A little bit about me

I have a passion for learning, and a deep-seated love of science. It’s how I process my world, and I live my life as a never-ending experiment.

I also believe we’re most fulfilled when we’re showing up as the best version of ourselves, as we define that to be, and my work centers on that premise.

Through my workshops, retreats, and speaking engagements, I can help you develop and maintain an unshakeable sense of calm in the midst of the chaos of daily life.

Because change is a normal part of life, and we need to be able to adapt to it without turning into a giant stress ball. If we don’t, we lose our footing and cannot show up as the best version of ourselves.

When I’m not leading workshops and speaking, you can usually find me traveling or exploring a new place, reading or listening to an audiobook, or spending time outside.

More about how I got here

Well into my early 20s, I was a stress junkie.

I was always on a time crunch, sleep was a waste of time, and feeding myself was the last thing I was worried about.

Even as a kid, and into my teens, I suffered from insomnia, hair loss, digestive distress, painful and inflamed joints, and migraines.

And yet, none of that was enough for me to make changes.

I had to hit rock bottom. I had to reach the point where I was unable to function and do even the most basic things.

And, in my early twenties, I did. I developed a debilitating autoimmune disease. My body was, quite literally, attacking itself.

My doctors had little to offer me other than symptomatic relief, so I started to take matters into my own hands.

I decided that if there was a way to minimize my symptoms, I was going to find it.

I started reading everything I could get my hands on. My life became a never-ending research project. I tested just about anything and everything to see what the effects were for my body and my health.

Over the course of the next few years, I reversed all of my symptoms.

Even more importantly, in the process of healing my body, I also healed my mind and my spirit, and discovered how to shift from stressed out to blissed out.

10 things you might not know about me

1. When I was in elementary school, I asked my parents for a microscope, a chemistry set, and a telescope when other kids were asking for more normal toys. Yes, I’m a science geek at heart.

2. I received my B.Sc. Honours in Biology and Psychology and went on to study Chemistry and Physics after graduating.

3. I’ve lived in 23 homes, 16 cities, and 7 countries (at last count).

4. I used to make up complicated math equations in my head and then try to solve them when I was bored or couldn’t sleep as a kid.

5. I’m that person who screams or jumps in their seat at the movie theater. Yup. Hi, and I’m sorry!

6. And I can’t watch horror movies. The images stay with me for years, flooding my dreams and randomly coming into my mind long after.

7. I worked at a veterinary hospital for a couple of years, which included everything from nursing care to taking x-rays to monitoring animals during surgery and placing IV catheters. It was intense and very rewarding.

8. Towards the end of undergrad, I was preparing to go on to study elephant cognition. Then I changed career directions and moved almost 5000 miles away. I’m still fascinated by the subject.

9. I love books. Audiobooks, digital books, paper books. These days I donate most of my paper books to the local library after reading, so someone else can enjoy them too.

10. I’m allergic to kiwis. It’s always a pleasant surprise when someone makes a fruit salad without them (I can actually enjoy it!).

 

 

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