You know how they say that you should look back at baby pictures in order to figure out what hair color suits you best? Well, not too long ago, I reflected on my kindergarten days in order to determine what I should be when I "grow up.” When I was little, I had a handful of careers in mind: teacher, writer, actress, fashion or interior designer.
There are still parts of me that relate to each of these careers, but the one that has always been my dream is being a writer. Looking back, I realized I have been doing it since I was four years old—whether I was writing a story during centers in kindergarten, an article for my high school newspaper, a press release during my internships, a paper for a college English class, a presentation for work, a post for my blog, or a portfolio for one of my grad school classes.
I knew I wanted to do what I’ve always loved—write.
Born in Chicago and raised in Kansas, I grew up with four younger sisters and an amazing set of parents who continue to inspire and support me through it all. When it came time to apply to college, I wanted to major in English and decided to supplement it with a business degree. It ended up that college was more than classes—it was Lewis Hall, tutoring at the Writing Center, Dance Company, long island iced teas, football games, and the start of life-long friendships. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a second major in English—and in the process, I’d discovered what I did and didn’t want in life, who I was and who I wanted to be.
Following graduation, I moved into an apartment on Melrose Street (yep, that’s the inspiration for my company name!) in Chicago with two college girlfriends. I started my job at a media agency downtown three weeks later. After some time on the search marketing team, I rotated to the Publishing Activation Group and bought magazine advertising space on behalf of my clients. I learned a lot about relationship building, communicating, negotiating, understanding the content and audience of various publications, managing my time.
But I missed writing. Emails and Power Point presentations weren’t enough. I wanted to do something that I was truly passionate about. So I went back to school for a master’s degree in writing and publishing at DePaul University and started a blog. I discovered the world of freelance writing and took the first steps to set up my own business. After a few months, I quit my job to pursue freelance writing full-time.
Now, I have experience writing for corporations, small businesses, publications, websites, blogs and associations. I have the great opportunity to share my love of the written word—not only through my own published works, but also through coaching and consulting. In addition to writing for businesses and magazines, I want to help others share their own stories. Writing is my passion, and I love to cultivate joy and confidence in other writers, no matter what amount of experience they have.
Everyone has a story to tell.
Master of Arts, Writing and Publishing
University of Notre Dame
Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing
Second major in English
Starcom Mediavest Group
Publishing Activation Group - Print Media Planning/Buying
Search Marketing and Optimization
Trozzolo Communications Group
Advertising, Public Relations, Custom Publishing
Andrews McMeel Publishing
FIT4MOM fitness instructor
Author of the blog Inspiration and Rough Drafts
Chicago Women in Publishing: Member (2010-2013)
The Write Practice: Regular Contributor (2012-2013)
StoryStudio Chicago: Completed courses in Creative Writing I and Freelance Magazine Writing
Participated in online coaching course, Freelance Writer's Blast-Off
Attended Business with Intention workshop
Besides writing, I have many other loves. A little bit about me:
I married my kind, caring, hilarious husband on the three-year anniversary of our first date.
We welcomed a daughter in August 2013, a son in October 2015, and another daughter in April 2019.
I love nothing more than spending time with family and good friends.
I enjoy any reason to celebrate—birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, a random Friday night.
Decorating our home involved a turquoise chaise settee, a sparkly crystal chandelier, a vintage trunk coffee table, nailhead trim, and countless throw pillows.
I prefer baking over cooking. It’s the sweet tooth in me.
I will read pretty much anything, but my favorites are Jane Austen novels and magazines like Women's Health and Magnolia Journal.
My favorite color is purple.
Country music makes me smile.
My beverages of choice include: water with lots of ice, pinot grigio, Starbucks coffee, champagne, and margaritas. Not all at the same time, of course!
FIT4MOM classes and yoga are my favorite forms of exercise.
I dream of beach vacations.
I always sign my name in cursive.
Learn more about me, my business, and how I balance work, family, and fun in this "Living the Dream" feature!