Growing up, I always made sure to take the path well traveled. I went to the right schools, got good grades, and set myself up for the life I thought I was supposed to have. Call it family and cultural expectations, self-induced pressure, or just lack of creativity in thinking outside the box, I lived my life the way I knew how. After graduating from Boston University with a BA in History, I moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple University Beasley School of Law. Despite not really enjoying any of my classes or the idea of practicing law, it never occurred to me to quit. After all, I'm not a quitter, and this was what I said I was going to do.
After graduating from law school, I practiced law for a little over 5 years as a litigator in Philadelphia. And I was really good. And I was really miserable. By all accounts I was professionally successful, and yet I hated waking up every day and going to work. My days were spent mostly in my office, looking through records, writing briefs, and having very little human interaction beyond cracking jokes with the few people I saw when I went to pour yet another cup of coffee. As a people person, this was not sustainable, and after 5 years I took a giant leap of faith and left legal practice to become a legal recruiter, something I believed would provide me with greater personal satisfaction and happiness. I've been recruiting for several years now and I really enjoy it - I get to meet people (by phone) all over the country and with all different stories and backgrounds. I get to help them discover what they want in their careers and their lives, and work with them to find a job they're going to really enjoy.
Around the time I started recruiting, I started thinking about life coaching. The idea of meeting people all over the country and the world, getting to really know them - their goals, their tics, their stops, their stories about who they are and can or can't be - felt like the absolute right fit for me. I started speaking with coaches and researching life coach programs to find the top training, and what I found was Accomplishment Coaching.
I am a graduate of Accomplishment Coaching, a year-long rigorous life coach and leadership training program accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). I am trained in both ontological and facilitative coaching: ontological coaching focuses on the study of being, meaning I partner with you to discover the essence of who you really are and how you share that with yourself and the world. Facilitative coaching layers onto the ontological coaching action plans, goal setting, and accountability to make sure you're meeting your goals. I am trained not just in how to use tools, but most importantly, in how to be the best version of myself and pull that out of, and inspire that in, others. As part of my dedication to being the best coach I can be, I work with a phenomenal coach to ensure that I'm always bringing the best of myself to my clients.
1. I love to travel! I've been incredibly lucky to see quite a bit of Europe (favorite spots have to include Venice, Paris, London, and Amsterdam), and Israel, Mexico, and several beautiful Caribbean islands. I want to always expand my horizons and reach out of my comfort zone to see the world.
2. It would be an understatement to just say I'm a dog person. I had 2 dogs growing up, volunteered at the SPCA in high school, worked at a doggie daycare and was a dog walker in college, and am now the proud mom of an adorable mini goldendoodle rescue pup named Charlie Brown. He is the light of my life and yes, he is a clown.
3. I have always lived on the East Coast of the United States! I grew up in Baltimore, went to college in Boston, spent 10 years in Philadelphia, and now live with my husband (and Charlie Brown, of course!) in Charlottesville, VA.
4. Performing arts has always been a passion of mine. I have performed in musicals and plays since I was a kid, was in a cappella groups in college and years later in Philly, love to dance, and love photography.
5. I love to be active in general: you can find me in a body pump or barre class, shaking it in zumba, or going for a hike in the beautiful mountains of Charlottesville. I'm also an Orangetheory regular!