EMERGING AUTHOR  I’m writing  personal essays  and a  memoir  about thru-hiking the 500-mile Colorado Trail and lessons learned along the way.  At age 45, I set off to hike the Colorado Trail to escape my life, including bouts of deep depression. With the ashes of my father stowed in my backpack, I hiked for five weeks through the Rocky Mountain wilderness to start living, or die trying. And I did almost die, alone, caught in a fierce electrical storm on top of a remote alpine mesa with nowhere to hide. My memoir recounts that harrowing experience, the influence of my father’s suicide attempts on my psyche, his legacy of profound love, and the journey to honor my dad’s life by first honoring my own.  The essay “Follow the Hula Girl” is adapted from my upcoming memoir, and can be found in    Rise: An Anthology of Change     .    I give presentations about my experience on the CT, including the much lighter, practical how-to talk “Finding Yourself on the Colorado Trail” where I share photos and personal stories, what worked and what didn’t, and how to plan for a successful thru-hike.

EMERGING AUTHOR

I’m writing personal essays and a memoir about thru-hiking the 500-mile Colorado Trail and lessons learned along the way.

At age 45, I set off to hike the Colorado Trail to escape my life, including bouts of deep depression. With the ashes of my father stowed in my backpack, I hiked for five weeks through the Rocky Mountain wilderness to start living, or die trying. And I did almost die, alone, caught in a fierce electrical storm on top of a remote alpine mesa with nowhere to hide. My memoir recounts that harrowing experience, the influence of my father’s suicide attempts on my psyche, his legacy of profound love, and the journey to honor my dad’s life by first honoring my own.

The essay “Follow the Hula Girl” is adapted from my upcoming memoir, and can be found in Rise: An Anthology of Change.

I give presentations about my experience on the CT, including the much lighter, practical how-to talk “Finding Yourself on the Colorado Trail” where I share photos and personal stories, what worked and what didn’t, and how to plan for a successful thru-hike.

FREELANCE WRITER   COPYWRITING  I'm a copywriter with a background in marketing, consumer behavior and corporate communications. Whether it's a single tagline or 10,000 words of web content, I make every word count for you and your brand.  WHAT I DO:  web copy and meta tags for SEO, social media, press releases, talking points, bios, direct mail, taglines, ad copy, award nominations and more    STORYTELLING  Looking for a go-to freelance writer for your magazine, newspaper, blog or podcast? I tell stories with a clear voice that connect with your audience. Sometimes I have a byline and other times I'm a ghostwriter, and I'm fine either way.  WHAT I DO:  essays, blogs, profile pieces, advice columns, newsletter content, roundups, case studies, feature stories and more   FOCUS ON: outdoor, wellness, higher education, construction, real estate, lifestyle, craft beer and spirits  My writing has appeared in Misadventures, USA Today, Out There, Mind+Body, The Coloradoan, CSU Magazine, Around the Oval and The Difference.

FREELANCE WRITER

COPYWRITING
I'm a copywriter with a background in marketing, consumer behavior and corporate communications. Whether it's a single tagline or 10,000 words of web content, I make every word count for you and your brand.

WHAT I DO: web copy and meta tags for SEO, social media, press releases, talking points, bios, direct mail, taglines, ad copy, award nominations and more

STORYTELLING
Looking for a go-to freelance writer for your magazine, newspaper, blog or podcast? I tell stories with a clear voice that connect with your audience. Sometimes I have a byline and other times I'm a ghostwriter, and I'm fine either way.

WHAT I DO: essays, blogs, profile pieces, advice columns, newsletter content, roundups, case studies, feature stories and more

FOCUS ON: outdoor, wellness, higher education, construction, real estate, lifestyle, craft beer and spirits

My writing has appeared in Misadventures, USA Today, Out There, Mind+Body, The Coloradoan, CSU Magazine, Around the Oval and The Difference.

PODCAST CONTRIBUTOR  I was thrilled to be part of the team at   Out There  , the award-winning podcast that explores big questions through intimate stories in the outdoors, in 2018.  I answered listener questions and offered personal advice when I co-hosted the   Dear Nature   segment (formerly The Nature Fix) with Angus Chen and Out There host Willow Belden.  Willow and I collaborated on the award-winning episode   Selfless Acts   in September 2018, and I recorded two of my personal essays –   The Motherload   and   Coyote’s Beauty Secrets   – as episodes on Out There in 2017. Watch for a new episode in December 2019.  If you have a podcast and would like to collaborate, give me a holler. I have stories and thoughts to share, a warm and clear Midwestern voice, and experience writing, editing and recording for audio. Check out testimonials   HERE  .

PODCAST CONTRIBUTOR

I was thrilled to be part of the team at Out There, the award-winning podcast that explores big questions through intimate stories in the outdoors, in 2018.

I answered listener questions and offered personal advice when I co-hosted the Dear Nature segment (formerly The Nature Fix) with Angus Chen and Out There host Willow Belden.

Willow and I collaborated on the award-winning episode Selfless Acts in September 2018, and I recorded two of my personal essays – The Motherload and Coyote’s Beauty Secrets – as episodes on Out There in 2017. Watch for a new episode in December 2019.

If you have a podcast and would like to collaborate, give me a holler. I have stories and thoughts to share, a warm and clear Midwestern voice, and experience writing, editing and recording for audio. Check out testimonials HERE.