Q & A: GETTING TO KNOW ME
What does 'Synergetic' mean?
What is your background in?
I am grateful to have had a winding career path full of so much professional growth and experience. As a Geography major, I originally wanted to be an urban planner, however at that time I knew I would get restless with an office job. My inner camp-counselor took over and I began to pursue a career in Environmental Education, getting certified by both federal and state institutions to present outdoor curriculum-based programming to youth and adults. Slowing down a few years later I wounded up with that "dreaded" desk job as a digital marketer specializing in social media, SEO, and PR. Over a decade later my passion for all of these things has come together in telling the stories of how people learn, grow and thrive through the connection to the environment around them. In the past year I have let my creativity flourish even further with my freelance digital marketing services for small businesses and other entreprenuers.
Why drew you to this line of work?
I've always loved and lived by the motto "leave everywhere better than you found it." However as friends and family can tell you, I was not always a clean and tidy person. The older I got, the more I noticed that my mental and emotional energies could almost always be correlated to the state of my physical space. When several personal tragedies hit, adopting a minimalist lifestyle helped me regain a sense of control and I began to feel immediate relief and healing from the process of decluttering. From there I knew wanted to help others to feel this same inspiration, using the order of homes to bring more beauty and calm into the world. Lastly, as a lifelong conservationist I am passionate about spending time in nature, bringing the outdoors in, and making eco-friendly lifestyle choices. This planet is our home, so we need to treat it with respect and care just like we do our own living spaces.
How did you learn about feng shui?
Various books and bloggers that I came across in my decluttering journey led me to the concept of feng shui, which was a very natural fit due to my interest in the metaphysical, eastern medicine, and the natural world. With my geography and conservation background I also resonated with the principles of geomancy and how to "read" the land and the spaces around us. After months of research I finally found a fit with the Earth Home School of Feng Shui, which is accredited by the International Feng Shui Guild. My modalities and tools range from the classical to the contemporary, with most falling under the BTB Black (Hat) Tantric Buddhist sect of the Compass branch.
What does 'Synergetic' mean?
Synergy is two or more energies working together to achieve something either one couldn't have achieved on its own. It's the concept of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Synergy is happening all around us every day - in our bodies, in our relationships, in nature, and in our built environments. A synergetic space is one which is harmonious to both people and the planet, unifying the energies of the earth to create the utmost pleasure, peace and tranquility.
How do you determine your rates?
I have found my rates to be fair and comparable for similar service providers in the home organization and wellness sector. I typically have two levels of pricing depending on the size of the space, which is based on the average American home at 2500 square feet. Being a soloprenuer is not easy, and not always lucrative. Many people do not consider how self-employed professionals must build in their years of expertise and training, start up costs, operating expenses, pre/post consult work AND a living wage into their hourly rates and project costs. Check out this blog if you still need convincing that a consultant is a worthy investment in your future.
How do you accept payments?
At this time I accept payments of cash, personal check, Paypal and Venmo.
What is the first step for living healthy and holistically?
I can't say enough good things about the world of essential oils. The "oily" life opened my eyes not only to the incredible healing power of plants, but also to the concept of DIY sustainable living, which has countless trickle-down benefits for the body, mind and planet. I am proud to be a Young Living Independent Distributor (#3345550) and love to help people get started on their own path to wellness.
What is something that most people do not know about you?
I have been a strict vegetarian my whole life. I ran a marathon in 2008. Also, I despise bananas.
What is your motto?
First; "Leave everything better than you found it." To me this wisdom goes deeper than my obvious line of work. It's about integrity - doing the right thing even when no one is watching, always putting the greater good above the self.
My other favorite: "She turned her cant's into can's, and her dreams into plans." This quote resonates with me deeply because I am a dreamer, a doer, and a thinker. I see possibility and potential everywhere I go and in whatever I do. And I believe it is my life's purpose to share this with others.
Do you participate in any affiliate marketing programs?
Yes! I am an Amazon Associate, as well as an independent distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. Check out my official Disclosures page here.