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My Journey

In 2015, I was a branch chief in the Department of Defense, pregnant with my first child.

I was struggling. My work was rewarding, but I had a hard time getting out of work on time, saying “no,” and prioritizing myself.

I’m not sure about you, but where I live, the cost of childcare was (is!) astronomical. It felt like I would be using most of my take-home pay to cover the expense. I found myself at a critical crossroads. My spouse and I made a tough decision: I would leave full-time work to care for our child. I resigned from the government and an identity I had been dreaming of since I was 10.

It felt like an impossible task to rework my identity and find success in my new role, but with the help of a coach, I did. I was still a leader, it’s just my context was a little bit different. Success looked different.

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A return to leadership

I returned to a full-time leadership role in a west-coast real estate startup in 2019, when our second child was 15 months old.

Once again, I struggled to find balance. Now, not only did I have a two children under the age of 4 who needed me to be their mama, I also had team of 18 people reporting to me, looking for guidance, strategy, and a north star.

I managed, but I can’t say I did it well. My brain was always on high-alert, encumbered with to-do lists and worry. There were a lot of tough conversations and growing pains. I felt like I was failing in every aspect of my life.

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A Spike-protein wrench

Just as I was starting to hit a stride, 2020 and the pandemic threw my whole world into (more) chaos. Our childcare center closed. My company had a furlough and layoff. It felt like the worst version of Groundhog Day, redefining what it meant to be a mom and a leader (seemingly) every day.

Slowly, and with a lot of help, the dust settled and my world started to make sense. I remembered what mattered most to me. We added our third child and became a family of five. Returning to work after maternity leave was another struggle, but this time it felt different. I came back better and more aligned with my values.

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A whole self

I earned a Master’s degree to sharpen my leadership skills and found that the most profound change wasn’t in my leadership at work, it was in my leadership at home and the bridge between the two “selves” I had created. Instead of simply compartmentalizing, I learned how to bring my whole self to both roles.

I knew I needed to keep going to find my path, one that honored my own journey and could be used to help others, too. After earning my Evidence-Based Coaching Graduate certificate, I realized I had been standing on the path all along.

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My Mission

I am called to working with moms in leadership roles because I know how hard and lonely it can feel to balance everyone else’s expectations, somehow dissecting yourself to be in multiple places at once.

You’re a good mom who sometimes has a hard time, and a good boss who can be a great leader.

It’s okay to want better than what was modeled for you. I’m here to help you build your toolkit.

Core Values

Nothing is set in stone. Stay curious.
Everything is Figureoutable. You’re not alone.
Equilibrium, not just balance: It is possible to bring your whole self to parenting and leadership.
Drop by Drop, a river is made. There is power in small action and power within us to change our circumstance.

My Approach to Coaching

Empowering you to create the life you envision for yourself and your family.

Personalized Support

Tailored coaching sessions to address your specific needs and goals.

Mental Fitness

Learn to witness your mental chatter and embolden your inner peace.

Practical Strategies

Practical tools and techniques to manage both work demands and family obligations effectively.

About the name “Riverdrop”…

An Afghan proverb asserts, “drop by drop, a river is made.” It is an idea that I have come back to time and again since departing the country. It speaks both to the power of small actions and the power within us to shape our environment.

We are all rivers made of drops.

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