People tell me things. And I don’t mean just the people who know me best. I could be on the bus, subway, train, on an airplane, checking out at the grocery store—people just tell me things. And by “things” I mean deeply vulnerable to outrageously funny feelings and stories about what’s happening in their lives.

The thread of being a listener, confidant and seer of the big picture has quietly persisted since I was a kid traversing two cultures. (I grew up between Japan and rural Montana.) I’ve often been told I’m sought out for my ability to offer encouragement coupled with a non-judgmental ear.

Professionally, just over ten years ago I landed in the education world as an AmeriCorps volunteer which gave me a chance to tutor kids. After that year, I was hooked. I love everything about learning! My passion for learning, listening and a deep need to do good in the world, helped me earn my Master’s In Teaching degree.

But I always felt like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. The long and short of it is, I burnt out. I took one huge brave belly flop and left the classroom.

I received my 100 Hour Life Coach Certification from Seattle Life Coach Training in May 2014. I also am trained to teach grades K-6, completed a course with Mindful Schools to teach mindfulness to youth, trained in facilitating online communities of educators with the Center for Teaching Quality and work hard at honing my goofy side. You can also find a more academic description of my background over at Zelenz Education Consulting.