Joy is a core value for me, and something that I treasure deeply. Finding joy after losing touch with it for years reconnected me with purpose and passion in life. It makes me smile that "Joy" is literally my middle name!
I'm glad to meet you, and look forward to getting to know you! For now, here are a few pieces of me and my story, so that you can know me better
I care deeply about helping people live their best lives, and am committed to doing the same. As I see people embrace who they are, connecting with their core values, dreams, and vision, my heart beats a little faster. When I partner with someone on their journey and watch them truly feel their deep, inherent value and worth, my soul sings. For I believe that each of us is "enough," created beautifully and uniquely.
For years, I didn't believe that I was enough. I thought that I needed to achieve, to be "perfect," and to perform and people-please in order to really be loved. My identity became tied up completely in my academic excellence, in triathlon and cycling race results, and in always appearing to be the happy and supportive friend and colleague. I rarely shared what was really going on inside me, and didn't have the tools to unpack what my emotions were telling me. I'd lived out my childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian, yet was miserable: I found myself unwell physically and emotionally (adrenal and chronic fatigue due to stress really exist!), lacking energy to do what I really loved in life, and not having the resources to truly show up as a connected wife or friend. After ten years of practicing veterinary medicine, I chose my life over my career, health over stress, and personal growth over staying stuck. Pressing into faith and learning that a loving God has always adored me, absorbing knowledge from wise teachers, and allowing myself time and space in which to grow and heal have allowed me to grab hold of living my life fully and ignited a passion in helping others to do the same.
While I have found grounding in my unique identity and can wholeheartedly say "I AM ENOUGH" these days, I know that this isn't true of many of us. I hear it in conversation, see it in faces, and notice it in actions (because I've been there myself!). I truly believe that each of us was created to thrive, to live in wellness (in ALL aspects of our being - physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual), and to be ourselves in the world.
I am fortunate to be equipped to partner with those seeking growth, wellness, joy and life change, and count it a great privilege to be able to do so.
Erickson Certified Professional Coach (Erickson International)
Associate Certified Coach, International Coach Federation (in progress)
Registered Yoga Teacher (South Okanagan Yoga Institute)
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Western College of Veterinary Medicine)
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (Canine Rehabilitation Institute)
Bachelor of Science (Combined Honours Chemistry and Biochemistry; University of British Columbia)
Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra Practitioner (Integrative Restoration Institute)
Integrated Wellness Coach to amazing clients since 2018
Facilitator of wellness retreats and yoga classes since 2016
Companion Animal Veterinarian and Rehabilitation Therapist (AKA - the childhood dream that didn't quite work out!) for 10 years
Founder of two small businesses, including establishing the first Small Animal Rehabilitation Service in London, ON
Finisher of an interesting collection of triathlon, cycling, running and skiing events, with highlights including Ironman Canada x 3, the ITU World Triathlon Championships as an age group athlete x 3 (plus my first Worlds in Denmark, at which my bike didn't show up but an amazing man - now my husband - did!), the Jungfrau Marathon, and the Squamish 50 x 2 (which led to a move across the country - best decision ever!)
Wife to an amazing man, fur-Mom to Lucy the Wonder Dog and new arrival Winnie, Daughter, Friend
A few of my favourite things: exploring the world on two wheels or two feet with my husband and adventure buddy, shared experiences with friends, watching the world go by with the pups, deep conversation, cooking and eating fantastic food, and drinking excellent coffee
Guaranteed to have me giggling: flying down a technical descent on a road bike or in trail running shoes
My favourite day ever on a bike: climbing Mt. Ventoux in France by all possible paved roads (3 total) in one day on our honeymoon. Moments of absolute discomfort superseded by moments of absolute joy! Descending into fields of lavender in Provence…oh my!
Best meal ever: just one? Quite possibly duck and cepes in Paris....or the boil in a bag Backpacker's Pantry Thai Beef Satay with actual peanut butter after a ridiculously long hiking and getting slightly lost day in Gros Morne National Park....
The only thing I'd dread about being on the Amazing Race Canada: any challenge involving sewing, knitting, or needlepoint. Bring on eating crickets and being covered in snakes!
As we journey together, I'll encourage you to connect with your values. They act as guideposts along the way toward living your best life. It's important for you to know a bit about some of the values that light the way for me in my life and work:
JOY & LOVE
FREEDOM & ADVENTURE
We are designed for connection on many levels. Connection with others, connection with ourselves, and connection with the Divine. In our world of busy and burnout, isolation is all too easy and the gift of wholeheartedly connecting can be overlooked. Yet it is through connection that we experience love, growth, belonging, and encouragement. As the African Proverb says, "If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
Joy, gratitude and love are intimately connected in my world. I've found that joy tends to show up as I press into love, express gratitude, and choose to walk along a journey rather than strive solely for the destination. It's a powerful force in my life, and I resonate with Hellen Keller's words: "Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow."
I treasure freedom—the freedom to be myself in particular—and wish this for all. I also find myself excited, alive and satisfied when adventure is part of most days! Sometimes, the adventure may be big - losing myself (literally, if you know me!) on a backcountry hike, bombing down a mountain on my road bike, or navigating rooty and rocky North Shore descents in my running shoes (warning: giggles likely to occur!). Yet there is adventure to be found in unexpected conversations, new recipes, learning new skills, and following Lucy the Wonder Dog on her explorations. Adventure, my friends, is everywhere!