"Putting the "MY" back in Mindfulness": A moment with Debbie
"While I started my journey as a teacher, I knew that I wanted to help others in areas of mental health because of my own experiences. My struggles with anxiety and depression are not something that I have shared with many. But in order to truly help others find their MY in their Myndfulness journey, I needed to completely embrace my own struggles. I know what it feels like to live in darkness, but I also know how empowering it feels to be able to use what I’ve learned to live a life of joy. Even when life isn’t joyful. Teaching others about mindfulness is MY passion. Helping people, who may have shared similar experiences, is MY why. And educating others on the importance of self-love is MY purpose. Working through these experiences myself has been MY journey with mindfulness, and I love sharing the importance of why “Myndfulness Matters”. Has it always been an easy and smooth road? Absolutely not. But has it been worth it? Absolutely. I know now that I needed to undergo every challenge I encountered so that I could be the best support for the children and families that I work with every day. And it brings me great joy to be able to share MY why with others, knowing that a reader out there might be able to relate."
Former Teacher, Published Author, and Lover of Mindfulness
As a teacher for over 19 years within preschool and elementary, Debbie has excellent experience as an educator. She learned when and how to tie mindfulness into activities, group work, and community events. She makes an impact on her community and the lives of others through her own teaching programs, and speaking at events.
It was from this love of teaching, mindfulness, health, wellness, and her love for giving back, that Myndfulness Matters was born. With every person she encounters, she hopes to help others learn to live life in the present moment, to explore their curiosities, and show compassion and grace to others. Promoting kindness and joy has always been a life purpose for Debbie, and she hopes to bring her visions of a better world to fruition by teaching children and their families the strong impact that mindfulness can have on their health and wellness.
Debbie is a lover of knowledge and is constantly seeking to learn and grow. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Education from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and received her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University. She began learning the importance of mindfulness within teaching over 6 years ago when she participated in the Mindful Schools Fundamentals program, Educator's Essentials, Mindful Communications, Difficult Emotions, and their year long certification course. She has completed the Health and Wellness Program at Southwest Institute, and is a certified Mindful Instructor through Mindful Schools, and is certified in social emotional learning, and yoga, through Breathe for Change. She is registered on the Yoga Alliance and is continuing her journey in yoga by participating in the Breathe for Change 300 hour certification. She is also a published author of three children's books, My Mindfulness Matters, Busy Bee Learns to Be, and Mindful Mylie which can both be found under the "Myndful Merch" tab.
As a current Mindfulness Mentor, Debbie has found her passion and purpose of working with individuals and organizations to help establish resilience, awareness, and learn about life balance through mindfulness.
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