I’m a writer, speaker, writing teacher, traveler, yoga teacher, and wife. I also make really good spinach gnocchi.

I began my acting career at the age of four in Toronto, Canada. For the next eighteen years, I worked consistently in the film industry in Los Angeles, in projects that ranged from Hollywood blockbuster to cutting room floor.

At the age of 22, I realized that there must be more to life than premieres and pretending to be other people. I suspected that there was something outside of movies that would feel more authentic to me. I left the film industry under the guise of following the man I loved to Virginia. Luckily, the man I loved really was in Virginia, so it all worked out and we lived happily ever after in our own version of a Hollywood ending.

While figuring out how to be a normal person, I have dedicated myself to my lifelong love of words and my profound respect for a well-told story.

My memoir, You Look Like That Girl: a child actor stops pretending and finally grows up, is available from AmazonBarnes & Noble or by requesting it from your favorite independent bookseller. Personalized signed copies are available here. It is the story of growing up in the film industry and making the decision to leave in search of some peace.

My second book, Not Just Me: Anxiety, depression, and learning to embrace your weird, is a hopeful, entertaining, enlightening look at the root causes of anxiety, the latest research on mood disorders, and ideas for how we can all live authentically with more peace, power, and purpose. Part memoir, part journalistic exploration—this book reminds all of us that we are not alone. Personalized signed copies can be ordered here.

My writing has appeared in Newsweek, Today.com, Huffington Post, Yoga Magazine, US Magazine, Elephant Journal, Thought Catalog, Vanichi Magazine, ASPCA, and Hello Giggles. I’ve appeared on the Today Show, HuffPost Live, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and CBC.

You can listen to my guided meditations, take my twenty-minute beginner-friendly yoga class, check out speaking events or take one of my workshops that focus on using yoga and therapeutic writing techniques to help manage anxiety and depression.

Still have more questions about me? Check out my Reddit AMAs – here and here for answers to all kinds of random/inappropriate queries.