After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.
[Philip Pullman]

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Dear Reader,

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my personal website. If you explore more about me, you will find that there are many sides to who I am, many stories that make up my life…below you will find my personal story and the intention behind this particular blog/website. Then, if you’re curious, my professional background is related below as well.

My Personal Story of Grief and Healing from Loss

You probably aren’t here because of my professional work (but if you are–hi!). I’m guessing you found this particular website through my personal writing.

In 2011, I began blogging to tell my own raw story of grief and healing. In 2012, I lost my best and dearest life-long friend inside an abusive marriage and community that had become a cult. (This story has received a lot of media attention, and a 48 Hours episode was filmed about this situation.) In 2013, I shared my story of grief and healing from this traumatic loss through post after post—and eventually, I went viral. My blog has received over 1,400,000 hits.

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My dearest Kindred Spirit and I when we were in college (we met in high school). Little did I know that even in this picture she was already sucked into an abusive relationship and toxic cult that would destroy her years later.

More grief and deep heartbreak has come since my dear Kindred Spirit’s death, and I also have had some very intense issues with Lyme Disease and other health-related problems, which has been a painful journey for me. You can watch a video where I talk about this struggle, if you’re interested.

Personally, my deepest desire is to see people heal from traumatic and painful circumstances. Because of my own struggles emotionally, physically, and spiritually, I’ve sought healing in a variety of ways. Over the past few years, I’ve begun the study of how one heals from grief, wounds, and trauma. Healing is possible.

I love how things like creativity, yoga, and meditation can help people learn to thrive despite circumstances. I’m a creative and have used things like art therapy, journaling, poetry, and novel writing to help me process my own wounds. I also began doing yoga two years ago, which has been a rich and meaningful journey. In fact, just this year in February, I’ve begun my yoga certification so that I can teach others how to use yoga and meditation in their healing journey. This certification will be completed May 2017.

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Go yoga! :)

I’m embarking on a Year of Healing on this blog in 2017, which you can find out about more here. Basically, I will be exploring the topic of healing through a different theme each month until October. I hope this website is a place of honesty and a place where you may find hope and healing through tough circumstances.

My Professional Story as a Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer

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Please see my professional freelance website here.

Professionally, I’m a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. From a young age, I was writing novels and poetry. This gradually translated into a love for the power of visual storytelling as well, and I picked up a camera post-college. I graduated college with a degree in communications. After working in publishing and online marketing at Penguin Random House and learning even more about high-quality storytelling, I quit that job to embark on my own entrepreneurial journey.

Now, I brand myself as “A Storyteller for businesses and creatives,” because I believe in the power of Storytelling to truly touch and impact people’s lives. Storytelling is the foundation for building bridges between a customer and business, between individuals in society, and between nations and the world. I write and take photos for local magazines and newspapers, as well as numerous online magazines, to tell stories in a variety of high quality ways.

I’m also the managing editor of Colorado Collective, an amazing print and online publication that highlights the beautiful creators, makers, and small businesses that make Colorado thrive. In 2017, we opened up a space in downtown Colorado Springs called COCO Crafted, which is launching more vision for our publication and expanding our scope in so many ways.

With over 5 years of professional writing and photographing experience, I can bring quality to anyone’s storytelling needs. Check out my freelance page for more comprehensive examples of my professional work.
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