness but my coach helped me do all of that and more. She laughed with me, cried with me and held the space for all that came up. She helped me process my emotions, instead of letting me try to numb myself. I learned how to experience all of my emotions instead of avoid or resist them. After that, I registered for the Grief Recovery Institute’s training program and became a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Today, I work one-one-one with clients all over the world, run both Life Coaching and Grief Recovery groups and host workshops. I spend my time between New York City and San Francisco. I wake up excited and blessed each and every day that I’m a coach.