WRITING: I am a freelance writer who 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, 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 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.