I am an award-winning author, speaker, and entrepreneur. I’m the co-creator and host of the Healing Words television show and a founding faculty member of the Creative Writing at the Bedside program, both administered by the Mayo Clinic Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine in Rochester, Minn.
Really, I’m a body awareness and personal expression expert. As a journalist, I’ve studied body language in order to help people open up in interviews since I started my career as a writer fresh out of graduate school.
At the same time I was working to lose 100 pounds and discovered yoga, which taught me how to listen to my body, respect it, and to be present inside my skin.
I took acting classes and trained in speaking techniques and learned what effects my body had on other people. I trained as a writer, took art classes, and explored the workings of my own heart.
When I began working with patients at the bedside at Mayo Clinic and interviewing doctors and poets for my television show, I saw first-hand the power creative expression has to help people find their voices, heal their hearts, and transform their lives.
I’m the author of Dear Body: Love, Me; Dear You: Messages For Moms; Dear You: Messages From Your Heart, Dear You: It’s Time for a Leap of Faith, A Career Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Stepmom, and more. My work has received an iParenting Media Excellence Award, and was a Gold Recipient of a Mom’s Choice Award. My art has been featured at Your Art’s Desire Gallery, the RAW showcase, and Mayo Clinic. I’m the founder and CEO of Gold House Enterprises, a media company I launched in 2001. My Dear You Collection of books and gifts will be available in stores nationwide in 2016.