As a career counselor at a public agency for fifteen years, Cathy Krizik has sat with thousands of people navigating the troubled waters of unemployment, earning her the title of “Minister of Hope.” She grew up in an alcoholic home and spent decades lost in a fog before stumbled into Al Anon where her awakening began. Rooted in atheism, Cathy learned to meditate, studied metaphysics and, over time, crafted a daily spiritual practice that transformed her life.

In spite of multiple run-ins with a surgeon’s scalpel, career overhauls, a broken heart or two and the deluge of bad news that floods us all every day, she remains an unapologetic believer in the blessing of life.

Cathy holds a M.A. in counseling and a B.A. in art history. When she’s not working with job seekers, she’s a magazine art director and graphic designer for organizations committed to diversity, inclusion and social justice. Her writing has appeared in The Utne Reader, North Dakota Quarterly, Evening Street Review, Rubbertop Review and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize nomination.

Cathy lives with her wife and two cats in Santa Cruz, CA, where the redwoods meet the sea.