About Me

My Mess Became My Message

 I think my story echoes the story of many: it’s one of self-doubt, censorship, awakening, and later emancipation. I grew up the daughter of conservative religious leaders – my father was a pastor for most of my life and my mother a Sunday school teacher. Being the daughter of spiritual leaders created a myriad of self-imposed expectations that were near impossible to satisfy. I equated holiness with perfection and perfection with worthiness. As you can imagine, that was a standard impossible to reach, so I became very hard on myself. Growing up in the experience of first-generation immigrants also fostered conversations of shame and scarcity, which later created an undercurrent of internal pressure and anxiety. I thought I was too much and that in order to be valued, I had to earn it and exchange who I was for who I was expected to be. I experienced a great deal of loneliness and isolation because of these limiting beliefs.

So I leaned into unhealthy behaviors and relationships, always keeping busy so as to avoid being with my own self. My thoughts had become an unsafe space to be in, I was versed in self-criticism and fear. It took years to begin shifting that conversation. It dawned on me that the meaning I gave my experiences determined how I felt. Rather than resisting or shaming who I was, I began to nurture compassion and forgiveness. I learned how to get out of my own way. Pema Chodron defined compassion not as the “relationship between the healer and the wounded” but rather, a relationship between equals.

“Only when we know our own darkness well, can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

I would chalk up my story to one of compassion and self-acceptance. This process took years – years of breakdowns that led to breakthroughs as I cultivated self-love. I learned to step away from feeling-based commitments and move into vision-based commitments that hold me high and honor me. 

I believe that I cannot support others to break through their fears and limiting beliefs if I do not continue breaking through my own conversations. In other words, I get to become the space where my clients can break down the fear and heal. And in order to do that, I must do this for myself as well. By creating a relationship with myself that is intimate and trusting, I am better able to create spaces for others to do the same. The result is a growing commUNITY of women and men showing up raw and empowered, holding an authentic presence in their own lives that contributes to an ever-widening butterfly effect of transformation, healing, and love.