WHEN I WAS EIGHT...
I boldly declared that I wanted to be a dance teacher when I grew up. 

With a firm goal in mind, I forged my path from student to instructor to studio owner to dance professor. Clean and straightforward. Gold star for me.

But then my gut started talking. I wasn't in love with the life I had built. 

So I started pivoting. A lot. I felt like a crazy person who couldn't answer that most beloved childhood question: "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

My career highlights have been all over the map. I've seen success, tasted failure, and wondered if I would ever settle down.

But I wouldn't change a thing. My unique journey has given me so many skills and lessons that have prepared me to charge forward with the one goal that has never changed: 

To create a life and world I love. 
TIMELINE HIGHLIGHTS
2020
2019
  • Formed Munga Punga with a mission to keep kids creative and prepare them to be the innovators of tomorrow.
  • ​Created Munga Punga's flagship program, The Summer of Creativity, helping kids avoid summer learning loss through project-based learning.
  • ​Moved family to Salt Lake City, Utah. 
2019
  • Formed Munga Punga with a mission to keep kids creative and prepare them to be the innovators of tomorrow.
  • ​Created Munga Punga's flagship program, The Summer of Creativity, helping kids avoid summer learning loss through project-based learning.
  • ​Moved family to Salt Lake City, Utah. 
2018
  • Successfully sold SomaFit to pursue more educational passions.
  • ​Moved family to Portland, Oregon.
  • ​Created half a dozen free resources, including "Doable," that helped hundreds of people be more productive and organized.
  • Mentored over a dozen female entrepreneurs, teaching them how to create a stronger online presence and make better connections with their customers.
2017
  • Continued to grow SomaFit through monthly community challenges and collaborations with other wellness influencers.
  • ​Added Hoops, our rescue dog, to the family.
  • Moved family to Austin, Texas. 
  • ​Spent a lot of time piecing a life and identity back together after a traumatic faith transition.
  • ​Created the Fitness Business Builder program to guide other fitness professionals who need help transitioning into the online sphere.
2017
  • Continued to grow SomaFit through monthly community challenges and collaborations with other wellness influencers.
  • ​Added Hoops, our rescue dog, to the family.
  • Moved family to Austin, Texas. 
  • ​Spent a lot of time piecing a life and identity back together after a traumatic faith transition.
  • ​Created the Fitness Business Builder program to guide other fitness professionals who need help transitioning into the online sphere.
2016
  • Thank Your Body reaches over 10 million unique visitors and 18+ million views.
  • ​Thank Your Body hits 120,000+ followers on major social media platforms and opt-in email subscribers.
  • ​Ready to move on, Thank Your Body is sold within one week of listing.
  • Launched SomaFit, an online platform that provides somatic-based movement classes by a team of certified professionals.
2015
  • The Inside Out Program is launched, helping women restore their natural movement patterns through somatic-based training.
  • Take Back Monday is published, featuring 20 driven individuals who have custom-built a life they love.
  • ​Moved family to Papamoa, New Zealand. 
  • ​Thank Your Body featured in BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post Canada, Fox News, and other popular websites.
  • ​Thank Your Body honored as one of the nine Top Health Blogs.
2015
  • The Inside Out Program is launched, helping women restore their natural movement patterns through somatic-based training.
  • Take Back Monday is published, featuring 20 driven individuals who have custom-built a life they love.
  • ​Moved family to Papamoa, New Zealand. 
  • ​Thank Your Body featured in BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post Canada, Fox News, and other popular websites.
  • ​Thank Your Body honored as one of the nine Top Health Blogs.
2011 - 2014
  • Improvised (2014), The Clutter Trap (2013), Processed Free (2013), All Natural Living (2012), Live Pain Free (2012) are published. Several reach #1 best-sellers on Amazon.
  • ​Featured speaker for several online summits, in-person workshops, and conferences.
  • ​Invited as a guest author for dozens of popular health and wellness sites.
  • ​Thank Your Body, LLC, officially launches.
  • ​Birthed two beautiful babies, and barely survived the sleepless newborn years.
2005 - 2010
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Brigham Young University (BYU), 2007 - 2010.
  • Adjunct faculty at BYU and Utah Valley University, 2005 - 2007
  • ​Junior faculty for Integrated Movement Studies
  • ​Co-produced three full-length dance concerts: You are Here, Intersect, and Just a Thought (or nine).
  • Taught multiple masterclasses and workshops, choreographed dozens of works, and presented and national/international conferences.
  • ​Married my wonderful partner, Tom.
2005 - 2010
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Brigham Young University (BYU), 2007 - 2010.
  • Adjunct faculty at BYU and Utah Valley University, 2005 - 2007
  • ​Junior faculty for Integrated Movement Studies
  • ​Co-produced three full-length dance concerts: You are Here, Intersect, and Just a Thought (or nine).
  • Taught multiple masterclasses and workshops, choreographed dozens of works, and presented and national/international conferences.
  • ​Married my wonderful partner, Tom.
EDUCATION
FORMAL
  • 2005 Master of Fine Arts (Modern Dance), University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2005 Registered Somatic Movement Educator, International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association
  • ​2004, Certification in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis, Integrated Movement Studies, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • ​2003, Bachelor of Arts in Modern Dance (Magna Cum Laude), Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
INFORMAL
While I value my formal education a great deal, I have found tremendous power in non-traditional learning.

I've completed more than a dozen professional online training courses in copywriting, marketing/advertising, design, and business training. 

I've participated in masterminds, attended conferences and workshops, worked with business coaches, and have read hundreds of books.

My interests are all over the map, but making connections from one project to the next has equipped me with a passion for creative learning.

AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS
  • University of Utah: L. Scott Marsh Mentorship Award (2005)
  • University of Utah: University Teaching Assistantship (2004 - 2005)
  • ​Brigham Young University, Department of Dance Valedictorian (2003)
  • ​Brigham Young University: Distinguished Senior Award (2003)
  • ​Brigham Young University: Dancers’ Choice Award (2003)
  • ​Brigham Young University, Division of Modern Dance: Special Recognition for Excellence (2003)
  • ​Multiple Departmental & Academic Scholarships (1999 - 2003)
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