Hi I'm Marci.
I changed my life, found my purpose, experienced joy for the first time, uncovered my courage, and committed to empowering people to do the same.
Joy Chooser. Courage Creator. Intuitive Seerer. Writer. Creative. Lover of Life.
I grew up in the Midwest where smiles while talking were part of the territory and waving to strangers was second nature. An artist at heart, I spent my youth engrossed in dance, writing, music, and the great outdoors. Enthusiastic, curious, and adventurous are part of my nature. I took my first overseas trip when I was 12 to tour parts of Europe and the US performing with a ballet ensemble. At the age of 21 I moved across the globe to live in Cairo, Egypt. I was looking for answers following the violence of 9/11. I backpacked the region. I learned Arabic. I saw sights I never imagined I'd see. I started asking questions about what I knew to be true.
Returning to the States I began a nearly decade long career in international development. I worked on and in all things conflict. How to design and operate international aid programs in conflict zones. While working I completed graduate studies in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and as I immersed myself in all things conflict and violence nearly 24/7, I found myself increasingly feeling hopeless, stressed, and most of all lost.
I had achieved the American dream and yet I felt empty. Disconnected from myself, stuck, and confused on how to move forward.
Searching for answers I began a deeply introspective process of spiritual seeking. I sat with some of the greatest teachers of many of the world's major spiritual traditions, I went on countless retreats, and most of all, I became determined to find peace and most of all...myself.
Enter mindfulness, meditation, energy medicine, life coaching, and yoga. The practices that saved my life. As my health declined from unhealthy amounts of stress and a state of overwhelm became my norm, these practices helped me rediscover my center and became the catalyst for dramatic change in my life. I uncovered my purpose. I discovered joy. I laughed once again like a child. I healed the wounds deep inside. I found a wellspring of strength and courage inside of me. And I met the Marci that had been lost so many years before.
I quit my tenured government job. I took the solo cross-country road trip I always dreamed up. I pursued my passion for sharing my unique gifts through transformational coaching work with people. And I finally started living the life I was BORN to live.
My days are spent doing what I love and what I love is my work. I'm reminded of joy each morning by one of the most powerful teachers in my life, Odi my African Grey parrot as she constantly approaches life as play. I cherish long walks in any new city, people watching, listening to new music, and any amount of time in nature.
I believe that joy, peace, happiness...they are our birthright. I believe our authentic selves are our greatest gifts to the world. I believe each of us have a unique purpose on this place called Earth. And I believe above all, each of us are uniquely perfect. My life is dedicated to helping people discover their joy, gather courage to be themselves, connect with their purpose, acknowledge their perfection, and boldly live a life of authenticity. To live the life they were born to live.
My curious and adventurous nature has led me to travel to 22 countries on five continents and counting. The last 15 years of my life have been dedicated to understanding conflict and peace at both the intra and interpersonal level. I have extensive experience in diverse modalities and spiritual traditions including:
- Life Coaching
- Energy Medicine
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Classical Yoga
- Restorative Yoga
- Stress Management and Resilience
- Breathing Techniques
- Conflict Resolution
- Eastern and Western Philosophy
My formal education and training include:
800 Hour Life of a Yogi Program with Sri Dharma Mittra (Completion expected Spring 2016)
500 Hour Life of a Yogi Program with Sri Dharma Mittra
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga District
Certified Reiki Level 1 and 2 Practioner
Doctoral Candidate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Master's of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Bachelor's of Arts in Policy Studies and Sociology
What's Your story?
I believe we have the power to write our own story. After years of feeling like life was writing my story without any say in the composition of it, I finally picked up the pen again.
What's your current life story? Is it the story your want to live? More importantly, is it the story you were BORN to live? Not sure? Let's start a conversation about how you can pick up the pen of your life.