These are the Blue Mountains of Australia. I went hiking there with a friend a few years ago. Look at this grandeur. I'm gob-smacked - what a gritty word from the Brits! - I'm gobsmacked by these mountains. I used to think I was an ocean girl, exclusively, but no longer.
Something so beautiful and expansive inspires me to look at myself and want to become more. Vistas like this one inspire me to take chances, to change my life, to step out, and take risks. Looking back, being awed by nature started with a simple walk with my dog in Alexandria VA, next came hikes in the Cascade Mountains outside Seattle, then more hikes in the Olympic Peninsula, then a solo wilderness trek on the Eastern side of the Sierras, and so on. I could not have guessed what those initial walks would spark, how far I'd go, what I'd see and do, and the people I would meet in the next 17 years. To think it all started with walking a puppy in 2001!
Walking became a kind of seeking and exploring. Like that moment when you round the bend to the corner of your house and see a signpost for the first time and wonder, has that always been there? One discovery led to others and soon I was sitting down with Indigenous teachers on the West Coast, Peru, Mexico, and Ireland, asking questions and learning everything they were willing to teach me. At the time I did not realize that I was looking for an answer to how we transform ourselves, how do we decide to change, what contributes to the process, and is it always successful or do some people fail at the Hero's Journey?
And then came the big question - is this exclusively a private journey or can someone guide you? If it's possible to guide someone, can I learn to be a guide?
Obviously the answer to those last questions is yes! My mentoring practice is the result of the last 17 years spent exploring the process of transformation, or, as Coelho calls it, alchemy. I study work, change, and personal development and specifically how personality impacts our experience. In the end, I take all of this walking-about, and learning, and talking to people and aggregate it into a process to help people realize their full potential and a balanced whole life.
And, I do a similar thing for select companies and non-profits, too.
In 2003, I received a master's degree from Johns Hopkins called Organizational Counseling, which focused not just on the individual but also on organizations. Companies hire me to work with their employees, helping them to work well together and to foster dedication and well-being inside the organization. The scope of the work ranges from leadership team meetings using assessments like the Enneagram and the Strengthsfinder to de-escalating a crisis situation. A recent client hired me because a death occurred at their workplace and it had a profound effect on all involved. There are actual best practices that can be brought to employees when traumatic events occur. I am proud to assist leaders and teams to find ways to deal with crisis and move toward well-being and productivity.
I'm happy to say that my practice is growing and is now international with clients in South America and Europe.
So here's my ask of you: do connect with me. I want to hear from you. I keep my mentoring packages affordable so as many people as possible can go through the process, get inspired, and get results.
Call me 828-329-8777. My first consult is no charge.
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14 yrs mentoring, teaching, and speaking
20 yrs serving Senior Executives across industries in strategy & finance
19 countries Speaking & Conducting Workshops
10 yrs Wall Street, Banking & Finance
Certificate, East West Psychology, CIIS, California
MS, Johns Hopkins University
MBA, Columbia University
BBA, St. Mary's College of Notre Dame
Emotional Intelligence in Action
Certified Public Accountant