“Even when we have no idea where we are or where we are going, with the right map, we can find our way back to our heart and to our truest self.”

Brene Brown

Spring, 2016 — Welcome to my evolving blog about the next chapter of my life as I embark on redefining myself as an independent woman in retirement, living mindfully as I explore the world anew, and finding purpose with a passion.

December, 2021 — I wrote the above welcome statement when I first launched my blog.   So many of the resources I turned to back then have deepened their research, intersected with each other’s work and become part of a growing community of integrated resources for self-discovery, personal growth and self-awareness.

Little did I know six years ago how much I would learn about myself, and in turn how that self-discovery would lead me to a growing interest in helping others, especially younger generations.    My blog incorporates mindfulness, neuroscience, the enneagram, Brene Brown’s work on courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy — and so much more.  At the end of each post, I share recommended resources that support the insights for the theme of that post.   It is my hope that my personal stories and the guideposts I’ve discovered, will serve as a helpful map for others on their own unique journey of self-discovery.  What I know for sure is that doing this inner work transforms lives in a profound way.  Showing up in life as our most authentic selves, free from protective armor and old behavioral patterns, enables us to live with grace and openness, and frees us to share our unique gifts in the best way possible.

Six years ago I stepped out of an unhealthy relationship and into my purpose.  Of course it was not a direct route.  It was a bumpy road for quite some time and required excavation, exploration and self-examination.  I now describe myself as an awareness activist and a researcher of resources for self-discovery and personal growth.  My hope is that my website and blogs will help others fill their own toolbox with the resources that support their own growth and well being.