I was born in San Francisco and still think the Bay Area is the best place in the world to live. As a child I spent some time living in Asia which was an incredible experience. My family also spent many years in the Czech Republic. I value the education I received in international schools and the chance to meet students from other countries. We were all thrown into a melting pot of kids from all over the world. Some were children of diplomats, others had parents in the tech industry like me, but we were all faced with the same challenges…moving from one place to another and having to make new friends every time. It taught me to be outgoing, confident and adaptable. One of my most treasured memories was spending a summer living with a family in the South of France before starting 9th grade. I got a taste of independence and adventure…drinking table wine and hiking in the mountains of Saint Martin. When I went on to attend my father’s alma mater, I was very focused on my future. Never did I contemplate meeting my future husband, a pro football player, a year before he won a SuperBowl. Nor did I expect our relationship to last after I left for law school in NYC. It just shows if it’s meant to be, it will be.
I clearly remember one day in high school, our cheerleading coach Ms. “O”, who was clairvoyant, told each of us what we would be when we grew up. She told me I was going to be a housewife. I think I actually started crying. That’s definitely not what I had envisioned for myself. I had a plan for college, law school and marriage in my mid-late 30’s after I had an established career. Now when I look back on my life, I would not change a thing. I adore my kids, love my family and realize I can’t plan everything. HOWEVER…I can’t deny I’m someone who craves a challenging career. I love my independence and my own identity. So, although I married young at 26, and had my first child at 27, I never skipped a beat. I’m happy to say that I didn’t have to give up my goals and aspirations. My husband and I were running on parallel tracks to achieve our individual dreams, his in football, mine in law. I believe fate kept us together through our journeys.
I am now practicing law in the San Francisco Bay Area, handling disability claims for retired NFL players and doing independent consulting for private companies in the tech and entertainment space. I am a proud mother of 2 boys and am an advocate for adoption. I still have aspirations to do greater things in life and am always looking for the next opportunity. In the meantime, I remind myself each day to appreciate what God has blessed me with and what I can do to better myself, my loved ones and my surroundings.