I’ve been able to help people because of my ability to openly relate to others on a very deep level. This is based on my own experiences with heartache, parenting, pain, alcoholism, addiction, depression, divorce, death, and failure. My best tools to Uncover, Discover, and Discard have come from living a sober life now for over 36 years. I am active in my own recovery and sponsor other women as well.
When I was a child, my mother suffered from clinical depression, leaving her nearly immobile. My parents separated, and my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, receiving multiple surgeries and chemotherapy throughout my teenage years. I am the middle child of 5 children, the eldest daughter; and in the midst of the dysfunctionality and my mother’s depression and cancer, I became hyper responsible for the family.
I picked up my first cigarette at 12 years old, the same day I had my first drink. I was involved in a serious motorcycle accident as an intoxicated passenger at 15, leaving me hospitalized for 10 weeks. At 19, while driving under the influence, I was pulled over in San Francisco, going the wrong way down a one-way street.
At 22 years old, I walked into the rooms of a 12-step program and was faced with my demons. My first few years in sobriety were some of the best and some of the worst. I got married to my first husband. I had my first child. I lost my dad to cancer. I was faced with a heartbreaking situation that left me a full-time single mom to my three kids. I lost my mom to suicide. I know: broken, confused, angry, crying out to God on the back-deck desperate.
I have a heart for helping people and it is a joy to watch transformation in the lives of others; as they begin utilizing values of authenticity, respect, peace, compassion, determination, excellence and freedom.
I love God as I understand God. I have been married for over 20 years and have 4 beautiful children, 2 wonderful and busy grandchildren, 3 cats, and 2 dogs. I share my time between Nevada City, California and Ruston, Louisiana, where I am currently being intentional about being a Memaw to my grandchildren.