Welcome! I'm all about what is most real and true in every woman, so I hope to communicate that about my life and work as well. I'll start with a little bit of who I am . . .
At a young age I knew that God was real, that He loved me, and that He loved all of His creation, including every soul whether they knew it or not. My childhood also revealed my passion for books, athletics, art, animals, and my need for solitude and stillness. I entered adulthood committed to running, writing, and finding myself elected to leadership roles that I wasn't confident in fulfilling. I even quit a few, only to label myself a "failure" - at least for a time. There were a few key women, including coaches and pastors, who saw in me what I couldn't see in myself. Their influence is truly where "Be New" began to take shape and I began to the shed the layers of my false self and discover who I am in Christ.
My upbringing was joyful and safe, but like many of us, my shadow side got the better of me for a time, resulting in an eating disorder and divorce at age 22. I include these because they are the "spiritual markers" that brought me into healing and wholeness through a season of complete surrender to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Several years later I married my soul mate, became a step mom to two amazing teenagers who accept and love me, and had two incredible daughters who have taught me more than any person about unconditional love, grace, grit and authenticity.
I've always been fortunate to pursue work that I'm passionate about and pulls me forward. I have been a yoga Master Trainer (teaching teachers) since 2002, traveling to conferences, writing curriculum and meeting incredible people. I've also been leading leaders formally and informally for nearly as long. At Holy Yoga Global, LLC I was on the Core Team for 8 years as Director of Leadership Development, staffing and running retreats with 200 to 300 women. These stories are the "boots on the ground" experiences that both hardened and softened me into an "experienced" servant leader, true friend, and utterly dependent disciple.
In terms of certifications, I recently completed a training in Inner Healing through Imago Dei Ministries, adding a beautiful and powerful new dimension to my practice. I am a Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC) through Christian Coach Institute and Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation, with additional training in Group and Team Coaching. I have an M.A. in English Literature, am an E-RYT and YACEP through Yoga Alliance.
I live on Bainbridge Island, WA, where I was raised, with my best friend and husband. My greatest passions are my family (including my pets), and leading with the love and Truth found in Christ alone.