By the age of 30, I had done everything I was told would lead me to a happy life – study hard, graduate from a reputable University with a good degree, get a high paying job, find the love of my life, get married, have kids and a dog, and buy a house in the suburbs with an attached garage.

Which then led me to the question,“now what?!” Naturally, I figured it was time to accelerate my career path, but after tons of career changes in over a decade of being in the workforce, I felt I may have missed my opportunity. Nevertheless, being the driven person I am, I went for it. In a big way.

I worked tirelessly to navigate the hierarchy at my organization, at a relatively rapid pace, until I hit a roadblock. I was so determined to overcome that roadblock that I sacrificed almost everything that was important to me: my family, my health, my relationships. And I was miserable. But I kept pushing through.

One morning I went to the dermatologist to do a routine-checkup, and uncovered a bald spot the size of a Coke can on the back of my head. I had no clue it was even there. This was a harsh signal to me that I had gone too far in trying to accomplish “success.”

This defining moment initiated a journey to redefine what success actually meant to me, and that led me to realize that I wanted to truly enjoy my life while accomplishing things along the way. It wasn’t worth all the stress, doing things I felt I needed do to make others happy, and sacrificing the things I loved to be successful. It was time to live my life, my way and have a more “cheerful” mind.

I clarified my priorities, and created action plans that were in line with those priorities and values (fun, accomplishment, connection, and authenticity). What I found on the other side was an even more productive, fulfilling, and happy life, with less stress, and more time to do the things I love.

I have played many roles in my life: an actor, vocalist, cheerleader, pianist, ice skater, martial arts black belt, flying trapeze artist, half-marathon runner, engineer, finance and operations manager, organizational expert, teacher, coach, wife, mother, generous friend, published author, and speaker, just to name a few. Looking back at my life so far, I’ve had so many different experiences which have molded me into the person I am today.

And now, I love every aspect of my life. I have a passion-based career, abundant quality time with my family, fulfilling relationships with myself and others, strong commitment to health and fitness, and financial security. And I’m accomplishing goals I could never have imagined. I’m truly having a lot of fun and getting stuff done, and I’m honored to be helping other successful, high-achievers accomplish really big goals while simultaneously creating lives they love as well.


To your success,