This is a gathering place. A place for conversation and connection. A creative community of motivated movers and shakers, changemakers, and risk-takers.
I inherently believe this to be true, though it took me a long time to arrive at that conclusion.
In high-empathy, people-centered careers – educators, artists, activists, caregivers, changemakers – there is a widespread, unspoken understanding that a martyr complex is where it’s at. People are expected to juggle more than they can actually handle, bite off more than they can chew, stretch themselves further than any human is meant to be stretched, and generally offer themselves – unquestionably and unwearyingly – to the cause – whatever it may be.
Believe me. I was there. I dedicated myself without pause to the efforts I was passionate about. I would go days and months forsaking basic needs in order to give everything I had to the things I believed in. There were times that I was so frazzled and overextended and sleep deprived. But I thought that was the only way. I thought that is how it had to happen.
For years, when times were hard, my colleagues and I sucked it up. When a day really punched us in the gut we grinned through our pain and muttered, “I’m fine.”
But I began to crack and fade. And I watched my coworkers, colleagues, and companions straight-up burnout. And when we were burnt out, we could no longer be of service. We dropped out.
I’m all for strength and commitment and perseverance. But I see resiliency as being the capacity to ask for what you need – to ask for help – to be vulnerable and honest.
We are so often the listeners, the facilitators, the perpetual doers, the ones who hold it all together.
This is a place for you to be heard, to be supported, to relax – to take a turn at being the one receiving counsel and care.
Giving back requires a process of give and take. If we give until we are depleted we will have nothing left to give.
There are many ways that people take good care of themselves so that they can keep showing up for their work, their communities, their families. I call these practices “creative resilience” – the tools and techniques we use to sustain ourselves even when things get hard, even when the work we love is so very draining, especially when there are too many balls in the air and the to-do list seems insurmountable.
This is a place to ask for help.
To refuel and restore.
This is a place to pause, reflect, and strategize.
You don’t have to do it alone.
You and I – we’re partners in this. I believe that we’re stronger together – in community and out of isolation. I think we need one other – that our circles of support are what keep us vibrant and well. “Collaborative” evokes our shared commitment to justice and living with purpose – and the incredible power of connection.
I am passionately curious, a good question-asker, and a joyful art maker (give me some colored pencils and paper and I’m content for hours).
I have been leading groups and developing programs since I was 16 years old.
I am slowly releasing my perfectionist tendency in favor of more spontaneity, play, and glorious mistakes. It’s serving me well.
As an educator and dedicated non-profit employee for over twelve years, I developed and lead original curricula in organizations and institutions across the U.S.
I have always been driven to explore that spark of creativity that keeps people committed to their work, connects communities, and leads to lasting change.
Good to meet you,