About the Author

authorphoto_1At an early age, I found my passion for motivating, teaching and inspiring others to be and feel their very best. Whether sharing my love for dance through performing and teaching, cheering on my family and friends as they journey through life, leading students through yoga classes and teacher trainings, or helping women find an outfit they love, I feel most at home when uplifting those around me.

When I graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2011, with my bachelor of arts degree in Communications and Journalism (Public Relations) and my minor in Family Studies, an important matter was at hand: Bullying. The heart-wrenching problem had not only gained attention from the media, schools, and parents across the globe, but it was especially hitting close to home—in me. I knew I had to do something to help. That’s when God put the dream of writing a book about my experience overcoming the mean girls and the bullies into my heart. Scary? YES! But, as Joel Osteen says: “Make your mess your message.” So I took a leap of faith. I trusted that by sharing my story and my mom’s sweet notes with the world, I could make a difference. And so it began. I wrote Lessons from My Lunchbox with one goal: that my story, and my mom’s lunchbox notes, would uplift, inspire and give my readers and their loved ones hope and encouragement to bloom where they’ve been planted, especially during life’s bullystorms.

Born and raised in the wide-open spaces, I am a lover of my roots with a love for fashion, writing, travel, fitness and my Christian faith. I find great joy in belly laughs with my girlfriends, a glass of good red wine, finding that perfect verse of Scripture for the moment, butt-kicking workouts, cheering on the Minnesota Wild, a warm latte, country music, big family dinners, spending time with my parents on the farm I’ve loved since dress-up days and chores with dad, and jet-setting with my husband.