MY ACCENT IS confused.
I had the pleasure of living in four drastically different communities.
For 23 years of my life, I lived in the beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Teaming with Amish buggies, dairy farms and Pennsylvania Dutch, Lancaster provided me with the opportunity to view the greater world with a rather minimalist perspective.
Switching continents, I was incredibly fortunate to be able to live in Milan, Italy for the spring of 2013. This living experience not only granted me with an urban perspective, but it added a completely different angle to my self-disposition – an angle of confidence found by forcing myself out of my comfort zone and then learning to adapt and thrive.
Prepare for a subtle barrage of the Steelers, pop, and yinzer talk. While my home did reside in Lancaster, my entire family still lives in Pittsburgh – a city filled with the most diverse collection of truly genuine people. They taught me that family doesn't have to end at your house's threshold. It's all just a matter of perspective.
Today, my home is in England with my husband and 4-year-old stepson. I met my husband over a year ago via Xbox Live (another one of my favorite pastimes). We fell for each other immediately and married a year later. It was this decision to marry someone overseas that taught me the variance in difficulty between making a high-stakes decision and then following through with it.
MY NICKNAME WAS STONEWALL.
For 16 years of my life, I was an avid soccer player. I circulated through all of the positions, from defender to forward, but only started playing goalkeeper full-time at age 12. Since then, I won two national championships with my premier team, played for the WPSL (semi-professional) Lancaster Inferno team, named National Goalie War Champion, broke four records for most career shutouts and most shutouts in a season, and received an athletic full-ride schoolar to a Division I university.
I only reached these goals by constant practice combined with inevitably extreme time management skills. Since I played practically 24/7, I never had time to procrastinate with my school work and therefore learned quickly how to prioritize and achieve tasks efficiently. To put it into perspective, within a single year: I participated in over 1,800 hours of soccer on 300 different days of that year and saved over 36,000 shots, or 87% of all shots taken against me.
Bottom line: everything that defines soccer – the teamwork, the competition, the commitment, the organization – has assimilated into the way I live my life today.
I am passionate about smiles.
Passion has always defined my direction. I find it in everything – from making someone smile to that massive project at work. I believe that everyone has a passion for something. You just have to figure out what makes your team smile. Smiles lead to good, strong work. Good work leads to stronger businesses. Which, when it all comes down to it, that's the goal: creating stronger businesses.
Creativity suits my independence.
The term 'freethinker' is a nearly accurate description of my general thought process; however, I will add one point: while it is not the only factor, I do take authority's view into consideration because understanding societal views is the foundation for any truly independent thought. It is this mindset that has allowed me to look at the world in a unique way and approach life with new insight, vigor, and creativity.