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My Story

I know from my own experiences, that life can be richer, fuller, and even more satisfying after fifty!

 

My personal journey through some of life's most devastating and painful experiences has helped me develop resilience and fortitude which, in turn, has equipped me with problem-solving skills to help me get unstuck and transform myself to create a joy-filled life over and over again.

 

Some of my friends call me a "trailblazer," but I think it just boils down to  

R E S I L I E N C E!

 

After all, you can become bitter or better, let life make you or break you. It's all up to you! 

 

Along my journeys, I've allowed myself to be vulnerable, to grow, to learn, and live a much more fearless life. Because I believe in sharing with others what I've learned, I can help guide you to peel back the layers of self-discovery and live a passionate purpose-filled life.

I once had a dear friend confide in me, "I wish I could find something that I was as passionate about as you." WOW! That really made a lasting impression on me. People not only SEE my passion - they can FEEL the energy and excitement.

So, how did I find my passion? Well, that's a long and very painful story. The day after my beloved brother, Jerry's, tragic death, I decided that I would never spend one more day doing something that didn't bring me joy. I closed my window treatment/design business of thirteen years and began living my dream of renovating historic homes!

Secondly, I allowed myself to be totally authentic - raw emotions, no holding back, and no fear of what others might think. When that happened everything dramatically shifted because I now saw the world in an entirely new light. I became open to following my heart and inspiration wherever it led me. 

After the bottom fell out of the housing market and I lost my life's savings, my dream, and my self-worth, I didn't know where to turn.  When I finally made the decision to spend my hard-earned money on a mentor, my world began to open up again.  He said something to me that I'll never forget. In fact, I typed it in bold letters on a piece of paper and taped it above my computer. He said, "Pat, it's not what's in your head, but in your heart. That's what attracts people to you."  Wow.  Big wake-up call. 

Losing everything I had eventually led to an epiphany to write a book to honor my late brother. That launched my writing career and nine books later I'm still going strong. But, I needed to put food on the table and keep a roof over our heads so I launched a cleaning service and within a few months was turning clients away. That provided for my family for five years until we decided to move to sunny Florida.

Once in Florida, I worked for a builder as their in-house designer and also opened a home staging business.  However, over the past five years or so, I've focused on traveling, writing, improving my speaking skills, and being a certified life coach.  My wanderlust keeps me looking for opportunities to spend extended time in various countries. 

I've got some ideas swirling around in my head that I will be sharing in the next few months! 

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Happiness
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
~ Maya Angelou
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