I was born of two rather Bohemian individuals and raised in the harsh and Tundra-like (yet warmish for 6 weeks in the summer) conditions of northern Minnesota with my only sibling Maria Bamford, a successful stand-up comediene.
I practiced as a board certified Physician specializing in Surgical Pathology at a tertiary care Multispecialty group known for Excellence in the Midwest. While I thoroughly enjoyed my wonderful practice and partners, after 13 years, I felt a strong pull to do transformative work and to be creative again. By that time, I had four children and my life had become “complicated”. I got coached and found it life changing.
We decided to right-size our lives by selling off our vacation home and moved from a 6000 square foot house into a lovely, more modest one. Then, I took a 6 month sabbatical from my job as a physician. I found myself wandering deep into the woods. I was re-awakening my own deep connection to Nature and to myself. At the end of 6 months, I determined that my path was to continue on in the field of personal transformation. I completed Martha Beck’s Coach Training and got certified by Martha herself, who is s a former Harvard Professor and writes the Life Coach Monthly piece for Oprah’s O magazine. She is really a stand-up comedian!
I have a deep appreciation for Nature and find many different ways to help others connect to their own brilliance including: Animal Totems (and other shamanism based tools such as journeying and divination), surfing and forest bathing (shinrin-yoku). First and foremost, I encourage humans to re-discover their own FEEL GOOD and follow it. It will take you to good places.
Part of being me involves having many, many interests and an EXTREME curiosity about many things. I have been diagnosed, as an adult, with Attention Deficit Disorder, inattentive type. Getting that diagnosis was a gift, as it helped me to fully embrace my irrepressible MUCHNESS and my special talent for taking seemingly unrelated ideas and creating something NEW. I have the ability to hyper-focus and as a result, enjoy transcendent experiences on a pretty regular basis, which is pretty cool! I also have to be sure to get support and lots of rest to be sure that I do not get overwhelmed. I think Nature holds the cure to whatever seems to be causing you to struggle, suffer or feel stuck. I am a frequent guest blogger at Maria Shriver’s site for Architects of Change.