My name is Dora (the original explorer) and I’ve always been an active seeker of Life behind what we call living; finding out what motivates people, why people think the way they do and how to help individuals find their way back to their true selves. To help them feel seen, heard, acknowledged and for them to know they truly matter.
My entire life I’ve struggled with self-doubt and feelings of worthiness, but you’d never know it from the outside looking in. I’ve had issues with feeling I belong, with believing that I deserve good things in life, with believing that I’m worth being seen, heard and listened to. I have struggled with drinking and smoking, wanting to fit in and be acknowledged, paired with thoughts of suicide and defeat. All of this neatly hidden under the veneer of success, accomplishment, image and recognition.
As a person who has lived in a lot of places, I have become infinitely curious, empathetic and spent my life acquiring experience, knowledge, skills and education. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Communications, a degree in Addictions Work, am studying Certified Nutrition and an approach called Compassionate Inquiry led by Dr. Gabor Maté. I completed yoga teacher training, have certification in SMART Recovery, suicide prevention and nonviolent communication.
All this means is that I am working to become more adept at helping others, first in helping myself, by acquiring knowledge, healing wounds, gaining experience and skills in different areas of life. I am exploring and embracing the good with the bad, the shadow and the light. Because life isn’t all about rainbows and unicorns:
It’s about you, all of you.
It’s about your story, about what you believe about yourself and what you allow to define you. My wish is to walk with you on your path, where together we explore ways in which you can reconnect with yourself, others and the world. To uncover your true self, discover who you really are and to be the author as well as the hero of your story.
Life can feel overwhelming for many and, in desperate attempts to numb the pain, most people nowadays self-medicate in one form or another, il/legally. They find their own type of poison: drinking, smoking, taking drugs (prescription or other), work too many hours under stressful conditions, eat bad food, don’t sleep or exercise enough.
They find themselves stressed, out of shape, depressed, anxious, unhealthy and sometimes, wanting to just end it because they can’t see any other way out.
It’s not that people want to die, it’s just that they want to live so badly yet they can’t stand the pain they’re experiencing in their everyday lives. Many feel they’re simply existing, coasting, going through the motions, over and over, like a form of punishment. They do not enjoy the quality of their lives and have learned to numb the deepest parts of them that truly long to be alive.
These are the sometimes tough-to-address areas we need to reach. Life is a set of challenges inviting us to find ways to expand around it, to grow and become better because of it. The same way we experience pain when we grow as teenagers, or the day after a hard workout. A toddler learns to walk with great effort, getting up over and over again. Anything worth having in life is earned (not won or found or given).
Hollywood fantasies we call entertainment have led us to believe in a ‘heroically’ singular fantasy life. Technology, in connecting the world, has disconnected the individual. Disney has washed away all the discomforts of what make stories worth remembering; we’re being fed the illusion of the happy end in a reality we’re encouraged to escape altogether.
When did you become disconnected?
That’s what I’m here to help you uncover. To discover for yourself what really makes you tick. To uncover what you really want. Who you really are. To reconnect to yourself so you can reconnect with others, with nature (your own) and with all life on this planet. To be alive and able to respond to What Is vs. what we wish life could be.
To help you “un-garble” the tangled threads of the mind to weave a most exquisite masterpiece. To provide a safe, accepting and loving space you may not yet have within you, that you will learn to cultivate in yourself if you choose to be open and willing to do the work of getting out of your own way for life to happen through you.