Welcome!! I am so glad you stopped by my website! Since you clicked on About Me, let me tell you a little bit about me. 🙂 Here is the short version: I am an author, speaker and life coach and I’m passionate about helping people find their brave through my writing, speaking and coaching.
Here is the slightly longer version: I started blogging in 2005, so you will find over 400 posts in the blog section of my website. I wonder “out loud” about life here: things I am noticing, ideas with which I’m struggling, lessons I am learning and the ways I see God working in my life and the lives of those around me. I experience the world through the connections I discover. I am eternally optimistic about the glimpses I see of God’s Kingdom breaking out in small and large ways all around me. I’m convinced that God hasn’t given up on us and that we are all part of His plan to make things right in our hurting world. I believe we are all in this together. When I get confused, I remember that Jesus says the greatest commandment is just to love God and love each other. Love always wins.
I am the proud mom of two beautiful young women, Alexandra and Brooke. They were 9 and 11 when I started blogging. Now, they are both young adults. I write about being a mom, especially the mom of teenagers. I love teenagers! Recently, I have also been writing about my empty nest.
I have been married to my high school sweetheart Steve for 30+ years and I’m crazy about him. I write about love and marriage.
I am a clinical social worker by training and worked for years in the mental health/ substance abuse field. I was drawn to the addictions and counseling field through my own journey of healing after growing up with an alcoholic father. I am now working towards advanced certification as a CTI trained Co-Active Life Coach. I love working one-on-one with people who are digging deeper and finding better ways of living and loving well. You can read more about my coaching here.
My women friends inspire me and I love to encourage other women who are struggling to live their best lives. I write about the opportunities I have had to speak to groups of women in the past and the dreams I have for leading more retreats and workshops in the future. In the fall of 2015, I offered my first Being Brave retreat and look forward to taking the Being Brave message to women throughout the country in the coming months. You can read more about my speaking here.
I believe Jesus calls us to love the people He loved most, the poor and poor in spirit. I love my friends at the Lamb Center, a day shelter for poor and homeless individuals, where I have been leading a weekly bible study since 2008. For the last several years, I have also served as the Chair of the Board of Directors. I often write about missions, social justice and our responsibility to love “the least of these.” I believe we feel most alive when we serve others.
I write about people I admire.
I write about Christmas.
I have, on occasion, even written about my hair. 🙂
Up until recently, most of my writing has been found here on my blog. In December 2017, Abingdon Press will be publishing my first book “Being Brave: A 40 Day Journey to the Life God Dreams for You.” Read more about my upcoming book here. Be sure to sign up for my mailing list to find out the latest on book release news!
I consider it an honor and a privilege that you would spend time with me here. I hope you find encouragement. I hope you get a glimpse of grace. I hope you hear something that makes you want to be braver and dream bigger.
I love you and so does our great big God. Thanks for stopping by!