A Little About Me

Seeker

I once buried a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the backyard. The following day, I dug it up and ate it. There was also the pee on pancakes saga. I was an Alaskan commercial salmon fisherman for a summer. I also almost died once from a depression-anorexia power combo.

Humanist

I’m a feminist, a humanist, an atheist—which is to say that I stand up for equality, for humans embracing the goodness in each of us, for science and this wondrous, awe inspiring, magnificent pale blue dot.

Word Monger

Words bring people together. Words empower. Words are tools for empathy, for understanding, for exchanging ideas. I work with words for a living as a writer and editor. It’s pretty splendiferous.

Storyteller

I love all stories. Tell me a story and I will love you forever. Stories are my jam, in every form. Even in jam form. Like if you share a story about jam, written in marmalade jam-based ink, I will worship at your sticky altar.

Podcaster

I'm a podcaster. Joy Sandwich is a podcast about seeking out the joy in life, even in our dark moments when we just want to scream and cry into fuzzy Totoro pillows. (Also look out for You, Me, Empathy in January 2018!)

Empath

I am strong advocate for therapy and mental health awareness. I believe we need to talk openly and honestly about our struggles, even if it means we experience discomfort. It’s in that discomfort where we find our bright spots.

Recent Musings

On Episode 89 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, we open up our hearts to the Joy of Empathy with Katie Hilliard! We chat with Katie about her origin story with empathy, the importance of self-care, empathy and the human experience, our empathy heroes, being present, and what we all......

I run to forget. I run to escape. I run to process the anxiety. I run for the off-chance I’ll see an elf perched in a tree. I run to combat the depression, a shot of endorphins to overwhelm the dark. I run for the......

On Episode 88 of the Joy Sandwich Podcast, we welcome author Cherise Kelley onto the show to go mutually mushy for the Joy of Dogs! We talk with Cherise about what it means to be a dog lover, why dogs bring us so much joy, her......

I seem to do a lot of talking nowadays, despite my well-established position as a fervent introvert. I suppose it’s just easier to be more open online. And I suppose I just want to be more open and honest with my emotions (see my new......