Tell us a little about yourself and what you do. I was born and raised in New Jersey. I attended college at the University of Delaware where I majored in Marketing. After graduation I had my mind set on finding a job in Manhattan and moving there as quickly as possible.  A year of commuting to the city from my parents was about all I could handle, so I found a roommate and moved into an apartment that does not even seem habitable now! Looking back, it was probably not the wisest decision at the time, but hindsight is 20/20, you live and you learn right?  I lived in the city for some time and even managed to upgrade from my shoebox apartment.  About 2 years ago I decided I needed a change and moved to Hoboken. So here I am!

I’ve been working in the beauty industry since the start of my career. I’ve been fortunate to work on some reputable brands, including Clarins, MAC Cosmetics (Estee Lauder) and Rimmel London (Coty Beauty). I’m currently doing Marketing and Product Development for Cargo Cosmetics working on rebuilding the brand.  It’s extremely exciting but a tremendous amount of work at the same time. The beauty industry is exceptionally fast-paced (which I enjoy) and like many other marketing jobs can be highly stressful. I am passionate about what I do and take pleasure in the fact that cosmetics help make people feel better about themselves. I’ve also met some incredibly talented people and developed lifelong friendships along the way.

What motivates you to get to the studio? For me, getting to the studio is half the battle. I have to make a conscious effort to get myself to class on the days when I have time to work out because there are many nights when I end up working late or have something on my calendar. I always feel far better afterwards so I have to give myself that extra push, even when I’m exhausted and working out is the last thing I feel like doing.  At the studio I can leave the day behind, take the focus off of my stress and relax. That hour is for me. No phone. No emails. Not only does working out enable me to become stronger physically, it clears my mind and provides me with a sense of accomplishment as well.  Not to mention, it considerably eases my feeling of guilt when indulging in a big burger or a few happy hour drinks. And I can’t forget the instructors who provide encouragement and continually push you further each class. Also, the other amazingly dedicated WiO ladies who are definitely a motivational factor for me especially when I’m at my laziest!

Favorite and least favorite thing about Hoboken? Let me preface this by stating that there are far more positive than negative things about Hoboken. Since you asked, one of my biggest gripes with Hoboken is the commute to work. Unfortunately, I have to take the bus and that can be a bit of a nightmare at times.  On a positive note, it’s finally back to “normal” after Hurricane Sandy. I often contemplate moving back to the city yet again, but the main thing keeping me here (besides more space!) is my friends ….. my favorite thing about Hoboken! There are some genuinely remarkable people in my life here (both old and new friends). Most importantly, one of my sisters lives in Hoboken so that gives me all the more reason to stick around.

What would be your perfect night out in Hoboken? Dinner and drinks with friends of course! Another thing I love about Hoboken is the abundance of restaurants, particularly the BYOs. I’m always up for going out to eat and trying new places. There’s nothing better than good food, wine and great friends!

 Advice you have for other WiO working Gals? Make time for yourself. The “Rocks, Pebbles, Sand – The Important Things in Life” story really helps to keep things in perspective for me.  In order to be happy we need to pay attention to the important things in life first and then deal with less significant things later “Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

Also push yourself beyond your norm and don’t be afraid to try something new. You’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish. If I can do one thing a month out of my comfort zone (this interview is just that for me!), I feel accomplished. Along the way I’ve realized that often more times than not, it takes failure to lead to success.

A goal you have set for yourself in the next five years? In terms of fitness goals, I hope to continue to build my strength and endurance. I like to change up my work out routine and try new things. I’m definitely not a runner, and I don’t particularly enjoy it but would love to run a 5k one of these days. I just did the MS Climb to the Top NYC and climbed 66 flights (1215 stairs) to the top of Rockefeller Center Observation Deck. I am participating in the Spartan Race at Citi Field with a "fearless" group of ladies next month! I never would have thought I could or would do something such as this but am looking forward to conquering one more thing!