Do you ever feel like pursuing a creative life is one of the hardest things you could ever do?
Yeah. Me too.
It would be so much easier to just go to work, raise a family, party with your friends, let your days be filled with busyness, go to sleep and start again. Do what you're supposed to do, rinse and repeat.
But if you're anything like me, that's not enough for you.
You want something more. You want to feel alive. On purpose. Connected and fulfilled and confidently expressing all of who you are to the world.
You want to sing or dance or write or paint or cook fabulous meals or design incredible buildings or dream up amazing products... you want to CREATE.
And that can be so hard.
When I got out of grad school with my second music degree, I was burned out, dried up, and lost. I didn't believe I'd ever be able to really sing, in spite of 6 years of collegiate training. My confidence was in the toilet thanks to my complete trust in teachers whose criticism was less than constructive. I was mired in resentment, cynicism, immense self-doubt, and my creative soul ached.
Yet something wouldn't let me stop.
And eventually, with the help of a gifted teacher, the work of Julia Cameron, returning to my spiritual roots, life coach training and certification, and lots of practicing and teaching what I had learned, I rose. Stronger and wiser because of my trials.
Now I know I can sing. Now I believe in my gifts. Now my creative soul breathes freely, and I joyfully follow where the creative path leads me.
Most of the time. :)
You can too.
And I can help it not be so hard.
Random Trivia About Me
- I live in the Northern VA suburbs of Washington, DC with my two young daughters (who teach me about being creative on a daily basis!) and husband. I hate the traffic. I love the Smithsonian!
- I love The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, Anne of Green Gables, and sweeping historical fiction sagas. If you do too, you might love this!
- My work as a voice teacher has twice been recognized through the National Association of Teachers of Singing. I have helped students get into top music schools and summer programs such as Westminster Choir College, Temple University, Interlochen Arts Camp, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, VA Governor’s School for the Arts and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. More importantly, I have helped many others find their authentic voice.
- The arts have always filled my life. In addition to singing, I play flute and piano, and have studied ballet, jazz and tap. As a high school dancer, a college professor even asked to choreograph a dance for me to Bach’s Cello Suite No.1, one of my all-time favorite pieces of music.
- I am, at heart, a mystic. I converted to Judaism as an adult and explore yogic, Buddhist and metaphysical philosophies, but I find that cultivating an intimate connection with the Divine transcends specific dogma.
- During maternity leave with my second daughter, I cultivated an interest in graphic design and now also design websites for creative and healing professionals.
- I am a certified life coach through the Martha Beck Institute, have a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Butler University and Westminster Choir College, respectively, and additional certifications in Somatic Voicework™ – The LoVetri Method and Lisa Popeil’s Voiceworks® Method, Reiki, and Crystalline Consciousness Technique. My work is a holistic fusion of practical, spiritual and energetic tools that will help you awaken to the creator within and give voice to your deepest creative desires.
- Through the years, I have developed some keen intuitive superpowers that help me as a coach, teacher, musician, mother and wife. I can help you find yours, too!
- I didn't always believe I was creative. My journey has included more than a few periods of dark doubt and angst where I didn't feel good enough, my vocal technique was inconsistent, and I had no idea where to turn. If you're there too, I understand. And refuge is just around the corner.