Yes- looking forward, thinking bigger, and creating the fruitful and fulfilling life I want to live is at the center of my mission. I don’t believe in dwelling on the past, but even more so I don’t believe in forgetting it. I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I moved to California and went to Loyola Marymount University and have lived in LA ever since. I attended a fancy private school with a fancy tuition to match, but none of my core college friends had their lives handed to them. We worked the mailroom, ran event centers, taught dance classes and drove the school shuttle a.k.a. Lion Express. We shared rooms with twin beds (even after we graduated) and of course took on the dreaded student loan debt that continues to haunt most of us today.
Over Memorial Day weekend the gang got back together. We united in NYC and took a trip up the east coast to celebrate one of our bests get married in Maine. It didn’t take long to realize how far we had come in 8 years. My friend Taylor is his own fashion empire- creative directing, styling even photographing campaigns we see everyday. Kelly runs a designer eyewear label, Jessica represents the most working choreographers, Jacqui just opened Maine’s favorite artisanal ice cream shop and Ashley runs a high school department and is our first mom of the bunch! My two majors (dance and business) have actually become my career- I’ve danced for my favorite pop stars, in my favorite TV shows, have a fitness lifestyle blog and create content for the brands I grew up loving. As we live our lives day in and day out, we get lost in what we haven’t accomplished and neglect to take a moment and realized what we have. We all agreed we want more, but recognized that we have all come so far on our own, never hesitating to ask each other for help along the way. If you can’t come up with your friends, what’s the point? Your success is measured by the success of those who surround you.
As we drove from Manhattan to Maine in the gorgeous 2017 Volvo S90 sedan, we realized it’s a symbol of how far we’ve come. Outdoor noise muted, music crystal clear and wifi flowing to pull up all of our favorite memories along the way. The smooth ride allowed us to stay the course and focus on us. Thank you Volvo for perfectly accessorizing our coming of age reunion.