The Beginning

I remember thinking as long as I knew what work, traffic jams, cubicles meant, I KNEW I could NEVER live like that. I promised myself I wouldn’t get a job if this is what it entailed.

I promised myself that I wanted my life to mean something, to give back, make an impact on other people’s life. This vision meant interacting and helping people. Neither of which I could do just sitting in a cubicle all day. Yay!

In my early middle school years, I was forced to take a woodworking class. This was NOT my top choice. In one unfortunate class, I came about a mm away from cutting my finger on an electric saw blade. I was not cut out for woodworking as a career. As a result, I got taken out of woodworking, and put into gym.

This was a turning point for me. Our school had recently put a climbing wall in the gym, so gym class was all about climbing. No, I did not go to a hoity toity school, it was part of a learning initiative grant.

Gym class was the reason I woke up in the morning. I knew nothing about rock climbing before, but I fell in LOVE! It’s all I wanted to do.

The people that built the climbing wall also help camps similar to Outward Bound. My mother had no choice but to send me. It was the best two weeks of the year. I went back summer after summer and knew that I loved basically anything having to do with the outdoors and did whatever I could to get outside. Summers were spent backpacking in the white mountains, rock climbing in Acadia, whitewater rafting in Maine. Winters were spent cross country skiing.

The Dream

In high school it hit. My ultimate adventure was to trek to the Everest Base Camp. I even tinkered with the thought of climbing Everest but that quickly vanished. I was just fine staying at base camp. This dream would stay with me for the next half of my life until I had the opportunity to actually go!

The Reality

But, then reality hit. College. There was a thing called, “What do I want to do with my life??” And hiking and climbing was not an acceptable career choice.

Since I knew that I love helping people (I also did tons of volunteer work) I knew going into psychology was the right direction. I was able to help make other people’s lives better, I didn’t need to sit in a cubicle for this, and helping people didn’t feel like “work”, so I pursued psychology through a graduate degree.

Through my college years, I spent whatever time I could, backpacking, climbing, kayaking. Basically anything to be outdoors in nature.

The Career

Psychology is the right career choice for me. I have been a therapist for twelve years, and in private practice for nine of those years. I have over ten thousand hours of one on one client hours behind me. I love it!

The Dream Realized

Out of unfortunate circumstances, which looking back, were not so unfortunate, came the chance of my life to realize the dream I had for literally half my life.

It was time for Everest!

I could not believe I was actually going! I thought I was in a dream. I trained, and trained some more, determined to feel good at high altitude. The trip was more than I could imagine. It was a dream come true for me.

I fell in love with Nepal, the people, the culture and the Himalayas. I dream of going back again, and one day bringing my son with me!

The Loss

Everest seemed to be an end of an era for me. It was the right time in my life to go to Everest, but then life started to get very busy.

The business was busy, I got married, had a child a couple years later, and in the midst of all juggling a successful business, a positive marriage, and putting most of my energy into my baby, my backpacking days slowly came to an end.

My time was spent working, spending time with my family and at times friends. There was little balance, or time for myself. I didn’t realize it then, but this was a calling back to myself.

Coming Home

One morning I woke up in a panic. There was no event that caused the panic. In the midst of the panic I realized that I couldn’t remember the last time I had been to a climbing gym, or even for a hike (the mountains are only 2 hrs away).

Get to know the REAL me

Now that you know my professional side, let me fill you in on who I really am. In my real life, I am a quirky, coffee loving, meditation lover. Yes, I understand coffee and meditation probably aren’t the best combination, but I do love both.
Even though I’m all about adventuring, I love most anywhere that has books. I could sit at home, a book store or a quiet nook somewhere reading all day long. If it’s rainy, even better!                                                                                                                                             I am a bonafide horrible cook. My husband and I actually thought about creating a Youtube channel for me, video taping all my cooking mishaps. It would be a sort of comedy. I can however make a killer lasagna.                                                                                             My favorite past times is obviously, anything out in nature, reading, playing board games, watching Jeopardy, yes I’m nerd, and playing with my son as my ultimate favorite way to spend my time.

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