It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
— Theodore Roosevelt

I'm a former competitive athlete turned lazy student who lost her direction.

I've struggled with self-consciousness, my own limiting beliefs and am making my way toward living my life as a confident woman navigating single-life as a twenty-something. 

I'm a girl who gave up on my "plan" to create a life that I was passionate about, to do work I love, with people who build me up, and don't tear me down.

I'm a little sister. A daddy's girl. A coffee & sports-loving Seattleite. A sappy romantic and action-movie junky with an odd obsession for reading non-fiction. A wine-drinking, craft beer-loving, jelly bean fiend with a music obsession.

I'm a passionate, emotional, non-confrontational introvert, who swears a lot and has a love for photography, fitness, teaching, coaching, science and all things food. I have an MS in Microbiology & Immunology and I've decided to leave the world of research for good after 10 years and 2 publications (+2 more on the way).

But that's not even the half of it. I've gone through many ups and downs in my own life. I've gained and lost weight after giving up competitive sports and soccer, and my self image took serious hits during the process. But I was able to not just find myself  again, but achieve a level of self-confidence that I've frankly never had before through personal development and making significant personal changes.

I'm on a Personal Mission...

To create a global conversation about mental and physical health in STEM professionals,  particularly in graduate students!

To create a global movement in which every single person engages in a daily habit of personal development, because spending just 10-15 minutes a day can drastically change your life!

To live passionately and courageously, to be confidentto cultivate wonder, curiosity, and uncomfortable, mind-blowing action.

To never give up on my dreams, crazy or hair-brained as they may be and to encourage others to do the same. 

Check out more details on specific aspects of my story below!



Physical Transformation


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Personal Growth



Career Change


Passion Projects


If I dared you to live your dreams, but didn't explore my own?

Things I Love

I have so many recommendations!

From books to products that have been game-changers for me! Check 'em out!