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The Full Story

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How Did I Get Here?

On an evening in March of 2020, I had just gotten home from working an 11-hour day at my corporate real estate job.  I bent down to get something out of the kitchen cabinet, hit my head, and burst into tears.  It didn’t even hurt.  Not really.

Dramatic, right?  Maybe.

My sleep was a disaster, my memory was shot, and I was overweight and fatigued despite working out consistently and eating right.  I couldn’t figure out what was going on!  I felt alone and totally out of control of my body.

I  looked at my husband and said, “I’m done; I need a time-out.  I need to get to the bottom of this because I can’t keep whatever this is up anymore!” 

The truth was that I was burnt out.

The following week, our office shut down due to Covid, and the decision was made that we were working from home indefinitely.  Although not ideal circumstances, my time-out was handed to me.

 

A month later, I stood in the deli line at the grocery store, masked up and gloved up, and had my first hot flash.  As it turned out, I had started perimenopause during a Pandemic. 

 

Filled with disgust and frustration at the dearth of information and attention given to perimenopause, menopause, and other women's health issues, I started a podcast about the subject.  A few months later, I returned to school for a health coaching certification and to finish my Pilates apparatus training. 

Like many people, I arrived in the health and wellness space to understand my own body, which led to a desire to help and educate others. With so little health information available for women, it became my goal to fill that gap, reminding women that they are not alone.

More About Me

I am a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition with an emphasis on hormone health and a focus on perimenopause, menopause, and burnout.  I am also a graduate of the Kane School of Pilates.  I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Central Florida.

I cohost the perimenopausal podcast, Circling the Drain:  a show about the period before you stop getting your period.  I am also a three-time alumnus of the switched-up storytelling series, No You Tell It! 

I studied meditation and philosophy at Philosophy Works in New York City, where I received my mantra for Transcendental Meditation in 2013. I have been an avid practitioner of both mindfulness and TM ever since.  

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