About Dawn

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Learn how to take small steps toward fulfillment in your life. Each week you will explore a current snippet or revisit a past life step that offers the potential for real change. Learn how to connect with yourself, removing anger, fear, and worry, replacing them with gratitude, love, and compassion. When you subscribe to the newsletter, you will receive weekly emails about these small steps, special offers, and unique glimpses shared only with you.

Blog themes explore spirituality, meditation, living in the moment, healthy at any age, giving back, and living a life based on love.

My Writing Path

My writing has been crafted through many gifted writers and editors, starting with my talented paternal grandmother. She wrote poetry all her life, especially for the birthdays of her beloved family. During high school in Polk County, Florida, I was blessed with the opportunity to take creative writing from Miss Barbara Clark. She acknowledged and nurtured my writing ability. However, the sciences called my name after high school, where writing requirements were 180 degrees away from creativity.

My formal creative writing education began in 2015, while living in Denver, Colorado when I sat next to Gary Finnan at a national Hay House Conference. He offered me the opportunity to study with Lisa Fugard and Windy Lynn Harris at Julie Colvin’s Wellness Writers Retreat. The first retreat was in Sedona, Arizona and later in Navarro, Italy. For me, life is often like that, being in the right place at the right time. I call it serendipity.

I continued studying with Lisa and Windy in their online Writing Bootcamps. Then Denver’s Lighthouse Writers Workshop offered the opportunity studying  character development and scene. My professional memberships include The Author’s Guild.

How I Connect to Spirit

During my years in Colorado, I was introduced to Reiki.  Once I relocated  to my home state of Florida, I pursued accreditation to practice in Florida, where a Massage Therapy license is a requirement. This challenging field of study was helped by achieving a B.S. in Biology from the University of Central Florida in 1980.

I continued to use my college training when pursuing my Master Gardener and Native Plant Master status in Arapahoe County, Colorado, then as a Garden Guide and horticulture volunteer at Bok Tower Gardens. My love of history and architecture were satisfied as a docent for Pinewood Estate, also at Bok Tower Gardens. Finally, now serious pursuit of my Life Path resulted in dropping my volunteer pursuits for the fulfilling task of writing my book.

A Return to Nature

My hobbies developed out of my love of the outdoors, history, artistic endeavors, and helping others. Cooking became a passion shortly after high school. It’s a wonderful way to add creative touches to everyday life. And I easily incorporate more Whole Foods into my diet.

I am pursuing additional knowledge about nutrition and all aspects of the Circle of Life at IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition). Each week new ways of approaching my own health reveal possibilities. By the close of 2020, I look forward to sharing this as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.

Photography allows me to capture the beauty of nature, share photos of my culinary creations, and connect on social media. Gardening brings nature in close everyday. On daily walks I look for Gulf fritillary butterfly larvae on Maypop vines. Each morning  I fill the bird feeder, keeping the bright red Northern Cardinals and Red-bellied Woodpeckers coming back for more.

Finally, genealogy combines a love of history and people. Not only do I find out about my Southern and Swedish heritage, but now with DNA availability, I connect with even more people.