Hi! I’m Valerie, a thirtysomething who is trying to figure out a way to reinvent herself. I’ve been teaching music for 15 years, and recently wrapped up a six-year stint as a competitive cyclist. What else have I been and done? Did the professional musician thing for a while. I dabbled in boxing. I love traveling, hiking and running. I maintain a section of the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania. I started powerlifting back in April, then started the Olympic lifting journey a few months ago.
The common theme here? I absolutely love to challenge myself–both personally and physically–and despise monotony and idleness. If I’m not working towards something, I’m miserable.
I love music education and my students but I’m not sure the classroom is for me anymore. It feels like I have all of these amazing pieces but I don’t know how to manipulate them into something cohesive that will help create a livelihood and more good for myself and others.
Don’t get me wrong. I am a pretty happy and grateful person. I know how lucky I am to have what I have and do what I do. It just doesn’t feel like I’m doing enough for others or achieving my utmost potential. I really want to have a larger impact. I want to be happy and feel fulfilled while I make others happy, or at least contribute to the greater good. Maybe I could become a park ranger and protect the amazing wild places of this country; or a personal trainer to help others achieve their fitness goals; or create my own business revolving around all of these pieces somehow…anything help to make the world a better place
I met the love of my life a few months back and one of my favorite things about her is that she challenges my ideas about what life can look like. I became an instant parent to her two young boys last month. She’s got a school bus she’s been converting into an RV (a skoolie!) and we’ve been talking about how we could live out of it with our boys, travel the country. So…how do I take what I love, what I know, what I can do, and make it into a life? This is where it all begins. I hope you’ll follow me as I tackle these questions and create a new version of this thing called life!