Finding A Safe Place

At a time when our country feels more divided than ever, and opinions becoming touted as fact, I knew it was time to end my relationship with social media. I became tired of the negativity and hate speech I was reading, and realized that my reasons for joining Instagram and Facebook were no longer there….

My Clash with COVID19

I began self-distancing before the order in Oregon was even put in place. As a heart patient, I knew the importance of protecting myself, and the ones I love from this plague of a virus. I did everything right…. but I still got Coronavirus. I know the moment of my exposure – I knew it…

COVID-19, Congenital Heart Disease, and the Workplace

Unless you live under a rock, you have seen hundreds of COVID-19 articles and the widespread chaos, misunderstanding, and confusion around this virus. We’re constantly told in the news, “It only hits people with underlying medical conditions. For most people, it will be a bad cold”. Here is the thing with that statistic; I am…

A Letter to My Angel: We Will Always Love You

Just today, we miscarried you. You were so tiny, just about the size of a little lentil. Your Dad and I had no idea that we could even create you. You were the most amazing surprise and came in the smallest of packaging. We weren’t even trying, but you came anyway. God always knows what…

My American Ninja Warrior Debut: The Final Countdown

It’s official! I got the call to compete on this season of American Ninja Warrior! In 31 days, I will be stepping onto the course, staring down the line of obstacles, and bringing this dream of mine to fruition. I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel pressure to not let people down….

Arrhythmias: Trapped Inside A Nightmare

Turn off the lights, tuck yourself into bed, and wait for the weightlessness of sleep. The only problem, is that it doesn’t come. Lying there, not afraid, but still wondering why sleep hasn’t happened. Suddenly, it happens… my nightmare; my arrhythmia. Most people portray and see me as strong, relentless, athletic and unyielding to any…

Congenital Heart Disease: Learning Trust After Abandonment

I’m very open about having Congenital Heart Disease, the obstacles I face, and how I dig deep to find every ounce of courage available, but I have never really discussed how I got here. Some things were always a bit too personal for me to share to a wider audience, but I’m learning the more…

Courage, Dear Heart – Be The Storm

“Courage, dear heart.” – C.S Lewis As heart patients, we are used to weathering the storms of our disease; a disease that cannot be cured. We are born with these heart defects, some which can be repaired, and others that are masked with medication, and other treatment options. The longer I live with Congenital Heart…

The Evolution Of Losing Myself

Sometimes, I think it takes losing yourself to find yourself again. It’s almost a necessary lesson in human evolution; we grow, we change, we experience loss, and ultimately redemption. We don’t always understand the process or reasoning while it’s happening, but looking back, there is always an important takeaway that molds us into who we…

My Journey To American Ninja Warrior

This year, more than 75,000 people applied for 600 spots across 6 cities for the chance to compete on American Ninja Warrior. That’s less than a 1% chance of being selected, and the West Coast qualifier (my region) is the most competitive to get into. This all started 5 years ago with a promise I…