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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. Blogging consistently improved my writing and it resulted in a book deal!

My first print book, You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too, was released in September 2012. My latest bookMy Morning View: An iPhone Photography Project about Gratitude, Grief & Good Coffee, hit the shelves in March 2014.

RowdyKittens is about going small, thinking big, and being happy. I post one essay a week on a topic such as living simply, photography, or writing. In addition, I share photo essays and each week I publish a series of inspiring links.

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.

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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 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, hundreds 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.

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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!

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