My story began, as so many do, when I was a young child faced with an entirely new situation. When I was about 5 years old, I started living nine months of my life in the Midwest and the remaining three on the East Coast. While each place held loving support from my family, the environments themselves varied significantly.
In the Midwest, I lived in multiple Chicago suburbs where conveniences like grocery stores and malls were abundant. On the East Coast, I looked out upon beautiful rolling hills and mountains in the distance, and would need to drive 20 minutes to find a town with a department store.
While not fully conscious of it at the time, each home offered a different energy. In the Midwest, the small apartments contrasted significantly from the single family home with a small grove of 7-foot tall bushes along the side of the house. These in turn marked a significant departure from the large first floor space with the large picture windows looking out on a beautiful campus with buildings over a hundred years old on the East Coast.
It had such an impact on me that I found myself rearranging my room every few months because I was looking for a different feel to my space. It was as if I wasn’t comfortable unless my personal space changed regularly. So at an early age, I was given the opportunity to experience the energy of space in many environments. One thing remained constant – I always felt like I lived in a home – not a house, not an apartment, not a dorm.
My connection to nature became another significant part of my story. I liked to pretend to be other creatures – a common childhood drama. I found though that my love for animals stemmed from my love for nature and it was among the trees, grasses, rocks, ponds and fresh open air that I felt connected to something bigger than me. Some might call it God, but I wasn’t raised to trust the god espoused in churches, so I searched for something else.
It led me to what some call the occult – tarot cards, palmistry, astrology and attending psychic fairs regularly. I delved into several aspects, but wondered who was I to tell someone else their fortune when it was really best for them to tap into their own guidance? So I kept looking.
Until I found a special book: Sacred Space by Denise Linn. From the moment I started reading, I felt a connection to everything she wrote. It was as if I had finally found someone who could put into words the beliefs that I had held within me, and intuitively known all my life. It was my first exposure to Feng Shui, and it set me on a course to devour books on the topic and take classes whenever I could find one. My goal; however, was to train with Denise someday. She had started a Feng Shui school, the International Institute of Interior Alignment®, and I had written to her to ask if I could take her course. She lived out of the country at the time, and wasn’t offering any classes in the U.S.
Years passed, and I was planning to take another certification course when she let me know she had moved back to the states and was offering the course. I jumped at the opportunity to become certified in Instinctive Feng Shui™ and Seven Star Blessing™ Space Clearing and continued to take her courses to become a master teacher.
My intention is always to empower people to make positive, powerful changes in their lives by better understanding the impact they have on their spaces and, just as importantly, the impact their spaces have on them. It’s what I love to do, and it makes a real difference in people’s lives.