Wonder and curiosity
My curiosity and imagination were gifts in childhood that have continued to propel me forward both through difficult times and creative endeavors. Finding wonder in the small moments is a way to discover possibilities and see the situation from a new perspective. Bringing curiosity and imagination into my work and personal life are ways I have learned to prevent stagnation and increase my ability to be present.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of Houston in 1996, I explored more deeply my work in the social service sector. For over 20 years, I have worked in nonprofits in both the program and development arenas. My early experience includes organizations and clients with programs and services related to HIV/AIDS, single parents, at-risk and homeless youth, mental health, art education, mentoring, and basic needs.
In 2004, I suddenly found myself the single-parent of three young children. Having been steeped in the nonprofit social service world since high school and facing dramatic transitions in our family, it became clear that I needed to find a way to return to work that also allowed me to be present in my children’s lives. With the support of a wonderful network colleagues and the experience of having worked both in the program and development arenas, my consulting company, NewBloomz, was born.
I began consulting with nonprofit organizations providing programatic infrastructure, outcome measurement tools, prospect research, grant development, and donor reports. In addition, I facilitated workshops and training for boards and staff most often in the area of vision, mission, and strategic planning. Helping small to mid-sized organizations find new possibilities were the foundation of NewBloomz for nearly 8 years. As my company evolved so did I, and so did my family. I relocated, married again, and had two more children. With five children, three teens and two toddlers, NewBloomz took a 5 year sabbatical, only serving a few clients. A period of great change, loss, grief, rebirth, and growth occurred for me personally during this time. Today, both my company and I are the beneficiaries of that deep experiential learning.
NewBloomz currently works with for profit, nonprofit, and community collectives from a systems perspective. Every system is as unique as the relationships with in it. I work with my clients to identify areas of imbalance. Together, and from a creative state, we find new possibilities to move through stagnation or transitions.
My training and education support me in my work. I have studied Image Psychology at the Eidetic Institute of Austin for since 2005, and continue to utilize this experiential process to increase my own potential and that of the groups with whom I engage. In 2015, I completed my Reiki II training and became a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. I am currently in graduate school working toward a Masters in Consciousness and Transformational Studies.
My five children have been my greatest teachers. I embrace the adventures I have been invited into as their mother. I am an artist and writer. I enjoy long, meditative hikes in beautiful places, and am grateful that I live in one. I enjoy time with my husband regularly, and am grateful for our partnership and his support every day.