I am so pleased that you are visiting my website and are interested in hearing my story. My belief is that everyone has his or her own special story to share. Some stories we create with our imaginations while others are created by life circumstances and our reactions to them. Regardless, our stories impact our lives and others in powerful ways.
Though I love to write and tell stories, I like listening to other people’s personal stories more. I guess that is why I became a counselor. Before becoming a counselor I taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Transitional First grade. I had the opportunity to read many wonderful books to many wonderful children. I liked teaching but wanted to work with children in a different way. I returned to school, received a Master’s degree, and became a Licensed Professional Counselor.
I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of populations including: the chronically mentally ill, geriatrics, parenting teens, and adults. I think these experiences have enriched me both personally and professionally.
Presently, I work in an office setting where adults, parents, and kids come to see me to talk about their problems. I feel very honored to have this job because children and adults tell me their life stories. Everyone’s story is so special and so unique. I am always amazed at how strong and courageous people can be. As you know, it is impossible to rewrite the events of our personal stories, but it is possible to learn to embrace what has happened to us and begin to write exciting new life stories.
Parents share their life stories by talking. Kids, however, share most of their stories through play. I am very lucky because I work in an office with many puppets, games, toys, drums, and art materials. I literally assist children in playing their problems away. Sometimes, the parents stop talking and play with us.
I began working on my first book, Good-bye, Baby Max, many years ago. During the time that I decided to write this book, I was working with children who were experiencing a great deal of loss in their lives. As a counselor, I have learned that everyone experiences loss in many different ways and on many different levels. The one thing for which we can be certain is that there will be loss and there will always be change. My hope in writing Good-bye, Baby Max was that the story would help parents, children, and other caring professionals begin talking about losses rather than responding to their losses from a state of fear. Baby Max was finally published in 2008. I was very excited and honored when it was awarded a Gold medal Mom’s Choice Award in 2009.
When I am not involved in writing or listening to people’s stories, I enjoy being with my husband, Rich, and our two dogs, Sunday and Mr. Lee. Rich and I live in San Antonio, Texas.
My latest book, Riley’s Lost Tooth, was written for my granddaughter, Riley as a Valentine’s Day present. Mr. Lee, and Sunday are main characters in the book as is Precious, who died this past year.
Thank you for taking the time to read a bit of my story. I would love to hear your life story as well.