Ever since I was little, I always resisted the idea of “normalcy”. I ate sticks of butter, hated wearing shoes, and my closest friends were the animals I could find in my backyard. Fast forward 20 years, and I still feel like that same child. I’ve worked really hard mentally and physically to honor my authentic self, no matter how painful that may be. It doesn’t just help me love and celebrate who I am, but I hope it inspires others to see that it’s never too late to become the person you’ve always wanted to be.
My biggest passion is undoubtedly the environment. Protecting the natural world is something I hold dear to my heart, likely because I grew up playing in all its beauty. As an awkward kid without many friends, I found a lot of solace in the woods. The sights, smells, and sounds felt like home. It was an endless playground, filled with challenges and games. My mom could probably tell you about all the small mammals, reptiles and insects I would bring home or collect. Eventually, when I got older and needed to think about a path that could have the greatest impact on the world, I chose international business and environmental policy.
Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime’s work, but it’s worth the effort. – Mister Rogers
This path led me straight across the pond (or lake in this case), from New York to Vermont. Here I believed my education would prepare me to be the change I wanted to see in the world. Surrounded by people who were also passionate about environmental causes, it was the first time I found a community of like-minded individuals that made me feel supported, valued and heard. But perhaps even more importantly, I also found a community of outdoor enthusiasts that sparked a set of hobbies that have come to shape the way I live.
Accompanied by my best four-legged friend, the majority of my free time is usually spent moving: yoga, rock climbing, trail running, mountain biking or skiing. My family was never into that kind of stuff; we were blue-collar people that didn’t have the money for most of those things. Instead, my dad defined the outdoors as a place to hunt and fish; my mom, a place a beauty to admire from a front porch, starkly contrasting her NYC roots. So it’s been incredible having these new experiences as an adult, and for many reasons. Learning things as a grownup has humbled me, connecting to people has given me friends, and chasing skill progression has led me on once-in-a-lifetime adventures.
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. –George Bernard Shaw
While these experiences may not seem relevant to my job as a content creator at Snowball, there could be nothing more relevant for me. Flexibility is at my core, as I have been learning, digesting, and understanding different industries across the globe for the past 10 years, including maritime transportation, production and manufacturing, organic farming, and tourism. I am so grateful for how this impacted my view of the world, and ultimately gave my voice perspective, relatability, and passion. Today, writing is my vessel to explore and understand how things work; a vessel that can also relay information to others. What an incredible gift to have, to be a storyteller, defining the loveable products and technology that will define future generations to come.