If you've ever...

  • sensed you have a purpose, but couldn’t quite grasp it
  • known you had a dream to realize but couldn’t understand how to make it happen
  • repeated relationship dynamics only to experience heartbreak and frustration
  • desired safety, comfort, adventure, and growth all at the same time
  • suffered a trauma that was difficult to speak about but desperately wanted to heal
  • just wanted some answers to life's big questions

…then you already know that the answers to life’s big problems can’t be solved externally.

Perhaps you thought you wanted a job or relationship and then discovered it wasn’t the right choice. Perhaps you’ve followed all the rules but lost your voice along the way. Perhaps your relationship, career, education, emotional well being, or physical health have let you down or simply failed to satisfy your deep yearnings for fulfillment. 

Whatever the case, these experiences leave people with deep questions. Some people never find answers. Others turn toward religion, education, food, or anything that promises answers.

But some people look within.

If accessing inner guidance is something you want to do, but you aren't sure how and don't want to blindly trust every self-proclaimed 'expert' or guru out there, I'm here to help. I believe that each of us is capable of connecting with and realizing our innermost desires, and I know how to help you reach your goals and discover your path

Whether you try a yoga class, come for an astrology or tarot reading, or work with me through personal coaching, the methods I use are rooted in time-tested practices that connect our deep selves to the outside world. As a trained folklorist, I connect these practices together through their common heritage as ancient wisdom, but I use each of them simply because they produce results.

In fact, using folklore's ancient wisdom is one of the surest ways (this knowledge has stood the test of time!) to find the path that most suits you.

In a world where we’re told that new is better and that external judgements are more important than our own, learn to look within to create the life you want. The fulfillment you desire is available inside you! Learn to harness your capacity for growth, peace, and lasting change. Create happiness in your body, health, relationships, career, and overall experience. Live the life you really want.

 

But What is Folklore?

And what does it have to do with me?

Folklore isn't just fairy tales...it's wisdom from many times and many cultures

Folklore isn't just fairy tales...it's wisdom from many times and many cultures

If you’re like most people, the word folklore conjures up images of fairy tales and superstitions from deep in the countryside. While this image isn’t explicitly wrong, folklore is so much more than stories.

Folklore deals with human expressions, creativity, belief, common knowledge, and esoteric wisdom.

Folklore can be fun and lighthearted (like jokes) or it can be deeply spiritual (like meditation).

As a folklorist, I study modern culture and ancient wisdom. I examine how knowledge from the past can be applicable in our lives today. I sift through the outdated to pull out golden kernels of universal truth.

In particular, three folklore systems I love are yoga, astrology, and tarot. I use these systems to help others look within themselves to harness their greatest strengths, discover their hidden purpose, and connect with the life they truly desire.

These systems have been around so long because they work and they are fun and satisfying to use. To learn more about each, please see below.

My Story

 

I began my path toward folklore, astrology, and yoga... 

not sure where it would lead. I knew I had an unstoppable curiosity about symbols, culture, and communication. My home shifted from Kentuckiana to India to the West Coast, and I experienced both the ideals behind spirituality, and the ways in which religions and spiritual practices are conducted in real life.  All the while, I sang, worked with kids, danced, wrote silly poetry, hiked every moment I could, and led a totally enthralled life.  I also experienced challenges, pain, injuries, and deep healing. From these experiences I became convinced that the human experience is one of great yearning, nostalgia, joy, and sorrow wrapped up into each one of us.

I became intrigued with why we do what we do, what influences us as individuals and groups, and the ways we can grow to be the best versions of ourselves. I earned my master's degree in Folklore, worked as a team builder, an office worker, a trail guide, a yoga instructor, and a teacher.  I use my perspective as a folklorist and my professional experiences to inform my tarot, astrology, and yoga practices.  

Today, my approach to all three disciplines is to be thorough and explorative. I see each practice as a tool for powerful reflection and self-compassion, a way to find your voice within your own story. Often, these practices can be tools used in conjunction to heal, grow, and change. They are also key for many businesses seeking to create an engaged office culture. I view my role as a mediator who helps interpret symbols for my clients to empower them to create the lives, careers, businesses, and relationships that match their deep desires. 

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Giving Back

 

It's all about caring deeply...

You and I already share ourselves with the world in meaningful and diverse ways. Whenever we spend time with friends and family, volunteer, or contribute productively to public dialogue, we are giving back. One way I am committed to giving back is through the donation of a minimum 10% of all profits from my business.

Here are some causes I care deeply about:

  • Stopping violence and hate crimes against women, minorities, and immigrants
  • Preventing school and gun violence
  • Funding education and the arts

I'd love to hear what you care deeply about!