Who Is Modern Athena?
She is everything. She is mother, wife, lover, caretaker, business woman, entrepreneur, gardener, chef, athlete and artist.
She is the culmination and combination of everything it is to be female. She is smart, sexy, and strong – all at once. She does not deny she can be all these things.
She knows she is worth it. She is proof that anything is possible.
Who Am I?
My name is Becca Borawski. My mission with this website is to bring together a community of women who are the Modern Athenas, the Renaissance women, and offer tools and inspiration.
I grew up in Michigan, lived in Los Angeles for fourteen years, and now call Portland, Oregon home. I’m a down to earth girl. I’m a type-A personality. I’m a geek and an athlete. Since I was a child I have considered myself a writer.
I have an MFA in Cinema-Television Production from USC. I used to work as a music editor – some of the more well known projects I worked on included Mariah Carey’s Glitter and the NBC sit-com Scrubs. I won the Golden Reel for Best Music Editing for an episode of Scrubs in February of 2008.
While living in California, I fell in love with martial arts, specifically mixed martial arts and the UFC. I was able to combine my love of MMA and video production as a freelance video editor, videographer, and producer. I shot most of and edited all of Bas Rutten’s Big DVD’s of Combat, edited and co-produced the Team Quest Strength & Conditioning DVD, and worked as a videographer and editor on a documentary project that followed Rulon Gardner through his preparation for his Pride FC fight with Yoshida in 2004.
In 2007, I “retired” from show business to work full-time as the Program Director at CrossFit Los Angeles. There my work was to make a difference for people, on a physical and emotional level. It was also there I got my start as an entrepreneur with the CFLA Kids program. I founded the kids program in the spring of 2010 and grew it into a full-fledged school. When I moved to Portland, I turned the program over to my coaches and they still instruct kids from ages five to seventeen.
Another Los Angeles business venture was as an MMA promoter – I was the Director of Events for the University of MMA, putting on fight shows all over Southern California.
Over the years I have studied many sports: I trained indoor rowing with Josh Crosby, earned my coaching certification, and competed in an indoor regatta. I spent a year spent a year studying fencing with a former two-time member of the Romanian Olympic Team at Avant Garde in West Los Angeles. I earned a blue belt in jiu jitsu from Eddie Bravo and I studied muay Thai at the Bomb Squad and Robot BJJ & Muay Thai. I trained powerlifting with Christopher Duffin and Olympic weightlifting with Nick Horton. There was also wushi, tai chi, Shintaido, Wing Chun, rock climbing, running, and a variety of other things that happened.
These days I combine my passions in another way – through writing. Years ago I wrote a monthly column for the CrossFit Journal on Martial Arts — CrossFit Journal. I still write for the CrossFit Community website. But my main gig is as the Managing Editor of Breaking Muscle. I write, edit, and coach a team of writers. I get to share all of my coaching knowledge with an even wider range of people and I interact daily with the best coaches on the planet. I learn, teach, and write daily – it’s a dream come true. No matter your sport, your age, or your fitness level, there’s information you need on Breaking Muscle.
You can find my personal creative writing at NerdJockPrincess.com, although I don’t update it often these days.
I love to cook. I love to shoot things – sometimes with a camera, sometimes with a gun. I have achieved the extent of my material dreams – living in a house with a big kitchen and the love of my life. We drink our morning coffee and watch the birds each morning.
I write because it is my true passion. My goal is to touch and inspire others.