WRITING: I am a freelance writer who enjoys writing on a myriad of subjects, especially nature, gardening, environment, and mindfulness. In 2014, I earned my Master’s Degree from Duke University Graduate School in Interdisciplinary Studies with a strong focus on the art and literature of The Bloomsbury Group, Virginia Woolf, and Creative Writing. I spent a summer semester at The University of Oxford studying Creative Writing. I’m a member of the Triangle Association of Freelancers and North Carolina Writers’ Network. My articles and essays have been published in several print publications, including Seasons Style & Design, O. Henry, Midtown, Cary Living, Confluence, and The Atelier Project: Conversations About Creativity. My work has been shared on Streetlight Magazine’s online blog. You can read that on their site. I continue to attend writing conferences and workshops to further my skills and to network with other writers. I believe there is always something more to learn.
EDITING: I completed the Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing in 2017.
YOGA: I’ve been practicing meditation since 1993 and started a regular yoga practice in 2005. I am a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher. I graduated from InnerLight Yoga School, Cary NC, in October 2015 after completing 200 training hours spanning 10 months.
I work with women of all ages to design a practice that assists them in discovering their unique path to wholehearted living. I encourage women to listen to and be guided by their own inner observations to achieve personal empowerment and authentic selfhood. I also enjoy teaching underserved populations in the Raleigh-Durham area. I continue to further my teaching skills, as well as enriching my own personal practice, by attending workshops and retreats.
I’ve studied Yoga/meditation with:
Rolf Gates Lila Rasa Brown Shiva Rea
Joe Taft Cyndi Lee Christopher Tompkins
Sharon Salzberg Jean Shinoda Bolen Sally Kempton
Various meditation teachers at the Raleigh Kadampa Center
NATURE: My inherent love of nature was born and fostered in the beautiful mountains and valleys of Greenbrier County, WV. I grew up hiking through the woods, swimming in the rivers, and admiring the local flora and fauna of my native home. I have carried this sense of wonder and great appreciation of the natural world throughout my adult years. I reside in Cary NC and still take to the trails, greenways, and parks every spare moment I get. I truly stand in astonishment of nature’s magnificence. I’m worried about the future of the Earth in regard to climate change, plastic pollution, overuse of herbicides and pesticides, and the corrupt use of natural resources. I want to be part of the solution, so I am a member of the Citizen Science Association. Citizen Science is the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists (Oxford Dictionaries). I am also currently pursuing North Carolina Environmental Education Certification. I take to heart the Baba Dioum quote: “In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.” I want to learn more, so that I can teach through my words and writing.
HORTICULTURE: I have a passion for gardening and plants. I worked as a gardener at Montrose Gardens, a 61-acre, private historic estate in Hillsborough, NC, for fourteen years. I served as a Wake County Master Gardener Volunteer from 2000-2008. I now enjoy puttering in and maintaining my small North Carolina garden. I also write The Garden Guru column for Seasons Style & Design magazine.
READING: Reading has always played a large role in my life. I often say that books saved my life, and I mean that literally. Without books showing me the larger world outside the windows of my childhood home, I may not have dared to dream the improbable. As Roald Dahl wrote in Matilda, “All the reading that she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen.” And again, “If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” So read, I did. And still do.