I dream, I do, I feel, I experiment.
I create content, art and experiences that scratch beneath the surface and explore life’s big questions. Using my life as an experiment, and our world as a canvas, I delve into themes such as fear, vulnerability, creativity, purpose, self-expression, legacy and love. I create to provoke and illuminate. And most of all, I live for love.
I’ve had the honor of collaborating with 75+ artists and entrepreneurs, brands like Apple, Fast Company, Unilever, Photojojo, Tumblr, Squarespace, The Unreasonable Institute and The Future Project, and as Chief Evangelist of Seth Godin’s Domino Project, launch six best-selling books in six months.
My projects, Nightowls, Bold Academy and The Alive Tribe, have spread globally in three months, catalyzed meaningful action in thousands of entrepreneurs and creatives, and appeared in The New York Times, ABC World News, Forbes, Fast Company, BBC, Inc., Tim Ferriss’s blog, The Next Web and The Huffington Post.
Where it all began…
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had two things with me at all times: a journal and pen. From jotting down dreams to sketching ideas as I go about my day, to reflecting on how I’m feeling and where my story is going, my most natural state is when I’m writing and creating.
At age six, my diaries contained locks and secret notes, which later evolved into a series of journals with doodles, reflections and future plans.
My dreaming and scheming eventually turned into doing when at age 11 I decided to live out my ambition of being an Editor-in-Chief of a magazine by launching an e-zine for teenage girls. Frustrated with the content available for girls my age (how to look pretty and please others), I set out to bring together meaningful content that inspired young women. Two years, 5,000 AOL email subscribers and Alloy and Delias as brand sponsors later, I realized the power of the internet in launching dreams and spreading ideas.
The magazine eventually lost form when the competition around high school and college admissions took priority, and so I journeyed through a system that taught me to follow the rules, seek stability and be a good worker. A college degree and career in digital marketing and technology later, a reoccurring thought kept entering my mind: “This is not your life. This is someone else’s life. It’s time to remember who you really are.”
And so, after six months of contemplation and heart ache, I quit my job at a tech start-up in San Francisco, sold my belongings, and booked a one-way ticket to New York City in 48 hours. My only plan was to live for the question of “Why am I here?”, creating the space to experience the answers.
This journey led me down a path of experimentation, breaking down to breaking through, and a whole lot of ”holy shit, what did I get myself into?” followed closely by “this is the point of being alive.”
It led me to meet the love of my life, whom I’m now engaged to and was put on this earth to love.
It led me to discover that limitations are in our mind, success is how we define it, and love is the most powerful force in the world.
It hasn’t been easy. Many mistakes have been made along the way. I’ve plunged headfirst into commitments that didn’t fully align with my values, ignored red flags, drained myself to breakdown, over-committed and over-promised.
But I’ve learned. Grown. And expanded.
This is an adventure. It’s only the beginning. Let’s come alive together.