My story (... for those curious) Life is always a personal, sacred journey; one of evolving, becoming, self-discovery, and soul searching work.
There are perfect catalysts, always...
A SPIRITUAL CALLING
My calling has always been a spiritual one... to understand universal laws and wisdom, and then build bridges of understanding across religions and spirituality, and ultimately, to return soul to this playground of living, so everyone can access and enjoy this Energy that creates worlds.
I grew up Catholic in the 60s in a small rural town in Wisconsin. I love the Catholic imagination (Greely) that came out of that. And Vatican II made an impact. I was in parochial school when all those changes came.
And there was a spirit of questioning and creative energy and excitement of opening opportunities for women during that time–and some memorable watershed statements that came out of my mother and grandmother during that impressionable time. I was meant to hear them and they were meant to stick.
Those were also years when the civil rights movement was coming to life, and with it, growing awareness of disparity in wages and treatment of women. (The Kennedy Report)
I’m the first of eight siblings and I was drawn to religion, mythology, spiritual mysteries, how things worked, truth and wisdom that fit across religions, cultures, time. And growing up on a farm, Mother Nature was my ever-present teacher. Natural laws applied to everyone equally. Like gravity; it just IS.--- And we keep that in mind as we stand on a ladder or look off an edge of a cliff...
In parochial school days, the good sisters had us pray for vocations. I got one. The church of my childhood said priesthood was not an option because I was born a girl. So I took other paths…for awhile.
I should also mention that the first six of my seven siblings were brothers...another part of my lifelong learning playground. (see Relationship rules of a Happy Woman...)
BACK TO THAT CALLING
Back to that calling part, the Spirit of Life laughed.
She showed me that She has a sense of humor, She isn’t required to follow anyone's made-up church rules, and She doesn’t give up. (And She has very intereresting and precise methods of communicating and getting attention.)
Over time, my career took me to a law office, parish ministry, and corporate human resources…business law, canon law, and employment law. Ironically, only in one is discrimination against women legal... the church-- although, there are still discrepancies in the corporate world.
LIFE COACH / RELIGIOUS STUDIES
In my 20s, an attorney, my boss, became my mentor and coach. In my 30s, I completed an undergrad in religious studies and education and added a certification in youth ministry. (One hears very differently as a 30-something-single, female, with a spiritual calling.)
For almost forty years, I faithfully attended that church of my childhood –sometimes on my own terms: Dancing between the lines, defecting in place, being a subtle change agent where I could–.little things, like being a lector and changing the words of the readings to make them gender-inclusive.
AWAKENING on Epiphany - WONDERSPIRIT catalyst
And then one night, there was a powerful roar of awakening, a tipping point, a birth in a way, that pushed me out, into the unknown. January 6, 1996, the feast of the Epiphany and the holy family, tellingly divine timing.
I knew when I walked out that Sunday night, I would not be coming back. Like a baby outgrowing the womb, there was no going back to the way it was. With full clarity and certainty, I knew the church of my childhood would not feed or free my feminine spirit, grown-woman’s soul. What my soul needed, I could not learn from men–anymore than a cat can learn cat-like ways from a dog.
I had spent the first forty years of life listening to all things spiritual from a male perspective; and now I was hungry and thirsting for all things spiritual from a woman’s perspective.
Where I came from, they had no clue on the care and freeing, or feeding, of a woman’s soul. Either it was ignorance or deliberate, and neither was worth any more of my time or energy to change. I left and walked into the unknown…seeking to find my people...someplace to feed my spirit what it needed and hungered for
When you can’t go forward and you can’t go backward and you can’t stay where you are without killing off what is deep and vital in yourself, you are on the edge of creation. … The female soul is no small thing. Neither is a woman’s right to define the Sacred from a woman’s perspective. – Sue Monk Kidd
I created WonderSpirit out of that journey …and she's evolved and grown as I have.
Life is our catalyst and a school. We can either curse the darkness or light a candle. I light candles.
Love your life. Grow your greatness. It matters. That's why we came here...and why you've found me.
Welcome to WonderSpirit.
Look around. This is a place to be supported in that Becoming Process of Growing. Find what your spirit needs and tap in. I can help in a way no one else can.
SPIRITUAL in FEMININE TERMS. ...
That as powerful when I finally put it together.
And so is the process and courses that came from it.
Women of spirit are restless and wanting more relevance. When much of their childhood religion doesn't fit or feel good anymore, this process will light the way to feeling good... Whatever's at the heart of your stuff, this process will help! I promise.
(It's a build-your-own toolkit... not a be-a-clone-of-Anne kit.)
And the Processis the Most Spirit-FREEING thing I have ever created!
I am becoming more ME than I've ever been... YOU are too. And that is some powerfully transforming, exciting soul work.
ON THE PERSONAL SIDE
On the personal side, I share this life with my husband, Michael Robichaud, and our furry feline family. We didn't find each other until our 30s, and some life stages took interesting directions. For example, I know and appreciate being single and 30--both the challenges and opportunities. I learned some good single survival strategies out of it. (Turns out, they're healthy marriage strategies too.)
A sense of humor and playfulness feed my spirit; Michael too!. I love beaches, morning coffee dates, beauty and nature, animals, walk and talks, sunshine, and laughter; I love being happy and being who I am here to be. And I feel blessed and happy, and pass it on.