“You’re a polarizing mix of intense alpha female and extremely sensitive little lady.”
• journalist •
• editor •
• fact-checker •
• proofreader •
• copywriter •
My first international travel assignment took me to a sleepover atop the tallest Mayan temple in Belize on the eve of the so-called Mayan Apocalypse. I haven’t been the same since — though the leather-faced shaman who spat alcohol onto my head, blessing me by firelight as I knelt before him, may have had something to do with it.
Either way, I was changed. What followed was a career that I’d already started but never could have designed to unfold as it has — being welcomed by cultures around the world, building connections and sharing moments with strangers, and then telling those stories for National Geographic Traveler, Yoga Journal, the in-flight magazines on United and Delta airlines, Mic, Sierra, Robb Report, and others.
I got here by way of a master’s degree in publishing and writing from Emerson College in Boston, undergrad studies in English and writing and editing from the UC system, and a whole lotta hustle.
Along the way, I’ve worked as an on-staff editor, textbook proofreader, magazine fact-checker, biomedical research communications assistant, all-around transcriptionist, and matchmaker 😘.
• motorcycles •
• live music •
• hiking •
• watercolor •
• sunrises •