“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~Jim Rohn
In the course of my life, I have had many different roles- mom, wife, child and family therapist, waitress, sex ed teacher, lingerie sales, supervisor, parent educator, kids clothing representative, jewelry designer- just to name a few. When I look back on all these positions, I realize the aspect I enjoyed most about them is my interactions with people. Whether I was teaching someone the birds and the bees or talking to someone about my creative process to form that special necklace, I was happiest when sharing myself with someone else. Now don’t get me wrong, as the mom of two teenage boys, I appreciate peace and quiet as much as the next person. However, when it came time to think about what I wanted to do in the next stage of my life, I knew it needed to involve working with other people.
After receiving my masters in Social Work from University of Texas, I spent over a decade working with children and their families at various social service agencies. Unfortunately, as the demands of my own family rose, it became clear the kids at the agency needed to have a therapist who could be more available for them. It was difficult to walk away from the field of social work but I always felt I would come back to some sort of helping profession. After spending a few years intensively focused on my little ones, I decided I was ready to expand my wings in a variety of unusual jobs. Even though I enjoyed the various opportunities, I always felt the pull back to a helping profession. During this time, I kept my hand in mental health by serving on the Board of the amazing Baby Blues Connection, a postpartum support organization. I knew from my own experience transitioning from working woman to new mom how important support could be. During this period, I also became very interested in the idea of being able to support your health and heal yourself through a whole foods diet. When my children were born, I was lucky enough to be able to breast feed them with only minor problems and then served them organic baby food. However, as they grew older, I allowed myself to be sucked in to some of the marketing aimed at families around food. Fruit snacks, juice boxes and cheese crackers made frequent appearances on our snack list. It was only as I became further educated about whole foods that I realized I needed to make some changes in our family’s diet. As I began making these changes, I found the Wellspring School for Healing Arts and entered into their Wholistic Nutrition program. I am so excited about what I learned in the Wellspring’s whole food focused program and even more excited about the idea of helping families and individuals navigate their way through today’s food world. I am a Certified Intuitive Eating Coach and am also really pleased to be partnered with the Northeast Community Center where I offer a free Noon Time Nutrition class the second Monday of the month and provide individual nutritional counseling.