Consultant & Lifestyle Mentor
How did I get here?
What if I told you that I have been through hell and back and that it was no mistake?
What if I told you I was thriving in the corporate world but barely getting by in what was supposed to be the pinnacle of career?
I was tired, miserable and found myself resenting my chosen career and life in general. I worked in the financial services industry for many years.
I noticed that my energy levels were constantly down and my desire to get up daily by six in the morning to start my trek to work was becoming more and more a task. By then I was working as an Assistant Financial Controller at a large well-known international bank.
Being a wife and a mom, raising two wonderful human beings, I was caught up in the pick-up, drop off to lessons and many, many extra curricular activities. To top it off I had to carry the guilt of leaving my then twelve year old son behind with my family after making the decision to relocate because we felt it was better for him to have some stability.
I remember rushing home through the traffic to pick up my daughter who was in grade school and the shame I felt arriving late most evenings to the after school care after sitting in the traffic for what seemed like hours.
My days were always so stressful that I even forgot to pick her up one evening. All of this left me breathless and often in tears because I could not figure out how a career women was supposed to do it all.
On a trip to Mexico I took this photo. It reminds me of the many directions life can take.
This is my life now. I live on a beautiful island paradise with my family.
Leaving my corporate life...
I made a hard and difficult decision to call it quits. I decided that it was time to leave my corporate life behind to pursue other ventures I had longed to pursue all these years.
I started a small soap and candle making business from home and was well on my way. This was one decision I never regret. I did this while taking on a short stint managing a medical day spa as well.
I had more time to spend with my daughter and watched her excel at school without the guilt of missing out on so much of her growth.
Gone was the rush hour traffic and the constant need to rush to go everywhere with the tears that flowed when something was lost or missing but needed for that activity or lesson. I hated that more than anything as I always felt my stress levels elevating.
When life throws you lemons what do you do?
As I am about to take my small candle making business to another level I got the devastating news of a diagnosis which could be potentially deadly. Wait, what? It was looking pretty grim for me.
Again, my life came to a screeching halt. I slowly recoiled into my shell and decided life was over for me at the tender age of 44. All that mattered then was making the best of what was left and spending that time with my family and friends. I completely lost my focus during this time.
This continued for a few years and then one day it clicked. I decided that I have had enough. I was going to beat this illness and fight for my life.
With that, I discovered a few things about myself and my life. I discovered my tenacity for life and living. I also soon discovered my love for my creativity while pursuing arts and crafts. It also gave me the opportunity to attend many local shows.
I had again found my life back. I started dancing and walking for exercise. I was meeting my old friends and meeting new ones and going out regularly. I was having the time of my life. I felt on top of the world.
"It's your time to shine! Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin now." - Goethe
A view of the ocean from the Hilton Hotel, Barbados.
My life began to unfold and started to invest money and time in pursuing my creativity with art. I was painting and selling my artwork at many shows and events and teaching a few art classes.
Then suddenly we were thrown into the dreaded pandemic of 2020. With all that going on around me I started searching for and found the things that really made me happy. This helped me to avoid the anxiety and stress that came with the pandemic.
To me, this pandemic was a blessing in disguise. I regained my footing through exercise and writing and it just happened! This time, I found my AUTHENTIC SELF.
The girl that loved to dance, skip, teach, dream was back. I found the peace in the stillness of ocean and beauty in the earth that surrounds me. I also found happiness and the joy of unconditional love. It was like I finally woke up to see what I have been missing all along.
I finally understood that happiness comes from within ourselves and it is not created from things. It is a feeling deep inside that brings you joy when you remove everything else that holds you back from experiencing life.
Now, I am the woman with the strength of a bull, who became a fearless and is willing to take on the world around me with positivity.
I reinvented myself by starting with my health, mind and body. I began to exercise and ate better, healthier foods. In fact, I even lost a whopping twenty five pounds off my body. I also feel that by shedding the shame and guilt, I also shed some of the weight my body was holding on to for protection. In doing so, I found self-love which is an amazing part of who I am now.
I am living my Authentic Life now and on my own terms. I gave up the shame and guilt and I know now that I am even more vulnerable. To me, that is a small price to pay to live in my own skin while learning and accepting the love and blessings that are in store for me. My wish is that you also can live your life where your core values and your lifestyle are in alignment.
Yes, there is still a lot of work to be done but I became my own advocate for my health and wellness. I jumped into my self-care recognizing that it is not only outer beauty that matters but the inner care of yourself too.
One year later, I am a better version of myself. I recognize that no one is ever perfect, and I embrace all my perfect imperfections now like never before.
As I share my story, I am making a commitment also to help you find your Authentic Self as well. This is a great opportunity to continue my journey of self growth along with you. YOUR JOURNEY IS ABOUT TO BEGIN.
Your Loving Friend
My little piece of heaven! My happy place is sitting at the docks watching the tides roll in.
What I Specialize In
Helping YOU find your life purpose
Establish Healthy Thoughts About Food and Your Body
Help with Healing and Self Growth
Guidance for Small Business and Entrepreneurs
We need someone like you now
- Julie Gray
I can't wait to start my journey with you.
- Janet Green
I finally found someone who gets me