“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to bloom.”
1 [ no obj. ] (of a person, animal, or other living organism) grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, esp. as the result of a particularly favorable environment
Flourish is not a place where we come to be at the top of our game all of the time. This is a place to play, explore, practice, fall down, get back up, and start again. It is a space and a community that fosters truth, authenticity, safety, courage, vulnerability, and love. The point of life is not to live only in the happy times. Flourish is a place to learn to dance through the storms. Life is ever-changing, like our bodies, and the best we can do is learn to ground ourselves in Truth, in Love, so that we have a foundation from which we will Flourish in our lives.
To create a space where we can gather with a common goal – to help encourage, support, and love ourselves & one another without fear or judgment. To flourish in health and wellness, and to live the lives we dream of – the lives we are worthy of living.
I grew up here, between Knoxville and Pleasantville. I graduated from Pleasantville High, then earned my BA in Health Promotion from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. I moved to Seattle for a year of AmeriCorps – an amazing year – then I returned to Des Moines and joined the corporate world… which I discovered wasn’t my thing. It was at that time, through a conversation with a massage student, that I realized the value of human touch and how lacking it is in our society today. So, after only one massage, a Google search, and a few phone calls, I sold my stuff, packed my bags, and hopped on a plane to Hawaii!
I spent more than a year there studying massage therapy and working as a barista… and, of course, enjoying the island life. After graduating, I felt pulled to San Francisco where I got a job at a day spa. Then, a road trip landed me in Durango, CO where I worked in another wonderful day spa. It was there that I would embark on my life’s true journey: I was blessed with the love of my life – my daughter! I moved back to Iowa for a few years until we got the call… one last big journey to the coast! We moved to Encinitas, CA where I found my home at Bella D’ora day spa & the Soul of Yoga and had one of the most profound experiences of my life: a 200-hour yoga teacher training. The training changed my life. And, though I love California, it was time to bring what I had learned and experienced back here to share it with all of you: with those who have encouraged and supported me, given me roots and wings, and loved me unconditionally through it all, and with those whom I have not yet met.
I love to travel, see new places, and to meet new people. I love learning, teaching, & sharing stories. I believe that the powers of compassion, forgiveness, humility, the human touch, healthy food, and personal responsibility will change the world for the better.