About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... building a community around service is awesome!

A good day to me is when ... I have learned something new and/or laughed really hard.

My hero in life is ...My mom.

My favorite book is ...Hard to name just one, but I love A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.

One thing I'm grateful for is ... the power of a good hug!


Always So Grateful For The Presence ...

Nov 27, 2016, 13 smiles Always so grateful for the presence of PRESENCE in our Chicago Awakin circles. This community continues to ebb and flow in the spirit of friendship, service and lots of laughter. Our now annual Friendsgiving circle was the perfect space for connecting in silence. Excited for another year of holding space here in Chicago and watching this space continue to grow!

A Month Late But Today's Suprisingly ...

Oct 17, 2016, 1 comments, 13 smiles A month late but today's suprisingly beautiful weather in Chicago (80's, woo hoo!) reminded me to share this post from our rooftop edition of Awakin Chicago this past August. Beautiful views + beautiful people made this quite an unforgettable evening. Love watching the circles here ebb and flow.

The Power Of Presence

Feb 11, 2016, 6 comments, 10 smiles As a student nurse, it can feel frustrating on the floor. With limitations in how much we know and how much we are legally allowed to do, there are moments when the eagerness to "do" far outweighs the demand to just "be". I consider this to be an opportunity to practice presence whole-heartedly. After all, if we can't practice meditation and mindfulness in real life, then why bother with it at all? I have found, time and time again, that there is beauty in limitation (even if it takes me a while to see it) because in my lack of doing, I am able to pick up things others miss. Without the stress of juggling multiple patients, charting, or the weight of legal obligations over my head I am allowed to spend my day focusing on the 1-2 patients under my "charge". I am able (and often will) sit with these ... Read Full Story

Awakin Chicago: New Beginnings

Feb 10, 2016, 1 comments, 14 smiles Today we had our first Awakin of 2016 and it was both grounded and surrounded in the spirit of transformation. A beautiful evening of sharing, eating and sitting in beautiful harmony. Excited to watch our circles continue to evolve and grow along side a community adapting and shifting simultaneously. A tradition at our Awakin is to reflect on small gratitudes. Taking time to honor the small moments or the unsung heroes who enrich our lives in a myriad of ways. Despite the numbing cold and darkness that sinks into our bones, the light and warmth in these circles always leaves me re-energized. So grateful to continue to hold this space with my co-anchors in the city I call home.     

First Hear The Homeless In Chicago!

Nov 09, 2015, 1 comments, 14 smiles Big smiles, bigger hearts from the Chicago's @servicespace crew! Prepped and shared over 70 meals today for the first "Hear the Homeless" event. Planting seeds of community on this beautiful #ServiceSunday #dowhatmakesyouAWEsome @kind_spring So much love for all of you!!!!!

In Choosing Suffering

Oct 23, 2015, 2 comments, 7 smiles "In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety"-Abraham Maslow Last month we shared this passage at Awakin. ​Very few things leave me speechless, but it was so difficult for me to listen to, at that exact moment, that I deliberately asked to pass on my usual duties of opening the circle. ​ ​ It was right around the time ​this line was read, "The boy chose safety, the man chooses suffering" that my carefully guarded tears crept up quite quickly​,mainly because I have long discovered that​ my greatest fears are associated with the prospect of losing my most tangible attachments; the love I have for my family (including my beloved doggy) and friends. Ironically, I am not at all scared of my own death, but I am so afraid of the heart-wrenching pain loss creates. Exactly 10 years ago,when I was a freshman ... Read Full Story

Atmosphere - The Best Day - ...

Oct 21, 2015, 2 smiles Atmosphere - The Best Day - YouTube  There are good days and there are bad days, sometims the bad ones can feel like they happen more often....but this song is getting me through this week and wanted to share with all of you =) 

Finally Taking Some Time To Catch ...

Aug 25, 2015, 7 smiles Finally taking some time to catch up with Awakin calls and grateful to hear Summit & Julie's story on kindness. Inspiring to hear how they have integrated kindness, in small and large ways, into both the foundation of their relationship but also into their work in healthcare. Thanks for sharing your journey! 

Cultivating Community In Chicago

Apr 05, 2015, 5 comments, 18 smiles Chicago is a city built on resilience. From great fires to brutal winds, Chicagoans have remained tenacious in making this city a better place. This unyielding loyalty creates a strong foundation of hope in this city, encouraging its’ people to take chances and push limits. So it's of no surprise what amazing things can flourish here when people are brought together. After some months of planning, ​Karma Kitchen Chicago relaunched this past March planting seeds of generosity, kindness, and service in a community already so deeply rooted in love. A few snowflakes couldn't hinder the blooming spirit of service within the colorful walls of our restaurant partner -- Naansense. Volunteers quickly transformed the space into a botanical oasis, creating community tables decked with smile cards, inspirational quotes, and intention stations asking guests to find the ways they have been inspired by anothers' service. The Naansense team went above and beyond, handcrafting a special ... Read Full Story