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I was born and raised in NYC. A child of privilege; Park Avenue upbringing and private schools. Most people would have been envious of my life. But from the age of 8, I knew I was different. I was sneaking drinks after my parents’ cocktail parties. By the time I was 14, I was out in nightclubs (Studio 54 and Xenon) mostly. I thought I was so cool. However, I was a full blown cocaine addict and alcoholic. My parents were none the wiser for being the youngest, my parents were not paying too much attention.
Miraculously, I made it through George Washington University in 4 years (and 4 summers!) I landed a job with a prestigious advertising agency (Ogilvy & Mather). I fit right in! Drinking was encouraged at lunch and partying into the late hours was the norm. I met my future husband there and four years later, we wed. I always had a huge hole inside me that I would fill with drugs and alcohol and this man was just another “substance” I used to try and fix my unhappiness. When that didn’t work, I decided that it was time to have a baby. Totally delusional and misguided, I convinced my husband and 1 year later, our daughter was born. Needless to say, she did not fix me! The next four years were torture. I drank and smoked marijuana continuously while trying to deal with the trials of a newborn/ toddler. I was ill-equipped to care for her let alone myself. I was miserable and only lived to get high.
One night, I was so depressed that I locked myself in the bathroom and threatened suicide. My husband had to knock down the door and when I looked up, my crying daughter was standing there. I knew at that moment, it was over.
I immediately went to AA and found a fellowship of people who were just like me. It took time to clear up, for I had done so much damage to my mind and my body. I worked really hard to love myself so I could give that love to my husband and daughter. Everyday I stay grateful that I am alive and have healthy relationships with those around me. I have been sober since May 22, 2000. I never want to return to a life of addiction.
My husband and I currently live in Warren, VT home to Sugarbush Ski Resort. We both enjoy winter activities as well as biking, kayaking and hiking in the summer. Our daughter is a Science teacher and an amazing individual. I can honestly say today I live as a functioning, contributing member of society and for that I am eternally grateful. So you know I have first hand experience with what you may struggle with.
I am a no-nonsense type of Life Coach. You pay me to get results and that is what I get you! I am direct, yet compassionate. I challenge, yet kind. I try to get you to your truth, but don't allow BS or delusion. I am tough, yet loving. I do all of this with a sense of humor, dry wit and sarcasm. My experience is my greatest asset because I know where you have been.