I was born and raised in West New York State with a father who, as a compliment to his spiritual practice, embraced a holistic approach to wellness. He taught me how eat nutritiously and value my health. He is my role model still, and his lifelong commitment to healthy living has rewarded him with vibrant youthful energy, longevity, and happiness. I emulated his habits from an early age, started swimming competitively in high school, and I learned how to paint and run (not at the same time!) in art school later when I moved to New York City.
About six years ago, as an antidote to time spent alone in my studio and a rocky relationship, I began to frequent the gym where I discovered the sport and community of triathlon. Equating the rigorous demands of artistic production to athletics and forging ahead with my training and work, I soon realized that I had two careers, three sports, four boyfriends, five pairs of sneakers, and only one life. Sounds fun, right? It’s been a blast, but after at least 15 triathlons and several half marathons, I recently have become more dedicated to one sport (running), one medium (writing), and overall wellness with a plan to add ultra-distance and trail running to my road reverie.
I am a little bit like you actually. I aspire to be fitter, eat better, and live more purposefully. It is my opinion that what you do is not as important as how you live and what you believe in. I have worked at some of the best fitness facilities in New York City such as Equinox and La Palestra Center for Preventative Medicine as an exercise specialist, swimming coach, and running coach, following my successful career as a contemporary artist that spanned ten years and a few continents.
I can’t imagine life without swimming, running, books, and art. I ask a lot of questions. I’m not an expert; I’m a facilitator. Passion is a great gift. I love to share the things that allow me to connect with my life force. I explore. I learn. I listen. I give.
Even though I have defined my ambition more clearly in the last few years, I manage to occasionally find time for some shipwreck diving, skiing, boxing, yoga, and CrossFit, and I will eventually learn how to surf.