Here at Executive Elements, we like to feature fantastic women we think you should know. Some of these women are clients, some are friends, some are women we’ve only just met. But they all have this in common: they are dynamic, interesting gals who have agreed to share with us their insights and secrets to success.
My Current Job/Company:
President and Founder of CHAARG LLC (Changing Health, Attitudes, and Actions to Recreate Girls)
I create opportunities for college aged women to find their passion in health and fitness, ultimately building a community of women who motivate and support each other not only in the gym, but in life.
I want to inspire people. I am passionate about helping others live a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle. Life is BEAUTIFUL. I want everyone to truly enjoy it.
My parents, Peg and Randy, and my three awesome younger siblings Michael (19), Maria (15), and Anne (12) + our crazy black lab Stella
My parents, both for different reasons. My dad for his work ethic, kindness, and optimism. My mom for her dedication to her children and young spirit.
In or by any body of water while the the sun is shining down its summer heat.
My Pet Peeve:
Negativity, cattiness, and unnecessary drama.
Wine. Cheese. Vodka and grapefruit with a salted rim. Spicy food.
I come from a big, loving Catholic family with strong morals and Midwestern friendliness. My parent’s wanderlust and passion for food developed my extremely diverse palate and love for traveling. I was born and raised an athlete, learning at an early age the power of drive, determination, and goal setting.
Happy, filled with love and adventures around the world.
My boyfriend, Peter, who never fails to make me laugh, creatively challenge me, and support me in all that I do.
I don’t watch many movies, but I love documentaries. My current favorite is “Happy” by Roko Belic.
My Quote on Life:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson
My facial expressions, pullovers from the men’s department, and running tights.
My Advice to Young Women:
Love yourself – you are worth it, you are enough. In this day and age, so many young women are plagued with confidence issues, whether it has to do with their body, in their work, or among their peers. Although everyone is bound to have insecurities from time to time, it is important that self love trumps all. Think about it this way: There is absolutely no one in the whole wide world who is YOU. That in and of itself is pretty awesome. Get to know who you are, and own it.
How I Balance it All:
Starting a business in college takes time away from typical college activities, friends, and even family. It’s definitely hard at times, and balance is still something I am working on. What I have found out is that there is always more work that can be done in a day, but the work will be there in the morning. In the beginning I was working from 7 AM to 11 PM, completely running myself down. Now I make sure to end by 7 PM, and let myself unwind the rest of the night. I’ve learned that it is so important to take time for myself, especially to exercise, focus on 3-5 tasks to tackle in a day, and most importantly, to make time for friends and family.