I am so excited to FINALLY announce that my new book, Dream Big! How to Reach for Your Stars, will be available on January 19, 2021, through Penguin Random House! I began to write this book after my graduation from Wellesley in May 2019 and it has been an absolute blast!
This book project has taught me a lot and I am so excited that I can finally share it with all of you. It was such an amazing journey to take the processes I’ve learned from mentors, role models, life and schooling over the last 10+ years and structure them into a practical guide that is easy and fun to follow for people of every age. I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to use my own experiences–planning and working toward my “out-of-this-world” dreams–to write this book and help others do the same!
My story is meant to demonstrate that the challenges we face in life can not only be overcome, but can be used to help propel us further along the path to achieving our goals. The book can be used by anyone, and at any place in life, to figure out what their dream is and make a plan to get there. I hope that my story inspires and gives hope to young people–and all people–encouraging them to dream big and reach for their stars!
Dream Big! is a fun, inspirational, and practical guide for pursuing audacious goals and creating a plan to achieve them. Readers will find helpful advice for starting their own journeys toward discovering and following their dreams. It’s also full of fun interactive activities and illustrations to guide readers through reaching (and planning!) for the stars.
The tools I outline in this book are the same ones I have used in my own life to pursue my dream of becoming an astronaut. As you’re probably aware, I knew I wanted to go to space when I was four years old. At eleven, I sat down and created a plan for becoming the first person on Mars. I went on to get a degree in biology from Wellesley College, work as an intern at NASA, become a pilot and advanced scuba diver, and co-found a nonprofit, The Mars Generation, to help educate and empower young people to pursue their dreams.
I am a firm believer in inspiring and supporting others in their own goals and passions, which SO many people have done for me.That is the purpose of this book! While my own goals center around STEM and space, this book is the perfect guide for anyone in any field with big dreams and the determination to pursue them.
While this project was underway well before COVID-19, the timing of its release feels right. During a time when the future may seem bleak for a lot of young people, we need to support each other through these current challenges and encourage one another to reach for our dreams. We’re all facing challenges right now, and could use some help in meeting them head-on and working toward the future we want. That’s what Dream Big! is all about.