About 5 years ago, you would have found me in my dark bedroom, working on a creative project into the wee hours of the morning. I thought I was a night owl getting a few quality hours of work in, but I was really just avoiding the inevitable. When I did finally fall into bed, I would spend hours lying there, wide awake, no matter how exhausted I actually was. My mind would race with so many things and as the sun was rising, I was dragging myself out of bed, longing for my first nap. And then my next nap.
After years of being trapped in a cycle of insomnia, sleep-deprivation, and fantasizing about where in the room I could fall asleep if given the chance, something changed. I found an online certification course in sleep coaching, and I took it to improve my own sleep, not even thinking of it as a career. After improving my own sleep and getting rid of my insomnia symptoms, I became passionate about helping others do the same.
It was shocking how few people were talking about sleep in the online wellness space. Apparently, sleep wasn’t trendy in 2017.
I help women find safe & natural relief from insomnia
while prioritizing rest as the ultimate act of self-care.
I started The Calm & Cozy Podcast in 2018 and discovered I had a knack for hiding behind a microphone, sharing my knowledge and humour with the world from the comfort of my bed.
After being offered a book deal by a New York publisher who found me on Instagram, The Calm & Cozy Book of Sleep was published in August 2020.
It has since been labelled by reviewers as "the most helpful book I've ever read, a glorious guide to better sleep, and life-changing within the first 30 pages," amongst other 4 and 5-star reviews.
Two years later, in May 2022, The Calm & Cozy Sleep Kit was released.
"You're like my sleep fairy godmother!"
Today, I help women make sleep a priority without having to dedicate hours of their lives to
self-care & evening routines.
I believe it’s possible to ease bedtime anxiety and calm racing thoughts while making peace with rest,
all without having to pop a nightly pill or compromise your healthy lifestyle.
During the pandemic, I partnered with Derek Lacey, The Life Coach for Insomniacs, to create a membership community called Freedom From Insomnia.
And can I be completely honest?
I have zero interest in continuing with the must-do’s and constant hustle of being a small business owner. I don’t want to run a business that makes me feel trapped, counting down the days til my next vacation.
Going into this year, my intention was to be more present in fewer places at once.
I’ve been wanting a space where I can settle into a community and do two of my favourite things - creating and connecting. Freedom From Insomnia is that space and it's where you’ll find me. I know many of you have been longing for a space like this too. A safe community where you can come as you are and feel understood while we do some really important life-changing work together.
When I'm not fermenting vegetables or growing herbs on my kitchen counter,
I'm walking around downtown Burlington, crocheting yet another slouchy hat, or watching a new series about Vikings with Jake & our chocolate lab named Bo.
If you're dying to hear more,
Here are 5 things you might not know about me:
I'm happily childfree by choice.
I DO have 3 adult stepchildren and 1 step-grandchild.
I've always wanted to try standup comedy.
I often write elaborate bits to fit into casual conversations.
I love cutting my hair.
My hair changes every few months & I usually cut it myself.
I'm really into natural & holistic health.
I do a lot of weird stuff and it works for me.
I stopped colouring my hair years ago.
I'm happily embracing my silver highlights!
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