I was born & raised in Dublin, Ohio. Growing up, I always knew had a passion for helping others and making a positive impact on people’s lives. No matter what I ended up doing, I knew I wanted to do something meaningful & impactful. In high school, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in clinical work as a psychologist. It was the only career path I could see myself making the impact that I wanted to make in the world.
So, I went off to college at Otterbein University where I studied Psychology and also cheered all 4 years. I had the most incredible college experience. Cheerleading during college taught me a lot about hard work and time management. I learned how to work hard, while balancing my time and taking care of myself. All important things!
Somewhere during my time at Otterbein, I decided that I wanted to be a Sports Psychologist. My senior year, I decided to conduct an independent research study in addition to my general coursework to graduate with honorary distinction. I put my heart and soul into this project. I even faced my fears of public speaking and presented my project 3 times!
I was even able to present my research at the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago. This moment I was able to take a sigh of relief, knowing all of my hard work was paying off. Not only was my hard work paying off, but I faced my fears along the way. My thesis is published and you can read it here.
Two days later, I walked across the stage and receive my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Otterbein University in May 2015. This was definitely one of those “I did it!” moments. This was also the moment that I had to figure out what I was going to do with my life & this degree I just worked so hard for.
After receiving my BA in Psychology, I landed a job at Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Child Development Center. I was an assistant to psychologists, administering psychometric assessments to children with development disabilities. My plan was to gain a couple years of experience in clinical work before going back to school for Sports Psychology. It was an extremely rewarding job. But, it didn’t fulfill me like I expected it to. It dawned on me that my envisioned career path in clinical work was not where I was supposed to be.
So, I went back to school. I went to Franklin University and received my Master’s of Science in Business Psychology. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do with the degree. I just knew I didn’t want to do clinical work. I tried out a couple other jobs that also did not fulfill me the way I wanted. I was very frustrated because I had worked hard and felt like I was unable to find the right career path for me.
Feeling discouraged, I ended up working for my dad at the start up 3D printing business his friend started. I took over their social media accounts and I absolutely loved it. I found myself researching how to be strategic about posting on social media and trying to find creative ways to post on social media. I closely monitor their analytics and have learned the ins and outs of driving traffic to their website. Engineering and 3D printing were an industries that I never envisioned myself in. Honestly, I had no idea what I was posting about half the time, but it worked. It became the unexpected love and fulfillment that I was waiting to find. It was challenging, fulfilling & I began watching a small business take off.
It was actually my parents that recognized my passion and gave me the idea to start my own business. The thought never crossed my mind. But, once I started thinking about it, I was filled with excitement because I am able to make this business exactly what I want it to be.