Denise is a certified Life Coach, the author of The Mindful Gardener and host of the online course, Awaken to Joy. Using her experience gained from a series of personal tragedy and loss, a six month stay at a Buddhist community and a year-long solo retreat to a cabin on the Buffalo River in West Tennessee, Denise has found purpose and fulfillment helping others via her book, online courses, coaching, retreats and speaking engagements.
If you take a quick overview of my life, you might conclude that one doesn’t have to die in order to be reincarnated. Throughout the past three decades, I’ve been a farmer, raising corn, beans, horses, cattle, pigs and chickens on a 1,000 acre farm in west central Illinois; a journalist, writing for regional magazines and newspapers; a radio talk show host; a marketing executive and owner of her own advertising agency; a tour operator, escorting little old ladies on bus tours throughout the Midwest; a scuba dive master working on a dive boat in Jupiter, Florida; a software entrepreneur and my most important job, a mother rearing my son, Joe (who, with his wife, Erin, has blessed her with three beautiful grandchildren), daughter, Kate, a diversity and human rights advocate, a photographer/ artist and gallery curator. My debut novella, The Mindful Gardener, draws on my vast and varied experiences along my journey filtered through a healthy blend of Christian, New Thought, and Buddhist teachings.