I grew up in Austin and studied at Texas State University to become a teacher because I wanted to save the world, but then I soon realized that "the way out is in."
I taught Social Studies at Akins and Del Valle High School. I was given the Humanities Texas award by Lloyd Doggett in 2011, became a member of EdLoc in 2019, and won a $10,000 grant for a student podcast project called Your People Your History. I loved working with students but hated the system I was working in. After the pandemic, I resigned from teaching.
"The way out is in" is a common Buddhist saying. Buddhist Master, Thich Nhat Hanh was asked why nobody was doing anything about climate change. We know what to do, we know the devastating effects if we don't do anything, and yet we do nothing.
Master Thich Nhat Hanh said, and I am paraphrasing, how can we ask people to make such huge sacrifices for the planet if we do not make little sacrifices for ourselves? People know they're unhappy, but they'll continue their bad habits rather than help themselves. We cannot expect people to save the world if they are unwilling to save themselves.
It was hard to leave a profession I deeply loved, but I am so grateful and happy to help people transform from their suffering.
I want to help people stop overthinking and discipline their "monkey brain."
"Monkey Brain" is a Buddhist term that refers to overthinking. I use Buddhism, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), narrative therapy, and inner-child/shadow work to help clients.