“Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.” – Terry Tempest Williams
Triple Goddess: Maiden, Mother, and Crone
I grew up in Queens, NY in an interfaith home, which was a big influence on my exploration of faith through various paths, whether they are contemplative or mystical practices or religious worship.
I began my studies at Queens College – CUNY, intending to earn a BFA in Fine Arts, but after moving to Atlanta, I transferred to Georgia State University, where I was a Faculty Scholar, earning a BA (Magna Cum Laude) in English – Creative Writing, with a minor in Philosophy – Religious Studies.
As a small child, I was introduced to modernist painting by my paternal grandmother, which had a profound influence on my life. She had several coffee table art books (which are now mine) and I would sit in the wing chair in my grandparents’ living room, completely engrossed in the art of Picasso and Miró.
My mother’s side of the family is where I got my creative talents for drawing and other crafts. My mother kept a sketchbook where she would draw ideas for fashion designs. She was an incredibly gifted seamstress, and I’m grateful to have a number of items she made over the years. My uncle and grandfather were both skilled with pen and ink drawings, and I was fortunate to have support for my own work as I grew up.
My primary dream as a child was to become an artist when I grew up. Sometimes that dream competed with being a writer, and these two practices inspired, drove, and sustained me in different ways throughout my life.
Long story short, I’m a published poet, and was active in the poetry and arts community for a number of years as part of the Atlanta Poets Group (which is where I met my husband!)
I have also sold my paintings and collages, and have a thriving side business making artisan candles decorated with locally sourced botanical elements (a number of which were grown in my own garden.)
I enjoy gardening, photography, spending time with family and friends, as well as visiting museums and art galleries. I love to travel and be in nature whenever I can. And of course I love to read anything ranging from poetry and novels to books on spirituality and philosophy.
I say all of this not because I want you to think I’m really cool or interesting, but to share with you that as I moved through the Maiden and Mother aspects of my life, some of these practices and activities fell by the wayside. I had to intentionally reclaim them when I began moving into the Crone aspect over the past 4-5 years.
There are seasons and cycles of life, and whether or not I was completely tuned into them at the time, I eventually became aware that my needs and energies shifted as my life evolved.
What followed was a process of discernment and awakening, where I realized that even as a mother and wife, it was time for me to regain my center. To get grounded again in my true self, and reconnect with the life-sustaining energies of heaven and earth.
I learned Reiki practice in April 2006, and through a series of events, began offering Reiki healing professionally with Dragonfly Reiki, which I founded in 2008. It has been an absolute joy to serve and love the community through this sacred work.
Since that time, I have been trained in Life Coaching and Spiritual Direction, with other coursework and mentorship in Spiritual Formation.
My coaching work draws from my deep training in spiritual practices, gifts of spiritual sight rooted in my creative worldview, and healing through Reiki, guided meditation, and other energy or earth-based practices.
An avid traveler and lover of nature, I find so much value in the journey. The spiritual path is a paradox in that it doesn’t actually bring us somewhere new. It brings us back to the truest and highest expression of ourself, if we are willing to start walking forward.
I am here to be a guide, and anam cara (soul friend) to accompany you on your journey. Let’s go!