In 2005, my husband and I were living beyond our means. Our two-bedroom apartment was cluttered with stuff, we’d accumulated $30,000 in student loan debt, and my job was eroding my emotional and physical health. In short, we were stressed and unhappy. We decided to simplify our lives. Since then, we’ve given away 90% of our belongings, paid our debt, lived in a tiny house on wheels, and changed our careers.
In January 2010, I left my day job and started a micro-business. As an entrepreneur, I sustain myself through writing, photography, and teaching. Specifically, I help individuals focus on relationships, meaningful work, and creative projects by using the tools of photography and writing.
In addition to running my business, I take online courses and workshops to learn and grow. My educational journey began in college where I received a Bachelors of Arts in Economics, a Masters of Arts in Public Administration, and a Master of Arts in Education. My education then empowered, inspired, and motivated me to go small, think big, and be happy.
I’ve learned that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to living simply or to happiness. This is why I write from my experience and emphasize options. Five years of working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence taught me how important it is to talk about options, rather than telling people what to do or what to think. The empowerment model was the foundation of my training as a victim advocate. This approach emphasizes peer support and helps victims of violence focus on problem-solving, one small step at a time. I believe that this model can be applied to any struggle, and it informs my writing. By examining options, it is possible to empower yourself and to find happiness.
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Selected Press and Interviews
- My Morning Routine, 2015
- Enjoy Magazine, 2014
- Ladies Home Journal, 2014
- Nexus, 2013
- Wisconsin Public Radio, 2012
- Oregon Public Radio, 2012
- USA Today, 2011
- The New York Times, 2010
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My rule of thumb: If I wouldn’t recommend it to my best friend, I don’t recommend it to my readers.