WRITING: I’m a freelance writer who, as you might guess, enjoys writing on a myriad of subjects, especially nature and gardening, yoga and mindfulness, personal growth, and creativity. 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 essays have been published in several print publications, including Midtown Magazine, Confluence, and The Atelier Project: Conversations About Creativity. 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 am a member of ACES: The Society for 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.
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.
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.
I always loved the largest boxes of crayons and colored pencils. With all those choices, it’s so hard to choose just a couple. So, do I have to? Nah, I want to use them all. Like they say: Variety is the spice of life! I think that’s why I love the Dahlia Border in my header photograph. It’s so colorful and diverse! Not only are the colors of each flowering plant different, but their sizes and shapes differ, as well. This planting creates a polychromatic feast for the eyes.
Header Photo: The Dahlia Border in the Charleston Farmhouse gardens, East Sussex, UK. I took this photo in October 2013. My friend, Mark Divall, does a wonderful job caring for and maintaining the gardens in this splendid artists’ garden.