Started in PR, Now I'm Here
After college, I followed a dream to edit. Editing had always been something I enjoyed, so I figured getting paid to do it would be a win-win. 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.
Eventually, I realized I was being called to another dream that I've had all along but kept pushing to the side. Writing is what I enjoy most, and what fills me with excitement.
So in February 2017, I decided to go out on my own as a freelance writer (and editor, because once a grammar geek, always a grammar geek), and I'm thrilled about it. My home office is set up, my dog Gracie is keeping me company and I'm open for business!
I know my time in PR has prepared me for this moment, and I'm humbled by all that I learned in the industry. From multi-tasking to crafting strategic communications plans to conducting focus groups, I really got to dabble and learn from the best.
My History of Dream-Following
The last time I did something this impulsive was deciding 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, and 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.
The Not-Quite-So-Dirty Life
As you'll see while browsing my blog and portfolio, there is a lot of farming influence. I can't take very much of the credit since 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 we met, became engaged and got married there.