Writing is an adventure to me. You get to explore the world and take your readers with you. Every story is an opportunity to connect with others and introduce them to a new person, a topic, or an issue that is important and meaningful.
Writing is a way to make change in the world; it’s a way to grab a person’s attention and inform them of what is happening so they can get involved. And as I quoted on the front page of this website, “You can make anything by writing,” –C.S. Lewis.
I’ve always been a writer, since as long as I can remember. I’m a deep thinker, analytical to a fault at times, and always looking for the story behind the story.
Over the years, I’ve been blessed with a myriad of opportunities to write for different kinds of publications. I started my professional writing career working for my university’s newspaper, The Moody Standard, eventually becoming the news editor during my senior year of college.
That year, I also got the amazing opportunity to work as an intern at NBC6 in South Florida. Every afternoon, I started the day meeting with the news directors and executive producers to determine news coverage. Then I worked late into the evening as a producer, writing the scripts the anchors would read on air. I learned how to work in a fast-paced environment and write to the point.
Upon graduation, I worked for the Alumni Association at the Moody Bible Institute, writing copy for their magazine and website. I learned the ins and outs of creating a magazine and got to hear people’s life stories and flesh them out on a page. My writing skills expanded from news and feature writing to copywriting.
A year later, I got the incredible opportunity to write for Samaritan’s Purse, a large nonprofit, disaster relief organization. I moved from the big city of downtown Chicago to the mountains of Boone, North Carolina to work at their headquarters. But it wasn’t long before I was traveling the world. Over the course of three years, I traveled to eight different countries to gather stories for the website, magazine, blog, and other print materials.
So writing has definitely made my life an adventure, whether it’s been chasing down a story on the city streets of Chicago and Miami, or riding a motorbike into the jungles of the Amazon in Bolivia. I’m ready to continue that adventure, wherever it may take me.
Today, I juggle working a full-time job as a marketing communications manager at a creative agency, One Firefly, developing new stories as a freelance journalist for local papers in South Florida, primarily The New Times, and coordinating activities for Swing Out South Florida as the community outreach coordinator. I feel priveledged to work in communications full-time, giving back to the local community by writing articles, and living out my passion for swing dancing by helping organize a weekly dance in Fort Lauderdale.
When people ask me, “what do you like to write about?” I answer, “everything! anything!” Of course I have my favorite subjects, but the aspect I love most about writing is the freedom to cover any topic under the sun. I like to let my unrelenting curiosity decide what I put down on paper next.