Basically a wine loving Millennial that decided to turn it into a profession.
I left my desk job at an advertising agency and became a wine student at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. Learning and sharing along the way because fermented grapes shouldn’t be intimidating! In love with the romance, culture, history, agriculture, geography and story inside every bottle! Sharing with you delicious value wines and fun facts in hopes of helping you better understand your favorite grapes!
Keep reading for a bit more about me!
One time, I survived 39 days on a beach in Nicaragua with 1 outfit, my now husband (Jon) and 16 other random people. We were hangry the entire time. I never got voted out by the tribe, however I AM still a #SurvivorLoser (2nd place 4L).
Here’s a photo of me thinking about how to get paid for drinking wine for the rest of my life…
Trying to win a challenge so I can win food & wine…
…and here’s a photo of me after 39 days of surviving without a shower or Starbucks, sleeping in the sand next to a fire pit, not brushing my hair or teeth, losing 35lbs, eating only rice, AND having parasites in my stomach. #notmybestlife
In 2013, before I decided to starve on an island, I wanted to be Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality so I entered a.. *GASP* pageant and won Miss Michigan on my first try, despite being affectionally called a “giraffe on roller skates” for my inability to walk in heels. The second and last pageant I ever did was Miss USA 2013.
It gave me the platform to talk about women’s reproductive rights, infertility in the United States in comparison to how it’s viewed in other parts of the world and my MRKH syndrome. 1 in 5,000 women around the world are born without a uterus, cervix and upper vaginal canal, I am one of those girls that was diagnosed at 15 years old. At the time, I was fragile, trying to figure out my identity as a teenage girl in high school and then being forced to question my womanhood. Does being able to bare a child define a woman? Am I a complete woman? Of course the answer is yes, but I struggled with these emotions for a long time and hid this from the world for 10 years until I got up the courage to speak my truth and accept myself fully, despite my differences. Every natural celebration of womanhood was taken from me. From starting my period (which never came), to sex, to having a child with my husband.
“You don’t have a right to the cards you believe you should have been dealt. You have an OBLIGATION to play the hell out of the ones you’re holding.”
Jon and I did IVF in 2015 and froze 6 healthy embryos (3 boys and 3 girls!) We have a gestational carrier and had our first embryo transfer in October of 2018, which resulted in a negative pregnancy test. Our second embryo transfer was Jan 21, 2019. We are currently waiting for results! Also, if you have MRKH and are looking for a support group (which truly is the best thing, surrounding yourself with women that really get it, yanno?) follow the foundation I work with here!
Which brings me to this blog and why you’re here!
I’ll be writing all about wine & surrogacy in the next few months! I hope this inspires you to play the HELL out of the cards you were dealt and have a glass of wine (or 2) with me along the way!