About Anna

 

So, How did I get here?

I am a former competitive indoor volleyball player, born and raised in Silicon Valley. After a successful decade as a professional copywriter and editor, I went back to school in 2016 to answer the call of a more holistic career in mental performance coaching and teaching. I am deeply passionate about helping others believe in themselves, develop self-awareness, and achieve their performance and life goals along the way.

I was three years old and as many feet tall when I put on my first set of skis. Competitive gymnastics followed three years later. And ever since, sports have been a part of my life as influential and meaningful as the relationships I’ve had with family and friends. Which is probably why I feel incredibly connected to athletes; I might even consider myself one of them. Meanwhile, as the daughter of a psychotherapist, I was raised with a psychology- and communication-forward moral compass.

I’m a lanky six feet tall. You probably wouldn’t guess that I used to be a competitive gymnast, but I was, for six years, before my body—with braces on all wrists, knees, and ankles—demanded something more fitting to my stature. I jumped straight into volleyball, where for the first time in my life, my teammates and I stood eye to eye, some even making me feel short.

While I can still do cartwheels with ease and love watching gymnastics, it’s a love of volleyball that has really stuck with me since childhood. But I also clearly remember crumbling under the competitive pressure as a young person. I wish I’d had a mental skills coach there to guide me through the not-feeling-good-enough, the doubt, the social challenges, the injuries, and the overall frustration. Someone to guide me with tools that I now know would’ve likely made it possible for me to stay in the game longer and stay emotionally healthier—tools to counterbalance the double-day workouts, the harsh discipline, and to help bring a team together and put us on the same page mentally, not just physically.

Part of my motivation in being a mental performance coach is to help provide the next generation of athletes with the support I wish I’d had when I was in their shoes. Another is to be a part of what helps make our next generation stronger, smarter, and healthier—to contribute to something meaningful that can then contribute to the world.