In 2008, I began on a journey of self-discovery that continues today.  My journey began with several phenomenal books (which I’ve shared with you on the resource page!) and being introduced to the theory of positive peace*.  Positive peace is not only the absence of violence, but the presence of justice at all levels of society and a state where all individuals are able to realize their full potential.  Living a life of positive peace is one of my guiding principles and I am called to work toward this (ambitious) ideal.

Along the way, I have come to realize that each one of us has the opportunity to engage in a self-discovery process, although not everyone will take up the challenge.  Each person’s path is different.  There are unique lessons each of us must learn, if we accept the challenge to do so.  At the beginning of my own exploration, I was so relieved to see that others had gone before me, and that I could follow their light.  What I experienced might not be the experience of another, but perhaps, through dialogue, we can support one another on our path to self-actualization.

There are two distinct parts to our journey.  The first is one of internal discovery and the second is one of external application.  As I move forward in my internal discovery, I can put my learned lessons into practice in the outside world.  It is definitely a process and I am not perfect at it.  But hopefully, I can be a guide for others on their own passage, just as others were for me.

The purpose of my circle here is to share my internal discoveries and my external applications with you.  My intention is to dialogue positively about our individual journeys and share resources (books! links! etc!).  This circle is intended to be a creative space to think through compelling ideas and to encourage each other along the way.

Originally from Oregon, I have worked in the non-profit and higher education fields for over 10 years.  I earned my MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution with a focus on Applied Conflict Resolution/Culture and Identity.  I am dedicated to empathy-building, intercultural understanding, self-discovery, and positive peace.  Some fun facts about me:

  • Creativity and self-expression are very important to me
  • I am addicted to “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern”
  • If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be phở
  • I love to travel and learn about other cultures

With that, welcome!  I am honored that you are exploring my circle and I look forward to engaging with you in this process.

*Positive peace is a theory developed by Johan Galtung.  I turned into such a fan girl when I met him!



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