It all started when I graduated from Vanderbilt in 2013, I jumped into a great job. I loved it. I enjoyed being in the creative space, I worked alongside talented artists, and I learned so much from the leadership there. It’s a job I’ll be forever grateful for.

But there came a day when I realized that I was stuck. The reality was that I had become constantly stressed at the office, I was quickly losing interpersonal skills from staring at a screen all day, and it was a daily struggle to find any time for everything else (the yard, self care, my social life…). On top of that, my financial anxiety was skyrocketing after catching a glimpse of where my income track was headed. That was the most I could ever be worth? I was living a lifestyle based on paycheck-to-paycheck income, working under someone else’s watch, and I felt like I was constantly drowning just trying to keep up.

Sound familiar?

I knew there was more out there. I’d lived it – my parents had provided a lifestyle of time and financial freedom like none other. I didn’t get it! Here I was, “successful,” but constantly overwhelmed by my schedule and riddled with financial anxiety. How did they create that kind of lifestyle? How could I build it for myself?

I started asking questions, and made the decision to go into business for myself in 2016. I didn’t know then how it would all work out. I had more questions that I did answers: Was I good enough? Was I ready? What would people think? Would I fail? But I knew that I was being called somewhere, so I jumped.

With the support of this Life On Your Own Terms Team and a lot of faith, I’ve been able to break out of my paycheck-style living and create space in my life for the things that I love. For me, those things are early afternoon workouts, staying active in my community, and using money as a tool to love others extravagantly.

What are your things?

My goal and passion is to help others do the same. I’ve had a front row seat in watching every day people achieve their dreams — whatever that dream looks like for them. What a joy and privilege it is to help write those kinds of stories. Let’s keep on writing them. Because no matter who you are, you can have the life you want to lead.