It took a lifetime of distraction for me to find the value in focus. I was in front of video games by age 3, absorbed in internet culture at 14, and working professionally as a software engineer before I graduated college.
After a decade immersed in the stressful, breakneck world of startups—helping build products at Airbnb and with Flickr cofounder Caterina Fake—I craved stillness, clarity, and purpose. I knew that within me was a larger contribution, but after leaving work each night, streaming video, social media, and infinite feeds of panic-inducing news headlines made true focus challenging, if not impossible. I embarked on a journey to reclaim my attention.
Along the way, I have found far more than focus. Being more present with people has deepened my friendships. Without the constant distraction of news and advertising, I can hear myself and formulate thoughts with greater clarity. Stress and anxiety, when they arise, affect me less. Cultivating attention is like planting a fruit tree in the cracks of a sidewalk: a simple act of rebellion that, if allowed to flourish, reclaims space from harsh, rigid structures, and brings beauty to a dull space.
My coaching draws on a deep understanding of the design and engineering behind modern technology, as well as on years of experience with mindfulness and breath meditation. I have both attended and help run technology-free summer camps for adults, helping people reconnect to their passions and the joy of connection with others. I trained as a coach through Coaching for Transformation in New York City, and am a Certified Professional Coach.