Photos by Carmel Schiff Carmely Photography, LLC
“I exist!” is my proclamation. I savor being alive. I staked my claim to this life I was created to live and I’m living it!
The journey that led me to where I am today was not easy and it came with a high price for my numerous ill choices; but my determination . . . my knowing from that deep place inside me, told me there had to be more to who I was, more to life. That voice within led me to the hidden treasure of my true identity.
Freedom, peace, truth and wisdom have followed me on my journey. Each one wove their way into the person I have become. I am grateful and I choose to grow steadily in all that has been made available to me.
I’ve given life to three brilliant daughters who have each carried a unique light into this world. Through them, the light bearers of the next generation, great delight has illuminated my way.
My inestimable husband of thirty-two years is my beloved partner on my journey. He is my beacon of hope and inspiration along the way. He loves me well and I could ask for no greater gift. His goodness and desire to become the person he was created to be has defined our understanding of this truth, “That the two, (individuated human beings), will become as one.”
The outward manifestation of my life has morphed over the years. I encountered detours that benefited me and others that tripped me up; but each experience handed me a teaching filled with richer understanding of who I was becoming.
Creating businesses which some succeeded and others failed; being a parent who excelled and blew it; developing non-profits that changed lives, changed me and required continual attention; reluctantly becoming a therapist only to discover that this was my true calling guiding others seeking their freedom through discovery. Now public speaking excites and renews me and podcasts have become my next adventure.
Living in beautiful Colorado for over forty years is the cherry on top, a dream come true. Having grown up in the mid-west, calling Colorado home proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is more to life . . . and more to come.
I’ve always said that people are my passion…only recently have I discovered it’s because I love people so much that whether they move forward or fall backward, my love is there without condition.
Life is so precious to me that I am enjoying it more than ever by taking care of myself physically, spiritually and emotionally so that the love that bubbles inside me becomes infectious and my response to those around me is filled with kindness and compassion.
The more I engage with people, the clearer it becomes that we really do have the answers to our longings and when we choose to explore deeper, we will know what to do. I’m reminded to ask myself regularly, ‘what’s blocking you?’ when I feel trapped, and when I do, it’s amazing how a passageway opens up.
Much of my transformation to loving people out loud comes from my husband, who encourages me to speak truth without holding back. We were introduced by good friends who knew that our love for our children (my three sons and his two daughters), our interest in the same books, our joy in the outdoors and our mutual affection for Target was a perfect match.
I’m a naturalized US citizen, the oldest of six to an Armenian father and a Danish mother. Growing up as a third culture kid I learned to adapt to all sorts of foods and faiths and people. Reporting and anchoring on television and radio stations around the country and the world exposed me to misery and hope on an epic scale. As a mother I’m reminded daily that love is the best I can offer and what we need most. And taking on the role of caregiving for my aging parents who passed on to the next life completes the circle.
Through every experience, no matter how bleak, there’s been light. Redemption.
When we open up and share our experiences of joy and suffering, we get clarity. The journey we’re all on takes place in this very moment where we breathe and question and laugh and cry. And that’s why I know there is so much more to life!