I have always been drawn to food. I think my grandmother was my greatest influence in this area. Her love and passion was expressed in the food she prepared. Doing what you know and what you are familiar with is many times a key to success. From my early 20's it seemed to become clear that the restaurant industry was what came easiest to me. I managed a restaurant, and within three years had the financial freedom to own one of my own. Four restaurants later... I had discovered the recipe for a demanding life and the start of a busy career.
I decided to switch gears - I designed and conceptualized a company called The Tooth Brush Club. Brilliant ideas don't always equal success. It was brilliantly executed, but I realized very quickly the world was not ready for this idea.
Parenting is the hardest job. At 39, I decided to take a leap of faith and adopt my son. He was 2 weeks old, I was a single parent, and life was turned upside down. My entrepreneurial approach to parenting was not always successful. Yet this was the longest relationship to date that I was able to hold on to. There's no snow day for mother!!! Five years into parenting, I met my now husband Gil. A full blown family had emerged including our dog Sunny and our cat Mystery. Thrown into the mix of Motherhood 101, Be Cool at After School was born. This parent-based after school program helped subsidize the education process at local Queens elementary schools. It still is a very successful after school program - helping parents and children to be cool at after school.
For many years I have been aware and trying to understand what my inner voice was trying to tell me: "What does it all mean?" I started going to a reading group and dissecting the book A Course in Miracles. This ultimately took a quiet whisper and turned it into a lion's roar. I now approach life and business in a much more spiritual way. I realize nothing happens by chance. For years, this inner voice (intuition) has helped guide me to connect with people. As I've become more aware of this gift, it has helped guide me on a journey to help other people heal. This process has lead me to some very exciting projects. Currently having a restaurant and business consulting firm, I have been drawn to and connected with people who are in need of healing on many different levels. I'm also involved in much more spiritually driven projects which include The Healing Thread, Medium Mondays, and Dying to Cook. Recently I started training to become a Death Doula helping to"End Your Life with Dignity."