STORY, EXPERIENCE, AND CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT
I devote a significant amount of time to my continued development as a coach, and as a human being. Below you'll see my personal, professional, and life experience in reverse-chronicle order. Be warned, some statements may be considered graphic.
Currently, I am a participant in the second year of the Team, Management, and Leadership Program (TMLP), at Landmark Worldwide. I am being trained in mastering communication and causing effective leadership. As a second year participant, I coach first years around the distinctions of the program, as well as participants in several of Landmark's Communication Courses throughout the year. In my first year of the TMLP, I was Head Coach for one of the Communication Courses, accountable for creating, training, and empowering the team of coaches for over 100 participants. In my second year, I have coached a first year participant who has taken on being Head Coach.
Recently, I also completed a ListenFirst seminar, which teaches practical listening skills.
Inspired by the experience, I am now in conversations to become a contributor to the ListenFirst organization.
At the beginning of 2017, I started sharing how I met my partner and coaching others to use the same structures I had learned and created. Suddenly, relationships began to blossom around me and I discovered my passion for creating extraordinary love on the planet. Around the same time, the love of my life proposed in the most romantic way possible, and I said, yes - of course!
She supports and empowers the crap out of me. She reminds me to be there for myself as much as I am there for others. Her partnership ensures that I am more than taken care of (highly pampered, actually), so that I'm ready and able to contribute to all of you! She's my dreamboat and my miracle. She holds me to account, challenges me to raise the bar, and constantly reminds me of how powerful I am. We are creating a life of love, family, abundance, and adventure. Not to mention, she's stunning. What more could I ask for?
At the end of 2015, I had a HUGE breakthrough in relationships, and threw in the towel as a serial monogamist to begin creating the love of my life.
Since the beginning of 2015, I have been an assist at Salsa Fever on 2 Dance Academy (SFon2) in Jersey City.
I used to believe that I could only enjoy Latin dance from the sidelines. After trying my first class at SFon2, I discovered that, as Mario B often says, "anyone who can walk - can dance." After attending my first social, I fell in love with the idea that a dance is a conversation between too partners, where no words are needed, and no two conversations are the same. We have a great time supporting people as they learn this new language, strengthen their skills, and gain an outlet for fun and self expression.
During 2015, I also spent some time participating in a network-marketing company, and attended several national training events where I began training myself as an entrepreneur.
Since late 2013, I have supported student members and coached staff members at the NSLS, which provides a Leadership Training Program for college students to discover and achieve their goals.
Between 2013 and 2015, I completed Landmark's Curriculum for Living and Communication Curriculum.
From 2012-2013, I was a certified cognitive trainer and administer of cognitive assessments at LearningRx.
I working 1-on-1 with students who have learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. During this time, I also trained myself to master attention, visualization, and short-memory skills; successfully weening myself off of ADD medication.
In 2012, I waited tables, and participated in a yoga teacher training at Yoga To The People, NYC.
In 2011, I came out as a lesbian.
In 2010, I graduated from Monmouth University with a B.S. in Business/Marketing and a Minor in Screen Studies.
In 2009, I spent a semester in London, where I fell in love with Film.
In 2008, I overcame depression and began the journey to transform my life. I dove face-first into my yoga and philosophy courses and even after a devastating GPA which should have disqualified me, I convinced the administration to allowed me to continue my plans to study abroad.
Shortly after 2008 began, at the age of 19, I was raped, and then diagnosed with Clinical Depression and ADD.
Between 2001 and 2006, ages 12-17, I had trouble focusing in school, and spent a lot of time training as a competitive cheerleader, later becoming co-captain of my team.
In 2000, at age 11, I kept quiet about the crush I had on a female friend because I saw others being judged and bullied.
In 1999, at the age of 9, I attended my first sex-ed class, where girls were taken to a separate room and told that 1 out of 4 of us would be sexually assaulted or raped by the time we were 18. I lived with that fear for a decade before it became a reality.
Being able to overcome the mental state that followed, showed me my power. Sharing my experiences with others gives me the opportunity to embody courage. And finally, listening for the greatness in others and coaching into that space, allows me to be a contribution, which is the highest expression of my love.