Brave Girl Certified Instructor
of a JOYFUL u
(Based in Georgetown, MA, USA)
A JOYFUL U could either be considered a forty-year journey or a five-year journey. I still haven’t decided and that is ok.
I want to take some time and tell you more about me and how I got here, maybe some of the feelings and things I went through will resonate with you and you will join me on the next part.
I started out as a young girl with a big heart, big dreams and the belief that I could take on the world. I had a supportive family who loved and cherished me, let me know that there were no limits, and I could accomplish whatever I set my heart and mind on. Then the rug was pulled out from under me. My hero, my friend, and my biggest cheerleader died. When my Dad died the dreams went away and my heart closed. I lost my faith in God and my way. At the age of ten I learned to operate on autopilot and close myself off from people. If I did not let anyone in, I couldn’t get hurt.
Throughout the next seventeen years I would live this way. Wearing a cardboard cutout of what I thought people would want me to be. A chameleon of sorts.
Trying to be what other people thought I should be (or what I thought they wanted me to be) was exhausting. I made decisions that I regret and felt alone.
In 2002 I met my husband. Little by little he took the time to chip away at the concrete walls around my heart and my soul. I learned to trust God again, I learned to open my heart and that I was good enough. We married in 2003 and welcomed three spunky and amazing girls into our lives over the next seven years.
My husband and I have faced loss. I would build walls; he would help me break them down again. He would remind me to trust God and the path for me and our family. In 2008, my older brother died. The cardboard cutout came out of storage. I decided it was easier that way. Safer than getting hurt. I had had enough.
Sometime in 2009, while scouring different craft blogs I came across Brave Girls Club. The message spoke to me and I started to follow what they were sharing with their community.
In 2011, I took Soul Restoration. The course was transforming for me. Melody and Kathy had put together something so heartfelt and true. They facilitated the lessons and I did the work.
After Soul Restoration I took Life Restoration and worked on the ground rules for the life I want to live. I wrote the mission statement for my life and considered what I wanted to do. I started small with a garden that produced edible vegetables and organizing a craft room. Achieving small goals led to setting bigger goals, such as finishing my degree. I only have two more semesters to go!
In 2015, I was able to fulfill a dream to attend Brave Girl Camp in person. It was life changing for me. It allowed for me to spend time in a safe space with like minded women. It is amazing what women can do for each other when the walls are down and there are no preconceived notions.
I knew in my heart I always wanted to do more to help other women and girls. In early 2016, I was afforded the opportunity to attend BGC Certified Instructor training. I wasn’t sure how I would make it all work but I knew that I had to be there. And here we are – I know that this is so right for you. I have been where you are, feeling that inkling in my heart that there is something more. I believe in that we can create the life we desire in our hearts by silencing the everyday noise and listening to our own truth teller.
I hope that you will join me on this journey of love and light. Take a moment to check out my latest class offerings or just connect.