Wife, mother, athlete, lawyer, coach, friend, writer, construction company co-owner – these are some of the ways in which I describe myself. I don’t use the lawyer one often anymore, but the skills I learned as a lawyer I employ daily in our construction business, in mediating disputes between kids, and advocating for myself or others in day to day life. In fact I’d say that there is a crossover between all of the roles I play.
Our lives and our journeys aren’t always linear. Sometimes we think we are heading to a particular destination only to come to a fork in the road and head off in a different direction. Such has been my life. After law school I practiced law for seven years. The next seven years I spent in the home raising three young boys. For the following six years I worked part time as a Risk Manager for a construction company. I’m now back home full time running my own business as a fitness and health coach and I am finally pursuing my dream of writing. I also run a custom home-building business with my husband. I don’t regret any of the roles I’ve had or the time spent to achieve them. I know that each of them have shaped the woman I am today.
I’m passionate about my faith and about striving to carry out the purpose that God has planned for my life. To be the best at each of the roles I play, I know I have to be healthy. For me that means being well-nourished physically, emotionally and spiritually. It means getting and keeping my head in the right place. Exercise gives me both mental and physical strength and clarity. Setting and reaching goals in fitness, like running a marathon or completing a fitness program, sharpens my focus and shapes my character. The achievements bolster confidence. The failures teach humility. Both instruct in patience, perseverance and dedication.
As important as it is to exercise daily and to make good choices when it comes to nutrition, it is also important for me to stay healthy spiritually. I do this by spending time in the word, attending church services and surrounding myself with other believers who support and encourage me in my faith walk. I do not pretend to be perfect. I am a work in progress. Every day I practice certain disciplines to maintain my health. The greatest gift each of us can give to ourselves, for our own benefit and those around us, is a healthy self – physically, emotionally and spiritually.
God has a purpose and a destiny for each of our lives. I believe He designed each of us to serve others. By sharing my own struggles, accomplishments, challenges and successes through my writing and through the role I play as a coach, I aspire to offer you encouragement, support, practical advice and hope.
About My Family
I have been married to my husband Derek since 1996. We met in high school when we were 14 and 15 years old. We started dating after graduation and we essentially “grew up” together. We dated long distance for seven years as we both pursued higher education and we were finally married when we were both once again living back in our hometown.
We have three boys, including twins David and Daniel, and John, our youngest. Like us, our boys have grown up playing sports. After trying many early on, they have all started to settle into the ones they love best. Currently we are a football, rugby, weight lifting and track family. In some seasons this means practices every night of the week and games all weekend. Derek has coached at least one of the boys’ teams every season since they first started playing sports. So we are a crazy busy sports family, but it’s what we love to do. I love to watch my boys in action and I appreciate the commitment my husband makes to his teams as he coaches, encourages and pours into the young men’s lives, including our own young men.
Born and raised in the same hometown in Northern California, we began raising our family there as well. Our search for a new school for our three boys took us on the greatest adventure of our lives as we left everything we knew and the comfort of home to pursue the calling we felt on the life of our family – in the great State of Texas. Raised being community-minded, it didn’t take us long to plug into our new hometown and we are very active in our church, our boys’ school community, Rotary and several sports organizations.
It is my passion and daily desire to use my gifts and talents to serve others. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to do that personally and professionally.