My Purpose & Passions/Helping
Youth & Others
I was born and raised on the Jersey Shore and I grew up in a challenging home, which served as the inspiration for my purpose to help others on their journey, especially helping youth overcome their own challenges and live their dreams. I have helped youth in many ways, but one of the biggest ways has been supporting Just in Time for Foster Youth build their Career Horizons Program for Young Women and I continue to mentor women from this program. And the central way how I help youth is below in Passion Purpose Academy
I am grateful to my Mom for instilling in me the love of other cultures and AFS Intercultural Programs. This inspired me to be an AFS exchange student from New Jersey to Brisbane, Australia my last year of high school. This also led me to study International Affairs and Spanish at James Madison University and study at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain.
For my first job, I was determined to use my Spanish to help the world and this landed me at the Inter-American Foundation outside of Washington, D.C. I worked in El Salvador on grassroots development projects and here someone asked me to help with a business plan and I said what’s that. Then a lightbulb went off and it occurred to me I could save the world better if I understood business. That inspired me to move to San Diego to get my Master’s Degree in International Management/Latin America from the University of California, San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy and from that, I spent many years traveling to and working all over Latin America.
Being A Mom/Careers with Wings
When my first son was born, I knew that I didn’t want to travel as much and I chose to stay home with him and also my second son for the first few years of their lives. During this time, I asked myself what is the difference I want to make now that allows me the flexibility to be a Mom and stay home with my kids. The answer that came to me was that I wanted to help people do what they love and tie that to making a difference in the world and Careers with Wings was born in 2007.
This built upon who I am - my career and life journey, my passions, my purpose and my strengths. I love helping people do what they love, I love strategy and helping people map out and take the strategic steps they need to take to get to where they want to go, I love connecting people to people and opportunities, I love helping people sell and market themselves via networking, informational interviews, resume, cover letter and LinkedIn. My belief is the world needs us to do what we love and make the difference we are here to make.
We need ourselves to do what we love and something that is fulfilling to us and others - we are happier and that happiness not only affects us but others. On this mission to help others, I have now helped 100’s of people uncover and live their passion and purpose. I have written two books to help others on their journey - “Finding Your Passion: The Easy Guide to Your Dream Career” and “Falling in Love with Me: A Personal Journey and A Guide to Falling in Love with You.” I am grateful to be living my own passion and purpose.
Falling in Love/Passion & Purpose Academy
In 2016, I met my life and now business partner Eric Mowrey on purpose supporting youth. We knew we were brought together to make an even bigger impact to support youth. In 2018, we founded Passion Purpose Academy (link to website), which builds upon my 12 years of career and life coaching experience and upon Eric’s experience in experiential education, storytelling and video production.
In the Fall of 2018, we launched our first program at Mission Bay High School in conjunction with arc experience. In the Fall of 2019, we launched our second program with the San Pasqual Reservation Education Department and will be continuing this program in 2020 with the intention to continue working collaboratively with the tribe for the long term to make a long lasting positive impact on the youth and the community.
And Now, About You...
Now it is your turn to go on your journey to uncover and live your passion and purpose, to weave together your career and life journey and put together the pieces of your passion puzzle I would love to learn more about you, where you are and where you want to go and share with you how I can support you on your journey.
Let’s talk! Learn more about I can support you, with a 30 Minute Clarity Call.