I jumped on board the television news track with my sights set on eventually returning to my hometown of New Orleans, a fast-paced news market with no shortage of fun to be had. After a few years of moving to different television markets, I finally returned home. It was perfect. I loved feeling like my work was important and I was helping my community. However, in 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans with bullet strength … and that storm kickstarted me (and most everyone) on a path of stress, being overwhelmed, and in overdrive.
In my mind, I was fine. The effects of stress and being in fight or flight for a prolonged period of time never crossed my mind … and I sure did enjoy my wine to wind down and coffee to jump start my early mornings. Little did I know, I was running on adrenaline. After multiple years working in disaster-response mode, I started to feel some internal rumblings calling me to take more control of my life and my own destiny, and not be owned by a broadcasting entity or any company, for that matter. TV news was slowly changing into an industry I didn’t fit into anymore. I wanted freedom of self and creativity.
Tim and I were engaged and happy. But we were faced with a huge challenge … a scary diagnosis. What presented as excruciating knee pain ended up turning into a life-threatening situation for Tim. Tim had ACL and meniscus tears in his knee – but also MRSA – Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus! He went straight from exam to emergency surgery. Three months later, after multiple surgeries, and very scary moments, Tim’s body was responding to the treatments he was receiving. Needless to say I ignored my own health for quite a while.
Fast forward, Tim is happy, healthy and back to his athletic self. And we are happily married.
While Covid 19 was quarantining people across the globe, I was getting a routine mammogram in November 2020. After multiple biopsies, I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer in my left breast, which was followed by a single mastectomy and 6 months of chemotherapy. HER2- ER+ breast cancer – fueled by excess estrogen in my body. Was it from fertility treatments and IVF? Was it from the stress I had experienced in my life previously? What caused this? Again, another emotional and difficult time for our family. The work continues to nourish and build back my strength and immunity from all the treatments today.
After we got married, we wanted to have a baby. For 5 years, I took hormone injections that yielded nothing but weight-gain and sadness. Then we turned to IVF. It was emotionally and spiritually taxing. Expensive, cold. It didn’t feel right, but since we weren’t getting pregnant, we felt like we had to try. I traveled to St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri to meet with a world-renowned fertility specialist. Back and forth, back and forth from New Orleans to St. Louis – all unsuccessful trips and failed pregnancies. We decided to stop and realized that a baby may not be a gift we would experience together. It was devastating. I went on to therapy to heal that pain and be able to live with loss.
You see, for YEARS AND YEARS, I didn’t stop. Through it all, however, I maintained my happiness, my motivation, my joy, and most importantly – my Spirit. I was always drawn to human development and how to live successfully – and I wanted to help others avoid the pitfalls that can come with overwhelm, challenges, and fear. And if the pitfall comes, to help people navigate in a way that is more peaceful and loving to self, still experiencing joy, love, and difficult emotions all at the same time.
My desire to help others became so overwhelming that I went back to school to become a Coach. Currently, I’m an ICF Professional Certified Coach, a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach, a Certified MentorCoach, and I work with The Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University. I am also trained in Akashic Records Readings and bring spiritual modalities to my work with clients. All of that coupled with the scientific, evidence-based tools and techniques rooted in psychology, marry the yin and the yang of coaching – the head and the heart.
I know we can all make changes from the inside out! I’m proof – and many of my clients are too!
You see, deep down, I know there is more for you, just like I knew there was for me. You have the answers inside you, and you may just need a little help with the reveal! That’s what I’m here for. To help you find what is going to work for you to achieve the life you want to have your Exquisite Life Revealed.