I have loved design since elementary school, made my first couple of websites in high school, and in the summer of 2016 I was drawn to the idea of a career in User Experience Design. I graduated from the UXDI program at General Assembly where I learned the design process, which reminded me of the scientific method I learned as a child. Although I loved math and science, I was not fond of the science projects we had to complete for the science fairs. I wondered, “When am I going to need the Scientific Method again? Pretty sure I'm not going to be a scientist.” Fast forward to today where my inner child is thrilled to finally understand the importance of both the Scientific Method and the design process. I learned that research is a crucial element of the design process. I found the most impactful techniques to be interviews and contextual inquiries because the best way to get to know someone is to converse with them and observe them. Each and everyone one of us has a unique lens with which we view the world. We can learn a lot from each other when we pay attention and listen with open minds.
I am a Certified Personal Trainer, and I design healthy lifestyles.
I strongly believe in prioritizing health and fitness because we cannot create more time, but we can create more energy. My life changed five years ago when I hired a coach to help me get in the best shape of my life. I ate hard boiled egg whites and oatmeal for breakfast every morning and actually loved it. I also developed a love for peanut butter. Lifting weights became the highlight of my day. I learned that I have control of my food intake and my fitness level. This inspired me to help others find this for themselves. Working as a personal trainer mirrors the responsibilities of a designer in several ways: I ask clients about their daily routines to understand their activity levels, eating habits, and fitness routine. I walk clients through a couple of exercises so I can observe their movement patterns and note any muscle imbalances. Based on what I learn about a client, I design a personalized training program for each of them so they can visualize the process towards their goals with a date to aim for. Throughout their programs, I love getting to know my clients and how they experience the benefits of their improved health and fitness. When clients finish their programs, it is always bittersweet but I love knowing that I helped another person become a healthier, better version of themselves.
I graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from Sonoma State University. Although I did not know what I wanted my career to be at the time, I learned to appreciate all the subjects we studied. We learned about different religions, cultures, perspectives across the world. There are so many different groups of people in this world. What we tend to forget, especially in times of conflict, is that despite the differences we have, at the end of the day we all want to be happy with loved ones and live. Just because a person or group of people live in a way that you are not familiar with, does not mean they are right or wrong, superior or inferior. They are just different. We are all different. We are all unique. We can all learn something from each other.
I love healthy, delicious food.
Broccoli is for the body. Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies are for the soul. After competing in the sport of bodybuilding, enduring week after week of following strict meal plans, I have learned that food is a universal way to celebrate and connect with family and friends. Food is life.