What I Thought I Knew About Life

For so many of us, we’re checking boxes in life, spending our time working toward what everyone is telling us we “should” want. But what if we don’t want those things? What if the path we chose in college isn’t actually one we want anymore? I love the analogy of arrows when it comes to a change in direction in our lives because for an arrow to fly, it has to be pulled back to launch forward. What if we have to do the same to dare to change our path in life?

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Stop "Should"-ing Yourself -- It's Not Serving Anyone!

In 2016, I quit my PhD. Maybe that’s not how I should open this talk. Maybe that’s not how I should start cover letters for job applications. Maybe I flat out “shouldn’t” have quit. I’ve been told all of these things before. But you know what I think? I think that we should stop “should”-ing ourselves…because it’s not serving anyone!

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Is Routine Actually Lethal?

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It’s lethal.”

I heard this a lot when I was traveling abroad for 12 months. It was how so many people in the digital nomad community justified their lifestyle decisions. But, you know what I realized not halfway through my 12 month adventure? Routine can happen anywhere. It happened to me when I was in graduate school, it happened when I was spending an amazing 12 months abroad, and it happened when I got home. So, how can we avoid it? In this talk, we dig into why routine isn’t the enemy - complacency is - and how to avoid it!

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Getting Out of Your OWN DAMN HEAD

When we’re feeling stuck in our lives and really unsure of what steps to take to make a change, we can get SO stuck in our heads, right? So often, that stuckness comes from a combo of lack of clarity and lack of confidence. In this talk, we’re going to dig into the life changing magic of clarity and confidence and give you some practical tangible ticks for how to increase yours!

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"I Can Do Hard Things": Trekking Machu Picchu

In this talk, I tell you about perhaps one of the worst ideas I’ve had in awhile - how I decided to do my first overnight hike at altitude in a foreign country where I didn’t speak the language. A simple trek to Machu Picchu on the Salkantay trail turned into a stomach flu and one of the biggest physical challenges I’ve face to date, but also the biggest demonstration that I actually CAN do hard things.

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The 1 Thing We Miss When It Comes to Health

We all know we need to work out, eat right and all that physical jazz, am I right? But so often, we neglect 1 important - dare I say crucial - piece of our health. It’s the last thing we thing of, but for so many, it’s the one that holds us back the most. Our EMOTIONAL Health. In this talk, we’re going to talk about why it’s important and give some simple, actionable tips for how to better manage it.

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"You're Damn Right I'm Cute": Taking Back My Confidence

“You’re damn right I’m cute.” That’s what went through my mind when some random guy at a bar hit on me on 4th of July 2014. The relationship fizzled, but nonetheless, that day was a turning point for me, because never before in my life had I thought that about myself. Like so many women, my late teens and early 20s were racked with insecurity and self-consciousness. I’d tried seemingly everything, but nothing ever stuck. Until the spring of 2014. What was different? In this talk, we talk about the crucial components of taking back your confidence and overcoming insecurity.

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Whose Opinion Matters?

What are some of the biggest fears we face in our lives? Fear of rejection and the fear of judgment, right? We’ve all experienced these at one point in our lives…and for so many of us these fears can be crippling, paralyzing even. And so often, they can hold us back. What if I told you that one simple activity, one simple change in our mindset could start to change all of that? What if by simply getting REALLY clear on whose opinion matters to us took us from fearful to fearless?

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Monkey Wrenches: The Unintended Consequences of Finding Your "Thing"

I’m a fan of money wrenches…when something comes into your life and unintentionally, you find your “thing”. But what if finding your “thing” throws the rest of your life for a loop? What if suddenly, you’re resisting the very thing that you’ve always wanted to find - your “passion”..your “thing”. What if you grow to resent it? In this talk, we’re going to talk about some of the unintended consequences of finding your thing and how sometimes it’s not as simple as finding your passion.

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