creator of A Brave Life.
I consider myself a professional ball grower, but New York State felt it was more appropriate for my diploma to say “Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling”. I still think professional ball grower has a nicer ring to it, don’t you?
What qualifies you to be
a professional ball grower?
I wish I could say I’m the most courageous person you’ll ever meet but I’m not. In fact, I was born with a severe ball deficiency. My mom says I was a nervous baby so it only made sense that I’d grow to be a painfully shy kid, an insecure teenager, and a self-conscious pushover as a young adult. (Read this for the sorry details.)
But seven years ago, after a traumatizing loss and depression that kicked my butt, I finally noticed a pattern: every time I was brave enough to do something just outside of my comfort zone, wonderful things would happen as a result. This simple concept proved true whether I applied it to my relationships, my career, or my pursuit of small and large personal goals.
Lesson learned: You don’t have to be born brave to make brave decisions on a daily basis. And I want to support people who feel called to experience this truth for themselves.
Do you have any qualifications?
Outside of A Brave Life I’m a bereavement counselor for a hospice program, and a blogger for Psychology Today with two Master’s degrees (in Counseling and Education), and ten years of experience facilitating workshops and retreats geared toward personal growth and spirituality. All of this informs my counseling practice, offered here at A Brave Life.
It all sounds pretty fancy. But underneath it all I’m just a woman trying to spend as much time as possible in sweatpants.
What do you do when
you’re not growing balls?
I live just outside of Philadelphia, PA with my husband and two cats, all three of whom are very hairy, cute, and excellent roommates. They love me despite being a terrible cook, a barely mediocre singer-songwriter, and a shameless dancer at any wedding reception I attend.