Total loan: $3,500
Philadelphia, PA, United States / Education
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I was born in small-town Pennsylvania with a strong inclination toward radical authenticity. But I quickly found the social climate wasn’t conducive. As a child, I numbed my feelings to protect myself from the pains of growing up. With one exception: dance. When I was moving, I felt alive. Dance was my Joy, with a capital J. After college, I started down the path I vowed never to take. Having been told I wouldn’t make it if I pursued a heart-driven career, I attended a school I didn’t love to pursue a degree I didn’t want. I was hoping it would help me “get ahead.” Luckily, my body gave me the message I needed to hear. I had started to wilt. In a stroke of inspiration that scared my family and re-lit a fire in my soul, I left my degree and spent a year in China in search of deeper meaning in my work. Something was calling me: “Learn to thrive. Don’t suffocate here.” The result was a re-awakening of the flame I knew in my younger days. Through a series of synchronicities, I landed in San Francisco teaching leadership development and practicing conscious dance. Today I am committed to helping leaders – especially women leaders – to thrive, by stopping the energy leaks that lead to burnout, and embracing a lifestyle that feeds their body, mind, and soul. I believe that we are here to experience the richness of life. That means using our bodies well, in order to serve a purpose that is uniquely our own. I support leaders to find their own way, through powerful embodiment practices and the willingness to trust their own process. It’s not about getting it right. It’s about dancing with the cards we’re dealt, and living our legacy one day at a time.