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When I was little I loved to write short stories about my favorite book and movie characters. I would fill the pages of my notebooks, writing myself into the story so I could meet my fictional heroes. If I wanted to battle a pack of ogres alongside Ella Enchanted, I made it so (and we always won).

I didn't always know I wanted to write for my career. After graduating from Portland State University with a degree in Communication Studies, my sights were set on becoming a teacher. At 22 I moved to Seattle with my now-husband and got a job as a Teaching Assistant at a Montessori school. I filled my days with the experience I would need to decide whether teaching was right for me. After moving back to Portland in 2014, I took the transition as an opportunity to reassess what I wanted to do.

After spending a year working in admissions at a Portland Montessori school, I developed an interest in marketing and was accepted into Willamette University's School of Business in 2015. I had some doubts about investing heaps of cash into a career change, and deferred for a year to gather more information. I embarked on a series of informational interviews, one of which led to my first marketing job at Oregon Children's Theatre. That was the end of my grad school plan, and the beginning of my marketing and copywriting career. I was hooked.

In 2018 I accepted a job a Watson Creative and gained my first creative agency experience. At Watson, I was introduced to work in new industries I would have otherwise never been exposed to. One day I would interview an athletic shoe designer, another day it was a craft brewery owner. I could split my day writing social media copy for an architecture firm, and the next writing a blog post about working in the healthcare industry. My words were consumed by thousands of people around the world, and that was an incredible feeling. I wasn't fighting ogres, but I still found the work exhilarating and rewarding. Ella would've been proud.

In 2021, my beloved father unexpectedly passed away. It was a life-altering event that inspired me to take some time away from work to reflect and grieve. Shortly after leaving Watson in 2022, I became pregnant with my first baby, Theo. I've been lucky enough to stay home with him full-time since he was born. Being a stay-at-home mom to a one-year-old is humbling and rewarding, though I often miss the fast-paced, creative environment I was previously a part of. Although there's nothing slow-paced about a freshly-walking toddler who's eager to explore the world!

Now that we've taken a deep dive into my career path and how I came to be a writer, let's get to the personal stuff! Below is a curated list of need-to-know facts about me:

I can't resist a good pun.

Christmas is my favorite time of year.

I love to cook and I love to eat even more.

My husband was my crush when were in elementary school together.

We have a sassy, one-eyebrowed pup named Ellie.

My lucky number is 23, and my son was born on 03.23.23.

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