Sydney Optimist, Skydiver, Tiny House Dreamer

Lover of unicorns, tiny houses, and the Puggles. True story. Writer for Blue Skies Magazine, ILoveSkydiving.org, and in charge of marketing & events at Skydive Elsinore.
Born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, Sydney has an insatiable need to see the country. In Spring of 2005, as a sophomore at the University of Kansas, her parents decided to move to Orlando, Florida. After agreeing to help them move during Spring Break, Sydney quickly realized that the sunny-and-75 life was way better than the conditions back at KU. She returned to campus to clear out her apartment, drop her spring courses, and move to Florida. 
After a year working at Walt Disney World in the entertainment department, she acquired in-state residency status and finished her degree at the University of South Florida in Tampa. While in school, she was a server/bartender at Charley's Steak House, where she was exposed to the world of craft cocktails and high-end wines. She accepted an internship at Weber Shandwick in Chicago before graduation, and was hired the weekend before graduation, thus making Chicago her home for the time being. 
In March 2010, Sydney was in Austin, Texas to speak at the SXSW Interactive Conference. In line at conference registration, she ran into a friend of hers, who happened to be a licensed skydiver. He asked her if she'd like to join him at a local skydiving center later in the week, and of course, she said yes. 
Upon landing from that jump, Sydney decided that she would return home to Chicago and find a skydiving center where she could earn her USPA A-License. She had dreams of doing exactly what her friend was doing, adding a day or two onto business trips to see the world from 14,000 feet as a licensed skydiver.
Sydney earned her A-License in just under a month, booking it from her downtown Chicago office out to the Middle-of-Nowhere skydiving center in Hinckley, Illinois on a Friday, and returning in time for work on Monday morning. During this process, she met Barry. The two were pretty much inseparable as soon as she did her graduation jump. 
In an effort to chase summer and jump as much as possible, Sydney accepted a position in Austin, Texas. She quickly realized that while she was making more money, living in a bigger apartment, and having more money in the bank, she wasn't able to jump as much as she would like to, and she was billing way more hours than she had at her previous job in Chicago. 
She decided to "cut away" from Corporate America, much like Barry did, and has since worked with Chicagoland Skydiving Center as the PR/Events/Marketing Manager, and is currently the Events/Marketing Manager at Skydive Elsinore in Lake Elsinore, California. 
Sydney currently has more than 600 jumps and some 40+ hours of tunnel time. She is a USPA Coach, a coach for the Elsinore EXCEL Basic Skills Camps, and a blossoming competitive skydiver. Sydney competed with Elsinore Horizon, an intermediate 4-way team, in 2013, placing 16th out of 42 teams at their first time competing at the USPA National Skydiving Championships. She is currently on a self-induced "vacation" from competitive skydiving as she and Barry save to make the Big Sky, Tiny House project a reality.