I’m an Inspirational Career and Life Coach, Mindfulness Teacher, and Dancer.
Who I am and what I was meant to do wasn’t always that clear though. As a young girl, I was a type A, perfectionist, who never thought I was good enough, and always needed to do more to feel worthy.
When I got cancer at the age of 14, I even remember writing a poem that started with the phrase, “Why me? Did I do something wrong?” I remember vowing during that crisis that I would work harder than ever to be successful, make others proud, and prove that I was worthy of life. I even demanded that my family bring me my school books in the hospital so I would not fall behind.
I did go on to excel in school and was fortunate to be able to get a solid job with good benefits after college. And yet, I felt like I was trapped and dying inside because I absolutely hated what I was doing. I felt totally drained, and wondered, “Is this it?” A deep despair came over me. I felt like even though I’d done everything I was told would lead to success in the world, I’d failed. And what’s worse, I had lost myself in the process.
But, the spark within me refused to go out. I’ve always been a seeker, mover, and dreamer, and these parts of me just wouldn’t give up. So despite the despair, I dove deeply into my passion for dancing, particularly salsa dancing, and on the journey was led to yoga, mindfulness and meditation, and other spiritual pursuits. Through all of these powerful practices, I reconnected with my Self. I began to heal and take responsibility for my inner and outer life. And I realized that there is so much more to our life’s work than what we’re told about what success and fulfillment look like.
Through a process of deep inquiry into my Self and the universe, along with a very real, persistent commitment to working hard, and support from coaches, mentors, family, and friends, I was able to discover my true purpose and mission.
I redefined my beliefs about life, career, success, money, creativity, and wellbeing. I engaged in physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual practices to align my body, mind, heart, and soul, so I could see more clearly and move past blocks. I got clear on my unique values, special gifts and passions, and possibilities. And I upgraded my vision for the career and life I desire - one that aligns with who I am and what I want to create.
I now know that I’m here to contribute to a world in which we all are awake to our unique gifts and voices, and are inspired and empowered to move and groove in the direction we desire. I believe that when each one of us awakens to and steadfastly commits to living our unique purpose, we will all be able to live, love, and create more freely and fully, and thereby uplift one another and co-create a better world together – one of infinite worthiness, abundance, beauty, and love.
And even though there will always be ups and downs, as this is the natural cycle of life, when you go through the radical process of facing and knowing your Self and your purpose, you will emerge with an unwavering belief that you will always be able to move forward inspired and a deep commitment and desire to dance with all that life brings!
I am proud to hold a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University. I have also completed the Certificate in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy from the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, the Koru Mindfulness Teacher Certification program, and the Four Forces Interpersonal Skills Facilitator Training through the Ollin Institute. I’ve enjoyed becoming a certified Yoga Instructor (200 hr.) through South Boston Yoga and Yoga Alliance, and am deeply passionate about being a professional Salsa Dancer and Instructor, having performed globally with professional company Masacote Entertainment on notable stages such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, New York. With a passion for understanding and facilitating movement, I’ve also completed the Contemplative Dance and Authentic Movement Week 1 training at Hampshire College.
Prior to owning my own practice, I worked at the MIT Global Education and Career Development center, providing career guidance to college students and alumni for five years, and also as a Private Career Coach with Aspire! Fulfilling Career Ambitions. I’m honored to have served as a Senior Advisory Board Member for the Career Counselors Consortium Northeast and to have presented globally on Contemplative Career Counseling, including at the National Career Development Association’s Global Conference. I continue to present on the intersection of contemplative practices (mindfulness, movement, and creativity) and career and life purpose at various professional and educational institutions around the world, including The Boston Globe, MIT, Tufts University, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Virginia, UNC Chapel Hill, Cambridge University (UK), and Imperial College London.