MAMA BEAR & QUEEN
After many years of thinking I would just fly solo my entire life, I serendipitously crossed paths on Catalina Island in 2009 with a man who has become the most incredible life partner. We are a strong team supporting each other in our individual endeavors and also leveling up together as a family. My kids have been my greatest teachers and I have worked hard to find balance with being a present mom and pursuing work that lights me up. This is where I have to constantly put my coaching into action for myself. My words for 2023 are FEARLESS (as in catching negative thought patterns that keep me small, FOCUSED (clear defined direction) & FUN (being more playful and present with my family)
FORMER PRO ATHLETE
From the age of 13 until 30 volleyball defined my life. It was my identity and my ego was very wrapped up in that idea of myself. I played professionally overseas for 5 years and on the pro beach tour until I snapped my Achilles tendon. These days I am committed to helping athletes unlock their greatest potential while still enjoying the sport they love. I recently discovered that pickleball is a bad-ass post-volleyball sport in that I can excel. This is the arena where I can constantly test my sports mindset tools and strategies.
TEACHER AND COACH
I started off as an English language teacher in Switzerland and Spain and then got credentialed to teach Spanish in 2004. I taught at Palos Verdes High School for a decade and ran the Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program. I have a Masters in Education and hold certifications as a Life Coach, Sports Mindset coach, and Yoga Teacher Certified. I've been life coaching and running workshops for over a decade. My volleyball coaching spans 20 years in the U.S. and abroad, boys and girls, indoor and beach.
Adventuring is part of my soul. It was first sparked when I studied abroad in Heidelberg, Germany. Playing professionally & teaching English in Europe opened many doors for radical adventures. Some of my greatest adventures have been a semester studying in Germany, walking solo the Camino de Santiago in Spain, starting a program to help schools in Peru (see my book for full story) and a month exploring Nepal with my husband. These days I discover the endless adventures provided by living in Central Oregon.