I started running in elementary school, and I've never really stopped. Running has been my safe space, my biggest challenge, and the arena in which I test myself. I'm currently training for the longest run of my life: The World Marathon Challenge (7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days).
At age five I was diagnosed with learning challenges and a few years after was told I wouldn't graduate high school. Not only did I graduate high school as my class president and salutatorian, but thirty years and three degrees later (B.A. in Communication from USC, M.A. in Communication Management from USC, M.B.A. from Seattle Pacific University), I've taught myself that nobody can define my future but me.
I've had the extreme honor of working in collegiate football for a total of 14 seasons. During that time I worked for both USC and University of Washington football running Football Operations and Player Development. Though I am proud of the athletic accomplishments of those teams (13 Bowl games, 2 national titles, 104 athletes to the NFL), the milestones that bring me the most personal joy are moments where I witnessed my players overcome great challenges -- emotional, spiritual, or physical.
Like most people, I struggle to find balance between the competing priorities in life--work, health, wellness, friends, family, the list goes on. Inmotional is about pursuing peace and learning how to eat well, train effectively, listen to my body, and connect meaningfully with friends and family.
The past few months have been full of personal development, reflection, and complete change. Through running and engaging with my community, I feel like an entirely different person; I'm showing up to my life differently.
I want to help other people find this sense of purpose and connection. I'm going to be sharing my journey on the road to the World Marathon Challenge. Run with me.
If you are interested in helping me raise awareness for Dyslexia by running the World Marathon Challenge, I'd love your support in any of these 3 ways:
I'm sharing my story on social media and I want to connect with you! Follow me, but more importantly, TALK to me! Are you a runner too? Do you know someone who is challenged with dyslexia? Are you an educator? Message me about it! Share my story with your network, because you never know the challenges that others are facing. #untileveryonecanread
Did you know that it costs $50,000 to run the World Marathon Challenge (7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days)?
Your contribution towards race costs will allow me to show others that dyslexia is not a limiting factor.
I'm committing to match the cost of the World Marathon Challenge ($50,000) in donations for the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).
Your donation enables the IDA to help create a better future for every child and adult who struggles with dyslexia and other reading difficulties…because reading changes lives!