My Story

Who Am I?

Entrepreneur

Co-founded my first company at 22 years old - which is still going strong!

My creativity birthed companies ranging from vintage clothing to SCUBA diving

Scientist

MSc Oceanography (Distinction)
BS Biology (Summa Cum Laude)

Research interests include marine molecular biology, aquatic toxicology, coastal ecology, and sea level rise

Traveler

Lived in the UK for 15 months, wandered in Venice, and roadtripped across Canada

Visited 75% of the US including over 20 US National Parks and 8 cross-country road trips

My Story

Over $300,000 in scholarships.

Full rides to undergraduate, master’s, and PhD programs.

International travel.

No debt.

How did I do it?

I’ve always been a go-getter, a don’t-take-no-for-an-answerer, a plan-your-work-and-work-your-plan kinda gal. 

At the age of 16, I enrolled in a boarding school for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors. And by the end of it, I earned over $140,000 to fully fund my undergraduate education.

I went on to navigate a 2-year aquatic toxicology project with an amazing advisor and earn a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates on a remote island in Georgia. That summer was my first opportunity to dip my toes into my research passion:  marine biology.

To add to the chaos, my brother and I became entrepreneurs for the first time during my junior year, starting a business that’s been running for 5 years now.

And in a flash, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Biology.

But that isn’t where the story ends.

In my last semester at Ball State, I competed for and earned the US-UK Fulbright Postgraduate Student Award which sent me to the University of Southampton’s Oceanography program to study and be a cultural ambassador. After nearly 13 months of living and studying abroad, I completed a dissertation in marine molecular biology (with another incredible advisor) and graduated with Distinction.

What came next could fill a book in itself.

In a very short period of time, I became an aquarium manager, moved to the other side of the United States, was accepted into a fully-funded PhD program in Naples, Italy, turned it down, gave up the aquarium, moved back across the US to care for my terminally ill father, became a Certified Professional Life Coach with extra certifications in confidence, health, and nutrition, and started scholarship coaching.

Then, in just six months, 

I lost both my dad and my best friend at the age of 26.

Looking back, I realize just how multifaceted these two passionate, creative, and joyful people’s lives were. And how their zest for life inspires people like me to live more fully, more truly, more lovingly, and with intention.

As a scholarship coach, I had already chosen to offer up my knowledge and experience to help others achieve opportunities where they can research, be involved in extracurriculars, take care of their health, study abroad, spend more time with their kids, and excel in their studies without the worries of a part-time job.

And now, after a lot of reflection, I’m ready to share the other parts of my story:  My transformation from an anxiety-crippled girl to a confident woman, unafraid to travel the world or start my own business. (Hint:  the anxiety never goes away!) My process for overcoming self-hate and body-image issues and fostering love, health, and understanding instead. The ways that I dream up, set, and achieve goals in ways that feel safe and fun. 

For those of you who are looking for guidance, accountability, a teammate, a cheerleader, a whip-cracker, a trainer, a soul-sister who can help you create space for your growth, I’m your gal.

Let’s have a talk about the life story you want to write.