If you’ve read about my path, you know that my younger days were revolved around sports. Running was my first love and what I put all my energy into. I grew up in a dysfunctional home, and the only way I knew to survive and get to a place of freedom was to run away from my problems. Athletics quickly became my foundation and I achieved some of my athletic dreams when I became number one in the country running the 800 meter race. I received scholarship letters from every top college. My life looked picture perfect–Olympics here I come! That is, until I broke my back in a life changing accident cliff jumping into Lake Tahoe on a running training trip. I was bed ridden for months, and had to do everything in my power to regain physical normalcy.
After a few years of healing through my injury, I fell in love for the second time. This time with another college athlete at USC. Our dynamic was problematic from the start. My focus was to give our relationship my all because that was the only way I knew to succeed. Something I had learned from my running career. We got married, and I did everything to not give up on the situation. I repeated the pattern of pushing and fighting to make it right, then believing that if I did this then maybe things would change for the better. Navigating out of this abusive and controlling relationship on my path was as brutal, if not more so, than breaking my back. Again, my life looked picture perfect on the outside, but was far from it.
Leaving behind your old life is never an easy task and it has taken me years. Things will happen on your journey and sometimes you have to make adjustments. My story will help you trust that all bumps in the road are the universe’s way of redirecting you towards a more fulfilling direction for yourself. It doesn’t make it easy through the process, but with the right mindset you can turn anything into a blessing. I had many depressed and lonely nights after losing my first two loves in life. I had to learn to deal with loss, sustain severe emotional and physical pain, and heal my life. My mission is to use my story to help you discover your best path. I want to share my experiences to help others redirect their focus and remind people that they are not alone. Each day is an opportunity to work toward the best path. Let’s take a walk together.