...who had big dreams of playing volleyball in the Olympics!
It's a goal I never realized but I found a life I love along the way and so much more after!
I Was always a little girl with big dreams and a fierce determination. I never knew how I was going to get there, but I have always been willing to try.
My first "big break" came when I found out about a regionally selected USA Jr National Volleyball Team. I tried out but didn't make the cut. However, in the process I met the San Diego State University assistant volleyball coach and ended up "walking on" to their program.
When that didn't go the way I'd hoped, I put together a VHS tape (back in the day!) and sent it out to other colleges I aspired to attend. When I got the call from the College of William & Mary Head Coach, I knew I was destined for Virginia.
I played Volleyball for two years at William & Mary and graduated in 1993 with a degree in East Asian studies. Through my major, I had becomE conversational in Japanese but had zero desire to move to japan, a country I had lived in the previous summer.
for the first time in my life felt completely lost. My athletic career was over, I knew I really didn't want to return to Japan (having spent the previous summer there), so I did what most college graduates with degrees in Asian studies do, I moved to Eastern Europe (my parents LOVED that!). with no money, no job and no idea of what was coming next, I was a hot mess.
My next big break came a year later after meeting a cute (TALL!) guy from Eugene, Oregon, in an Irish Pub, in Budapest (as you do) and we spoke about dream jobs. I wanted to work for Nike. I found out they had an office in Vienna. So I jumped on a train to Austria, showed up at Nike's doorstep and a few weeks later, I was leaving the cute boy behind and moving to Vienna. Hooray! Luckily for me, The Cute Boy was a "keeper" (married him 4yrs later!) and followed not long after where he and ended up working for Nike as well.
Moves To Two more countries with NIKE, a wedding and a baby later, it was 2003 and we were living back in the United States after 10yrs abroad. Two babies after that and 5 years at NIKE's World Headquarters in Beaverton, ORegon, and it was time for the Joneses to seek adventure elsewhere in the World.
It was during my last year at NIKE, while I was running a program I LOVED, which I helped create, launch and facilitate, called Product Creation University (PCU), that I realized what my calling was, to serve others & help them reach Peak Performance.
I LOVE dreaming big, building the plan, chasing the dream and not letting any amount of rejection or denial get in my way. And believe you-me, woven into that story there are a TON of things "not only things not going as planned", but also, "Crap, I don't have a plan B." But I truly believe those are the real gifts, the ones that teach us WHO WE ARE, those are the tests to see how bad you really want it.
Perhaps the above resonates with you. So Awesome! I Can't wait to connect with you and would love to help remove any blocks or course corrections that can get you onto the right path. but you're someone who's saying, "But what if I don't know what I want right now?" Well that's Fabulous! (seriously).
Those are the fun ones... we get to create the life you love together! We always have the breakdown right before the breakthrough.