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Passionate About "Sistering"

My first career was as a computer programmer/analyst...working with customers to design software = languages and puzzles, yes please!

Just shy of a decade later I took on my second (more than) full time career of "Mom of 3"

When the empty nest was in sight I began career number three, direct sales of jewelry, which I loved until the company (Silpada Designs) abruptly closed.

...leading me to the phase I am currently in. I'm still working on a title that aptly sums up what I am trying to do. For a time I tried on entrepreneur, which was great until it began to seem like yeah, me and everyone else!


I took on the reins of The Wild Women Society  ( in January of 2011, turned it into a nonprofit in March of 2017, and am continuing to grow and develop it.

"Sistering" is a carpenter's term: sometimes an existing joint, which was designed to handle a certain load, becomes too weak. Maybe it was damaged by water or fire. Maybe it still has a structural integrity but an addition is being constructed and the new load is going to be heavier than before. Either way, now it is not as sturdy as it needs to be. When a builder needs to strengthen that joist, she puts a new beam right next to the original one and fastens the two together. Sometimes two new joists are needed, one on either side. Do you know what they call that? A Sister Joist. And builders use "Sister"as a verb, like "We need to Sister the joists in the east bay about four feet". Even better is the nonsensical "Sistering", as in, "Are they finished Sistering the roof rafters?" (THANK YOU Glennon Doyle - this, I have come to realize, is what I do for a living.)

I completed the Martha Beck Life Coach Training (now called Wayfinders) in March of 2017. The tools that I learned through the training are so useful and valuable, but practicing "life coaching" was never quite a fit for me until I began using Tarot cards in combination with the many life coach practices.

In October of 2017 I began studying Tarot cards in depth. I have taken numerous online and in-person courses, read books, and, mostly, practice practice, practice! For me, the journey of seeing how the cards act as doorways to our inner knowing has proven to me the magic of Tarot. I often describe it as an onion: every layer I peel back reveals yet another aspect of the symbolism and rich history of the cards. My education with the cards will never be complete.

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