I guess this is where I talked about myself, eh?! Where to even begin. To start, I’m 28 years old and I have a super cute German Shepherd fur baby named Kai. I live in Denver, Colorado where I love going on hikes with my dog and exploring the beautiful landscape that Colorado has to offer.
I worship coffee like a God and I believe that with coffee, anything is possible. I exercise to keep my mind and body healthy, and Amazon prime is the best thing since, well, ever.
But let’s back it up a bit because there is so much more to the story.
It’s May 2016 and I had just graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Political Science and Spanish. I had just been rejected from my dream job (turns out, sometimes the best things that happen to us are the ones that don’t), but I felt a real sense of anxiety and uncertainty with my future. Jobless and feeling like a failure, I wasn’t sure what to do with my life. For so long, my future had been planned out – go to school, get good grades, repeat. I knew I had to take action if I wanted to build the life I wanted to live, and so I packed up everything I owned in my Jeep Cherokee and drove West to Denver, CO. That decision would change my life forever.
That fall, I took my first job out of college. I started working in a corporate office doing customer service. While it was a great learning experience for me, I knew that job wasn’t my forever and I was getting burnt out, and fast. I decided to leave my corporate job to pursue working at a digital agency start up…let the chaos begin!
It’s now September 2017. After interviewing 3 times over the course of the year, I finally landed an entry level role. I felt like I had made it! Oh, how naive I was :). Working at a young company, you experience a full swing of emotions, many ups and downs, and wins and losses.Throughout my time there, I saw the company double in size and grow at an almost unbelievable rate. We worked hard, and it showed. It was like a mix between the show Silicon Valley and Workaholics and I loved it. This experience was challenging, transformative, stressful, and a very important chapter in not only my professional life, but my personal life, too.
To put it somewhat succinctly, during that time I decided I wanted to take my fitness to the next level and compete in a bikini competition. A few weeks after starting my job, I competed in my first show. Hooked on the competition life, I competed again in May 2018 and again with back to back shows in 2019. The whole process of competing was absolutely life changing for me. I had to face my fears on a daily basis, I had to push through physical limitations, and I had to fight non stop self doubt and comparing myself to others. It was one of the most challenging things I have ever done in my life and I’m really grateful for the people who helped make that journey possible. The journey to the stage was another aspect of my life that I could write an entire book on, but for now, I decided that I would not step on stage this year because competing no longer brought me the joy that it used to. If something is no longer working for you, you don’t have to stay there just because you worked really hard to get there.
OKAY, whew! We good? Ya need a sec? Let’s continue.
As I was continuing to grow my career and competing in bikini competitions, I still felt like something was missing in my life, but I wasn’t sure what it was. At the end of 2019, I received news that a family member needed a life changing surgery. It hit hard. Hearing that a loved one had to go through that gave me immediate sense of clarity in my life. I wanted to be my own boss and I wanted to live life to the fullest. So, I put my notice in. And then, COVID-19 hit.
And that brings us to now. Throughout all of this, it is my story that I’m here to share with you – the good and the bad: anxiety, body image, uncertainty, tough times, happy times, projects, and motivation. A few years ago, my main focus was to grow my marketing career, but now my goal has expanded to create a community of women where they feel powerful and supported. Through my content, I aim to empower women and to inspire them to do the things they want to do.
It’s been a wild ride up until now, but there is so much more in store.