Growing up in Minnesota, I pretty much had a hockey stick in my hand from the time I could pick something up and on the ice when I figured out how to hold myself up with it. I loved every minute of it. I was never the one who was born with the talent, but was born with the fire inside to prove others wrong and work harder than the people around me to exceed any expectations set. That was the start of me knowing that as long as I knew exactly what I wanted, nothing could hold me back.
When hockey wasn’t going to be the priority in my life at the end of high school into college, I transitioned that fire into marching with two elite world class Drum and Bugle Corps all across the United States for four summers. From having to go through three weeks of boot camp in which we had to run 4-5 miles a day, be able to hold up 30 pound horns for 30 mins straight, to learning hours and hours of music that had to be put into choreography and marching sequences, I had to be able to tell myself that I couldn’t quite. There was no way I could quite because others were counting on me to do my part in order to fuel a massive machine to sustain the highest level of intensity to perform for thousands of people each night.This experience magnified that fire inside and eventually helped me find that next component of my life that is ever changing and constantly making me work harder to achieve just the smallest successes- Crossfit.
When I graduated college in 2012 and moved back home, I stumbled upon Crossfit in the back of an Anytime fitness center with a group of friends. I instantly became addicted. I found it. I found that one thing that could, once again, fuel my fire to keep wanting more and more. I found a community and sport that was constantly changing and consistently testing my abilities. It gave me another facet in my life to keep working hard and push past my limitations and barriers. And that was just the start. I, then, moved from Minnesota to Hoboken in February of 2014 for a new career opportunity and a new chapter of my life. Little did I know, rollerblading down Willow Ave at the end of March would, once again, change my life. I stumbled upon that black and orange awning labeled “Brazen Athletics”. I had one conversation with Jason Schroeder and I was hooked. Needless to say, Brazen Athletics has changed my life, in more ways than one. I was able to find a place that I could come to day in and day out to make myself better. Not only did it allow me to tap into the athlete in me again, but it also allowed me to realize that my passion and fire could be instilled in others when I am coaching. The Brazen Athletics mentality is: “Change your thoughts, change your world”. This hits home for me in some many different ways and is one of the biggest reasons of why I am who I am today, and part of such an amazing and inspirational community.