I grew up in northern New Jersey in a small blue collar town. I won a congressional scholarship at 17 to be an exchange student in the Black Forest in southern Germany. The exposure to foreign language and culture lit a fire in me. The world stage opened, and I started my dance.

I returned to NJ to graduate high school, then immediately went back to Europe. I was at an international university in London for a few years, but then I dropped out to travel. I went solo all over the world, and eventually landed back in the US (Jersey City) to start a career in advertising and publishing. I later moved to the Hudson Valley, NY, and called that home base as I did #vanlife and travelled across the US for parts of the year. I moved to New Orleans, Louisiana in 2021, and am proud to call it my current home base as I prepare for a return to Europe. I’m currently studying psychosynthesis at The Institute of Psychosynthesis (in London, England) while working in the advertising industry (in New York City). 

When I was 16 in 1997, I went on a class trip to Beuron Monastery in southern Germany.  I spent a few days practicing meditation with the resident Benedictine monks. I became fascinated by the idea that meditation was a pathway to inner peace. And, I felt the physical sensations that came from the practice of working with mental sensations. My experience of being (in my body, in my mind) transformed. I knew mind-body-spirit, mind-matter interactions were something I wanted to explore more. I took on a spiritually curious orientation to everything in life, and I added that layer to my dance on the world stage.

When I was 17 in 1998, I went to the PEAR Labs (a parapsychology lab then located in a basement at Princeton University) and Brenda Dunne, whose role in the parapsychology community is to provide a humanistic interpretation of hard science data, told me that the field needed more people who can correct the grammar and presentation of all of the material. That experience launched my editorial career. I have helped with editorial production for Mindfield, a publication of the Parapsychological Association, for many years.

When I was 22, I self published my first work of autofiction, SevenThirteen. When I was 24, I started my first microbusiness, the syntax rugrat, with the slogan “bouncing ideas, one word at a time.”  I offered creativity consulting that helped clients expand their vocabulary around what it was they were bringing into the world. Both were outlets to explore language and its role in creating reality.

When I was 33, I went through a devastating course correct in my life, and I confronted lingering mental health challenges. I changed my lifestyle to align with self care needs, and I started to put the steps together (the expansive worldview, the spirituality, and the creative expression) to choreograph the ultimate dance of life: joy and inner freedom.

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