Hi, I’m C.J.  You can use my other names if you know them.

I have almost always worked in jobs that require me to be a listener. I like listening to people and hearing their stories. I never want to be too busy to listen to someone — to be present for their joy and their struggles. Joy shared is joy multiplied, and burdens shared are burdens lessened. It’s really nothing less than magical. I like connecting ideas, and I like connecting people with ideas. I like working on things that make the world a little better. I am a hopeless improver. I want to leave everything better than I found it.

I also like to grow things: plants, people, ideas, compassion, empathy, hope – myself. I am always growing something.

I am passionate about learning. I feel like I discovered a whole new world (worlds!)  through online classes and books. So. Many. Books.  I feel like an explorer discovering new worlds –ones that have already have warp drive! (Star Trek fan alert.) I am sorry if I bore you with the latest book, article, class or podcast. I get excited, and it all spills out.

I love a good quote, coffee, dog kisses, nature and solving problems. I think a lot and I read a lot. I definitely do not have all the answers, but I am always happy to share what I know and hold space for others. I want everyone to know that they are not alone. There is no misery, shame, anguish, loss, sorrow or disappointment that can create a gulf so wide you cannot cross it. Here, take my hand.