Growing up, our family always had motorcycles. I was taken on rides as soon as I was able to reach the foot rests, and I loved every second of it. My dad and his brothers have fixed and rode bikes all their lives, and I wanted to pay tribute to the freewheeling spirit that runs in our family.

Our family military history goes back generations, and continues with me. I served in the Air National Guard as an aircraft mechanic. My great-grandpa fought in a few wars, and to hear my grandma describe him, he was "small but fierce". I liked this description, and incorporated that along with a few military icons into our family crest.