What I Do
I help strivers flourish by focusing on what gives them energy, helping them to build resilience skills and accomplish more of what excites them.
I’ve helped thousands of people around the world take on healthier habits and witnessed how the combination of mindset, awareness, self-compassion, intentional action and vulnerability lead to greater happiness.
How I Got Here
I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I was always curious to learn about other countries and cultures outside my own Midwestern world. As a kid, I loved when my dad invited his colleagues from Europe and Asia over to our house. My mom made big American dinners, and we’d eat, talk, and laugh, all while learning about one another. I was fascinated by how people lived differently, ate differently, thought differently, and communicated differently.
When we learn about others, we’re really learning about ourselves and how we think.
That same curiosity took me to Sweden as an exchange student in college. After graduating from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in Marketing, I moved to Stockholm to work for an American software company. I loved working with people from all over the world and experience how other cultures work, live, and even celebrate together.
But selling software didn’t excite me. I hated talking about my job—let alone thinking about it—with friends on the weekends. I was in a bad relationship, depressed, and gaining weight.
I joined Weight Watchers while in Sweden to regain control of my body and my confidence. At the same time, I was training for my first 10k race. Feeling stronger and healthier, I ended my bad relationship and left my miserable job. Before returning home to the U.S., though, I crossed a huge item off my bucket list: a solo trip around the world.
After gaining some of the weight back upon my return home, I rejoined Weight Watchers and ultimately left the software sales world to work for WW first as a facilitator and mentor and later as a spokesperson. I loved helping others overcome their frustrations and setbacks, feel healthy and strong, and smile when they looked in the mirror.
When we are the best versions of ourselves, we create positive ripples around us.
Working for Weight Watchers ushered in a shift in my mindset, one toward energy, vitality, and self-improvement. I started running and training for marathons (I’ve now run six!), listening to podcasts while I did so. I wanted to learn new things—like how to communicate better, better manage stress, and live a happier life—and I wanted to share what I’d learned with others.
I took another leap, left WW, and started The Running Lifestyle Show (TRLS), a podcast dedicated to helping others create a better way of life for themselves. As the host, I’ve been honored to chat with medical experts, best-selling authors, elite athletes, CEOs, and everyday runners across The Running Lifestyle Shows’ 249 episodes. Through these conversations, I’ve learned the importance of managing my mindset, how to enhance my energy, and how to create high quality, positive, connections.
When you learn something and then teach it to someone else, you get to learn twice.
My personal experience with depression, multiple overuse injuries, and leading a busy lifestyle led me to explore Positive Psychology—the science of the good life.
Positive Psychology takes a scientific approach to resilience, vitality, and living a flourishing life. After more than 400 hours of Positive Psychology study, I’m now a Certified Applied Positive Psychology Practitioner, Certified Resilience Trainer, Flourishing Skills Group® Facilitator, and Certified Applied Positive Psychology Coach.
When you learn what’s right with you, instead of what’s “wrong,” you learn how to use your strengths—in good times and through challenges.
Positive Psychology helps people name, notice, and navigate their emotions. It’s helped me regulate emotions on “down” days and use scientifically based tools to pull me back up. Throughout my years of doing this work and helping others flourish, my struggles with depression have become a thing of the past.
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