Howdy! Howdy is the official greeting at my college alma mater. "Howdy" is more than "hi" and less formal than "hello" and is meant to suggest, "you belong." With a simple "howdy," I lean towards informal and engaging conversations and value authenticity and connection.
Professionally, I am a licensed professional therapist, leadership trainer, and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, trained to facilitate best-selling author, Dr. Brené Brown's research highlighted in her books, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, Gifts of Imperfection, and Dare To Lead. I have spent 20+ years in counseling, training, and education. Put simply, my specialties are relationships and people. The website name, Braving Boldly, reflects my belief of whether we are braving a storm or boldly standing in our truth, being true to yourself, looking inside, wrestling with tough experiences, and living authentically take courage, vulnerability, trust, compassion, grace, and when necessary, a little going against the grain.
I am an avid Texas Aggie fan and graduated with a BS in Psychology and MS in Counseling from Texas A&M University. Born and raised in Texas, I moved with my husband and boys to the Charlotte area in 1999 and have adapted to life as a Carolina Panther fan with a new found love for key lime pie. It goes well with my favoriteTexas barbecue (not to be confused with Carolina barbecue). Turf wars are real when it comes to barbecue! My Australian Shepherd pup willingly eats whatever is dropped from a backyard feast.
As a 16 year Rotarian, I enjoy serving in the community and abroad with my Rotary Club, Mecklenburg County-South. My favorite passions extend to developing young leaders and servant leadership. I love cheering for my favorite baseball player (aka youngest son), singing (if only in the car), hiking, yoga/pilates, good wine, being with friends, and spending time at my favorite beach.
Random Fun Facts:
• While my husband served in the Navy, I created a jewelry business that now resides in the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL
• Sang with a cover band for two years
• And, twice climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa