About: I am originally from Chester, SC. I received B.A in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, focus in Creative Writing from Stanford University, and an M.A in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago. I also completed the two year Buddhist Chaplaincy training at Upaya Zen Center.
Over the past 5 years, I've supported people through grief and transitions as both a doula and chaplain. I received Jukai--a lay ordination ceremony predicated upon the formal acceptance of Zen Buddhist precepts--in 2018. And, I've supported people through my work as a Reiki Master Teacher.
I use grief as a lens to explore how we (mis)understand power and success, as well as how fear of loss influences the way we show-up in intimate, professional and casual relationships.
Although this moment in history feels particularly tragic, I believe that humans have grappled with grief as it relates to power, conflict, boundaries, accountability and justice since the beginning of time. Any change we want to enact, whether personally or culturally, begins with self-reflection and growth. If we are called to hold others accountable we must be equally willing to hold ourselves accountable.