Hi, I'm Diana. I've been healing myself for over seven years.
What I mean by "healing" is that my outside life is becoming more and more aligned with who I really am on the inside.
I started this journey because I was tired of burning out repeatedly (I worked in the nonprofit and healthcare industries at the time), I was struggling with depression and anxiety, and my immune system was suppressed by chronic stress and other lifestyle factors. Plus, I was simply exhausted all the time: I became less engaged as a service provider and less available for my loved ones. Not okay.
I decided that while I couldn't control everything about my life or health, there were still things I could do to improve my quality of life on a daily basis.
I've successfully changed a lot of things for the better since then: my job(s), industry, daily schedule, money habits, physical environment, relationships, social circles, and even my definition of "success". I now have more energy than ever to devote to others and to pursue my passions. (Finally!)
Getting and staying well is a life-long process, and it's something I look forward to practicing every day.
What I've come to realize is that healing does not always have to do with fixing, treating, rehabilitating, or otherwise changing yourself. For instance, popping literal chill-pills every few days or telling myself to "suck it up" and "power through" in an environment that was a poor match for me would not have been sustainable ways to get healthy! Sometimes, true healing comes when you make room for the most whole version of you--the good, the weird, and the misunderstood.
I now help women (re)connect with their emotional, spiritual, and physical needs--because I truly believe you can make the greatest impact in the world when you're feeling good and being you.
What I've Learned
Being healthy is different from being well.
Suppressing your true self saps energy and hurts the body.
Feeling stuck means you're ready to grow.
Healing comes from listening to, giving to, and being yourself.
- I'm a proud INFJ
- I have two cats: Lucy and Ricky.
- I'm 4'11", but I've been told I have "stature".
- A few of my favorite things: stories, yoga, multi-cultural foods, hiking or running outdoors, and anything with Shonda Rhimes' name on it.
- B.A. in Social Science from University of California, Irvine
- M.A. in Occupational Therapy from University of Southern California
- Life Advisor Training Program, 2010
- Radical Self Acceptance, Mindfulness and Yoga: Effective Treatments for Trauma and Mood Disorders, 2013
- American Occupational Therapy Association presents "Let's Think Big About Wellness", 2015
- Self-Compassion and Resilience: Clinical Interventions for Rewiring Self-Criticism, 2015
- Biopsychosocial Dimensions of Creating Life Balance, 2016
- Coaching for Transformation, coaching certification (in process)