My little family is everything to me. But long before I became a mother, my own mom, (a talented writer), encouraged my early interest in creative writing. When I finished second grade, my teacher, Miss Lewis, asked me to continue to write stories and bring them to her. She read them, commented on them, put a sticker on them, and continually told me I was a gifted writer. The confidence she instilled in me at such an impressionable age has never left me. Neither has the urge to write.
I’ve kept a detailed journal since I was 5 years old, and writing has continued to be a form of therapeutic expression that I feel I was meant to pursue. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in English and I’ve had the opportunity to broaden my writing skills as producer for the “Arts in Utah” segment on a local radio station, as a book blurb writer and PR specialist for publisher Covenant Communications, and through my dream job as associate editor for Utah Valley Magazine.
Now, I write for Utah Valley 360, name for Eat my Words, and do other freelance projects while I watch over my three kids. I’m working on my first novel, which is really exciting and really scary, and I’m also writing a memoir about my experience living in Australia throughout my high school years. I might share bits and pieces of those projects here.
I’m constantly chasing the exhilarating, awakening feeling of traveling and being near the ocean.
I love hiking and exploring nature and am obsessed with big, old trees.
Confession: My husband and I are super nerdy. We’ve been known to break out in spontaneous awkward dances and accents, and we like watching Netflix gems like “The Great British Baking Show” together.
My favorite desserts are creme brûlée, strawberry shortcake, and quality ice cream. And I don’t like to share any of them.
I will always and forever love “Gilmore Girls” and aspire to be half as witty as Lorelai.
Having friends is vital to me and I love making new ones. (Can we be friends?)
Exercising keeps me sane. I love Pilates and Yoga (I teach both), and High Fitness.
I love rainy days. They’re my favorite days to write.
I feel passionate about doing the things that make you feel happy and fulfilled, no matter what stage in life you’re in. My hope with my little patch in the online world is to uplift and inspire you to follow your own dreams.