I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. During my childhood you could always find me dilly-dallying outside. My Mom likes to reminisce about me being constantly MIA because I would be climbing trees, sneaking into my neighbor’s tomato garden, or checking under the backyard rocks for spiders. My Mom definitely taught me to love Mother Earth, whether it be by bringing reusable options to school, making our own laundry detergents, or camping in the backyard. At 15 years old, I got a job down the street working at a raw & vegan café called Pure Juice Cafe. I ended up working there for 5 1/2 years (and still manage to finesse my way behind the counter whenever I can!) This job changed the way I viewed the world, and it was the place where I began my high-vibrational, plant-based eating habits. It was the place where I began to realize the hypocrisy I was living every single day. I was an animal lover & eating meat and dairy, an environmentalist but mindlessly using single-use plastic.
I’ve always had a strong connection to the natural world which is why I gravitated towards studying environmentalism in college. At Florida Gulf Coast University I majored in Integrated Studies, concentrating on sustainability and eco-spirituality. I received my permaculture design certification which is one of my greatest accomplishments yet. During my college years, my love for the environment amplified. I traveled to Nicaragua to study Spanish and sustainability, and it was this particular experience in 2017 that inspired me to start Futuristic February. I created this campaign to raise awareness on unsustainable consumption in modern-day society. After 2018’s FF challenge, Brenden and I decided to create Sustainable Duo™ and sell Zero-Waste Survival Kits™ to make people’s lives a lot more sustainable in the easiest & most convenient way possible!