I was a chatterbox kid, a voracious reader from the day I discovered books, the creator of little flip magazines to “sell” to anyone who’d hold still long enough to hear my pitch. So it’s no surprise I grew up to be an author and editor.
With my B.A. in English in hand, I hit New York and landed my first job, at Good Housekeeping. From there it was on to Ladies’ Home Journal, McCall’s, Rosie, Women’s Faith & Spirit and, most recently, Family Circle. (Yes, editors bounce around a lot!)
Along the way, I had my three beautiful sons and freelanced for magazines: the ones above as well as Spirituality & Health, Guideposts, Parents, Parenting, Prevention and others. The digital revolution hit and I added ThirdAge and Beliefnet. Not to mention my very own inspirational Joyblog, right here on this site!
During my 30’s I developed a full-blown eating disorder, and made my way up to 254 pounds, high blood pressure and an obsession with food that turned me into someone who couldn’t feel all the joys she knew were present in her life. But a solution presented itself, and 20 years ago I lost 100 pounds and have kept it off ever since. The story of how that happened—and what I learned that others find useful and helpful—is in my book The Hungry Ghost: How I Ditched 100 Pounds and Came Fully Alive, A Practical, Spiritual Program for Women Craving Permanent Weight Loss and Complete Freedom from Food Obsession.
As my own inner strength and knowledge grew, my editorial specialties became spirituality, relationships, social issues, real-life narratives, psychology, parenting, self-help and balanced living.
When you’ve got a bit of knowledge and experience, people want to know what you know. I love to teach, mentor and guide! So I added coach to my tool box, helping people discover and express their own unique truth. Sometimes that means sitting with someone till she finds the inner source to help her do the next right thing for her health. That’s the spiritual life coaching.
Sometimes it’s working with someone until he finds the path to write what only he can say. That’s the writing coaching.
Always, the two types of coaching go handing in hand. What we need to live well, we also need to write well.
To do this work, I also teach college courses, run workshops and groups and organize Writing & Spiritual retreats.
Whatever your path, you’ve got a story to discover, live and tell. And I’m here to help you do that. Let’s talk!