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My personal adventure began in 1998 when I was going through a challenging time in my life. I realized on some level that I had never been truly happy. Although I changed: husbands (twice), cities (five moves), podiatric practices (three different offices) and friends (should we go there?), I still had no real joy in my life.
A leap of faith was the last resort – I sold my practice, boy-friend (only kidding), and home – and closed the surgical residency program I was director of (yes, that was a pretty big deal and yes, the medical community thought I was nuts).
During this time I received a copy of don Miguel Ruiz’s book (The Four Agreements®) and decided to go on one of his spiritual journeys to the sacred site of Teotihuacán. The journey was profound – I discovered there wasn’t anything outside of myself that needed changing at all – instead it was what I believed about myself and my world that needed work!
It was the first time I saw myself as an expression of divine consciousness and I realized my pain stemmed from my basic lack of self-love and limiting beliefs. As a result of that journey, I became an apprentice of don Miguel Ruiz and later a teacher of the Toltec philosophy.
From 2000 to 2002 I had the privilege to design and run don Miguel Ruiz’s spiritual journeys, and co-teach with him at his workshops. Learning from don Miguel inspired me to write: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Toltec Wisdom, Banish Mind Spam! and to co-create the WITH Forgiveness – Are You Ready? online program with my dear friend Susyn Reeve.
In 2002 I gave birth to Journeys of the Spirit® to assist others on their transformational journey and to give back what I personally received. As a journey leader for many years, I have watched people travel to faraway places and come “home” to themselves again and again, changing their life perspective from one of fear and limitation, to one of love and limitless possibility.
I was born at a very young age. I’ve always been an artist at heart… poet by nature…. and anarchist by desire. My art moved from drawing and painting to my favorite all time- glass and metal. There just isn’t anything like the play of light through a glass object, whether it’s a bead, stained glass or a randomly found glass chip on a beach. I hope you share my joy in these tiny pleasures and treasures.
It all started as a hobby working with beads in 1985. Since then I’ve created wonderful works of art in beads – from full native Regalia to custom beadwork for Kareem Abdul Jabbar (seriously!) My glass and bead passion moved me to create Jumping Mouse Designs in 2001. I picked the name Jumping Mouse based on This Story. Since 2001 I’ve enjoyed showing and selling my work at art festivals in the Atlanta area. I still do the occasional show – you can follow them on the calendar page of my website! I also became quite passionate about working with hot glass itself – learning to create my own beads with a technique called Lampworking. I have a wonderful studio in my home to play in and teach.
In 2008 I was graced with the opportunity to live a dream I’ve had for many years and open my bead store- Jumping Mouse Beads in Ellijay Georgia. Now if I can find the time to run the business and continue to be an artist – ah, but where to find the elusive thing called time? Come and play with us – come and experience the attraction we’ve had as humans to beads for thousands of years.