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“For wear your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Matthew 6:21
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I grew up in Morristown, NJ as the last of four children.  I now live in New York City with my beautiful fiancé and two crazy cats, Georgie and Jax. What most people don’t know about me is that I struggled with addiction and alcoholism for almost a decade before hitting rock bottom in 2011 when I received what my brother called the “Smack of God.”  I fortunately recovered.

Shortly thereafter, my childhood dreams resurfaced, one of which was to become an attorney.  So I left court in 2012 as a defendant and signed up for the Law School Admission Test. I performed fairly well on the test and applied that same year to Rutgers Law School. I was heartbroken when they rejected my application, but I applied again the following year, and got in.

At the outset of classes, I was full of fear and my mind was riddled with limiting beliefs. It was 6 years since I’d graduated college. I was never much of a reader.  In fact, I had a poor track record in reading/writing courses. I was also still new to recovery and working weekends till 4 or 5 in the morning. I feared I didn’t have enough time, wasn’t smart enough, good enough, disciplined enough, or sober enough. All those limiting beliefs were shattered as I underwent one of the most profound transitions of my life. I learned the power of our thoughts and how to reshape my mindset.

I listened to motivational and inspirational YouTube videos for about 30 minutes every morning during my commute to law school. My mindset completely transformed. I believed in myself for the first time. Rather than aiming for survival, I chose to aim for the top of the class. I used all those years I “wasted” as fuel for a better life. I wanted to succeed not just for me, but for everyone who felt like I once felt…hopeless.

I got laser focused, motivated, and determined. By the Grace of God I graduated law school first in my class. I went on to practice corporate law at one of the best firms in the world. My experience practicing was challenging and rewarding, and helped me develop an invaluable skill-set, yet I was searching for something different.

After battling fear and guilt (and other negative emotions) for over a year, I finally developed the courage to pursue my heart’s true calling as a coach. It wasn’t an easy transition, but I couldn’t be more grateful that I took the leap of faith.  Coaching is my home. I’ve had the privilege of coaching C-suite executives, attorneys, business owners, broadway performers, teachers, diversity leaders, recovering addicts, and more.

My mission is to use all my knowledge, wisdom, and skills to meaningfully serve others while helping make the world a better place.