I want to hear your story.
Ever since I received my first journal at age 12, and started writing and reading both fiction and nonfiction, I’ve become enamored with how stories move us. After stumbling into a newspaper elective in college, becoming managing editor with a stipend by my second semester, and then interning at a daily newspaper, I knew I had found where I needed to be. I was able to call myself a professional writer, with both a paycheck and a byline, by age 19.
I even picked up some freelance writer for a local magazine during my sophomore year of college for Enjoy Magazine.
Since 2006, writing has been a constant in my life as I’ve written for publications like Durango Living Magazine, Durango Neighbors Magazine, and Colorado Magazine, and organizations like the chamber of commerce, photographers, entrepreneurs, restaurants, the community art center, and a variety of nonprofits.
I believe everyone has a story about where they came from and the choices they made that lead them to who and where they are today. Over the years of interviewing hundreds of people, I’ve found that most people have dots in their life that they haven’t taken a step back to connect. I’ve also learned that to be trusted with such a story is an honor.
As with most creative fields, stories are part of our souls. They’re important. I’ve had strangers launch into their stories with me as I walk my dog or I wait for coffee, and I never regret listening, even if I’d had to end conversations because the sun was setting, and we were standing in a park, and I had to go home to eat dinner.
I believe that stories, handled well and with integrity, can be part of a business or an organization, particularly if geared towards the public. Integrity, education, and creativity are part of my core values, and I’ve worked closely with businesses over a number of years who share a similar mindset.