I’m a life coach, writer, yogi, Argentine tango dancer, opera singer, Southern belle, and Greek-American. I was born and raised in Greenwood, Mississippi. At a young age I discovered I had a voice and pursued vocal performance throughout my college years. I graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy and Carnegie Mellon University in vocal performance. I completed my Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas.
In 2010 I felt inspiration to publish the conversations I had with my mentor, Rhonda Shasteen, former Chief Marketing Officer at Mary Kay Cosmetics. Ever since that time I discovered my zeal for writing, particularly about life coaching. I learn so much through the course of life, I find it therapeutic and nourishing to share what I learn with you in hopes that it may help you too.
I found inspiration though a family story to write a novel about a man who fell in love with a girl and left his country to be with her.
You may have read my AVM survival story blog, My Story of Perseverance and Overcoming. Now, I've decided to tell it. This September, I celebrated another year of life I might not all have had. I consider myself blessed, lucky and loved everyday for it because many others did not live to tell their stories. May their memories be eternal. I hope this story may help or encourage you
Many of my readers know I'm an AVM survivor. That is, when I was 21, an arteriovenous malformation ruptured in my brain that sent me through emergency brain surgery. You can find the entire story here. For many years, I surprisingly suffered no aftershocks. Then one day in 2012, I had a grand mal seizure. My first and only so far, but that event turned my world upside
Watching the 2016 Olympic games in Rio has reaching their lifetime goals left me feeling unaccomplished and less than average. I got newly motivated to accomplish something I deemed important. All of a sudden I wanted to take control and [caption id="attachment_893" align="alignleft" width="300"] You have to start goals to reach them.[/caption] achieve leaps and bounds in my life overnight. I'm sure if I did that, the next day I'd
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="255"] Heal You Heart with Forgiveness[/caption] Forgiveness is hard, and most people struggle with it. That's why there's so much talk about how to forgive. It is challenging, and I've found myself saying something lately that has helped me move on from the simple and the truly challenging. Each time I encounter a frustrating situation or a painful memory, I tell myself, "I'm just not going
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"] Verbal Abuse Victim[/caption] Verbal Abuse is an elusive type of abuse that happens in every day life. It's easy to spot the extreme cases, like those depicted in movies, with name calling and screaming that continues long outside of an isolated incident. But, this kind of abuse lingers in a grey area, and lays a foundation for more violent forms of abuse. Verbal abuse
Decisions unravel the course of life. I've looked back to see how the good decisions I made impacted my life in a positive way the same way my bad decisions have lead me astray. As I look back on my worst decisions, I see that I'm the common denominator in [caption id="attachment_877" align="alignleft" width="233"] Thoughtful Decisions[/caption] certain areas of life and that I ignored any advice I was
Over the years I've written about being afraid, living out of fear, fear of success, letting fear run your life, facing fear, and overcoming fear. All that time, I didn't realize that fear is a choice, and I was choosing to be afraid. I tried to outsmart fear instead [caption id="attachment_865" align="alignleft" width="259"] Fear is a choice[/caption] of not choosing it into my life. The simple solution to eliminating fear
YOLO decisions bring a thrill into life that is hard to ignore. I've written about the risks and challenges about making decisions based on the You Only Live Once (YOLO) philosophy. They can be a bad idea because they're often made out of the context of [caption id="attachment_853" align="alignleft" width="300"] You only live once, so live well[/caption] what is healthy for a person, like having another piece of cake
We've all been betrayed by a friend or family member at some point in our lives. I've seen family feuds, lawsuits, people cheating each other out of money, cheating in relationships and even a friend dating your ex. They're all betrayal of a trust at some level. [caption id="attachment_842" align="alignleft" width="259"] Everyone's been betrayed[/caption] Even Jesus was betrayed by his friend and disciple Judas Iscariot for money in
If you're anything like me, you hardly ever listen to your mother's lessons. She was always wrong, and we kids both young and old, know better since we're up to speed on today's culture. As I've gotten older and have history to reflect on, I can see the many times that dear ole mom was, in fact, right. And she's even had the grace not to say, "I