I am a Certified Professional Life Coach (CPC), an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) and a Core Transition Dynamic Specialist (CTDS). All of these certifications were achieved through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). In addition to my studies ar iPEC, I've also completed Tony Robbins UPW, Life Mastery, and Date With Destiny live seminars.
Energy Leadership is the process that develops a personally effective style of leadership that positively Influences and changes not just yourself, but also those with whom you work and interact, as well as your organization as a whole.
Core Transition Dynamics is the process that connects one’s inner purpose and passion with their outer goals and strategies to achieve extraordinary and sustainable success.
I collaborate with Dr. Nancy Lentine, an extremely intelligent and highly sought after integrative medicine physician. We work together to create a greater sense of well being and success in health and wellness as part of a total self-care plan for her patients.
Before becoming a coach, I earned a Bachelor’s in Accounting from New Jersey City University. I built a successful career as a finance manager for several corporate firms, including ADP, The MWW Group and I even owned my own medical collection agency.
I’m an aspiring writer, blogger and speaker. And for decades, I’ve had a deep interest in personal growth and development, studying with many industry leaders like Tony Robbins and Deepak Chopra.
Before I was me
There was a time — before I went through my own transition — where my life seemed fine. I was 43, happily married with two children ages four and seven. Before the children, I had a great career in corporate America. I’d even owned my own business. On paper, it all looked great. The truth was, there was a lot I didn’t know about myself, my core values or the power I had to align my life with the things that are really important to me. Then, within a period of just 12 months, a series of traumatic events COMPLETELY ROCKED MY WORLD.
Suddenly, my life went from being fine to being a struggle with life and death, health and medical issues, family trauma, and deep loss. All of these personal challenges and setbacks unleashed a strong desire to build my understanding of and expertise in the dynamics of family and personal relationships and how they impact our closest relationships, our parenting, friendships, careers etc. I devoted the next several years to in-depth research on how relationships and experiences shape our thoughts, influence our choices and eventually impact our outcomes.
In the process I discovered I had been stepping over the most important relationship of all — the one I had with myself. At some point, I’d stopped checking in with myself. Life, children, marriage and responsibilities always seemed to trump what I needed or wanted.
So, I sat down and began the process of unraveling myself to look at where I was, what my original dream had been, and what had actually manifested. I had to unpack it all to decide what I wanted to keep, what I wanted to let go of and what new things I would need going forward.
The process of putting my life back together after this period of shattering events was like creating a beautiful mosaic. The journey of self-discovery was hard and messy, but I also recognized that parts of me were far more remarkable than I’d ever noticed. I’ve been able to call on strength I didn’t even know I had. And I realized that to live my best life, I’d have to be three things:
Authentic and true to myself — first and foremost
Honest — like out loud
Brave — even though I was terrified
Today I’m different — I’m whole and strong, but different. I have learned to honor that still, small voice inside of me — even when it’s inconvenient or feels crazy. I’ve surprised myself at how calm and confident I’ve become! Asking and answering all those questions, creating a plan and following through on it has led me to a life that is truly amazing. I’ve come out on the other side empowered to live my best life and more authentic than ever.
Looking back, I wish I’d had someone in my corner who could’ve helped me navigate through these transitions. So now, I am using what I learned from my own experiences to coach others facing similar challenges and to help them reach their personal and professional goals. Today, I’m incredibly blessed and proud to be surrounded by family, an amazing group of loving and supportive friends, colleagues and a tribe of clients that make my life rich and full. I built a career that honors what’s most important to me. I’m challenging myself in ways I’ve never before. I’m running a half marathons, taking singing lessons, creating the life I always dreamed of AND having the time of my life doing it!
"It is better to follow the voice inside and be at war with the whole world than to follow the ways of the world and be at war with your deepest self.”
~ Michael Pastore