"The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”~ Socrates
Hi. I’m Paula.
I have lived a rich full life thus far in my 50+ years which includes intense love and joy and heartbreaking losses. These loves include my husband, children and extended family, my pets, my soul-nurturing friends, my first career in special education and teaching, my love of painting, my love of nature and being outdoors, my love of travel, my love of learning and growth, my love of coaching, and above all my faith.
My personal losses include divorce, several long distance moves, post-partum depression, loss/change of health, tragic loss of a dear friend, illness and death of my father, loss of trust with relationships, loss of career/financial independence when I began to stay home with our children, loss of many beloved pets, and a variety of other heartbreaks.
While I wasn’t always confident during “the storm of grief” that I would come out in one piece on the other side, I can now reflect on the lost relationships and situations through a different lens. After working toward completion of the pain of these losses, I was then able to value the learning and growth I gained. I now can recall the positive memories that were previously hidden in the shadow of pain. This did not happen overnight and without intention, but it has enabled me to love more deeply and completely and support others. It was definitely worth the work.