I have a strong desire to uncover and to know the truth about everything. I do not like superficiality and am always probing beneath the surface of people and things. I have a burning desire to express my creativity (hence this site) and to connect deeply with others. I love to experience new things and to meet new people. I love diversity and try to keep my mind as open as possible. I am a life-long learner who seeks to love and accept myself and others. I enjoy writing, which I do for self-reflection and to connect with others. I hope that my writing touches people and helps them to see things from a new perspective. I also like to meditate, draw and color with Copic markers (my absolute favorite!), and take photographs.
These are a few things I feel passionate about that inspire me to take action in the world:
Women's empowerment. When peace activist, Leymah Gbowee, was asked how American women can help those who experienced the horrors and mass rapes of war in places like Liberia, she responded, “More women in power.” Women become powerful in a variety of ways, but even strong, self-sufficient women need greater access to resources, especially resources that do not create an imbalance of power between the giver and receiver. I support programs that provide funding for women-owned businesses and that help women develop skills to grow their companies, to become self-sufficient, and to grow into the best, most powerful version of themselves they can be.
Cross-cultural engagement. We learn so much by establishing relationships with people from other cultures. In the West, we use the term “third-world” or “developing” to describe countries that do not have the economic prowess of the U.S. and Western Europe. If we expand our view beyond the material to include a spiritual perspective, we can see that our brothers and sisters in less materially-developed countries have much to teach us about life, love, and truth. My husband, Jeff, and I are supporters of Seeds of Learning (SOL), an organization doing great work in this area. If you have an opportunity to take a trip to Nicaragua with SOL, I highly recommend doing so. Many who have taken SOL trips have come back transformed in ways they never imagined.
Spiritual growth and transformation. I have a spiritual orientation towards life. My spiritual practice includes meditation, mindfulness, reading sacred texts, journaling, dream analysis, and doing everything I can to become more self-aware and compassionate toward myself and others. I feel a strong affinity towards Christ and see him as someone who demonstrated authenticity, who spoke truth to power, and who was able to achieve the highest level of spiritual (God) consciousness during his lifetime. I pretty much resonate with spiritual perspectives that seek the highest forms of consciousness embodied in love and truth.
I am the founder and executive director of Red Sulphur, a nonprofit that seeks to empower women by focusing on their psychological and spiritual health. I earned a PhD in transpersonal psychology from Sofia University and a BA in economics from the University of Florida. Go Gators!