Anxiety, perfectionism, and a desire to be in control are just a few of life’s challenges that have kept me from being present.
For a really long time I was in a constant rush, thinking about the next item on my to-do list before the current one was finished. Maybe you can relate?
The good news is that through my mindfulness practice, I have a greater awareness of my emotions, the way I react to things that trigger me, and a better overall sense of well-being. I have tools to guide me “home”.
My journey began right smack in the middle of the US. I was born and raised in Kansas. I know what you’re thinking. It’s no coincidence right. “There’s no place like home.”
After moving to Seattle for college (I have a BA in Communication from Seattle Pacific University), I realized the big city life was the new me. I started a career in TV news there and went on to work as a journalist for a major network news operation over the next 15 years, stationed in the Los Angeles bureau.
While I loved the rush of traveling to places during breaking news and telling stories that really made a difference in informing the public, my burnout came in the form of my body breaking down. Ultimately, I knew it was time to slow down.
As a long-time meditator and yoga practitioner, I always longed to deepen my knowledge and experiences in both yoga and meditation. I discovered secular mindfulness through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. There I met my teachers, Diana Winston and Marv Belzer who have become instrumental in my ever-expanding mindfulness practice. I’m a UCLA-trained facilitator and a Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher-in-Training, which is the basis for how I teach, but of course it isn’t all of it. My influences include Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, among others. I’ve also been trained in the Mindful Schools curriculum.
I still keep my creative cup flowing through my work as a TV producer and writer.
When I’m not working, I’m usually at yoga, in nature (I love to hike!), at the beach or spending time with the two loves of my life: my husband, Ken Pagliaro, and our pup, Nacho. 🙂