Started in PR, Now I'm Here
After college, I followed a hunch and decided I wanted to try to make a living out of correcting other people’s mistakes. As an editorial assistant, then copywriter/editor, then editorial manager at a PR firm, I edited proposals, press releases, blog posts, tweets, reports, and everything in between.
In that setting, I also enjoyed lots of writing projects, fulfilling another passion of mine. I couldn’t have asked for a better professional training ground than Vanguard Communications, and if it’s a PR agency you’re after, I can’t recommend this one highly enough!
In February 2017, I decided to go out on my own as a freelance writer and editor. My time in PR prepared me for this moment not only through the hands-on experience of writing, editing, and working with clients, but through the example of brave women in charge, not the least of which is Vanguard President/CEO/Co-Founder Maria Rodriguez.
While I certainly miss the hubbub and office banter I left behind, I have to admit I also love the flexibility of being my own boss, working right in my home, and getting to play with my dog whenever I want.
A History of Dream-Following
You could say that the last time I did something this impulsive was when I decided to go to college for all four years at the University of St Andrews, in Scotland. It was one of the best decisions of my life, and something I wouldn't trade for the world. I majored in (mostly British) English, though I broke the mold slightly by writing my dissertation on an American author, Flannery O'Connor. I like to think that her blunt and surprising style informs my own creative writing that I try to do on the side.
The Not-Quite-So-Dirty Life
While browsing my blog and portfolio, you may detect a hint of my farming fascination. I've never worked on a farm, but I am deeply inspired by the work that my husband does at Rocklands Farm Winery & Market. The farm also has a lot of history for us, as it’s where we became engaged and got married.