I am a Certified Ziglar Legacy, Keynote Speaker, Author, Aspergers Advocate, and Anxiety Expert.
At eight years old, I was diagnosed with a neurological abnormality that hinders ones natural ability to understand social cues and emotional responses known as Aspergers.
Making friends and trying to understand people for me would be like someone dropping you in a foreign country with no translator and telling you to learn the language that day.
Ironically I found my passion after watching a TED talk and seeing the spark light up in peoples eyes as they listened and leaned in close.
A fire lit in my soul as I realized that this is what I wanted to do. To speak on stage and help improve lives with my story.
As you may assume, the life-threatening panic attacks I would have in public didn't seem to agree with my choice of direction.
After nearly 8 months of battling my fear of speaking to people using pizza and a bicycle, I felt ready.
After growing up deep in the sticks of Arkansas with a deadly fear of communication with others, I made my way onto stages around the country to show people that a diagnosis does not define who you are or what you are capable of achieving.
On this journey, I have endured homelessness, addiction and bullying so intense, I have literally been doused with gasoline and chased through the woods with lit roman candles.
This combined with several suicide attempts led me to where I am today but most importantly, It made me realise that without your darkness, the light would hold no value.
My challenges became my strengths and gave me a story capable of improving lives.
There is no greater purpose in this world, than service to others.