Before my 11th birthday, I had lived in more than half of our 50 states, and most of that time was spent drifting between apartments and motels; sometimes we found ourselves homeless living out of our car. Needless to say, my parents weren’t conventional. Because of their decisions, homelessness, hunger, abuse, depression, and anxiety were commonplace. But I have learned that my past does not define me — what I do with it does. This is why I’m taking all the pain and struggle of my childhood and using it for good. I wrote my memoir, Traveling With Hope, because I desire for girls and women everywhere to be empowered by the fact that their history does not determine their future. I want women to know they can draw on their stories in a way that makes them stronger. I’m living proof that this is possible.
After graduating with a Psychology degree from SDSU, I went on to earn a Master’s in Education at Point Loma Nazarene University for School Counseling and Guidance. For over 6 years, I enjoyed working in San Diego Unified as a High School Counselor. Now I’m blessed with 1 awesome husband, 2 daughters, 2 rescue dogs and a tapestry of stories about overcoming adversity and building a new life founded on faith.
My passion is to use my story and love for God to spread as much light and hope as I can. Photography and storytelling allow me to express my creativity, and public speaking enables me to educate and encourage others about the true keys to happiness and how to be an overcomer.
My bucket list still includes going to Europe and traveling around the country in an Airstream. No matter what I do, I want to know that everything I’m involved in is somehow making the world a better place. My mission is to help other people recognize their talents and begin to use them to live a meaningful life. Whether you’re a teenage girl coming into her own, a woman establishing her career, or a mom raising children, I’ll share ideas and resources to inspire and motivate you to live the life that God has called you to.
I’d love to hear your story and get to know you, so comment to get a conversation started, or send me an email!