From humble beginnings and finding my way ~ I was born into the Amish and was Amish until the age of six. At that time, my parents divorced and left the Amish. There were many things growing up that I had to navigate without the support of parents who’d been there before me. I became independent at a young age.
I am thankful ~ I’ve had many mentors along the way and good friendships…. from some of my first employers, special teachers and coaches, to a school counselor to friends who’ve supported and inspired me to be the best I can be.
Leaning in and giving back ~ I am aware of how my life would be different had my parents remained Amish. My life is now open to many more opportunities. Whether on the job or in the home, I believe a woman’s place is wherever her heart is. I was the first in my family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and I went on to earn my master’s degree in counseling. So I could give back.
Overcoming. Dreaming. Something bigger ~ I believe we all have value and have the ability to rise above our difficulties and life circumstances to create the life we want. I realize that no matter what we look like on the outside, inside we are more alike than we are different. I choose acceptance over judgment. I work to create a safe space to get to know my clients from the inside out, in a caring, non-judgmental way. A space where we can share what's really important, overcome life’s difficulties and dream something bigger.