This is the part where I get to tell you about myself.
If you read my blog, though, you’ll probably get a pretty good idea of who I am, what I do and where my passions are in life.
My core interests are family, spirituality, healing and wellness, and social justice – their intersections and interconnections in our daily life and living from that center.
Thank you for joining me on this journey!
I am a holistic healer, Reiki and meditation teacher, life coach, writer and the owner of Dragonfly Reiki, a wellness business in the Atlanta, GA area. I focus on helping people live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives through the healing arts and spiritual practice. I’m also a Marketing Executive for a online wellness company specializing in patented, clinically-proven solutions to today’s biggest health issues.
I spent over 10 years in the corporate world in knowledge management and content management. I specialized in enterprise content management process and implementation, taxonomy, and working with offshore teams. Currently, I’m the website/social media supervisor for Decatur Presbyterian Church. See my LinkedIn profile for more information.
I grew up in Flushing, NY and despite nearly two decades in Atlanta, I am still fiercely proud to be a Queens girl. I began my studies at Queens College – CUNY, intending to earn a BFA in Fine Arts, but after moving to Atlanta, I transferred to Georgia State University, where I was a Faculty Scholar, earning a BA (Magna Cum Laude) in English – Creative Writing, with a minor in Philosophy – Religious Studies.
I have called Decatur GA my home since 1998. I’m married to Seth Young, and am a proud mom to an elementary school-age daughter, teenage stepson and an elderly (but still kicking!) dog.
I’m a published poet, with one chapbook, as well as two anthologies and a handful of journals where my work has been featured. I was active in the poetry and arts community here in Atlanta for a number of years as part of the Atlanta Poets Group.
I regularly engage in Reiki practice, other healing arts, meditation, and prayer to cultivate a spiritually grounded, conscious life. I was raised in a half-Catholic, half-Jewish home and have practiced Zen Buddhist sitting meditation (zazen) on and off for years, all of which have influenced my exploration of faith through various paths, whether they are contemplative or mystical practices or interfaith worship. I am working towards completion of a Certificate in Spiritual Direction at Columbia Theological Seminary.
I enjoy writing, gardening, photography, as well as visiting museums and art galleries. I love to travel and be in nature. And of course I love to read anything ranging from poetry and novels to books on spirituality and philosophy.
I have a strong interest in social justice issues. I’m an active volunteer with Threshold Ministry at Decatur Presbyterian Church. We offer referral services, support and address basic needs for the poor, homeless and struggling in the local community. Previously, I served as a volunteer and board member for Decatur Cooperative Ministry and participated in global mission work with my church through Honduras Outreach.
Another area of interest to me is veterans’ wellness. My husband is a Marine Corps combat veteran (Desert Storm) and we have both volunteered services to Veteran’s Heart Georgia. I’m also a holistic wellness practitioner listed with Honor A Veteran, which connects veterans with free mind/body healing services.
I have also completed training in Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children program, whose aim is to end child sexual abuse.
In the news
I’ve been featured in the following articles:
- Best Self Atlanta, January 2016: Into the Mystic
- U.S. News & World Report, August 2012: 8 More Ways To Find Time In Your Day
Why ‘A Life Itself’?
My blog name comes from the George Harrison song, “Life Itself“. My objective is simply to write, without a theme or constraint. Writing is an affirming, healing practice for me, and although the type of writing and subjects I write about change, my love affair with the written word and the process of writing has remained steady since I was a small child. Typically, though, the things I tend to enjoy writing about are parenting, motherhood, social issues, mind/body/spirit wellness and spiritual practice.
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