Im a girl who cares about her health, exploration and living an extraordinary lifestyle
I wont do anything unless Im passionate about it. Period.
Growing up near the Johnson Space Center, I was exposed to space exploration from an early age. However, I first decided that I wanted to be a NASA astronaut in the third grade, after watching the movie Apollo 13. The film showed me how challenging, demanding and satisfying it is to complete a space mission. The skills and experience I needed to accomplish my goal of becoming an astronaut have motivated me ever since.
I needed a great deal of determination to graduate from Purdue University with a BS in Civil Engineering (Boiler Up!), and then continue on to Portland State University (Go Vikings!) for my MS in Mechanical Engineering. All the while, I was co-oping for the Kennedy Space Center.
Nearing my graduation, I came to realize that NASA positions were few and far between, and I would have to pursue a different career trajectory. Contemplating similar job opportunities, I thought of two things: extreme engineering from my freshman engineering class and personal fitness. I decided to pursue extreme engineering and secured a job in corporate America.
In corporate America, I became extremely adaptable. And though I adapted to the nice salary and the fast pace of my new job, something just wasn’t right. I was still in a long-distance relationship that had started five years ago, and I wasn’t enjoying my work. I often found myself escaping the office to go work out. It wasn’t that I couldn’t do my job, but that I didn’t enjoy my new career. I didn’t find the job challenging, demanding or satisfying—and yet I felt all of these things when I looked in the mirror after a hard workout.
So, I decided to leave corporate America for a new dream—a dream to be a fitness astronaut! I wanted to become someone who explores fitness and helps others explore it as well. I wanted to explore what would make people fit and healthy. The challenges are as tough as you make them in your mind, and the demands can be a bit much, but the satisfaction of your smile when you see yourself in the mirror is worth it.