About Christine


Introduction Video, Starting image is of a dog

When we can listen not from a place of what we want to know but from a place of what others wish to share, we are providing that nonjudgmental, compassionate space for healing – Hope Has a Cold Nose


We can provide that space for thriving with life.

When we can listen not from a place of what we want to know but from a place of what others wish to share, we are providing that nonjudgmental, compassionate space for healing – Hope Has a Cold Nose

We can provide that space for thriving with life.

Reframe.  The Webster-Merriam dictionary defines reframe to frame (something) again and often in a different wayUnconditional listening.  I like the definition per Positivepsychology.com.  The attitude of complete acceptance and love, whether for yourself or for someone else. When you have unconditional positive regard for someone, nothing they can do could give you a reason to stop seeing them as inherently human and inherently lovable.   defines it.   

In the simplest description, that is what I “do”.   Through unconditional listening, I walk beside others on their life journeys holding up mirrors to assist people in reframing the stories of their lives that may be hindering them from shifting from surviving to thriving.  

As teacher.  As coach.  As author and writer.  As speaker.  I reframe the stories of life that hold emotional pain and doubt, trauma, and fear, sorrow, grief, and loss to stories of dignity, worth, compassion, healing, hope, and love.  

I also teach people how to more deeply listen.  Within.  To each other.  Through space virtually when people are not able to be together physically and when a loved one – human or fur – has crossed to the other side.  To one’s body.  And to a spiritual Source, which for me, I connect to largely when I am immersed in Nature.     

I anticipate your first thought is to search for my credentialing.  Maybe you think of  

Professionalism.  How, if you are a leader in an organization or in community, I can relate through having leadership experience and expertise on various boards and through twenty-six years in a corporate environment in sixteen different roles of ever-increasing responsibility and diverse global experiences.  

Or certifications or degrees.  Like how I added to my experiences and expertise through earning a MA in Organizational Leadership.  Or the months long programs I continue to take to enhance my expertise in walking beside others on their inner journey to wholeness.

Or my writing.  Such as life story writer for hospice, for survivors of domestic violence, for those with early stage Alzheimer’s, for elementary-aged children, as well as being a published author of two books.  My memoir and a compilation of military veteran life stories who have found hope and healing with the aid of their service dogs on their journeys with P.T.S.D.  Or as I like to reframe it, pain, trauma, sorrow, despair, for each of us as human beings have known at least one of those elements in the stories of our lives.  

May I now share some of my “real” credentialing?  

There is a story of my life from childhood when I would crawl under the TV to get to my bedroom so that I would not be seen, nor heard.    Through the years, I have been able to reframe that story to see the gift of this is that I developed an exceptional listening skill to hear the voices of others that may doubt their voices are worthy of being heard. 

Or when I read what would become two life-shifting books for me.  One was Your Soul’s Plan by Robert Schwartz and the other was The Journey Home: A Kryon Parable by Lee Carroll.  These two books, along with mentors I was blessed to have intersect with my path, brought me to an understanding that life is not lived just of the mind.  Nor the body.  A whole life also includes the soul. 

It was what I refer to as that inner whisper (my soul) that led me to the MA program, a holistic leadership program whose foundation is that leadership is of the mind, body, soul, and a spiritual connection whatever that Source may be.   A program that also taught me leadership is not just in an organization; it is how we lead in the choices we make every day of our lives.  And how we frame our life stories as we do.   Leading.  Living.  Thriving.  Begins with an inner walk. 

It was writing life stories at Hospice after two profound personal experiences writing my grandma’s eulogy and a letter for a friend whose son had tragically passed away that would teach me the power of using the listening, reframing, and writing gifts I have been given to help someone else heal the painful sentence or chapter of their story.  People at the end of their life did not “just” receive a legacy life story for their loved ones; they received grace and dignity to leave this Earth feeling the extraordinariness of their story. For every story is. 

On the journey of writing my first published book, I further developed my gift to see and hear others even when physical space separates.  I learned how to look grief in the eye, and I affirmed what I had come to believe; death is not goodbye.   If we choose to see.  When my path was led to a veteran and his service dog, learning that twenty-two lives per day reach the end of hope, Hope Has a Cold Nose would become my second publication.   The words a friend said to me nearly thirty years ago fueling every page of the manuscript, through every story I had the sacred honor of hearing as the storytellers shared their chapters of pain, trauma, sorrow, despair.  And grief. 

Make it matter that it did. 

Every day, in whatever ways you show up doing the best you can to lead your life through the day, you are also narrating your story and how you narrate your story is you starting place in how you are hearing and seeing the stories that include other individuals.   For example, if your starting place includes self-doubt, the lens through which you hear and see will be doubtful of others. 

Every day, in whatever ways you show up doing the best you can to lead your life through each day, you are narrating your story and that story has a purpose. At the very deepest part of you, there is an inner whisper that wants you to thrive. No matter what your story has been, or is, you are meant to make it matter that your story has happened exactly as it has.  I know, because I found a way to make my story matter for happening exactly as it has.  

That I could not just survive.   But thrive.

It would be my privilege to hold up a mirror for you to see and see again. Together we can reframe how you lead. How you live. How you thrive.

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