I grew up on 48 acres in a small town near Tulsa, Oklahoma and completed my Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Oklahoma State University (Go Pokes!). Since then, I've lived in Dallas, DC, San Diego, and now Oakland, and have worked everywhere from a small family business to the US Department of State. Oakland is pretty awesome though, and I hope to call it home for some time.
My favorite hobbies are traveling, equestrian sports, hiking, running, climbing, biking, reading, snowboarding, and yoga. My goal is to travel to at least one foreign country every year, and my latest journey took me to Jordan, the UAE, and Israel this past summer.
Things I love most include my friends, my family, my animals, good food, good music, and being out in nature.
I'd say that my life motto can be easily defined through one of my favorite quotes: "I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day."