Since I'm not a big fan of talking about myself or boring people with "about me" stories, I'll list what I love, what I know, and my background.
What I love: (not in any list of priorities...except for family and friends)
Family and friends - I'm one of 6 kids, I have four children, a beautiful stepdaughter, and 4 grandchildren.
Empowering others -Especially women! We're just too hard on ourselves.
Delicious Food - Cooking it and eating it.
Anything that sparkles...anything!
Books and audiobooks - Everything from thrillers to self-empowerment.
Exercise - Weights, yoga, and spin are my top 3.
Learning - Especially Science-ESPECIALLY biology.
Educating others - I truly believe that knowledge is power.
The Ocean - Everything about it.
What I know: (At least some of the big stuff)
Cancer is a part of my body - Although I would prefer not to have cancer in me, I also won't allow myself to hate my body or let cancer direct my life.
Recovering from breast cancer needs to be talked about - We don't just go back to normal.
Happiness heals - You HAVE to find ways to integrate joy into your life every day. A "fight" mentality is the opposite of a "healing" mentality. You must learn to love yourself.
Painful emotions are like a leak in the plumbing - You can try to plug them up, but they'll find another crack to leak through until you eventually give them the attention they need.
Gratitude is not all encompassing - You can be grateful for life and still not like your muffin top!
You have all the answers inside of you - Sometimes you just need a guide to show you where they are, and help you trust yourself.
We are all connected - Being part of a community of like minded people makes you stronger.
Real food, physical activity, good sleep and mindful thinking are the pillars of health - Not being skinny.
Born and raised in Southern California -Currently living in Sunset Beach.
A bachelor's degree and a certification in Healthy Lifestyle Coaching and Health Coaching - (ASU and ACE)
Certified Terrain Advocate - The Metabolic Terrain Institute of Health
Certified Life Coach -The Life Coach School
Certified Nutrition Coach - Precision Nutrition
Lots of Health and Fitness Certifications- You can read about them here.
Host of an International podcast - Better Than Before Breast Cancer with The Breast Cancer Recovery Coach.
Clinical Ayurveda Specialist - California College of Ayurveda
Creator of The Better Than Before Breast Cancer Life Coaching Membership- and other coaching programs that support survivors and thrivers in living a life that's better than before breast cancer.
Founder of the Breast Cancer Recovery Group - A free Facebook support group you can join here.