I dream, I do, I feel, I experiment.
I’m an artist and entrepreneur on a quest to inspire deeper connection to self, community and world. This commitment led me to create public art movement The World We Want, which launched to over 200,000 people at the Dumbo Art Festival in Brooklyn, New York. The wall is now traveling the world, creating spaces that invite honest reflection and expression for one simple reason: Every human deserves to have a voice.
Previously I founded accelerator for your life Bold Academy and as Chief Evangelist of Seth Godin’s Domino Project, launched six best-selling books in six months. I’ve collaborated with brands like Apple, Fast Company, Unilever, Photojojo, Tumblr, Squarespace, The Unreasonable Institute and The Future Project.
Called an “internet soothsayer” by Fast Company and an “Up and Comer” by Forbers, my work also has 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, in early 2010, 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.