Like many people, I’ve spent a good portion of my life asking some basic questions… Who am I really? Why am I here? What can I uniquely bring into this world?
From an early age I read anything I could get my hands on to help me. I asked my teachers lots of questions. I observed the nuances of language, the way people communicated, the way they impacted others. I wondered what they were really good at in their lives and what they really weren’t.
Over time, I was fortunate enough to channel this incessant curiosity into some real work. Like many connoisseurs of consumer behavior and consumer language I landed in the field of brand marketing.
In my years early on as a brand & product marketer I found myself passionate about identifying what a company stood for and how to 'make people believe it'. I found this strangely fascinating but also frustrating in the way I was going about it.
Although I was working with great people and fun brands, I felt myself moving towards a stage of burn-out. Additionally, I didn’t feel like I was allowing my gifts to be fully expressed or that I was being of service in a way that was fully aligned for me. Over time a lack of passion and feeling of exhaustion set in.
I decided to leave my corporate job in 2007 and go on an exploration of what felt most true for me.
Delving into this took a huge leap of faith and lot of unlearning and letting go of who I perceived myself to be.
At one point a mentor of mine helped me realize that I couldn't offer my gifts & presence fully to others until I first offered them to myself.
Even though I was using my gifts at work and in other areas of my life, I realized they still weren’t being fully expressed. My fears were keeping me from being of greater service.
I went through self-development courses, spiritual quests and shamanic journeys only to realize that what I was trying to find was already in me. In essence, it was me.
It wasn't until I entered into a deeper spiritual path, and became a Professed Monk in the Spirit of Peace Monastic Community of Celebrating Life Ministries, that these deeper realizations settled in. Since then life has unfolded in many synchronistic ways that the mind cannot fully comprehend or ever plan for.
Along the way, I discovered that one of my gifts was helping others discover & embody theirs.
Once I was able to really see myself, to start loving more parts of myself, even the parts I didn't like that much or that seemed to act up in funny times, then I was really able to start helping people and organizations do the same.
When people more fully know themselves and embody their natural Presence, what they can bring to the world is nothing short of extra-ordinary.
It's in this work that I find a deep sense of joy and peace just for being alive.
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