Give us your “elevator pitch” (What you do, who you are, where you’re from).
I'm an online business and systems strategist who teaches solopreneurs how to refine and streamline their online businesses. I dropped out of my PhD program in atmospheric science when I was diagnosed with multiple mental illnesses, including OCD. After attempting a brief stint in corporate America, I started my first business and became addicted. I took what I learned from my successes and failures online, as well as my proficiency for efficiency and attention to detail, and turned it into my current business, The Off-Road Millennial. I'm a former military brat, so I never really have an answer for where I'm from. I'm living in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. these days with my husband and cats.
Who’s your hero?
I've never been one for heroes, because I believe (sappiness ahead!) that we can all be heroes in the right situation. I try not to idolize celebrities or others who are just trying to live their lives doing what they do best.
When feeling stressed or overwhelmed, what do you do to unwind and refocus?
Well I have to get away from my computer or I inevitably end up accidentally working! A long drive is very head-clearing for me, whether I'm the driver or passenger. I also enjoy day-trips to new places (with the bonus of a head-clearing drive!) or short hikes in the mountains with my husband and friends. I've recently taken up drawing and painting, because I absolutely suck at it, so I feel like a child learning a new skill.
What’s your favorite book?
I am so noncommital with these types of questions! Even as a child I ended up picking a random book I liked as my "favorite" because it's such a common icebreaker. I'm really into nonfiction, and I've recently enjoyed Alan Weiss's "Million Dollar Coaching." Yes, it's the book title equivalent of clickbait, but he really dives into the monetization of, essentially, an ill-defined consulting niche. As for fiction, I'm a sucker for young adult, dystopian series, so The Hunger Games and Divergent were right up my alley.
Describe the biggest risk you’ve ever taken. How did it work out?
I dropped out of my PhD program without a backup plan. Academia was always the plan, and now I had none. Despite being a control freak with OCD, I felt hope and freedom for the first time in years. It led me to online entrepreneurship, and that's working out pretty well for me thus far!
What’s your favorite quote?
Toss-up on my current favorite: "The perfect is the enemy of the good." and "Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
Describe your dream vacation.
I think I might just be about to go on it! My husband and I have been saving up for a two-week jaunt around Europe this April, and we're all booked! We'll be hitting London, Paris, Zurich, Innsbruck, Munich, and Frankfurt. My dad is a pilot for a major airline, so we'll be traveling first class for a very reduced price--how cool is that?! As introverts, I think we'll be a bit worn out and ready to get back to the cats by the end though, so I'm looking forward to future vacations overseas for shorter bouts of time in single locations.
Where do you see yourself in 25 years?
My immediate thought was "feeling achy," haha! While I'm super happy with the small, solopreneur-style business I'm currently running, I plan to be a serial entrepreneur (well I guess I've already had two other businesses, so I already am). In 25 years I expect to have two children in college (we don't even have any yet!), a couple of larger businesses that I will be CEO of, including one integrating my atmospheric science background, a healthy six-figure income, and time to travel as empty nesters with my husband. Before online entrepreneurship, people would have said that all those goals contradict each other, but, these days, it's possible.
What’s currently on your radar? Tell us about your latest project.
Other than my 25-year plans? ;) I'm moving more into group coaching programs and small business consulting to scale my business better as my husband and I prepare to start a family--another project on its own! I'm also working on my first book, Owning It, which, in theory, should be self-published later this summer. Its focus is on personal branding and using your own story and voice to build a business and life in which you thrive. I'm also working with a handful of one-on-one coaching and consulting clients to systematize their online businesses.
Any advice for recent college grads?
Don't worry, none of us knows what we're doing. We're all just pretending to be functional adults. So be a functional adult that's pursuing happiness, however that looks for you.
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