For over 15 years I've worked for newspapers, small businesses and artists -- at times, all at once. I've had a varied career doing just about everything: writing, editing, photography, managing, social networking, coaching and workshops. My years as a full-time journalist were a roller coaster I don't regret paying my admission to get on, strapping in and hanging on tight. And it allowed me to continue to grow my talents and be flexible. Currently the bulk of my work is as assistant marketing director for Native American Natural Foods, a contributor for Plano Magazine, content writer for small businesses and corporate headshots in addition to artistic and event photography.
I was born a writer. I grew up in Arlington, Texas, as an only child but quite precocious. I never knew a stranger and I guess that never changed which helps a lot in my career. My first gig out of college was as a city and county reporter in the small Nebraska town of North Platte but the majority of my reporting experience happened at The Dallas Morning News. Journalism helped grow my love, experience and skill as a photographer and I attribute my talents today in that art medium to those years. My current position with Native American Natural Foods gave me the opportunity to travel to places I'd never seen which increased my wanderlust. In 2012 I decided to rent out my Dallas condo (which I've now sold) with plans to live places I've never lived. At one point, I took up residence for about nine months with my goofy cat Tiger Lily (now deceased) in a small cabin on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation where the company is headquartered. After a series of adventures, travel and fated moments, I am stationed back in Texas with my life-long friend and husband, David, our baby girl Miah, his two teenagers David Ray and Alyssa and our crazy dog, Maxine Joy.
I opened an artistic space called Art Is Life Studio in 2015 – an alcohol-free environment for photography and writing services, where creatives can show their artwork through a series of events, host workshops and take advantage of meditative services. I always look to inspire people to be their best in business, spirit and wellbeing. Whether you are looking to help market, build or boost your business or you want to be inspired in your creative fields, my vision is to work with you in positive partnership to accomplish your goals.
Please take some time to read my capacity statement here: Hire a storyteller to better your business.
Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Arlington
Communications Minor with concentration on Journalism
HISTORY AT A GLANCE
Assistant Director of Marketing: Native American Natural Foods
Contributor for Plano Magazine
Writer: Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
Contributor for Terrell Tribune
Neighborsgo photographer and editor: The Dallas Morning News
Neighborsgo assistant managing editor: The Dallas Morning News
Neighborsgo editor: The Dallas Morning News
City and County Government Reporter: The North Platte Telegraph