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Natural Awakenings Naples and Fort Myers

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Work: Operations and mindset consulting for a globally recognized company, private meditation lifestyle coaching and teaching Yoga Nidra. I love the diversity because it's an integration of head and heart.

Proudest achievement: I lived my dream. As a child, I wanted to be Julie McCoy, the cruise director from The Love Boat. Throughout my 15 years at sea, I met over 1 million people, participated in some of the best moments of people's lives, had cocktails with my mother's childhood crush, Troy Donohue, became friends with the man who discovered the source of the Amazon River and so much more.

Expectations for the future: For me, expectations pave the road to disappointment. However, when I commit to being present, life seems to unfold naturally and with grace.

Favorite Websites: and, as it reveals how unique and strong we are, which counters the false belief that we are not enough.

Local or global causes supported: I am passionate about our environment and support the Rights To Clean Water movement here in Southwest Florida, as well as the SWFL RESET group. 

Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: I like how the articles are written in layman's terms and present a lot of options for alternative health and wellness. 

Where do you pick up your copy of Natural Awakenings? Food n Thought.

Most frequented healthy food restaurant: My kitchen! I subscribe to Green Chef because it's organic, but when eating out, Organically Twisted. I adore his pumpkin bread!

How I support my community: Whenever I have a chance to speak publicly about sleep and the benefits of meditation, I say yes. No group is too big or too small and we must become the change we want to see in the world. 

Favorite inspirational quote: "Your breath is your mind made visible, so when you want to change your mind, change your breath," by Yogi Amrit Desai.

What I am doing to be the change I want to see in the world: I teach Yoga Nidra meditation and Yoga Therapy classes at NCH Whitaker Wellness, as well as virtual classes to the 5,000+ employees through the HR department. Each person becomes the pebble in the pond of their own lives, and the ripple effect of a mindfulness approach to life changes everything.