I WAS BORN AN OVERLY SENSITIVE CHILD
A few years ago, I went to a book signing of author, Anne Lamott. She began her introduction saying, “I was born an overly sensitive child…” She spoke of feeling ‘too deeply,’ being ‘too smart.’ She talked about her intuitive understanding that there was something deeper going on in the world than the adults were letting on.
I knew I was in the presence of a kindred spirit.
I spent most of my time growing up in Hudson, MA, a very small town about 35 miles west of Boston. Like Lamott, I processed life deeply from childhood on. Even when I was small, I thought every experience was beautiful and important, and I was drawn to outsiders and underdogs. Clearly, I too was an overly sensitive child and deeply empathic. In Christian circles, we call it ‘the gift of empathy.’ It doesn’t always feel like a gift, but I’ve grown to understand empathy and healing are my life’s calling. Companioning women on the journey from woundedness to wholeness is my passion.
My eyes weren’t awakened to this truth though, until I was over 40 years old. I did a lot of searching in those inbetween years, but finally realized my purpose after navigating the transformative experience of divorce in midlife and the resulting self-discovery.
THE LIFE I LOVE
Today, I have the honor of walking alongside women who are hurting and in need of hope. It’s a blessing to guide them on the path toward healing, wholeness and restoration. As a Christian Counselor and coach, I am in private practice and enjoy the freedom and flexibility of entrepreneurship.
I am thankful to have lived in Colorado Springs for over 25 years. I raised my grown son, Nathan, here and in 2013, after 8 years of being single, I married Kevin. He couldn’t be more opposite from myself and that’s perfect (and maddening, lol). These two men are the two biggest blessings in my life. And with these men came a plethera of women. They call me mother-in-law, step-mom and grandma.
Here, in the ‘the Springs,’ I spend my precious free time connecting with nature, community and family. I love art, solitude, reading, and crocheting.
Over the course of my life, I have experienced several major life challenges. (I’ll share some stories as we get to know one another better.) I’ve come out the other side of these experiences a deeper, wiser, more soulful, and loving person. Ultimately, my life’s story is a testimony to the power of God’s work through the power of the Holy Spirit and Christ’s redemptive and restorative love…and plenty of therapy.
WHY THIS BLOG?
So, now I’m on the verge of 53. As I traverse this passage called ‘midlife,’ I realize that there aren’t a lot of places for women like us – overly sensitive women, seekers, learners, deep processors. There are few safe places to dive deeply into this incredible midlife journey and its frighteningly wild opportunity for transformation. There aren’t many places to address, with gut-wrenching and beautiful authenticity, the questions and concerns that arise in midlife and beyond. From the physical, emotional, mental, sprititual and relational shifts that occur, we have a lot to work through
I want to provide that place for you…and for me.