I am a deep thinker, problem solver, spiritual explorer and full-time parent. I believe that life is supposed to be a grand, fun adventure - including those years spent raising children.
I know that there are gifts in all the challenges that life brings us and that the greatest gift that we can receive is a deeper knowing of our true self. There are vast reserves of peace and joy within each of us. Our true nature, behind our stressful thoughts and limiting beliefs is calm, vibrant and full of wisdom.
I have experienced the transformation that this knowing can bring to everyday life and family relationships and my passion is to share this with others. I love sharing practical, easy-to-follow practices, skills and insights that make people's lives less stressful and more enjoyable.
My life has changed so much in the last 15 years that it is hard to remember what it used to be like. During my 20's and early 30's my life was focused on academic achievement, being a university lecturer and trying to save the environment.
I enjoyed teaching and loved doing research that pulled apart big ideas and created new ones. I also went on lots of outdoor adventures in Australia and overseas. My personal life was a mess, I was emotionally repressed and I believed that spiritual teachings had little relevance for me.
Things changed rather dramatically when I had by first child at 35, got married for the second time and then had another child four years later. My life was turned upside-down by the intense challenges of raising two spirited children. I was completely unprepared for the angry outbursts, loneliness, neediness and anxiety that welled up from within me in the early years of my children's lives.
Even more unsettling, in a way, was the intense depth and connection I felt in these new relationships with my sons. I wanted so desperately to be the best mother I could possibly be, and yet, I was struggling every day. Parenting brought great joy and also sleep deprivation, personal unraveling and overwhelm.
The intense emotional drama that engulfed me during those years turned out to be a wonderful gift. It was the gateway into a gradual spiritual awakening. I applied my skills in research to finding another way to live with these precious, delightful and demanding children. I also found a willingness to explore my own inner world.
I learned new ways to transform my emotional reactions into calm responses and to solve the inevitable problems that come up in family life. I began to unlearn almost everything I knew and believed and finally I found the space to just Be. I discovered my true self.