Animals + Me: A Love Story.
As a young girl in Germany, animals were my playmates, my confidantes, and my peers.
I felt more like ‘myself’ in their company than with most human beings.
Did I talk to animals? Of course.
Did they talk back? Most definitely.
A surprise job opportunity carried me to New York City, at age 23. I spoke 50 words of English, and carried vocabulary cards in my purse to guide me through the tangled urban jungle. I remember the steel, the smoke, and being booted out of a bagel shop because I couldn’t order fast enough. I loved the speed, the intensity + the energy.
But I missed – especially – horses.
Five years later, I found myself with a high-powered advertising job — and a volunteer position at a therapeutic riding center on the Upper West Side. I was thrilled to be back with my equine companions, and dreamed of devoting my life to their protection + care.
Apparently, dreams do come true.
I became the director of the riding center, raising half a million dollars for a new equine-therapy facility. I witnessed the incredible healing power of horses — their ability to calm, soothe + empower nearly everyone who visited the center . . . from alcoholics + troubled teens, to the blind, deaf + mute.
And I added new skills to my toolkit — Life Coach Training with renowned Masters.
I fell deeper + deeper in love with my work — and with my horses.
But something wasn’t quite aligned.
It took me years to realize that I wasn’t an equine coach who happened to practice mindfulness — I was a mindfulness coach who happened to partner with horses, cats, dogs + goats.
That subtle distinction changed everything — and Mindful Connections® was born.
Today, my horses and I share how to live mindfully through the Mindful Connections Principles + MC Wheel. I spend a lot of time helping therapy horses, I facilitate Mindful Connections workshops at equine therapy centers + at any barn that wants to bring more mindful interactions to their boarders.
I developed mindfulness courses, for horse people, and for those that like to incorporate the mindful wisdom of horses into their daily life “Take Your Life From Mind-Full to Mindful”.
In my book Pet Logic - See the world through your pet's eyes - and experience your life through a beautiful new lens I reveal the wisdom that lies within our furry and feathery companions. In addition I travel to speak about it all at events and conferences.
I share stories from the heart right here on my blog and my writing is regularly featured in local + national magazines, newspapers + a few gorgeous blogs.
Thank you for joining me on this journey of active listening + compassionate living.
Stay open + curious.
From an early age I decided to live life to its fullest. Having big visions, and growing up in an entrepreneurial household, I went out - and succeeded - to build million dollar businesses. Intrigued with innovation, I developed web-based software before anybody knew about the thing called "internet", and continue my search for ideas that can set businesses apart.
As the business director of two non-profit organizations: Dreamkeepers, an online business that captured and preserved indigenous intelligence and stories, and Blue Star Equiculture, a draft horse sanctuary, I tapped into ancient knowledge and wisdom that continues to lead my way.
When I partnered with Nicole in 2011, to bring the Equine Wellness Expo to life, I resonated strongly with the philosophy behind Mindful Connections and the Mindful Connections Wheel. I felt fulfilled seeing how my professional and personal experiences complimented and enhanced the expansion of Mindful Connections.
As they say, the rest is history.
Today, Nicole and I are life and work partners.
We not only approach each day, each project, each challenge with a mindful attitude, but we also teach others how a mindful connection offers a joyous and peaceful connection with all life.
At Nicole's talks and workshops across the US you'll find me behind the camera, and when Nicole facilitates her 1:1 Equine Inspired Coaching sessions, or a workshop at our Vermont Mountain Retreat, I support her together with our magnificent horses, fun-believable cats, our head & heart-strong goat, and our fun-loving puppy.
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