ABOUT MONA

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Hello!

Many years ago, I was sitting on my couch reading a book about co-dependency. Something in what I was reading resonated with me: it was the word “fear”. Specifically, it was the correlation between facing our fears and being happier. Something clicked for me.

I realized how powerful fear has been in my life. It kept me from believing I can do more, be more, and be free of limitations I impose on myself.

We all have a lifetime of experiences that influence our behaviour, regardless of where we are in our journeys. At the time, we may not know how significant those experiences are.

Despite coming from a family with no university background, I obtained a master’s degree in nuclear physics, even though I’d never taken sciences in high school. While my first triathlon saw me dog-paddling instead of swimming across the lake, that didn’t stop me from entering nine more races. Ending a long term, live in relationship was one of the hardest things I’d ever done, but it was a valuable learning experience for me. Who would have thought that these experiences would lead me to wanting to help people face their fears and improve their lives?

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I’ve facilitated discussion groups on facing our fears at a women’s addiction recovery centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for four years. I create workshops that explore topics such as fear of change, failure, rejection, conflict and fear of success, as well as how to manage self-doubt and uncertainty. I blog about facing our fears and topics related to the journey of reaching personal goals.

Neuro-linguistic programming and addictions counselling training has heightened my self-awareness and provided me with tools to help others on their journeys to face their fears. With over ten years’ experience in workshop facilitation and public speaking, I seek to empower others to face their fears and enhance their lives.

I speak from the heart, with compassion and empathy.

Empowering others is my most powerful guiding principle.