I’m a magna cum laude Harvard graduate, a two-sport Division 1 All-Ivy athlete in Women's Ice Hockey and Women's Lacrosse, a Berklee College of Music alum, an award-winning professional singer/songwriter/guitarist, a CrossFit Level 1 certified coach, a primary caregiver to a mother with stage 3c ovarian cancer (RIP), a National Outdoor Leadership School graduate and lifelong mountaineer, sailor, wrangler, and adventurer.
I wasn't always like this. How did I make all of this happen?
LET ME TELL YOU A STORY ...
As I walked through the doors of my new high school, at the age of 14, I had a life-changing experience. In a flash, I realized something profound about the nature of life as it is lived and experienced: everything leading up to this precise moment didn't matter.
I was a new student at a new school. I had no history here. I could literally become anyone I wanted to be. No one knew me here; no one knew my Mom, Dad, or my brothers. I could become a different me than the me I had grown up as, the me I thought I was. I could start over, I could reinvent myself that very second.
And that is what I did.
I will never, ever forget that moment — the carved wooden doors, the chilly air inside the cavernous building, the ripe sun of the fall afternoon.
I crossed a threshold physically and mentally. I left my old self behind. I shed my skin. In an instant, I changed from an average kid with average interests and average success to a driven seeker, hell-bent on self-mastery and excellence.