I have spent the last 5 years of my life exploring the vertical world, i.e., rock cilmbing! I first started what would be a life changing sport at my local indoor climbing gym. This is a place indoors where the walls mimic the natural features of the great outdoor cliffs such as Yosemite National Park. I quickly excelled at the sport and found myself learning so much about such things as Top Roping, Bouldering, Knot Tying, and Safety. Recently, I have further grown as a rock climber and have taken my sport to new heights: Outside! Words cannot express how great it is to be outdoors on the rocks and being an example and inspiration to others to join the climbing community.
The thought of doing gymnastic never crossed my mind until my early 20s, which is considered fairly late in ones life to begin. During that time I had a personal goal of being able to perform the iron cross on the olympic rings. After two years of having a personal trainer once a week allowed me to accomplish my goal.
With my constant desire to keep testing myself through my personal evolution learning to skydive was next on my list. Before enrolling in the AFF program I had never jumped out a plane before. By enrolling in this certification program it was a requirement that the students first jump is solo. The reason I signed up for these classes versus just doing a tandem jump with an instructor was more for symbolic reasons. By me placing myself outside of my comfort zone into a world unknown, I wanted to prove to myself not only that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to regardless of factors such as fear, but also to validate that I believe in myself so much that in whatever I do I can do on my own successfully.
As a child I got interested in photography during a family camping trip to the Grand Canyon, when my dad purchased a very basic film camera for the trip. Since then, my passion for photography has risen steadily and has become a very strong artistic outlet to express for me. Although I have countless reasons why I love photography, I would like to say there is a therapeutic element of having that alone time with yourself just to de-stress... temporarily escaping and connecting with the real world.
Weight lifting was my grassroots activity growing up and is still a important passion of mine. I began lifting weights entering into the 6th grade when I transitioned from elementary school to middle school. The gym was my foundation in seeing the results of personal goals I set to accomplish.