“If you’re always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be.” Maya Angelou
Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
I’m the first woman to launch a solo app and I managed to do it from the most land-locked, isolated place in America, thousands of miles away from tech hubs. Also, I’m an early riser. I love getting up around 4am and having a good hour to myself doing my SACRED sunrise…s = silence (like meditate), a=ask (like “what if everything works out perfectly today), c=create (like writing two pages straight), R=read, e=exercise (I love running and barre), and d=daydream (all those great possibilities!)
What # would define your life journey?
Favorite website / app:
I use my own app, Gratitude, every day. I also love Headspace, Breathe, Calm. I hang out on Medium a lot. But I think my favorite place is learning from online courses. They really make things much easier!
Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted:
The founder of BlinkNow, Maggie Doyne, first reached out to me when she was just 19 and walking dogs, babysitting, water plants to raise money to start an orphanage in Nepal. I was blown away by what she was doing and we quickly became friends. A couple years ago, one of her children passed away and she recovered by writing love letters to all the other children in her home. It’s has shown me that there is always something to be grateful for if you dig deep enough.
Challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
When I started making apps, I didn’t even have an iPhone or ever used a Mac. I turned to a friend for help and he told me that I was crazy. Apps were just a passing fad and I didn’t have the money, technical skills or network to build one. But I was determined and got up at 5am every morning before going into my day job to work on my app…fumbling with XCode, skyping developers, tweaking my designs. It was a huge learning curve but the best thing I ever did!
What are you most grateful for?
The hardships in my life. Had I not endured them, I would not have any idea of my own strength!
Helping others succeed though public speaking, introductions, advice, books, apps…you name it. I just love watching other people achieve their dreams.
What knowledge would you impart to women in order for them to REIGN their lives?
Take time to take care of yourself. Get up early to invest in yourself. To build up your knowledge, strengthen your body and clear your mind. Fill your cup first.