The Superstar Story:
I grew up in Georgia playing every sport I could find. As a Freshman in high school I lettered in 5 varsity sports and graduated with 23 letters.
I played basketball and softball on scholarship for 2 years at a junior college. My senior year of college I did an exchange program in Utah where I fell in love with the mountains.
Following college, I traveled around Europe, with my now husband, Todd, and had the trip of a lifetime as I expanded my ideas of what was possible in the world.
After, I found a job working in a Wilderness Survival program for troubled youth in southern Utah. I traded a vision of being a pediatrician for a calling of the wild. I loved guiding kids to more deeply understand themselves, to heal, and learn accountability and confidence.
I would work for 6-8 months of the year and then travel and play for 4-6 months. My husband and I had amazing adventures all around the world. Many of our adventures are stories to remember, with some very close calls in the mountains. Yet we survived and we learned a ton.
After 8 years, I asked myself, “What is the next coolest job I can think of?”. ‘Mountain guide’ popped into my mind. Excitingly, we went for it. We moved to Bellingham and a year later we began guiding.
I lead people to some of the world’s highest peaks like the highest peak in North America, Denali; the highest peak in South America, Aconcagua; the highest peak in Antarctica, Mt. Vinson; the highest peak in Mongolia, Mt. Kuiten; and many trips to Nepal’s Everest Base Camp and several 20K foot peaks there. I also got certified as an AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide. It was both terrifying and exhilarating leading these adventures.
Excitingly, I got to guide some first ascents of several small peaks in Antarctica as well as land a few first ski descents.
Importantly, in the mountains, I began learning how to the humble, trust myself, & push my boundaries.
While in Nepal, I spent a month immersed in a Hatha Yoga teacher training. I need to save my back at that point from all the heavy packs I had been carrying, and it worked. It also saved my anxious busy mind. I came home and added teaching yoga to the things I like to share.
Next we started our own guide company called In The Company of Guides. I have guided people on ski trips in Alaska, and off of boats in the fjords of Norway & Svalbard.
Then, in 2012, I got pregnant in Antarctica as my husband and I were setting up the mountain together for future groups. I proceeded to guide two trips of Mt Vinson and a ski trip to the South Pole in my first trimester.
Yoga Health Coach:
Undoubtedly, I wanted to tone down my globe trotting and be home for my son, plus I needed some healing myself. Therefore, I stopped traveling as much and learned the habits of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a 5000 year old practice that evolved alongside yoga that helps us get in sync with nature’s rhythms. Following this, I got certified as a Yoga Health Coach and began teaching courses in addition to my local backcountry ski guiding and rock climbing. I founded my own company called Vibrant Health Evolution.
Now I am training as a Professional leadership coach. Here I guide others into their on visions and wisdom.
And so, as I set off to help you, I bring all of my life experiences that have shaped who I am today.
Honestly, there is another part to this story, below is what I am not telling you.
The Vulnerable Story:
I grew up seeking approval from others. My self-worth came from my performance in sports and in school. Sure, I was a high achiever, but I never thought I was good enough.
In fact, I unconsciously sabotaged myself when I would get close to success.
Like the time I was crushing it at the State track meet in the 800M event. I sprinted the last 200M and passed 3 people by a long shot. Suddenly, near the finish line, I was trying too hard, and thinking I was not going fast enough even though I had yards in front of the next person. So, I tried harder, too hard as I tripped and fell to let 2 people pass before I got up and over the line.
Certainly, my life journey has been about learning to approve of me instead of needing it from others. I have had to learn how to love me. Accepting myself and talking kindly to myself took focus as the old habits of criticism die hard. Yet, I did it, and I know you can too.
Also, at 20 years old, I exploded my knee trying to show off in mogul competition that I entered when I could not even ski very well. I decided that I was not going to land it, so I might as well go big. That landed me in a torn ACL, torn meniscus, and fractured tibial plateau. I learned to start to see and understand my Ego and how it both served me and harmed me.
In addition, while working in the wilderness program, I began looking inside to realize I felt empty, like there was a big hole in my heart. I cried curled up in the fetal position. I wept many times over not feeling good enough. Yet, I set on a journey to heal. I did a Vision Quest for 3 days solo with no food to try to find myself. I did many sweat lodges and I journaled as I was seeking to understand my path and who I was. The path began!
Furthermore, in my career guiding, I suffered many injuries as I tried to learn how not to let my ego get in the way. I was trying to show off, again seeking approval again. The moment I was worrying about what others thought, I would lose my focus and get injured. Some of my injuries were overuse injuries. I was not listening to my body.
I have had 5 knee surgeries, 3 foot surgeries, and a wrist surgery. All have been an opportunity for me to learn and grow when I took the time to look at my energy, thoughts, and mindset.
Next, when my son was born, I had back pain for 6 years where I tried many healing remedies from PT, to chiropractic, to massage. Importantly however, was that my success came from me learning about the Power of my Mind. When I shifted my story, then I created a path of healing.
Likewise, I also healed my wrist and the joint pain I was having through changing my nutrition, being mindful, lowering stress, and implementing healthy habits.
The Healing Journey:
It has been a wild journey of healing my body, mind, and soul. There is so much I want to share with you. Mostly, I want to help you on your own journey into your own inner wisdom. That is where the magic happens.