My story starts with a little girl who, no matter what, always smiled and was just happy to be alive. Raised by her parents, who were basically children themselves (21 years old) she experienced and witnessed life’s little treasures at such a young age including travels around the country, living in multiples locations, road-trips, restaurants and late-night outings, adult conversations, R-rated movies with her eyes and ears being covered at the innapropriate parts, late night poker games, sitting on adult laps and laughing because she was up past her bedtime and learning the love of family and friends all at once.
This little girl from such a young age loved life with everything she had. I still remember her. Fighting to go to sleep because she wanted to stay up and play, crying because she was always too small/short to go on the big rides, argued when something was unjust, stood up for herself and for her friends, shook and stuttered when she had to present in front of class, was always sassy when appropriate and made every effort to make light of situations, make people feel better and always wanted more out of life.
Those years seem like a whirlwind now, but oh how they’ve shaped me. My parents gave me everything they could and always made sure I had what I needed but the greatest gift of all was the mindset they passed on to me and the ability to see the good in everything
I’m still that girl who loves life, who has trouble sleeping at night because there’s so much to do, who travels the world and who always wants more out of it. If there’s anything that makes me happiest it’s traveling, connecting with others, constantly learning and forever inspiring. Experiences over things, always!
But if you want the basic version – A Long Island native, 90s kid, 5’2 with some attitude, probably eating baked cheddar and sour cream chips and drinking wine, watching Harry Potter, writing down thoughts and captions in iPhone notes, always scheming up the next travel destination, making noises and faces to express emotion, and smiling and laughing most of the day.