The best thing about life is its unpredictability. You never know what tomorrow will bring, which makes every day as frightening as it is exciting. And it explains why I plan very little in my life. I’ve learned that, unlike the A-Team led us to believe, plans rarely come together. I’ve also learned I have very little ability to predict with any sort of accuracy the way even my week will unfold, so I have given up trying. I find it more fun just to close my eyes, throw my hands over my head and go for the ride. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t tried.
If someone had asked me at 5 what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have told them a rodeo queen … and a writer.
Had they asked me at 10, I would have said an astronaut … and a writer.
At 15? A professional athlete … and a writer.
And at 19? A sports agent … and a writer.
I predicted one thing correctly. But the path I’ve followed and the incredible experiences I’ve had as a writer—those I never saw coming.
After graduating from the University of Florida (where I was a Gator cheerleader), I moved to New York to chase a career in magazine writing. After two years at American Cheerleader magazine (first, write about what you know!) I spent two years in the freelance world before landing a job as a copyeditor and writer at ESPN The Magazine. Then one day, an editor I’d never met walked up to my desk.
“I hear you like to snowboard,” he said. And so began a career covering action sports. After two years as an editor and writer at EXPN.com, I joined The Magazine full time in 2005 and worked as an editor-slash-writer of action sports, Olympics and football. In February 2008, I was promoted to senior writer and began writing full-time for the magazine and ESPN.com. The new title also allowed me to move to my current home in Southern California in late 2008. Or, as I call SoCal, Storybookland.
In 2010, I began working as part of our on-air team during X Games and hosted the studio show X Center during the 2011 summer X Games. In 2012, I joined ESPN’s broadcast team for the Global RallyCross series and the global expansion of the X Games, which took place six times in 2013 around the world. In 2014, I added the World of X Games and several live events, as well as appearances on SportsCenter, GMA and Outside the Lines to an incredibly exciting schedule.
It’s been a wild ride and I don’t plan to jump off any time soon. I’m having way too much fun up here.