Our reactions and feelings can be a road map into the depths of our inner worlds.
My personal and work life are anchored around one question: what more is there to understand?
In college, I felt driven to save the world. I was curious about law enforcement and thought I might like to become a state's attorney because saving the world then meant locking away the bad people. I started a career as a rape crisis legal advocate, and observing court cases, I began to notice that everyone involved was hurting. An important element of my work was facilitating sensitivity training for medical and legal professionals. Often the criminal justice professionals were contentious, and I regularly found myself in rooms with strong-willed people, their arms folded, visibly and energetically conveying their resistance to the conversation. I learned that when we could find common ground and explore each other's realities, the arms loosened and we began to hear each other.
After those intense years I felt an undeniable need to go inward and heal. I shifted careers and worked 10+ years as an office professional. In part, I was chasing the belief that earning big money would sooth me. This was also the time I began my own personal healing journey via therapy and various personal development, spiritual retreats. My home life involved a loving marriage and a blossoming love affair with the land by way of growing food.
Through boldness and with loving support, I quit the stable office work and began working on farms. Quickly this curiosity became a 10 year farming career—starting my own farm, teaching customers what to do with a kohlrabi, and training home gardeners and aspiring professional farmers in vegetable production. The years I spent growing food was a beautiful time of inward reflection while lovingly tending fields and celebrating the pure magic as seeds became pillow-like heads of lettuce.
These farming years also offered spaces of reckoning:
How do I navigate when the to-do list is long and the fresh rain means planting will be delayed?
Do I continue farming as my marriage comes to a close?
How can I meet the deadlines when so much of me wants to be with my dying grandmother?
Learning ... there is so much wisdom offered from sources I was at the very beginning of understanding.
In 2016, I said goodbye to my beloved farm, got divorced, and set off to follow my curiosities. Leaving my Midwestern life, I directed my attention to the question, what could a healing profession look like? Throughout each career and personal journey the theme has been to look inward, exploring my why and opening to more self-love.
Through life's ups and downs, I turn to nature, connections to the Unseen, laughter, and moving my body.
Many individuals and organizations help inform who I am today. Some of these include Sobonfu Somé, 5Rhythms/Chloe Goodwin, Layla Saad, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Samuel Sagan, Vasu Hancock, Stephen Jenkinson, Francis Weller, Brené Brown, Path of Love, Woman Within, my family and so many friendships.
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