is more than just a lack of disease or illness. Rather, it
is a balance of the WHOLE[listic] person's human experience--mental,
emotional, physical, spiritual, occupational, financial, social
and environmental--that determines one's overall wellness.
From one executive to another, I can relate to much of your
daily stressors at hand. We're all so busy caring for our
clients, customers, patients and congregation that it's
easy to forget to give ourselves the very care we provide
to others. Let me show you how mindfulness can change your
life--your health--for the better.
For organizations or groups, this means improving qualitative
processes. Some of the benefits may include:
Increased financial returns
Increased conscious inter/intra communications
Increased overall effectiveness and productivity levels
Increased personal growth
Increased group cohesiveness
If you're like many, you exercise daily and watch what you
eat to maintain your physical appearance and health. But
what are you doing for your mind and why is this important
to your well-being? Think of mindfulness as training for
the brain...because your body is nothing without your mind.
Wellness/Support Group Facilitator
Wellness, Recovery & Mindful Living Coach
Public Speaking Coach (Live | TV | Video
of Life Officiant
Relationship, Spiritual Counseling
Systemic Wellness Analysis
Speaker. Below is a list of topic suggestions. I welcome
additional topics of interest.
* Cultural Diversity
* The Religion of Love
* Addictions/Substance Abuse
* Colorectal Cancer
* Our Health, Our World & The Price of Convenience
* Hidden Abuse: Exploitation, Manipulation and Corruption
* Beyond Policies & Procedures: The Need for Reformation
* Integrative Health, Wellness & Medicine: Eastern Philosophy
Meets Western Technology
Update: Due to
many people experiencing COVID-19 hardships, I am waiving
my consultation fee for the remainder of 2020.
Call (904) 386-3634
to schedule your 15-minute consultation appointment.
Virtual Consultations available.
has over 35 years of experience in the health, wellness
and fitness industry as an AFAA-certified fitness instructor,
professional fitness/swimwear model, contributing fitness
writer and NPC fitness
and bikini competitor. Her evidence-based approach to
holistic health and wellness includes weaving mindfulness
in both movement and stillness meditation.
was diagnosed at the age of 38 with Stage 3 colon cancer
in 2005 and treated with a "chemo cocktail" called
FOLFOX, a mix of several drugs plus steroids. Looks can
be deceiving: she's deemed permanently physically disabled
due to the long-term side effects of chemo. This includes
bone and joint degeneration as well as peripheral neuropathy
(extensive nerve damage particularly to hands and feet).
years of chronic pain, medical scares, complications, numerous
surgeries and what seemed like never-ending doctor appointments,
she decided that enough was enough. By then, her daily pill
box included up to 24 prescription and over-the-counter
(OTC) medications--half of the pills supposedly counteracted
the side effects from the other pills. With the help of
her general physician, she titrated down and discontinued
all but two of her medications. Today, Grace attributes
her good health to the practice of mindful living, to include
meditation; Taoist Tai Chi, a form of martial arts and moving
meditation; non-violent communications (NVC); choosing more
whole foods vs. processed; and maintaining healthy, meaningful
relationships with family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances
and yes, strangers--who are simply, in essence, potential
2014, she created Be a
Blue Buddy, a colon cancer awareness campaign
with a mission to advocate for and support patients, survivors,
and their support system (friends, family, caretakers, clergy).
As a survivor wanting to give back to the community, Grace
educates on the disease in a non-clinical manner and shares
her story to empower and
inspire others, and to help save lives.
a Blue Buddy is currently not an organization, but rather
a grassroots, personal call-to-action to educate the community
about the disease through public speaking engagements, reach
out to local and state officials, and connect with the community
media to help raise awareness of colon cancer, the importance
of screening and early detection in support of survivors
and their support team; to give hope to newly diagnosed
patients; and to honor those who have died from this disease.
Grace has also been a professional TV Commercial and Corporate
Training spokesperson, voice-over
talent and print model
since 1986. She attended the University of North Florida
(UNF), received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/TV
Broadcasting with a minor in Psychology, volunteered at
WJCT public radio, shadowed at WTLV TV-12 and interned as
a TV reporter at WJXT-TV4.
strives for joyful learning and living, and is willing to
step outside of her comfort zone. She has experienced snow
skiing, scuba diving,
paintball wars, and traveling. Grace likes to soak in the
culture's history of traditions, arts, architecture and
daily lifestyle--eating and sleeping as the locals do. She
realized her childhood dream of visiting Greece; Oia-Santorini
completely captured her heart!
enjoys the arts (e.g. music/theatre/live entertainment,
museums, paintings, photos, architecture), literature, and
botanical gardens. She is a beach girl at heart. Anything
related to the sun, clouds, moon, stars, rainbow and other
skyscapes capture her attention. Her favorite splash of
color is bright citrus orange. A few of Grace's favorite
scents are flowers/plants (magnolia, rose, gardenia, peony,
plumeria, honeysuckle, hawaiian ferns, citrus), aromatic
wafts of food cooking in the kitchen, the ionic shift just
before rainfall, and the scent of a freshly mowed lawn.
voracious researcher and a lover of life experiences, her
interests include philosophy, neuroscience, astrophysics,
quantum physics, cosmology, the collective consciousness,
semiosis, audiology, adult giftedness, equanimity in the
realms of social justice, cultural diversity, global cohesiveness,
economy, trade, politics, government, education, healthcare,
media, religion, non-religion, and spirituality.
is committed to community wellness endeavors. Until recently,
she served as Chairperson of the Founding Board of the First
Coast Recovery Advocates, Inc. (FCRA), a Recovery Community
Organization (RCO) in Jacksonville, FL addressing the needs
of people with addictions and mental health issues. She
currently serves on the Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation
Center (ARC) Advisory Council and is a member of the Taoist
Tai Chi International Society; Crime Survivors for Safety
and Justice; Florida Recovery Advocacy Project (RAP); Northeast
Florida Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NEFCADA); and
the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville. She also volunteers
her time at local mental health and corrections facilities
as well as various alcohol/drug/substance use addiction
treatment and recovery centers.
is an ordained minister of non-denomination/non-religion.
Her philosophy is based on love: acceptance, kindness, hope,
inclusivity and non-violence. She espouses celebrating diversity
while communing in unity.
grew up in Atlantic Beach, FL--the eldest of four in a family
where her parents are still happily married after 50+ years.
She is a proud U.S. patriot and considers herself an honorary
military veteran having had both a father and former spouse
who served in and retired from the Navy. She traveled around
the world, including Spain, Guam, California, Hawaii, the
Philippines and Japan. Grace's former spouse of 20 years
served as a USN F/A-18 Strikefighter pilot (think Blue Angels
jets); a P-3 pilot; a commercial pilot, and Boeing Subject
Matter Expert (SME). She has two adult children: daughter
Armani and son Andrew, and after having lived in South Carolina,
Hawaii and Maryland, Grace is happy to be "back home"
in Jacksonville, FL.
Wellness, Recovery & Mindfulness Coach
* Addictions *
* Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
* Weight Loss * Chronic Pain
* Cancer * Trauma * PTSD* Anxiety
* Stress * Worry * Depression
Recovery Peer Specialist
Marriage Officiant * Celebration / End of Life Officiant
& Spiritual Counselor
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