My journey into knowing myself started as a simple curiosity for the human experience that quickly led me down a path of self-discovery and conscious living that has captured my mind, body, heart and soul. I began to live my life as both a prayer and a ceremony, thus allowing myself to become an offering to life and those around me. It has been through this process of unlearning everything I thought I was that I have been able to step into the roles of everything I am becoming.
I am still learning about life and who I am every day. I hope to never come to the day that I think I have found all the answers to life. I only hope to continue to learn, grow, and evolve, inspiring others to stay open to life along the way.
What is your biggest achievement thus far and how did that influence your path?
Five years ago, I could not have possibly dreamed of where I’d be today and yet, I am exactly where I thought. I thought I was going to take a Masters in Counselling program at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. I knew I was in this world to help people and I thought that a MD in counselling was the answer as it was the most favourable of a series of unfavourable choices. But more importantly, I knew I was here to help people wake up from the slumber of an unconscious life because I myself wanted to be woken up. I knew that I didn’t want to live the kind of life where decisions were made for me based upon what society imposed. I wanted to cultivate the discernment and sovereignty of a clear mind and an open heart that extended far beyond any preconceived ideas of a limited society.
Fast forward five years and in this exact moment, I am sitting in a house in Boulder, Colorado. Life always has a funny way of coming full circle in ways that you least expect. I am here for a concert with my absolute two favorite musicians at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and for a trip with one of my best friends. Back home, in Victoria, BC, my life could not look more different than what I thought it would five years ago. I went from thinking I was going to get my Masters in Counselling to studying and travelling internationally for two and a half years instead to where I am now as a creative vessel of life.
Something incredible happened when I decided not to get my Master’s Degree and instead decided to skip my undergraduate graduation all together and get on a plane to India. In surrender of a life-long tendency to plan out my future, I was given the gift of faith in my own intuition.
It didn’t happen overnight though. In fact, it’s taken me these past five years to cultivate the deep level of trust that I have in the unfolding of my life now. Now that may not seem like my biggest achievement in life thus far but it has easily been the most influential. I’ve studied with some of the best teachers in India, Indonesia, Brazil, Taiwan and the States that range from traditional and tantric yoga and meditation, energy healing and aura reading, shamanic medicine, tea ceremony, yoga psychology, astrology, and more (take that Naropa). I’ve hosted international retreats in the secluded jungles of Mexico, mountaintops of Peru, and most recently an all woman’s retreat on Galiano Island with one of my best friends called Wild Moon Retreats. And in the last year, I have opened up an unconventional healing space in Victoria called Medicine NEST that has easily been one of the greatest and most challenging divine unfoldings of my life thus far.
My greatest accomplishments only happened because I was willing to scrap the plan. It took the courage to say yes to what my heart knew and my eyes were blind to see. This sense of trust in myself and in my own heart came from the cultivation of a strong connection between myself and life, itself. And it has been through this faith and the unwavering belief that I am exactly where I am meant to be at all times, combined with the personal integrity to live my best life, that I am able to show up fully in presence for the life that I am being given in each day, and let me tell you, in return, life shows up for me, too.
What goals do you hope to achieve with your passions?
I hope to inspire people to connect more deeply to themselves, with others, and to Spirit. To create community around this human experience we are all having and to provide tools for support and empowerment around living your best life possible.
I wish to serve as a reminder of the simplicity and beauty in life when we can consciously surrender with grace into the mystery of our own unfolding.
What are you most proud of?
Knowing that I’ve made a positive difference in the lives of others is a pretty good place to start. You never know how much you have impacted someone until they tell you. I’ve had people reach out to me years after an experience to tell me how it shifted their whole life. And, I’ve had people never say anything at all. Only to find out later that something I said was passed on to someone else and someone else and then found it’s way back to me.
It’s incredible really. I’ve given up on taking credit for anything that comes out of my mouth. It feels a lot lighter this way and allows me to tap into a greater universal energy current that is completely supportive and in service to the evolution and happiness of all beings everywhere.
What does health & vitality look like to you?
I believe health and vitality can look different for every person but it starts with cultivating reverence for your body and this life. You have to want to be here and to make the most of your experience in mind, body and spirit. For me, this looks like checking in frequently and asking myself the hard stuff while making a point to live in integrity with my own values. This doesn’t mean following a strict regime, quite the opposite actually. It means attuning to the ebb and flow of life itself and the natural cycles all around us. In this way, I make sure to stay in balance between what I believe to be the four states of existence ~ the more masculine, yang energies of giving and doing and the more feminine, yin energies of receiving and being. The latter is really important in a society that favors productivity over creation. It’s not about doing nothing and giving up on your dreams and values or simply waiting for life to throw you a bone. And it’s not about pushing yourself to the extreme to accomplish goals that simply get you one step deeper into the societal race. When you do that, life will often throw you a healing crisis instead. I believe it’s about living an ongoing conversation with life where you are both the listener and the speaker at all times.
In this way of relationship, whether it be a relationship with your body, your mind, or your life, you allow yourself the malleability to be moved by the greater forces around you while maintaining a deep connection to self and accountability for your own life.
In my own personal life, health and vitality looks like moving my body as often as I can, whether that be through yoga, hiking, or free-form dance. It looks like a daily meditation practice or simple moments of stillness with tea. It includes mindful consumption ~ from foods to music to books and television. There’s a time and place for almost everything and it is through a compassionate conversation with myself in each moment that I can show up in my authentic truth and integrity, whether I’m drinking a juice and going for a hike or eating decadent cacao chocolate and reading a book.
Another vital part of health and vitality for me lives in community. We all face challenging moments of our lives, moments of confusion, loneliness, sadness and despair. But for some reason when we feel this way, we start to believe that we are not worthy of sharing ourselves with others. And that is exactly why I have created Medicine NEST. I want people to have a safe place to come and be in community, throughout all experiences of the human condition. A place to share their sorrows and their celebrations. A place that cultivates community and positive social circles that exist without judgement and expectation and instead operate on acceptance and unconditional love.
How do you hope others benefit from what you do?
In full transparency, I feel like I’m just over here doing what I can every day to live my best life while sharing the tools and practices that help me to find harmony. I want to serve as an example and a reminder that life doesn’t have to look the way that so many of us were told growing up. I want to inspire others to question society and themselves and to feel safe while doing so. I want people to feel whole and complete in who they are within every imperfect perfection and to feel confident in their divine right to be here as an empowered and compassionate individual.
Depending on the day, time of the month, cycle of the moon, or simply the way she feels in any given moment, you may find her as a teacher, healer, guide, entrepreneur, writer, or friend.
“I believe through a beginner’s mindset to life, that anyone can cultivate the wisdom of a great teacher.”