I'm an extremely active person (running, cycling, soccer, snowboarding etc.). Being active is one of the things that make me most passionate about life - the ability to push my body and use it in so many different ways. I, regrettably, don't stop often enough to smell the roses, but that's a byproduct of life being both a gift, there's so much possibility, and a curse, as soon as you're born, your life is already ending. So I'm usually in the mindset of making the most of every hour.
I've been very fortunate so far in my life - I have an amazing family, friends and a job that I love. I've worked extremely hard to get where I am in life and to have the job I have, which allows me the freedom to travel, apply my creativity and intellect to solve challenges that directly benefit our patient population, I couldn't ask for more. Being successful to me has always meant doing something that directly benefits people I can see, gives me the freedom to do what I want while still allowing me enough time for all my extracurricular activities.
Like many people, traveling has always been on my list of things to do, but I realized early on that most people have it listed as 'someday.'
I said to hell with 'someday' and I’ve designed my life to optimize travel opportunities. I travel domestically for work a couple of times per month and I use those opportunities to explore the U.S. I also travel internationally at least twice per year. I'm really cheap, but because I went to college with high achievers who are all over the world, I always have a place to crash where ever I go and the benefit of a local to show me around
I’m passionate about traveling because it allows me to stay connected to all the people I care about and it also allows me to experience the things I do at home in a whole new environment. I ran my first international marathon on the west coast of Australia in the city if Perth - if you've ever ran a marathon, mile 18 is usually when you hit the wall and your legs feel like jello, but during this marathon, the usual pain and agony of a marathon barely came to mind because all that was going through my head was: "holy cow, I'm running through vineyards, now I'm running through a cave, now I'm running next to the Swan Coastal Plain, and now I'm running next to the Indian Ocean!!!"
The other thing to know about me is I LOVE MUSIC - if you're my neighbor, yes I'm the one blasting music at 5am in the morning when I'm up...sorry ;)
Music gets my blood flowing , I listen to music in almost any situation from blasting Jay-Z to get pumped for the day, jamming to Mozart when I'm reading on a flight, blasting Eminem on that last stretch during a 10 mile run or zooming down a blue on my snowboard listening to Florence + the Machine- music just enhances everything.