Five years ago, my life was flipped upside down when I tragically lost my sister. Up until then, my career had been working with diagnosing people with disease. Since then, I have focused on educating people about prevention through nutrition and healthy living. I miss my sister so much and still expect her to walk through the door like a day has not passed. My vision is to help others implement simple ways to live a healthy life and help prevent others from going through this kind of loss. My sister is my sweet motivation to do what I do… I wish she were here to help me inspire healthy living around the world!
The past decade has been filled with it's unexpected ups and down. I was determined to have children and succeeded after 6 failed pregnancies. I was married and now I am not. I lost my sister, and then my mother 3 years later. Even though there are things I wish were different, I am grateful for what I have been through and that I have landed on the other side stronger, happier, and healthier. I am dedicated to helping others get through their rough patches and redesign the life they desire.
My Gardens in School Story:
In Minnesota, many teachers have dreamed of having a garden to use as a tool for teaching. With such long winters and short springs, there was always the question of if the garden was planted, would the spring come fast enough for the kids to be there to watch it grow and learn from it.
When my youngest entered kindergarten at Groveland Elementary, I approached his teacher and asked if she would be willing to try a garden in her classroom. She was ecstatic at the idea and agreed to help me troubleshoot ways that a garden would be integrated into the all ready existing curriculum. She was so excited about how many different areas of her kindergarten curriculum that the garden was a tool, that she wrote a grant to the Minnetonka Foundation and was granted one to be in her classroom permanently. The garden in the kindergarten classroom was so successful that the idea has spread across the district. Clear Springs Elementary was the next to see if the garden was a fit in the classroom, and it was amazing how the kids reacted to growing their own produce.
Let's get gardens into your school!!!