Life is full of storms. Experiencing the deaths of loved ones, being diagnosed with several health problems, and being highly sensitive, were just some of the storms that inspired me to examine my life. With each experience, I learned that these storms were opportunities that held the secrets to a fulfilling life. One by one, I set out to understand them.
My goal was to become a healthier person (in mind, body, and spirit) so I could have a greater sense of contentment in my life. I wanted to learn the most natural and holistic methods to achieve my goal and importantly, I wanted to be loving and kind without abandoning my truth. I did not want to feel a sense of power from my anger or from my ego, but rather from my heart and the truth. I envisioned becoming an aware, calm, happy woman that radiated kindness and that consciously constructed her life.
Pursuing a degree in art seemed to be the path that would help me reach these goals when I was younger. In 2005 I graduated with a degree in fine arts from Virginia Tech. Painting, ceramics, and installation art cultivated my passion for working with my hands and taught me that practice produces mastery. It was also in the small town of Blacksburg that I was introduced to Reiki. After experiencing the healing benefits personally, I decided that I wanted to learn more about the healing arts.
After graduation I moved to Oregon and made professional costumes for two years. I was grateful to be making a living, but I yearned to help people. I was always reading and attending small courses on the healing arts so in 2007 I took a leap and enrolled in the Ashland Institute of Massage program. This was one of the best choices I have ever made. I was so passionate about the craft that I wanted to become proficient in the science and techniques of massage. I became an assistant instructor and tutor in Kinesiology and Deep Tissue Massage which provided the repetition I needed to become well versed in the human body. I also practiced massage at the Blue Giraffe Spa in Ashland.
In 2009 I moved back to Maryland where I became an instructor at Fortis Institute for five years and continued practicing massage at Ojas. In 2011, I started Radiant Heart Massage with a dream to incorporate my values into my work. With a small business, I could focus on quality over quantity, and take the time to listen to my client’s needs. I have learned so much from my clients. Hearing their stories, and working with their bodies has offered me so many insights about health and wellness from a holistic perspective. I wanted to take these experiences and grow them further. I wanted to find a way to be able to work with people so they could ease the suffering in all areas of their lives. I knew I wanted to do these things but I did not know how. Something was missing in my work and in myself. For years I searched to discover what was absent.
After two serious health crises, I decided to call a life coach. My experience of the coaching process was mind blowing. I had never felt so heard and seen in my entire life, nor had I been able to access my own answers so quickly. It became evident that I was not satisfied because I was focusing more on cultivating the external parts of my life (career, relationships, home) and not the internal (healing, being at peace, loving myself). Getting sick was the way back to myself.
I felt that learning how to be a coach would push me to develop these parts of myself and allow me to help my clients more. I decided to pursue an education in health and wellness coaching at Maryland University of Integrative Health. The training provided taught me how to love myself, to trust my intuition, to empower my being, to set boundaries, to manage my physical health in the most natural nourishing ways, and how my mind habits was causing my suffering.
Radiant Heart Wellness Studio is truly an embodiment of my life and my passion. Thank you for taking the time to read about how my life inspired my little business. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!