Born and raised on a small Midwestern farm, I grew up close to the earth and the wonders of animals and nature. At age 18, I left home to follow a childhood dream of teaching.
Equipped with a degree and my youthful ideals, I spent the first five years of my “adult life” teaching middle school English and completing a Master’s in Education. However, the disparity between my youthful vision of teaching and its reality began to weigh me down.
In 1979, my spirit pushed me to take my first big leap of faith. Within two weeks of finishing my graduate degree, I resigned from my teaching position, packed all I could fit in a Mazda GLC, and with renewed exuberance, moved from southern Indiana to Austin to pursue a new life of freedom and abundance.
The journey to Austin led me to what became nearly 20 years of working with allopathic physicians in the conventional American medical system. I pursued the career ladder from secretarial work to building and directing a nationally recognized program in continuing medical education.
As happens with many people, my path to health and wholeness began with a personal crisis that led me on a journey I never would have imagined. Over the years, youthful cheer and exuberance had become rigidity, perfectionism, obsession, self-induced stress, and eventual burn-out.
Although I had enough money, a secure job, and recognition in my career field, the state of my spirit had deteriorated as much as my career had moved ahead. I had become a fearful, depressed, obsessively driven workaholic with a negative outlook on life.
Along with fatigue and depression, I constantly experienced aches and pains and a growing list of physical ailments that were unresponsive to conventional treatment. The last straw was a bout of insomnia which persisted to the point that I could no longer function in my work and daily life. I now laugh at the irony of this because it is clear that my inability to sleep was simply my spirit’s way of telling me, quite literally, to “wake up”.
And wake up, I did–very quickly. Desperation and a severe intolerance to pharmaceutical drugs led me to seek relief through less conventional methods. I quickly found that I responded as positively to energy based therapies as I did adversely to conventional medicines. The next thing I knew, I was training in this work and taking another new leap of faith.
In April 1999, PathFinder was born. The journey has been amazing and continues to unfold in wonderful, unpredictable ways.