After losing my father and stepfather to cancer, I began a tumultuous grief journey.
I fell into a deep depression, lost motivation to take care of my health, created distance in all of my relationships, and believed no one would ever understand the heaviness of my losses.
I felt utterly alone.
I not only lost two of my favorite people but also lost myself in the process. My thoughts and beliefs had rolled into one single narrative: “I will never feel happiness again.”
Desperate to find healing, I tried different types of counseling (solo therapy, group meetings, hypnotherapy, etc). Nothing stuck which added to the heartbreak.
Just when I was ready to give up, I was introduced to an unorthodox method of working through my grief by The Grief Recovery Institute.
It was then that my healing journey began.
Throughout my journey, I realized there was so much I didn't know about grief and how to support myself and others during those trying times. If I felt this way, then I knew there had to be others who also struggled to grasp the beast that was/is grief.
Now, I help educate others on misinformation and myths that surround how we're expected to grieve. I show people how to ask for/give support to themselves and their loved ones which helps release pain, isolation and loneliness caused by their loss(es). In turn, they are able to find healing, peace, purpose and happiness again.
It's always an honor to help people navigate their grief. Getting the chance to witness lives transform is a gift and a privilege. I'm grateful that I have the tools and resources to support myself and others through these life-changing experiences.
Hiking or spending time in nature allows me to re-energize myself and protect my peace. Whether I'm climbing mountains or sticking my toes in the sand at the beach, it helps me feel centered.
Music is my first love and will always have a special place in my heart. I believe it has healing properties in it of itself. I sing and play guitar to unwind and relieve stress. One of my favorite songs to play is "Hotel California" which was my dad's favorite tune.
There is a freedom that I feel when I ride my bike. My stepfather taught me how to ride at the age of 8 and I've been an avid rider ever since! When I do get a chance to ride, I feel close to him. Each ride is a gift.