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IMG_2625Welcome! My name is Tammy Strobel and I’m a writer, photographer, and teacher. I started RowdyKittens in late 2007 to become a better writer and to share my story.

RowdyKittens is about going small, thinking big, and being happy.

There is no one-size fits all approach to living simply or to happiness, which is why I write from my experience and emphasize options. After spending five years working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, I learned how important it is to talk about options, rather than telling people what to do or what to think.

As a Victim Advocate, the empowerment model was the foundation of my training. The approach emphasizes peer support and helps victims of violence focus on problem-solving, one small step at a time. I believe this model can be applied to any type of struggle and it informs my writing. By examining options, it is possible to empower yourself and to find happiness.


Every Tuesday, I share an essay to help readers go small, think big, and be happy. On Friday, I post a curated link round-up featuring the best articles and books I’ve read during the week. I also share occasional photo essays on the blog, too. Subscribe for free & be inspired.


My Résumé: The Short Version

I have a Bachelors of Arts in Economics, a Masters in Public Administration, and a Masters of Arts in Education and Gender Equity Studies. All of my degrees had an emphasis in writing.

Before I started my micro-business in January of 2010, I worked in a variety of sectors. For example, I worked in the investment management industry, in the social service sector, and at evaluation research firm. I worked directly with clients and wrote articles, formal reports, policy papers, website copy, and more.

As an entrepreneur, I sustain myself through writing, photography, and teaching. And, I’ve discovered that teaching is the best part of my job! Over the last two years, thousands of students have taken my e-courses to explore photography, writing, and what it means to make time and space for what matters. I’m incredibly grateful, and honored, to do this work.


If you want to say hello, send a note to [email protected].

Full Disclosure

I’m an affiliate for Amazon Associates, Danielle LaPorte, Courtney Carver, and Tiny House Magazine. Whenever you buy a product from one of these individuals or companies on, I get a small percentage of its price. The commissions I receive help support my work and the cost of running this website. My rule of thumb: if I wouldn’t recommend it to my best friend, I won’t recommend it to my readers!

Be well,