Throughout the years, Sharon has woven her diverse educational, vocational, and personal background to realize her life-long passion toward helping others achieve thriving and purposeful lives. Today, as a certified Professional Life Coach she has combined her unique abilities in Life Skills, Wellness, and Creative Arts/Crafts. Sharon also provides consulting services as needed in these specialties.
During her childhood years, Sharon’s father was a division administrator for Paramont Studios, and she was always curious to see and meet the performers and actors whenever she got a chance. Her own creative bent shadowed her whenever she would be drawing profiles of students in her class instead of learning her math tables or the physiology of a frog.
By the time Sharon was a young adult, she was already actively involved in the creative arts, crafts, and poetry. She also developed her business skills along the way, just in case “art” didn’t provide enough income to live on. Yet, Sharon was fortunate to be hired as a director of a university arts/crafts center after achieving her BA degree in art and minor in business.
Sharon’s arts/crafts and business skills helped organize and direct the many activities of the University of California, Davis Craft Center. According to David Hertz, former Union & Recreation Services Director, she “was almost singularly responsible for the development of a new, expanded Crafts program in what has to be one of the finest craft facilities in all of California.” By the opening day of the new facility, the center was staffed with 20 instructors, 30 student workers, as well as the same number of volunteers. The center became debt free through Sharon’s excellent management skills, the hard work and commitment of the staff, as well as the university’s student union directors.
After her tenure in California, it was then time to move to South Texas. As Sharon was adjusting to friendly South Texas life, she was also having a growing desire to share her skills with others, whose lives may be limited in some way. . .to experience the joy in creative expression all their own. After she finished her masters degree in art, she completed a wellness seminar and was then trained as an Activity Director Instructor for nursing homes. Sharon was able to share her joy and expertise in the crafts as an instructor and consultant. Her longing was to help raise the bar of skill for activity director trainees and provide a range of creative ideas within a nursing home setting. Throughout her experience, she came away with a profound respect for the profession. For not a few nursing home facilities, activity directors are often times not supported with staff, supplies or adequate compensation for the degree of love and sacrifice they give their residents. Sharon’s ultimate hope is this noble profession will be given a higher place of honor in our nation’s health care community.
Unaware at the time, Sharon’s encounter with our nation’s healthcare system as an Activity Director Instructor was just a preamble to her own personal journey toward wellness. As life always has its twists and turns, Sharon entered a whole new adventure. During the course of moving from California to Texas, various ailments began to surface but were initially ignored. During the next two years, she found her health progressively deteriorating for inexplicable reasons. The pain was continuous, and life was becoming a seemingly unsolvable mystery. Sharon came to a stop!
As she journeyed to solve her many “medical mysteries”, Sharon began to discover a whole new life of faith and hope. Every day became a brand new day filled with challenges and opportunities…and a deeper passion entering her life. Sharon’s new journey took her through a cascading list of infirmities, the shadows and secrets of childhood abuse, and the meandering maze of conventional and alternative medicine. As she looks back on her odyssey to solve those medical mysteries, Sharon was challenged to look at life’s horizon with a broader stroke—one life forever changed by her faith, the impact of family on her physical, emotional, spiritual well being, and the healing miracle of forgiveness.
From her own personal odyssey, Sharon sought to more deeply understand our spiritual nature and its impact on people’s lives and relationships. She pursued an extensive two-year training program at Elijah House to be certified as a Prayer Ministry Counselor. Combined with her proficient business skills, she then pursued training at the Therapon Institute and board certification with the American Society of Christian Therapists. Sharon established herself as a Life Skills Consultant/Belief Therapist helping people bring order out of chaos in their personal lives. Sharon also came away with an even more profound respect and understanding of our nation’s healthcare system in the midst of transformation.
Conventional and complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) have had a long and illustrious history tempered by generations of sibling rivalry. Today, Integrative Healthcare represents a merging of these two giant industries. However, our nation’s private and public entities have many complex, crosscurrent political, economic, societal, public health dilemmas yet to resolve. Yet, patients and practitioners are joining together to create real answers for real people. Patients are demanding it—professionals are struggling to provide it. The critical answers for our nation are right before us. Each will play a key role in the destiny of our nation’s healthcare. Each of us will seek answers to these questions, “Will integrative healthcare meet the critical issues of the 21st century? Will our nation’s public and private healthcare entities form a workable consensus before we are halfway into the 21st century?
With her diverse educational, vocational, and personal background, Sharon desires to significantly contribute to our nation’s healthcare vision. Building on her special areas of expertise, she completed an extensive training program with the Institute for Life Coach Training. As an active credentialed member of the International Coach Federation, she continues to work toward a higher level of international certification. As a certified Professional Life & Wellness Coach, she has combined her uniquely designed skill sets to help make real-life changes in our nation’s critical healthcare future and people’s lives. Transformation of our healthcare happens one person at a time taking forward action and living their life purpose.
Prevention and Wellness are key aspirations within our nation’s healthcare journey. Throughout this transformation, Life/Wellness Coaching will become an integral part of the team for both patient, professional, and savvy health-conscious consumers. Sharon is committed to providing the level of excellence needed for the 21st century. She serves her clients toward the highest quality of wellness. A winning team emerges and lasting lifestyle changes are sustained through the client’s focused commitment and forward action. Sharon’s contributions are teamed with a collaborative referral system that works for the client.
As part of her ongoing endeavors, Sharon writes for an integrative journal, Integrative Medicine, A Clinician’s Journal from a wellness coach’s perspective. She is also currently writing an extensive book on the transformation of our nation’s healthcare into an integrative healthcare system.Her book will provide readers with a personal and practical navigating resource for our nation’s healthcare transition. Her own story, In Daddy’s Eyes, also offers a chronicle of her wellness journey –available at any local bookstore or online at Amazon (www.amazon.com) or Barnes & Noble (www.barnesnoble.com).
Sharon continues her enduring passion to help people seek, reach, and achieve their life purpose, both professionally and personally. Professional Life Coaching has given her that opportunity. Sharon and her husband, John, have been married forty-two years. They thoroughly enjoy the South Texas life and spending time with family and friends along the beautiful coastlands of California. Sharon also enjoys listening to ole swing band music, reading Clive Cussler mystery/adventure books, as well as shopping with her daughters, of course. Her own personal goals are:
To celebrate life and have those experiences in her life become “a door of hope” for others, professionally and personally.
To be her husband’s life partner…enjoying together the opportunities and challenges life brings our way.
To delight in seeing her lovely daughters experience life at its fullest…to offer friendship each day, counsel when asked, and her unconditional love throughout their lives.
To leave a legacy of hope, faith, and love.